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Coin flip determines final council seat

June 25, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA.

The 1972 Eisenhower silver dollar was flipped.

Bath Town Council candidate Scott Merki called "heads" while it was in the air.

And when it landed on the floor of Bath Town Hall, Merki won the fifth seat on the council Monday.

Merki and Dave Duncan were tied at 65 votes each after the June 12 election ballots were canvassed. At a special meeting last Thursday, the candidates agreed to break the tie with a coin tossed by Barbara Cirigliano, the Bath Police Department secretary.

Bending down to get a good look at the coin on the floor, Cirigliano said, "It's heads," confirming the silver dollar landed face up.

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Merki said since the town council decided last Thursday he was to make the call, "heads was the first thing that popped in my mind."

"I asked a lot of people what they thought, and the general consensus was to call 'heads,'" he said.

Merki called the coin toss because his name was listed higher on the ballot than Duncan.

"I'm hoping I'll do a good job and support the Bath citizens. The town- and state-maintained roads need to be brought up to speed and the completion of the water project" are his concerns, he said.

Merki, 44, is a HVAC technician with Ed's Refrigeration and Air Conditioning in Edgewater, Md. He repairs supermarket refrigeration in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Duncan, a former council member, said, "He'll do good; we've known each other for a long time."

Merki, who ran for a council position twice before, was sworn in by Mayor Susan J. Webster, who was re-elected to that position and has served as mayor since 1996.

Also sworn in were Councilmen Kenny Easton, Dale Lutman and David Crosby, and town recorder Garnet Marsh.

The new council begins its two-year term Sunday.

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

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