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Candidate filing notice for 2017 municipal elections

Harpers Ferry will hold its municipal elections for Mayor, Recorder, and five Council members on Tuesday, 13 June 2017.  All residents who plan to seek office are requested to file with the Recorder as instructed below.  The Certificate of Announcement form is available at Town Hall and also here.

For those who are filing to run for office, please note the following:

  • The Certificate of Announcement must be notarized and accompanied by a valid payment method.
  • If filing in person, the Certificate of Announcement must be received at Town Hall no later than close of business on Friday, 27 January 2017.  Valid payment methods include cash, check, or money order only.
  • If filing by mail, envelopes must be postmarked on or before midnight on Saturday, 28 January 2017.  Valid payment methods when filing by mail are check or money order only, made out to Corporation of Harpers Ferry.  The form and payment may be sent to Corporation of Harpers Ferry, PO Box 217, Harpers Ferry WV  25425.

The applicable filing fees are as follows:

  • Mayor:  $60.00
  • Recorder:  $30.00
  • Council:  $20.00

Public office can be quite challenging.  A brief summary of the required and expected duties of each position up for election can be found here.  Please read over this document before definitively deciding on whether or not to run for office.

For more information regarding the election, contact Kevin Carden, Town Recorder, or Nancy Cummins, Town Clerk, at 304-535-2206.

Meetings to be held on paid parking program

The Harpers Ferry Parking Committee will hold two meetings (5 January, from 7 to 8 p.m., and on 7 January, from 4 to 5 p.m.) to receive public comment on the following:

I. Overview.
The “Parking Plan” for Harpers Ferry was approved by Town Council at its September 2016 Meeting.

The Plan is designed to:

1. Accommodate the needs of those who live on Washington Street (alt 340), particularly those with no, or inadequate, off-street parking.
2. To accommodate businesses and non-profit organizations, particularly those with no, or inadequate, off-street parking.
3. To help regulate visitor parking via a paid parking system.

II. Parking on Washington Street and Potomac Street.
Visitors are welcomed and considered a valuable part of our town. Paid parking will help ensure that the limited visitor parking spaces available on Washington Street and Potomac Street are turned over as efficiently as possible.

The two paid parking zones in town are: Zone 1 (Washington Street) and Zone 2 (Potomac Street).
Individuals who park in Zone 1 pay a fee of _____ per hour.
Individuals who park in Zone 2 pay a fee of _____ per hour.

Paid parking is enforced Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. There is no charge for parking in paid parking zones between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Zone 1 also contains the following types of parking which require a permit to park without penalty on Washington Street:
1. Residential (no, or inadequate, off-street parking).
2. Licensed Business (May apply for up to ____ employee permits)
3. Non-profit organizations *
4. Special Circumstances

*Non-profit organizations are defined as any organization identified as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization by the IRS. The same status is extended to churches, libraries, and visitor centers.

Churches may park in paid parking spaces without penalty on Sundays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and at other times by pre-arranging with the Harpers Ferry Police Department.

III. Residential Parking (other than Washington Street).
Residents who live on any of the side streets in town, who have no, or inadequate, off-street parking, are required to purchase a parking permit.

IV. Guest Permit.
Residents who hold a resident parking permit are eligible to purchase up to two annual guest permits. The permit is for parking only in the residents’ identified parking space(s).

V. Parking for Special Occasions.
Parking for special occasions such as funerals, weddings, club meetings, etc., in areas where there is no or inadequate parking, may be pre-arranged by contacting the Harpers Ferry Police Department.

VI. Annual Permit Fees.
Special Circumstances:

VII. Permit Application Process.
Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and those with special circumstances on Washington Street.

Residential Parking (other than Washington Street) seeking a parking permit of any kind must apply in person at the Harpers Ferry Police Department during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

VIII. Other Questions or Concerns.
• Informal discussion.

Notice of Public Hearings on Proposed Zoning Ordinances

The Harpers Ferry Town Council will recommend amendments to Part Thirteen — Zoning Ordinance, including Appendix A and Appendix B.  The Council will also recommend an amendment to establish a new zoning overlay district, Article 1313.04, to be named the Promontory Overlay District; establish the parcels to be included; and establish the regulations for building, land use, and site design of the Promontory Overlay District.

Two separate hearings will be held at Town Hall, 1000 Washington Street, on each of the two following dates:

  • Friday, 6 January 2017:  7:00-7:30 p.m. for Part Thirteen, including Appendix A and Appendix B; and 7:30-8:30 p.m. for Article 1313.04.
  • Saturday, 7 January 2017:  10:00-10:30 a.m. for Part Thirteen, including Appendix A and Appendix B; 10:30-11:30 a.m. for Article 1313.04.

Interested parties may appear and be heard in regard to the proposals, and their testimony will be considered by the Town Council in its deliberation on the proposals.  Copies of the proposed amendments are available from the Clerk at Town Hall, 1000 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, and at the links below.  Written comments may be submitted by email to Recorder Kevin Carden ( or mailed to the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, PO Box 217, Harpers Ferry WV  25425, to the attention of the Recorder.  Written comments must be received by the close of business on Thursday, 29 December 2016.

Draft copies of proposed ordinances:

Changes in how to pay water and sewer bills

Harpers Ferry Water Works customers have new payment procedures and options.  To learn more, click here.

Information on collection and remittance of Harpers Ferry municipal sales tax (beginning 1 July 2016)

The Corporation of Harpers Ferry applied for and won Home Rule in West Virginia in 2015.  As part of the application, Harpers Ferry indicated its desire to charge a 1% sales tax.  This request was approved by the Home Rule Board.  The effective date of the new local tax, on sales made and services rendered within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, is 1 July 2016.  An informative document on collection and remittance of the municipal sales tax can be found here.

Potomac Street Project FAQ

Construction work on the Potomac Street Improvement Project is scheduled to begin in June 2016.  An FAQ ("frequently asked questions") document has been written to address the most common inquiries and concerns of residents and merchants.  Read the FAQ here.

List of businesses licensed in Harpers Ferry

The Corporation has released a list of operators and companies licensed to perform business in Harpers Ferry.  These businesses have volunteered to appear on this public list.  To review the list, click here.

Feedback? Questions? Contact Kevin Carden, Recorder and Webmaster, at

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