Town of Bath briefs

May 08, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

Town to discuss courthouse space

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The Bath Town Council will weigh all options on whether to purchase town office space in the proposed courthouse building, officials said Monday.

Councilman David Crosby, the town's finance chairman, said a rough cost estimate for town offices, without the Bath Police Department and the Warm Springs Public Service District, which have been housed in the same building with town offices, would be about 1,500 square feet and would cost $350,000.

The issue will be discussed at a special Bath Town Council meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Susan Webster said she will travel to Charleston, W.Va., on May 17 to meet with Gov. Joe Manchin regarding funding.

She said Manchin is in favor of government offices sharing the same building, and it is "worth a serious look."

Crosby said the town may be able to sell some property to pay for the space, and grants are available as well.


He said the council will make its decision and get the information to the Morgan County Commission after the next Bath Council meeting May 21.

About 400 business applications to go out

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - About 400 businesses in town will receive applications for the yearly business license, Police Chief James Minton said at Monday's council meeting.

After checking with the state auditor and tax department, all vendors in the Ice House Gallery must have a Bath business license as well as one from the state, he said.

The town license is $15 per year, said Barbara Cirigliano, police department administrative assistant.

Any new business that begins after Jan. 1 will pay only half, she said.

Council considering telephone switch

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. If the bill is easier to read than the current telephone service provided by Verizon, it looks like the town will switch to Fibernet.

At Monday's council meeting, David Alley, a Fibernet representative, said it can save about $3,000 per year for the town and Berkeley Springs Water Works, the town-owned water department.

Finance chairman and Councilman David Crosby said it looks very positive and the finance committee will look at a bill before making a decision.

Councilwoman Garnet Marsh, who is also on the finance committee, met with Alley before, and is in favor of the change, said Margie McCumbee Allgyer, town clerk.

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

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