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New lighting planned for the Town of Bath

December 22, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Town of Bath Mayor Susan Webster said a Tuesday meeting was a step in the right direction for the town as it aims to add new street lighting and become more friendly to tourists.

Webster said "we had a very informative two-hour meeting and learned what Allegheny Power can do to help the town reach its goal of having a tourist-friendly town."

Webster met with an Allegheny Power representative on Tuesday to discuss new lighting for the town. "This is an enormous project for us," she said.

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Webster is eager to improve the town's streetscape with some of the $200,000 in economic development grant money the town is receiving.

The representative has worked with town officials in Charles Town, W.Va., Hancock and Boonsboro to improve lighting in those towns, Webster said.

Kevin Hancock, superintendent of Berkeley Springs Water Works, attended the meeting since the town has major water pipe replacements scheduled. When the streets are torn up for that work, Webster said this would be a good time to put in the lighting.

Other county and tourism officials attended the meeting, Webster said.

Webster said she's been a Bath council member since 1993 and she "finally is going to be able to make improvements for the town that I've been trying to make for 111/2 years."

The funding was approved last month as part of a federal grant package secured with the help of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

The Town of Bath is the local government within Berkeley Springs.

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