Berkeley Springs briefs

June 07, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

New four-way stop signs installed

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bath Police Chief Tony Lynch told Bath Town Council members Monday night that new four-way stop signs have been installed at the intersection of Market and Mercer streets.

Lynch said he watched 10 cars drive by the signs without stopping. He said John Coleman, the county's West Virginia Department of Highways superintendent, said he will loan the town some signs alerting drivers to the new signs.

Kevin Hancock, Berkeley Springs Water Works superintendent, said the water department has yellow flashing lights that could be placed on the signs immediately, and Hancock said he could order red lenses to replace the yellow ones, which would only take a couple of days to arrive. Lynch asked him to order them.

Lynch said the four-way stop sign the town wants to place on Mercer and Independence streets has to be approved by the Department of Highways because it is a state road. Lynch said Coleman needs to see a copy of the town council's approval for the new sign.


Mayor Susan Webster said a lot of people in the community do not know how much the Bath Police Department does.

"They are very active in town," she said. "Last year there were 30 drug arrests and 53 other arrests in town."

Webster said there were nine drug indictments in 2004 and 41 traffic accidents in town in 2003.

Lynch said, "there were 33 arrests made so far this year."

Recycling in town remains on hold

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bill Pechumer, Morgan County's Solid Waste Authority coordinator, told Bath Town Council members that the authority's trailer the town uses to pick up the recycled aluminum cans and glass is not repaired, but some residents want to know when recycling will resume.

Mayor Susan Webster said the Town of Bath considers recycling "as an important community service," even though it costs the town to do it. "The only reason we stopped was because there was no equipment," she said.

"You get the equipment repaired and give us a call to get the recycling back in town," Webster said.

Water rate increase to be discussed

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Mayor Susan Webster said the proposed 19 percent increase in water rates by the Berkeley Springs Water Works, the town-owned water department, will be discussed at public meetings June 13 and 27, both at 5 p.m. at town hall.

She said the increase is solely for the pipe replacement project, which "will be started late this summer and finished next spring," Webster said.

Frankie Tan, owner of Atasia Spa, said there has been a 66 percent increase in the water rates.

Webster said in 2000 the town raised the water rate 47 percent. "The PSC (Public Service Commission) told us we were the 34th cheapest distributor in the state," she said.

In 2003, there was a 20 percent increase because of the addition of the filtration plant, Webster said.

Tan asked if the rates were raised to fix the pipes, and Webster answered they were not.

"Five years ago, the original rate was raised. We have expenses also," Webster said.

You can have free water by dipping it from the springs in the park, she said.

"It costs to have water delivered to you," she said.

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

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