ELK GARDEN -- Elk Garden will usher in the holidays with its annual Christmas parade and tree lighting Dec. 14.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN -- Elk Garden will usher in the holidays with its annual Christmas parade and tree lighting Dec. 14.
The parade line-up will get underway at 2 p.m., with the parade rolling off at 3 p.m. It will be followed by the tree lighting at the town hall and refreshments and time for visits with Santa at the Elk District Fire Station.
In other business discussed by the mayor and council, a recent water leak at the town hall on the former clinic side is resulting in thousands of dollars in estimates to repair to flooring and the walls.
Estimates are being sent to the insurance company, but until the work is completed efforts to find a medical provider to see patients in town is on hold.
The council agreed to replace the lights in the council chamber, hoping to better illuminate the room, and prices are being sought for a safe to maintain the town records.
The council is looking to update its ordinances for enforcement by the town judge as the town moves forward with establishing a municipal court.
Mayor Marian Droppleman reported that a USDA grant for $17,500 is being sought toward the construction of a building to house equipment.
She said that the Mountain Top Public Service District needs to send a letter to the Region VIII Planning and Development Council with information for a grant to upgrade and extend the water service.
Droppleman said that letters are going to be sent to businesses seeking donations for the town toward a town police car and a grant is planned for the next fiscal year for a new police car.
She added that as the town is beginning to compile its history, Jack Canfield sent a copy of his book about the history of Elk Garden to the town.