ELK GARDEN – Helping those who need it, a truck through the Mountaineer Food Bank will be doing a food drop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Elk Garden Methodist Church.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – Helping those who need it, a truck through the Mountaineer Food Bank will be doing a food drop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Elk Garden Methodist Church.
“It’s kind of a trial run for us. I think it will be good for the community,” announced Mayor Marian Droppleman, saying that the area was targeted “because of Luke going down, the workers, miners and loggers.”
The drop is open to West Virginia residents from the Grant County line to Route 42 to the Elk Garden area.
Residents will sign up for the distribution that day and no income information is required.
Volunteers are needed to help with the distribution and to carry items for those who need help. Bags and boxes are also needed to pack the donations in.
Droppleman said that they are looking to start with monthly food drops, then possibly it could be every two weeks. She said that they eventually hope to get a food pantry in town.
Residents 60 and older can get a meal Monday, Wednesday and Friday for $2.50 through the senior center.
“We’ve got to fight to keep what we’ve got,” she said, noting discussion of shutting it down.
In other business, she noted that she is trying to get the clinic government funded and if that happens she wants to try to access Veterans Administration medical care.
“Everything takes time. You can’t rush these people,” Droppleman added.
In the meantime, the town has received information on why Potomac Valley Hospital chose to close the clinic located adjacent to the town hall.
While the town was not notified of any concerns, officials now have learned that along with staffing issues the hospital noted that the building was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the area was too small and there were maintenance issues.
“They said they didn’t have a contact person,” said Droppleman, noting that she had been over to the clinic several times to see if they needed anything,
The town is continuing the process to get a magistrate set up to handle fines and is continuing to look for resources to assist the Mountain Top Public Service District in needed upgrades and repairs.
Several pieces of equipment are going to be placed on bids for sale including a loader, riding mower and skid steer bucket. Members of the council are also hoping to get a new Christmas tree planted this summer to be in place for the tree lighting set for Saturday, Nov. 30.
“We’ve accomplished a lot and with God’s help we will accomplish more in the next two years,” Droppleman concluded.