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Elkins to return to in-person meetings

ELKINS — The City of Elkins has announced plans to return to in-person city council and committee meetings at the beginning of March.

“Effective March 1, we intend to go back to in-person committee meetings, which will be held in council chambers,” City Clerk Jessica Sutton said at last week’s Elkins City Council meeting. “The in-person City Council meetings, including the canvass meetings, we intend to hold at the Phil Gainer Center, barring any changes that occur.

“That is just related to the amount of space that we have available, and the number of council people that we have, and the number of administrative officers that are required to attend the meetings, and then allowing for the public. Trying to hold those meetings in council chambers would be very challenging.

“So we’ll hope to do that at the Phil Gainer Center,” she said. “I’ve spoken with (center director) Chris Lee about it and we have a plan in place to move forward with that.”

The city has conducted most meetings virtually online using the Zoom platform throughout the majority of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Thursday’s meeting, Sutton also reported that early voting for the March 2 Elkins Municipal Election has “been going very well.”

Early in-person voting for all wards will be at Elkins City Hall through Saturday. Early voting will be available during the following hours:

Weekdays: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Absentee ballots delivered by hand must be received on or before March 1. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than March 2.

A total of 16 candidates are on the ballot, including four people running for mayor. Also on the ballot are three proposed changes to the city charter.

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