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September 05, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

Town recorder turns in resignation

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Garnet Marsh, town recorder for Bath, resigned her position effective Sept. 30.

Marsh is moving outside the town limits and no longer is eligible to serve on the town council, Mayor Susan J. Webster said at Tuesday's night's council meeting.

"Garnet is and will continue to be an advocate for the Town of Bath," Webster said.

Webster said the council members will fill in where they are needed until someone is appointed.

The recorder position might be filled by one of the current council members, she said, and if that happens, a new council member will be appointed.

Marsh was re-elected to her second two-year term in June.

Council OKs animal control guidelines

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved animal control guidelines Tuesday night, which became effective immediately.


The guidelines include:

· The Bath Police Department can pick up any dog not wearing valid registration tags.

· Dogs cannot run at large, and owners can face a fine of $50 for a first offense and $100 for a second offense.

· No person may walk a dog on any public property unless they possess and use a sanitary and practical means for disposing the animal excrement. Violators can be fined $25 per offense.

· Dogs cannot be tethered, fastened, tied, chained or restrained and left unattended for a significant period of time to any stationary object on the owner's property or on the property of the owner's landlord.

· Adequate shelter must be maintained for outside dogs.

The ordinance states those found in violation of the ordinance will be given a warning and 14 days to correct the problem. If they fail to comply, they will be fined and the dog will be confiscated.

Town approves bicycle ordinance

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting bicycles on designated sidewalks in the Town of Bath and added fines for violators.

The designated sidewalk areas are on Washington Street (U.S. 522) from W.Va. 9 east to W.Va. 9 west and on Fairfax Street from Green Street to Wilkes Street.

A first-time offender will be fined $25, a second offense within one year will be fined $35 and a third offense within one year will result in the bicycle being impounded with a $50 fine for it to be returned.

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

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