Berkeley Springs briefs

October 04, 2005|By TRISH RUDDER

Executive session called at meeting

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Town of Bath Mayor Susan Webster called for an executive session during Monday's Town Council meeting after Councilman Tom Hall objected to Richard Gay, the Town of Bath attorney, being paid by the town to attend the meeting.

Webster said Gay was at the meeting to discuss personnel issues and the next phase of engineering regarding the water pipe replacement project.

The council members approved Webster's request and went into an executive session, which lasted about 40 minutes.

And at the end of the regular meeting, Hall asked Webster to resign from the water committee. Webster is the Berkeley Springs Water Works CEO.

When she said she would not resign, Hall said the West Virginia Ethics Commission "will handle it." He did not elaborate.


At the Sept. 19 council meeting, Hall accused Webster of having the Berkeley Springs Water Works repair part of more than 1,500 feet of private line on a piece of property she owns.

Webster later said Gay received a draft letter Monday from Geert Bakker, the West Virginia Public Service Commission's chief utilities manager in the water and wastewater division, regarding Hall's accusation.

Webster said Bakker's draft "opinion" was read to the council members in the executive session. The PSC must agree with the opinion before a decision can be made on the issue, she said.

Engineering firm chosen for project

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Thrasher Engineering was chosen at Monday night's Bath Town Council meeting to head the $1.8 million water pipe replacement project. Thrasher was one of four engineering firms interviewed last week by council members.

Three of the five council members voted for Thrasher. Two voted for View Engineering.

Forney to receive Cornerstone award

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Joseph Forney will be given a Cornerstone of the Community award by the Town of Bath on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.

Mayor Susan Webster said the ceremony will be near the Morgan County Courthouse.

She said she has been working closely with the Berkeley Springs American Legion, and it will provide a color guard and a gun salute.

Forney, 91, is a veteran from the community who served during World War II, was a paratrooper and part of the D-Day invasion. He also served in Korea, Webster said.

This is the second award given by the town. The Berkeley Springs State Park was honored with the first Cornerstone of the Community award this summer.

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

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