Bath Town Council briefs

July 17, 2007

Bikes, skateboards draw complaints

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Some town businesses are complaining to the Bath Police Department about bike and skateboard riding on sidewalks.

Chief James Minton told the council members at the Bath Town Council meeting on Monday that the department is being "flooded with calls from businesses," and the ordinance needs an amendment to allow the police to confiscate the bikes and skateboards.

Mayor Susan Webster said she knows the riders do not have a place to ride, but they can't ride on the sidewalks.


Councilman David Crosby said it's a safety issue, and it was referred to the Ordinance Committee, which is chaired by Councilwoman Nancy Harvey.

Town looking at new water rate structure

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) representative, Elizabeth Purdue, met with Mayor Susan Webster and Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW) officials to look at a new water rate schedule.

Webster said the town-owned water department requested a cost study survey and wants to make a change in the water rate structure, but the request was denied in the past by the PSC.

Webster said she thinks more communities in the state are interested in changing the water rate structure.

Councilman David Crosby said water department customers who use large amounts of water pay a reduced rate of $1.43 per 1,000 gallons, but those using small amounts pay $9.30 per 1,000 gallons. "The current rate is outrageous," he said.

Webster said the report from Purdue is expected in two to three weeks.

"We need to give the small customer a break," Webster said.

Council meetings are set for Tuesdays

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - At Monday night's meeting, the Bath Town Council unanimously approved moving the Monday council meetings to Tuesday.

The meetings will now be held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

The next regular town council meeting will be on Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the town Municipal Center on Wilkes Street.

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

- Trish Rudder

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