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Elkins City Hall closed to public

ELKINS — Due to recent COVID-19 surges throughout the area, Elkins City Hall will close its doors to the public beginning today to ensure the safety of the public and city employees, who will continue their day-to-day operations.

Mayor Van Broughton ordered the closing on Monday and said he had grave concerns about the current coronavirus surge and that City Hall will remain closed in effect until further notice.

“The only real impact will be that people won’t be able to pay their utility bills and court fines in person,” said City of Elkins External Affairs Specialist Sutton Stokes. “But people can still go online and pay their bills and we have a drop box at city hall as well. We’re going to look at the situation weekly and go from there.”

To pay online customers can go online to www.cityofelkinswv.com/online-payments. Bills and fines can also be paid by mail or by phone.

The Elkins Municipal Court has also postponed all scheduled hearings, including virtual, until Jan. 19.

Last week the City of Elkins announced that there would be possible delays in garbage removal due to employees being exposed to COVID-19. Operations manager Bob Pingley provided an update on Monday.

“We seem to have weathered the storm with regards to the Sanitation Department, at least for now,” said Pingley. “We have enough employees back that the department can operate on its own, with only one employee still out on quarantine.

“We couldn’t have done it without numerous people stepping up and lending a hand to make sure the job got done. Donnie Hedrick, water distribution department supervisor, and Brad Curtis, building Maintenance supervisor, got the opportunity to brush up on their garbage truck driving skills. Paul Youtzy and Danny Harris from the Central Garage pitched in, as did the entire street department. Ron Corcoran from the fire department hauled roll-offs for us and we also appreciated the assistance of Elkins City Councilor Chris Lowther.

“It’s teamwork like this that allows us to continue to provide the critical services that our residents depend on. And it’s the opportunity to work with people like these that is the best part of my job here with the city.”

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