Eight candidates seek five seats on Bath Town Council

June 08, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Two candidates are running for mayor and eight are seeking five seats on the Bath Town Council in Tuesday's town election.

A mayor and a town council will be chosen for a new two-year term which begins July 1. Polls are open at Town Hall on Wilkes Street from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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

Two candidates are running for mayor, eight candidates for the five council seats, and Town Recorder Garnet Marsh is running unopposed.

The candidates were asked to respond to two questions: What is the main issue facing the town and why should people vote for them? Here are their answers:


Town recorder

Incumbent Garnet Marsh, 52, of 1 Congress St., was elected in 2005. Marsh said there are many issues facing the town, and one is "water, the pipe project continuation and meeting the needs of more customers as the county grows."

Marsh wants the water source protected and more funding is needed for additional water tanks.

Marsh believes another issue is crime prevention, and she plans to concentrate on that in the next two years.

She also wants to find a balance between the needs of locally-focused businesses and residents and the needs of businesses that rely mainly on tourism.

Town Council

Incumbent David Crosby, 69, of 49 Independence St., has been on the town council since August 2003.

Crosby believes the single most important issue for the town is the availability of water.

"We may have to limit water usage this summer. We need to find other sources of water, and we need to increase our treatment capacity," he said.

Crosby feels he should be re-elected.

"To do a good job on the council you must spend at least 20 hours a month. I have been willing to do this and will continue to do so. I believe the decisions I made on the council have been in the best interest of a majority of the citizens of the Town of Bath," he said.

Dave Duncan, 45, of 28 N. Washington St., said the main issue facing the town is the water supply. "It is limited and the spring can only supply water to so many people," he said.

Duncan believes the building developers want water, and the town has to figure out how to accommodate them without having a detrimental impact on current users.

He wants to be voted in, he said, because he served on the council for four years and was chairman of the public safety committee, which is the Bath police department.

He worked with Chief Tony Lynch on procuring grants for the town and helped the department to grow in a positive direction "and taking the police department into the 21st century," Duncan said.

"I want to help out the community again."

Incumbent Kenny Easton, 59, of 266 Independence St., Apt. 1, was elected to the town council in 2005.

Easton said with so much going on in the town, "the main issue is handling the different transition periods during the multiple improvement projects before us."

These include "the uncertain future of the courthouse construction, the working construction projects within our town limits; future projects including new sewer lines, street and sidewalk improvements under (the) streetscape project, possible improvements to our own Town Hall, and additional water line replacement; and last, but certainly not least, parking improvements," he said.

Easton feels the town must ensure a successful completion of the projects "while maintaining as comfortable and welcoming a business environment for our vendors and their customers as we possibly can."

Incumbent Nancy Russell Harvey, 74, of 167 Wilkes St., has been a council member since 2003. Harvey said:

"The Town of Bath needs to protect our precious clean spring water. The water source is finite, and the town must use it wisely by limiting hookups to new developments and searching for new sources of water."

"We also need to pursue grants for a large storage water tank for the town," she said.

Harvey wants to be re-elected. She said, "I have contributed to the town by establishing a West Virginia Certified Local Government and revitalizing The Town of Bath Historic Landmark Commission. These designations enabled the town to receive two grants for the historic preservation of our town established in 1776."

"I have worked with the council on many issues, and we are starting to see some results of efforts - new water pipes, better financial base, and good cooperation among the council members and preserving and protecting our town," Harvey said.

Incumbent Dale Lutman, 60, of 154 Harrison St., was appointed to the council in 1999 and has been re-elected to the council every two years.

Lutman said, "I think the most important issue facing the Town of Bath is applying for grants for the upkeep of the town."

He said funding sources that were available 10 to 15 years ago are no longer there because more towns are applying for grants.

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