ELK GARDEN -- Progress may be on the horizon for Elk Garden if two Wind Force grants come to fruition.

By Ronda Wertman
ELK GARDEN -- Progress may be on the horizon for Elk Garden if two Wind Force grants come to fruition.
Elk Garden Mayor Marian Droppleman said that applications were recently signed and submitted for money toward the construction of a building for house equipment and for equipment for the police department.
Elk Garden is also working with the Mountain Top Public Service District for a grant to expand service and make needed repairs to the existing water system.
“These three look promising. We are moving forward with these,” said Droppleman.
In other business, the town is preparing for colder weather with removal of the flags, winterization of the parks and getting supplies and equipment ready for winter.
The town agreed to get 20 ton of cinders closer to inclement weather and ideas are being looked at for additional Christmas decorations.
A water leak at the town hall has damaged the section of the building previously used as a clinic and has put a damper on seeking a medical provider to fill the space until the insurance is contacted and repairs can be made.
Looking to update it’s ordinances, the council is planning to enforce the existing ordinances until revisions can be completed.
“We’ve got to go by the book,” said Droppleman of the fines, which can be imposed for violations. As mayor, Droppleman is also the municipal judge.
Recent complaints in town have included kids putting glass and nails in the alleyway targeting motorists and shooting arrows toward the highway.
In recent years, the town has sought historical information on the miming and logging in the area, but now the town is calling for residents to share any local history of Elk Garden.
On a final note, the town is preparing for its annual audit.