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Berkeley Springs briefs

November 16, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

Councilman wants water department run differently



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - David Crosby, the finance chairman for the Bath Town Council and a water committee member, told the council members at the Nov. 7 meeting that they should "think about some sort of organization to run the water department."

Crosby said the town-owned Berkeley Springs Water Works is a "town asset" and he was not recommending "to get rid of it, but to run it differently. We spend too much time working on it," he said.

Crosby said earlier he was in favor of an independent water board with members that live outside the town limits. He said the majority of the water department customers live outside the town.

"I am not in favor of the town council running and serving on the board of directors. It needs people from outside the Town of Bath," Crosby said.

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New ordinances passed by council



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The cross-connection and back-flow prevention program was adopted by the Bath Town Council on Monday night.

Councilman Tom Hall, who is a water committee member, said the mandated federal and state program will begin in January, and it applies to all water customers of Berkeley Springs Water Works.

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

He also said if there is a probable cross-contamination problem such as a residential person with a well in the yard that is not hooked up with a back-flow prevention device, the water department has the authority to turn off the water.

The town council also adopted a new Urban Tree ordinance that allows five people to serve two-year terms on the tree board. The changes allow one arborist, one town council member, one town resident and two town and/or county residents.

The first reading for a snow-removal plan was passed by council members. If there is a snow emergency of 4 inches, Town of Bath Mayor Susan Webster said, parking restrictions will go into effect so the snow can be removed by the town.

According to the plan, from Williams Street to Johnson's Mill Road, parking will be banned on the south side of all streets running east and west. Parking will be banned on the east side of all streets running north and south.

The ordinance becomes effective immediately if the second reading is passed at the next council meeting.

Recycling discussed



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Mayor Susan Webster said she talked with the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority about the possibility of adding a recycling paper collection center in part of the parking lot area next to the Bath Municipal Center.

Webster said the town received a $15,000 grant for the center's parking lot construction and for some repair work.

Webster said she also wants a recycling bin for unwanted mail at the Berkeley Springs Post Office. Business owner Chuck Wheeler said cardboard is not being recycled, and Webster said the post office property might be used for that, as well.

Webster said she was looking into a grant to help get the recycling program for the post office.

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

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