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Town of Bath briefs

April 17, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

Town approves flat water rate

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - An ordinance introducing a flat water rate structure was unanimously approved by the Bath Town Council on Tuesday night.

Berkeley Springs Water Works, the town-owned water department, supplies water to its customers inside and outside town limits.

Councilman David Crosby, who chairs the Finance committee, said a flat rate of $8.77 per 1,000 gallons will bring a 13.3 percent increase in revenue.

He said the majority of customers - those who use between 9,000 and 10,000 gallons of water a quarter - will see a "slight increase."

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People who have been paying the minimum of $55.80 a quarter will see a decrease to $52.62, said Crosby.

Those who use a lot of water will see a substantial increase, he said. For example, spas will see a $50 per month increase.

Crosby said the proposed rate structure is planned to go into effect on July 1. He said water rates have not been increased since January 2006.

According to the ordinance, "this rate increase is necessary to pay anticipated debt service on the bonds to be issued to upgrade (Phase II) the Town's water system and replace antiquated water lines."

Mayor Susan J. Webster said the second reading and a public hearing will be held at the next council meeting on May 6 at 6 p.m.

Water pumps to get regulators

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The chief water operator of Berkeley Springs Water Works said 57 percent of water is still being lost through the water lines.

At Tuesday's Bath Town Council meeting, Terry Largent, said a soft start drive for each of the two water pumps would cost $14,600, and he recommended the drives be purchased.

He said it might help reduce the water leaks because without these regulators, the pump pressure might be contributing to leaks.

The Town of Bath is the municipality inside Berkeley Springs.

Make It Shine

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The Bath Town Council announced on Tuesday it will clean up the town on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed, said Councilman Scott Merki, and bags and gloves will be provided.

Interested participants are to meet at Town Hall on Wilkes Street at 9 a.m. The rain date is May 3, he said.

The Town of Bath is the municipality inside Berkeley Springs.

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