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March 17, 2009


Bath budget has slight increase

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Town of Bath budget for fiscal year 2009-10 was approved by the town council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget of $639,691 is "similar to last year's," said Councilman David Crosby, who chairs the finance committee.

Crosby said the budget has an increase of $20,482 over last year, which includes a 3 percent increase in salaries and increased costs in health insurance.


No parking on Wilkes Street starts March 30

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- No parking will be allowed on Wilkes Street between Fairfax and Congress streets beginning March 30 due to the streetscape construction project.


At Tuesday's Bath Council meeting, streetscape committee member Larry Lower said curbs and sidewalks in the designated areas will go in first and the last thing to be done will be paving by the state Department of Highways.


Make It Shine program set for April 4

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Town of Bath is looking for volunteers to clean up the town in the annual Make It Shine program on Saturday, April 4.

At Tuesday's Bath Council meeting, Councilman Ryan Rebant said volunteers are to meet at 9 a.m. on the Fairfax Green, which is the median strip across from the new Morgan County Courthouse construction site. The cleanup will end at noon.

Town Recorder Irene Hedrick said Warm Springs Run behind Sheetz on South Washington Street has a lot of trash in it and needs to be cleaned out.


Bath police get new officer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Darrell Cox will join the Town of Bath Police Department on March 23, it was announced at Tuesday's town council meeting.

Councilman Dale Lutman, who chairs the public safety committee, said Cox was interviewed by the committee for the full-time position. Lutman recommended Cox for the job and the council unanimously approved the recommendation.

Cox, 21, of Berkeley Springs, served on a security force in Iraq with acting police chief Cpl. Craig Pearrell.

Pearrell said he thought Cox would be a great asset to the department.

"This gives the department more flexibility with hiring a full-time officer," Mayor Susan J. Webster said.

Cox will receive training at the West Virginia Police Academy, Pearrell said.


COPS grants to be pursued

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Town of Bath acting police chief Cpl. Craig Pearrell received approval from the Bath Town Council on Tuesday to gather information on Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program grants that are available as part of the federal stimulus package.

Pearrell said stimulus funds became available March 11 when President Obama signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 that provides funding for the COPS program.

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

-- Trish Rudder

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