ELK GARDEN – “There's a lot of people who are coming together and starting to help us,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman during the council's monthly meeting.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – “There’s a lot of people who are coming together and starting to help us,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman during the council’s monthly meeting.
In August, the council had addressed the need for new United States and West Virginia flags and were getting prices.
The needed flags have since been donated to the town and will be displayed starting in the spring.
There are many ways that residents can help and the council is looking to participate in the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Make it Shine community program for the coming year.
Commissioner Jean Braithwaite is working on possible grants for the town, including a grant for trees and one through the Wind Force program.
She has contacted the Department of Highways and the Mineral County Office of Emergency Services about needed street signs for the 911 naming program.
The council discussed the need for a survey of the town to determine exactly what properties are within the town limits.
Braithwaite noted that Mineral County coordinator Drew Brubaker is checking on the county tax maps and she plans to check with RK&K, which has the late Charles Logsdon’s records.
A new survey is estimated to cost $20,000 so all avenues are being explored so that the town does not have to bear this expense.
Plans for street patching before winter are continuing, along with work on the town inventory. Members noted that the new forms implemented for use of the parks are working well.
With the holidays quickly approaching, Elk Garden has set Trick or Treat for 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, and plans are starting for a town Christmas tree.