Berkeley Springs briefs

June 04, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

Resident opposes plan for parking lot

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The plan for a six-car parking lot next to a Wilkes Street residence is meeting opposition.

At Tuesday night's Bath Town Council meeting, Tina Byers, the owner of Highspire, an 1894 Victorian home at 209 Wilkes St., told the council members that she and other property owners in town are in opposition of the parking area planned by the town's Streetscape Committee.

Highspire Gardens, an area next to the home, is filled with established flowering shrubs and trees and has "always been a green space for 114 years," Byers said. The area includes an 85-year-old maple tree.

Byers has maintained the garden and does not want it destroyed. She disagrees that the area belongs to the town.

Byers, a Berkeley Springs attorney, said she has received more than 100 signatures on the petition opposing the parking area.

Mayor Susan J. Webster said the problem will be worked out with the Streetscape committee.


A meeting is to be scheduled to discuss the matter before or after the June 10 Streetscape meeting, said Councilman Ryan Rebant.

Radios purchased for water department

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council approved a $3,000 purchase for radios that were used by the Berkeley Springs Fire Department.

At Tuesday night's meeting, Terry Largent, chief water operator of Berkeley Springs Water Works, the town-owned water department, said 10 portable radios, seven mobile units and one base are in good condition.

Largent said the purchase includes the antenna that will be placed on the town hall roof on Wilkes Street. He said the base radio will be used by Margie McCumbee Allyger, the town clerk.

The fire department received new radios from a federal Homeland Security grant, he said.

Largent said communication between the department employees is not always available due to spotty cell phone service.

Bath Street repair is moving forward

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - At Tuesday night's meeting, the Bath Town Council approved the $16,200 cost for repairing Bath Street.

Mayor Susan J. Webster said the cost will be split three ways the town, Warm Springs Public Service District and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, since all three dug into the street for water lines, sewer lines and the new church building construction.

Councilman Scott Merki, who chairs the Public Works committee, said New Enterprise Stone Co. of Warfordsburg, Pa. will reconstruct the street. Merki said he will get in touch with the owner, Don Kline to schedule the project.

The Town of Bath is the municipality inside Berkeley Springs.

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