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Berkeley Springs briefs

October 18, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

Vote retaken for engineering firm



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Thrasher Engineering was chosen a second time by the Bath Town Council to head up the $1.8 million water pipe replacement project.

The vote had to be retaken at Monday night's council meeting, and again three of the five council members voted for Thrasher.

Garnet Marsh, the town recorder, said before the Oct. 3 meeting, she asked for polling from the council members through e-mail and learned after the meeting by the town attorney, Richard Gay, that early polling was a violation of the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

Marsh said she was trying to expedite the process because the project needs to begin as soon as possible.

Phil Kesecker, a Berkeley Springs builder, attended the meeting and asked the council when the pipe replacement project would start and when would the moratorium on new water taps be lifted.

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Mayor Susan Webster said "as we start to replace the pipes and reduce the pumping capacity from 98 percent to 80 percent, the moratorium will be lifted, and we will take new orders for taps."

The project is supposed to start in the early spring, she said.

Councilman Kenny Easton said the pipe replacement project would take six to seven months.




Water backflow program discussed



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A first reading to protect the water system from contamination caused by cross-connection and backflow was unanimously approved by Monday night by the Bath Town Council.

Councilman Tom Hall, a member of the water committee, said the backflow prevention program has been around since the 1980s and health departments are now implementing it. He said Kevin Hancock, superintendent of the Berkeley Springs Water Works, will have to take the training.

Hancock said the Morgan County Health Department has notified him that he will receive training.

Hall said the state-mandated program will begin in January, and if there is a probable cause for backflow, it must be tested every 12 months.

Hall said hospitals and funeral homes must prevent waste from getting back into the water system.

He said items to prevent backflow can be installed, such as a vacuum breaker on outside hoses.

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