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Bath street to get facelift with entities sharing costs

September 26, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Street repairs to Bath Street are estimated to cost about $15,000, and instead of patching the street individually, the sewer and water departments are working together.

With an entrance on Bath Street, new water, sewer and power lines were installed under the street for the new addition to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.

Construction has been going since last year, and the narrow street from Mercer to Washington has been avoided by many because of its poor condition.

Town of Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster said Andy Jurick, chairman of the sewer department's Warm Springs Public Service District, suggested that the street repair cost be shared by the town's water department, the sewer department, and the church. He also suggested the repairs be done after the work is finished instead of each unit repairing and patching their portion.

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Jurick said he is also a building committee member for the church project, and both the building committee and the sewer department were in favor of the shared repairs.

Councilman Kenny Easton, who chairs the Public Works Committee for the Town of Bath, said this is a great idea of entities working together.

Easton said the church addition should be finished by the end of November and the street repair will be done in the spring.

He said the bidding process for hiring a contractor will be handled by the town.

The top half of the street will be reconstructed to improve drainage, Easton said, and the bottom half will be repaired and repaved and tied in.

"It's a large job," he said.

Jurick said for future projects "we hope to work together with the town's water department on paving repairs when feasible."

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