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Bath mayor is re-elected in Tuesday election

June 15, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Incumbent Mayor Susan Webster was re-elected for another two-year term in Tuesday's Town of Bath election.

Webster has been mayor since 1996. She received 159 votes, while challenger Christopher Dailey received 28, according to complete, but unofficial, results.

The top five vote-getters in the Bath Town Council race earned two-year seats. They were: incumbent David Crosby (143 votes), incumbent Nancy Harvey (129), incumbent Dale Lutman (114), newcomer Thomas G. Hall (103) and newcomer Kenny Easton (89).

Also receiving votes were Michael J. Dennis (87), Scott Merki (48), Dave Duncan (48), Sandy Hevener (47) and Owen Martz (20).

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Town Clerk Margie McCumbee said there were some provisional ballots, which were not counted. The ballots might change the results of the fifth council member between Kenny Easton and Michael Dennis.

The votes will be counted at the canvass on Tuesday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at the Bath Town Hall. Certification of the results will be held June 24 at 11 a.m.

Webster, 52, said her goals as mayor are to complete the streetscape grant project, the water pipe replacements, the street paving of Wilkes Street and the strategic planning for the town's future. She said she is hoping this new council "will have a lot of energy to help with the projects in the works."

Webster said she wants the council members to "look at the town fairly" and to study the town departments and learn how they work.

Garnet Marsh, 50, ran unopposed for the town recorder position. She received 145 votes.

All positions are two-year terms. The yearly salary for mayor is $500; for town recorder, $1,200 a year; and each council member earns a yearly salary of $300. The new council's term runs from July 1 through June 30, 2007.

The election brought out more than 200 voters. More than 100 people took advantage of early voting, Webster said, which began May 25 with a kickoff speech by West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland, who traveled to Berkeley Springs to encourage voter turnout.

Only 13 people voted in the 2003 election and caused 22 town residents to ask that the town be dissolved. Because the town-owned water department had a $2.8 million debt, the Morgan County Commission struck down the petition.

Webster had said it cost the town about $8,000 in legal fees to fight against the petition.

In this election, Webster said, she "knocked on doors" of the town residents and asked them for their vote.

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

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