Committee discusses sound system

ELKINS — City officials discussed the potential installation of a downtown sound system on Tuesday.

Dave Cutlip with Elkins Main Street presented recommendations by the Downtown Elkins Sound System Review Committee for a new sound system to the Elkins City Council Finance Committee.

“For this installation, we’re essentially looking at speakers along Third Street, Davis Avenue and in the vicinity of the railyard and the Delmonte. On Third Street, it would stop around (Citizens Bank of West Virginia) and run down to the depot. On Davis, we’re looking at around City Hall to essentially Second Street. We’re also looking at the short distance between the Delmonte and the depot,” Cutlip said.

The Downtown Elkins Sound System Committee — which is comprised of representatives from the City of Elkins, Randolph County Commission, Elkins Main Street, Our Town, the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, the Mountain State Forest Festival and Davis & Elkins College — met on Aug. 28 where members agreed to make findings and recommendations to the city, which included:

• The “acquisition and installation of a wired speaker system with the master station housed in City Hall and user interface via a module that connects at specific interface locations around the downtown,” which would provide different zones in order to “allow better control of the areal extent of broadcast.

• The city of Elkins would own the system and have the ultimate authority regarding its use.

• The city should procure performance rights licensing to provide protection against copyright infringement actions at an anticipated annual cost of $1,000.

• There should be a requirement for groups using the sound system to prove that they are properly licensed if intending to broadcast any type of copyrighted music.

• The city should adopt an application for groups intending to use the sound system that would include both general and specific conditions regarding its use and may require users to pay a fee and/or security deposit before using the system.

The sound system review committee solicited quotes from three qualified firms and received a quote from Electronic Specialty Company in the amount of $19,846.