Berkeley Springs briefs

July 07, 2008

Town searches for water project loans

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The $4.5 million needed for water department upgrades for the Berkeley Springs Water Works, which is owned by the Town of Bath, was the main topic at Tuesday night's council meeting.

The Infrastructure and Job Development Council (IJDC) and the Drinking Water Treatment and Research Fund (DWTRF) in Charleston, W.Va., were two possible loan sources with whom Mayor Susan J. Webster and Margie McCumbee Allgyer, the town clerk, met last week.

Allgyer said the total amount of the loans would be $4.5 million. The DWTRF is a 40-year-loan at 0 percent and the IJDC is 30-year-loan at 1 percent.

Municipal Center to receive facelift

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A $5,000 Community Participation grant was received by the town to spruce up the Town of Bath's Municipal Center.


Councilman Ryan Rebant, who chairs the grant committee, said the funds will be used for emergency repairs and improvements to the building.

The soffits and gutters need to be replaced as soon as possible, he said.

Windows and doors will be better secured and outside lighting will be improved for better security.

Town Clerk Margie McCumbee Allgyer said the building also needs to be painted and it needs better wheelchair accessibility.

Rebant said he is applying for a $5,000 technology grant from the Community Connect Foundation which will improve security by installing cameras at the water department and town hall. The Town of Bath is the municipality inside Berkeley Springs.

- Trish Rudder

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