Berkeley Springs briefs

December 20, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

Parking restrictions cause confusion

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The snow emergency ordinance that went into effect on Dec. 5 needs clarification, said Garnet Marsh, town recorder, at the Bath Town Council meeting on Monday.

The parking restriction is in effect "only until the snow is plowed," said Marsh.

If a snow emergency exists, which is an accumulation of 4 inches or more of snow, parking restrictions will go into effect so the snow can be removed by the town. "It's a temporary situation," she said.

During a snow emergency and until the streets are plowed, parking will be banned on the south side of all east-west streets, and the east side of all north-south streets from Williams Street to Johnson's Mill Road.

Fairfax Street and Washington Street, which is U.S. 522, are snow emergency routes, and the fine for parking on these streets during a snow emergency is $75, Councilwoman Nancy Harvey said previously.


Free parking in town

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Free metered parking will be offered in town through Saturday, said Mayor Susan Webster.

Plastic bags were placed on the meters on Saturday.

The free parking is an annual gift from the town every year, Webster said.

Town office to close on Wednesday afternoons

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Starting Jan. 1, the Town of Bath office at the Municipal Center on Wilkes Street will be closed to the public on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., the Bath Town Council voted Monday.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. other weekdays. Margie McCumbee, town clerk, will be able to complete the town paperwork instead of having to work on Saturdays, "which the town pays for," Mayor Susan Webster said.

Pipe replacement project set to start in June

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Mayor Susan Webster said Bath town officials met last week with Robert DeCrease of the W.Va. Board of Public Health, the $1.25 million lender for the pipe replacement project.

Randy Watson of Thrasher Engineering, the firm chosen to oversee the project, as well as Kevin Hancock, superintendent of Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW), and the town finance chairman, Councilman David Crosby, attended the meeting, she said.

Webster said the project is set to start June 1 and be completed Dec. 31.

He said the money generated through the water rate increase that becomes effective Jan. 1 will go into the fund to pay for the pipe replacement project.

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

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