Berkeley Springs briefs

August 02, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

Businesses want input on pipe work

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A water project meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Bath Town Hall to discuss the upcoming pipe replacement project.

Bath Town Council member Tom Hall said the bidding process to choose the engineering firm that will lead the project will close Aug. 15.

Chuck Wheeler, owner of Mountain Laurel Gallery on Fairfax Street, recently was appointed chairman of the Business Liaison Committee by the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

Wheeler said at Monday's council meeting that he would like to discuss with the engineering firm the water project timetable and its possible impact on businesses.


Wheeler said July through November is the busy season for town businesses, and weekends are always busy throughout the year.

The council received a letter from Thomas Rokisky, president of the Chamber of Commerce, asking for information on the project's timeline.

"We respectfully request that we begin a dialogue now to establish mechanisms for timely and effective consultation to minimize the negative impact of the water project on our Town," Rokisky wrote.

Hall, a water department committee member, said the council wants to work with the businesses.

Stance taken on eminent domain

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved a resolution that "formally assures citizens and stakeholders of the Town of Bath that the powers of eminent domain will be used only as it has been traditionally understood and as a last resort in obtaining property for the public welfare."

Councilman David Crosby said the council will send a letter to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.

Mayor Susan Webster said the letter and a copy of the resolution will be sent to Manchin to request the matter be added to the W.Va. Legislature's special session agenda for November.

Meeting time changed

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council approved changing the Monday council meeting time from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. If meetings fall on a holiday, the council will meet on Tuesday. The next council meeting is Monday, Aug. 15.

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

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