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Bath receives federal grant for streetscapes

April 26, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The windy day brought Monday's $200,000 streetscape grant presentation to the Town of Bath from its planned spot outside the Bath Town Hall to inside the Morgan County Courthouse.

Town of Bath Mayor Susan Webster accepted the $200,000 grant from U.S. Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Monday afternoon in the Berkeley Springs courtroom.

The streetscape funding is an economic development grant that will be used to improve sidewalks, lighting and signage to make the town more tourist-friendly, Webster said. She said the project will be done in phases, and the first phase will be the four blocks in the center of town.

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Webster said the majority of the funding will be spent on poles and lights. She said she has been working with Allegheny Power and has found some lighting examples that are friendly to dark skies and prevent glare.

Some of the town's back streets, such as parts of Mercer and Green streets, need sidewalks, and the pedestrian crosswalks need to be more visible, Webster said.

Capito said the grant money is to enhance the downtown area and is part of a large transportation grant. The funding consists of federal tax dollars West Virginians have already paid, and is being returned to the area, she said.

Capito said every county has unique needs and visions for the future. She said Berkeley Springs and the Town of Bath are jewels.

"You are a showcase and represent West Virginia so well," she said.

Del. Charles S. Trump IV, R-Morgan, introduced Capito and said even though she comes from a large West Virginia county, "it would be easy to forget small counties, but not Shelly Moore Capito."

Capito is scheduled to make several stops in the Eastern Panhandle today, including the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Rotary Club at 7:30 a.m.; the Tabler Station Business Park in Martinsburg, W.Va., at 11 a.m.; the Paramedic Lab at the Community and Technical College of Shepherd in Martinsburg at 1 p.m. and career day at Potomack Intermediate School in Berkeley County.

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