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Incumbent mayor claims easy victory in Harpers Ferry

June 15, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Harpers Ferry Mayor Jim Addy sailed to victory in Tuesday's town election, defeating Zan Fleming by a 103-vote margin, according to complete, unofficial results.

Addy garnered 122 votes compared to Fleming's 19 votes, according to results.

Incumbent town council members Freida Kidwell, Charlotte Thompson and Dan Riss also were re-elected.

Kidwell was the highest vote-getter with 118 votes, followed by Riss with 102 votes and Thompson with 95 votes.

Barry Mason Bryan and Bob DuBose won the other two seats on council, each receiving 78 votes.

Town Recorder Marsha Mills, who was running unopposed, received 122 votes.

Addy says the town has made progress since he became mayor four years ago, and that is proven by street improvement projects, long-term planning for the town and the establishment of Harpers Ferry Main Street, an organization that works to bolster business growth in town.

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Addy said about five streets have been repaved in town. Paving crews have been resurfacing Fillmore Street and Addy said he wants to repave West Ridge Street, where there has been some residential growth.

Town streets should be in good shape after those projects are done, Addy said.

Addy said the town has a problem with aging water pipes that have been breaking and Addy said he is seeking funds for that project, which would cost about $100,000.

Fleming, 54, of 550 E. Ridge St., said Harpers Ferry is blessed with a beautiful landscape, but he was troubled by the fact that businesses don't do better in town. Fleming said there are many similar-sized towns across the country which have a far more vibrant business district.

Streets in town need to be resurfaced more frequently, but it has been impossible to keep up with pavement deterioration, Fleming said.

Fleming said the town needs to seek grant funding, federal funding and more state funding to work on such projects.

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