ELK GARDEN – Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman compared the town to the Daytona 500 as four-wheelers and side by sides are flying through the streets of town.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman compared the town to the Daytona 500 as four-wheelers and side by sides are flying through the streets of town.
“He’s been lenient with the four wheelers. They are not supposed to be on the lined streets,” she said of police chief Jimmy Stewart, adding that he is going to start writing tickets.
As kids are out all hours of the day and night, Elk Garden is looking into its ordinances on curfews.
“These kids are out at 4 in the morning,” said Droppleman of their playing in the streets and playing chicken with oncoming vehicles.
Kids are on bikes with no helmets as well as three- and four-wheelers. Law states that to operate an ATV, riders must be 16, have their driver’s license and can only be on the road to get to an off-road trail.
“If they are ripping and tearing, pull them over,” said Councilman Michael Droppleman.
New video cameras are being installed at the town park after a summer of destruction.
“Things have been getting torn up down there,” said the mayor, noting that the netting on the play equipment is ripped again.
“We’re going to have to do something. The cameras will pay for themselves,” she said, noting that parents will be held responsible for damages caused by their children and teens.
In other business, three street lights in need of repair are being reported to the power company.
The council agreed to cancel a 30 year lease, which was granted in 1998 for Center Street Extended. The $1 a year fee has not been paid in recent years.
Many on the council were unaware that the town had leased the property. “There’s been so much that has been done that isn’t recorded at the courthouse,” she said.
Droppleman noted that she has been playing phone tag with Congressman David McKinley over the town’s request for assistance to the Mountain Top Public Service District for needed repairs and expansion.
Letters are being sent to properties in need of clean up and the council is looking at improvements to the town hall and is getting prices for finishing the concrete.
The town is accepting bids for a Ford A62 loader with all bids due Sept. 7 in preparation for the Sept. 8 council meeting.