Town of Bath briefs

March 22, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

K-9 Butch contributes to drug arrests

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bath Police Chief James Minton told the Bath Town Council on Monday night "the K-9 team has been extremely successful for these first two weeks."

Minton said about 20 drug arrests were made with the help of K-9 Butch.

"We stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, and if we feel we have a reason, we bring out the dog, and drugs have been discovered," Minton said.

"This town is not Mayberry anymore," Mayor Susan J. Webster said. "We have a lot of people coming through here."

"The dog gives you the ability to search if there is probable cause," she said.

K-9 Butch joined the Bath Police Department on March 5. He is a 2-year-old German Shepherd and is a "dual-purpose K-9" who will be used for patrol work as well as for drug searches, Minton said previously.

Sidewalk snow, ice, debris must be removed

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Effective immediately, no accumulation of snow or ice may be left on sidewalks in the Town of Bath and must be removed within 24 hours by the property owners or persons occupying the property adjacent to the sidewalk.


The ordinance unanimously was approved by the Bath Town Council at Monday night's meeting.

The ordinance stipulates that no accumulation of trash, debris or anything unsanitary is allowed on sidewalks or within 5 feet of the sidewalk and must be removed as well by property owners or residents.

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

According to the ordinance, the town "will be reimbursed by the property owner for any and all costs incurred in the prosecution or collection of outstanding fees associated with the violation."

Water pipe replacement update

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The water pipe replacement project in the Town of Bath is ahead of schedule, said Matt Fleeharty of Thrasher Engineering, the firm overseeing the construction.

Fleeharty told the Bath Town Council on Monday that 84 percent of the main line piping is complete and 79 percent of the new water meters are installed, with 76 percent of those meters in service.

He said repaving the affected streets will begin in April.

The completion deadline is July 17, but Thrasher expects the job to be finished by April or May.

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

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