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Bath locks up firm for town projects

December 08, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRING, W.Va. - A $235,000 contract with Thrasher Engineering was approved Monday night by members of Bath Town Council.

Thrasher was chosen by the council in October to engineer the town's upcoming $1.85 million water pipe replacement project.

The bidding process can now begin for Thrasher to hire a contractor, said Councilman David Crosby, who chairs the town's finance committee and is a water committee member.

Mayor Susan Webster said the Thrasher contract must be approved by the W.Va. Public Service Commission, and she said she hopes it will move forward quickly.

Webster said the pipe replacement project should start in the early spring.

Webster said Thrasher agreed to attend regular monthly meetings with the town's business community during the construction process to coordinate work and business hours.

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Webster said the contract has some "extra freebies" for the town. Thrasher agreed to provide free preliminary engineering services for a 1 million gallon water tank for the town.

Thrasher also will design a better exterior to the Berkeley Springs Water Works building, Webster said.

Webster said Thrasher will be responsible for the coordination of the pipe replacement project and the Streetscape project.

New lighting and sidewalks is part of the Streetscape project, and the town wants the two to be done together to alleviate prolonged construction.

The town was awarded a $200,000 economic development grant last year to make the town more "tourist friendly." Town officials plan to add better lighting, signage and more sidewalks.

Thrasher will provide a free aerial view of the town for future Streetscape projects, Webster said.

The company will provide free engineering to the town municipal building, she said. The police department, which is on the second floor, needs handicap accessibility, and construction of the new parking lot next to the building will be handled by Thrasher.

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

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