Berkeley Springs briefs

October 17, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

Town water system surveyed by state

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Results of the water system survey by the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) were given in written form to the Town of Bath and will be explained Nov. 6 by PSC director Geert Bakker.

At the Bath Town Council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Susan J. Webster said the town council requested the water system survey be done on the town-owned water department, Berkeley Springs Water Works.

Councilman David Crosby, a Water Works committee member and chairman of the Finance committee, said the survey was done to determine water rates, water use and the costs.

"We want to fundamentally look at changing the rate structure (and) going to a flat-rate structure."

"Basically those who use smaller amounts of water pay significantly more per gallon than those who use large amounts of water," Crosby said of the current rate structure.


The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at Town Hall on Wilkes Street.

Greenway Cemetery approved for survey

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved the cost of $1,700 to the town to survey Greenway Cemetery for annexation into the town limits.

At Tuesday night's meeting, Mayor Susan J. Webster said the Greenway Cemetery Committee received an estimate of $3,400 from Berkeley Land Surveys for the 20 1/2-acre survey for annexation. The committee will pay the other half, Webster said.

Greenway Cemetery is owned by the town, but is not controlled by the town ordinances. Annexation into the town limits would help protect the cemetery from vandalism and would be patrolled by the Bath Police Department, Webster had said.

Speeding on U.S. 522 discussed

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bath Police Chief James Minton told the Bath Town Council on Tuesday night that a tractor-trailer was stopped for speeding on U.S. 522 last Friday at 67 mph. The speed limit in town is 25 mph.

Minton said the driver was cited for several violations.

Councilman David Crosby said he was crossing the crosswalk on U.S. 522 and a Mercedes did not slow down or stop - the driver drove around him, he said.

Minton added he has stopped trucks in the early morning hours for speeding in town on U.S. 522.

He said a state Department of Highways official will meet with him to determine what types of signage are available to slow the traffic down through town.

Bath Police to receive fifth AAA award

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The fifth consecutive safety award from the American Automobile Association will be given to the Town of Bath Police Department next month.

At Tuesday night's Bath Town Council meeting, Bath Police Chief James Minton said the safety award ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 5.

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

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