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Berkeley Springs briefs

September 23, 2005

Reduced garbage rate approved



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A first reading to amend the garbage fee schedule was unanimously accepted by the council at Monday night's meeting.

Effective Oct. 1, the garbage rate for Rate 8, which includes six-yard containers with three pickups per week, will be reduced to a quarterly rate of $1,665 from the current rate of $2,160.

Councilman David Crosby said the garbage rates of a year ago were too low and the fees were increased. The residents had a small increase but the commercial rates "were raised a lot," he said. Crosby said Rate 8 was too high.

Margie McCumbee, Bath town clerk, said three town businesses that will be affected.




Engineering firm interviews set



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Four engineering firms that bid for the $1.8 million water pipe replacement project will be interviewed by the Bath council members next week

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The interviews will be held in executive session, said Webster.

Webster and council members agreed that all members should attend the interviews, but Webster said Dawn Warfield of the state Attorney Generals office told her a council member's vote cannot be taken away even if they do not attend the interviews.

Webster said she was told the interviews can be recorded.

Councilwoman Nancy Harvey said, "Everybody needs to be here if they can."

About 98 percent of the pipes will be replaced, and the project start date is late summer of next year.




Town of Bath distributes surplus



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved the recommendation by the Town of Bath finance committee to distribute the hotel/motel tax revenue surplus from fiscal year 2004-05.

Margie McCumbee, Bath town clerk, told council members that Travel Berkeley Springs will receive $3,389.48; Energy Express, $300; Berkeley Springs Farmers Market, $500; Morgan County Fair, $500; Morgan County Parks & Recreation, $1,000; Morgan County Summit for Morgan County Parks & Recreation and AfterSchool programs, $500; and the Berkeley Springs Museum, $589.48.

The surplus totaled $6,778.96, said McCumbee.

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

- Trish Rudder

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