Tri-state briefs

March 08, 2007

Bath amends snow removal ordinance

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. Snow or ice must be removed from sidewalks in the Town of Bath within 24 hours by the property owners or persons occupying the property adjacent to the sidewalk, according to an amended Bath ordinance presented Monday night.

In addition to the snow and ice, no accumulation of trash, debris or anything unsanitary is allowed on sidewalks or within five feet of the sidewalk and must be removed as well by property owners or residents.

Violators will incur a $100 fine plus an additional $50 per hour if the town has to remove snow, ice or debris.

A public hearing and second reading has been scheduled for March 19 at 5:30 p.m., said Margie McCumbee Allgyer, town clerk.


- Trish Rudder

Weather stalls Sebert trial proceedings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Proceedings scheduled Wednesday in the jury trial for former Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District director Walter H. "Walt" Sebert Jr., were postponed because of inclement weather.

On Tuesday, the first day of the trial, 23rd Judicial Circuit judge Christopher C. Wilkes advised jurors that the court would follow the schedule of Berkeley County's public school district, which cancelled classes on Wednesday.

The trial is expected to resume today.

Family court judge bill clears committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Legislation to add a third Family Court judge for Berkeley and Jefferson counties cleared the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday and now appears on track to gain final passage on Friday.

With the panel's approval, House Bill 3106 is scheduled to be read a second time on the Senate floor today, according to Senate Clerk Darrell Holmes' office.

The bill would provide a total of 10 Family Court judges statewide. The number of cases handled by the 24th circuit's two judges now exceeds more than 3,000 per year, according to Family Court judge Sally Jackson.

Committee advances state budget bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Pending state budget legislation (House Bill 2007) advanced by the House Finance Committee late Tuesday includes appropriations for the following Eastern Panhandle fairs and Festivals:

Apollo Theater - Summer Program $2,000, Belle Boyd House $2,000, Berkeley County Youth Fair $3,500, Charles Town Christmas Festival $5,000, Charles Town Heritage Festival $5,000, Charles Town Summer Sampler $1,000, Christmas in Shepherdstown $4,000, General Adam Stephen Memorial Foundation 18,525, Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle $7,000, Jefferson Co. Black History Preservation Society $5,000, Jefferson Co. Historical Landmark Commission $8,000, Jefferson County African American Heritage Festival $5,000,

Jefferson County Fair Association $25,000, Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival $5,000, Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival $7,500, Norman Dillon Farm Museum $10,000, Old Opera House Theater Company $15,000, Old Tyme Christmas in Harpers Ferry $2,400, Ranson Christmas Festival $5,000, Ranson Festival $5,000, Sumner-Ramer Heritage, Inc. in Martinsburg, $3,000, West Virginia Roundhouse Rail Days $25,000, West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival $5,000 and the Winter Festival of the Waters in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., $5,000. The budget bill still must gain final approval by both the House of Delegates and Senate.

Harpers Ferry gets loan for water tank

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Corporation of Harpers Ferry a $350,000 loan through the Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan Program.

The funding will be used to replace the existing 190,000-gallon water tank built in 1917 with a new 261,000- gallon tank that will serve 826 customers.

"This is great news for these water customers in Harpers Ferry," Capito said in a news release. "Reliable access to clean water is a critical quality of life issue, and these funds will help ensure that access to those in Harpers Ferry."

The mission of the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program is to develop water and waste disposal, including solid waste disposal and storm drainage, systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000.

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