Berkeley Springs briefs

June 05, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

New chief water operator hired

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Terry Largent was hired as the new chief water operator for the town-owned water department Berkeley Springs Water Works.

At Monday night's town council meeting, Mayor Susan Webster said Largent is a Class III water operator with 24 years of experience in the Eastern Panhandle water industry. He is from Hedgesville, W.Va., and will begin full-time responsibilities June 11.

His annual salary is $35,000, Webster said.

Largent is employed as the chief water operator and utility operator at the Kodak/Creo/Spectratech Company in Middleway, W.Va.

He replaces Kevin Hancock.

Weekday farmers market begins July 12

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Farmers' Market will be open on Thursdays from July 12 to Oct. 4.

The Bath Town Council approved the 13 Thursdays at Monday night's council meeting to see how well the market is received during a weekday.


Six vendors will set up booths on the southwest side of Fairfax Street and will be open from 3 to 6 p.m., said Farmers' Market chair Larry Lower.

The northwest side of Fairfax Street will be open to traffic to Wilkes Street and parking.

Traffic will be closed to Fairfax Street from Wilkes Street from 2 to 6 p.m. on those Thursdays.

Saturday parking is on 'honor system'

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Councilman Kenny Easton wanted to clarify the Saturday meter parking "honor system" instituted by the Bath Police Department recently.

At Monday's Town Council meeting, Easton said the honor system applies to legal meter parking when the meter has expired only a few minutes.

A courtesy card is placed on the windshield instead of a ticket to alert the owner that more money is needed.

A ticket will be issued for those who park illegally, such as in front of fire hydrants or too close to the corner, he said.

Susan Webster, Bath mayor, said "the logic in meter parking is there is a turnover of parking spots."

Bath Police Chief James Minton said, "Tickets will be written on Saturdays, and parking in front of stores is for customers."

Minton said the honor system is in the "experimental stage" to learn what is best for businesses and for the police department.

"It's worth a try to use the honor system only on Saturday," Webster said.

The courthouse site has been turned into a parking lot for the courthouse complex, Webster said, and the area can be used for parking on the weekends to relieve some of the parking problems. A sign needs to be put up in the alley to direct parking, she said.

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

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