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ELKINS — Next week will meet the council’s personnel committee, the ad hoc organizational audit committee and the municipal property committee. The Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission also meet. Utility bills are due Monday. The council raised water rates. The Governor Kump House announces a new fall schedule.

The Staff Committee meets Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the following items on the agenda: creation of a human resources position, changes in the payment of travel expenses for employees, proposal for social benefits and health insurance for the 2024 financial year.

Meeting Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Organizational Audit Committee, which was created to identify opportunities to further strengthen the City’s organizational structure, will continue its analysis of the Building, Code and Zoning Officer position. He will initiate the discussion on the positions of operations assistant and operations administrative assistant.

Later Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Darden House, the Historic Landmarks Commission will discuss its lease with the city, a new meeting location and updating the commission’s website.

The Municipal Property Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. Three items on the agenda concern the Darden house (stained glass windows, rental and use by third parties). The committee will also discuss the contract for the downtown flower program.

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Phil Gainer Community Center. The agenda includes the Grand Families program and the video game system.

At Thursday’s meeting, in response to unprecedented inflationary pressure and the implementation of statutory reserve fund requirements, the board approved a recommendation from the Elkins Water Board for an emergency increase in 32% water tariffs for all customers. A further increase of 3% will come into effect next summer. The increase will begin to apply to usage immediately and will be reflected on bills mailed October 31 and due mid-November. Learn more: www.cityofelkinswv.com/2022-water-rate-increase.

To avoid penalties, utility bills and city fire and rescue service charges must be paid by Monday.

Starting this weekend and running through October 23, free public tours of the Governor Kump House will be offered on Sunday afternoons between 3 and 5 p.m. There will be a temporary exhibit of costumes and memorabilia from the 1930s Mountain State Forest Festival. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Parking is available at the rear of the house, accessible from Seneca Pike.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

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