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Webster sworn in as Bath mayor

June 29, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Town of Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster was sworn in Monday to serve the Bath town residents for another two-year term beginning July 1.

The swearing in was performed by Municipal Court Substitute Judge Margie Allgyer, who is also the Bath town clerk.

Webster, who has held the seat since 1996, won the June 9 mayoral race by a large margin against challenger Barbara Campbell.

After Webster's swearing in at Monday's special Bath Town Council meeting, new council member Jim Slough was sworn in by Webster, along with incumbents Ryan Rebant, Scott Merki and Irene Hedrick, the town recorder.

Incumbent councilman David Crosby and former councilman Kenny Easton will be sworn in as council members before July 1, she said.

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Webster's main focus is on water issues, she said after the meeting.

The council is waiting for the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, which is the first step in the application process for the upcoming $4.5 million water-line replacement project, she said.

Webster said PSC staff members have recommended its approval to the PSC commissioners.

The replacement project, called Phase Two, will address 33,000 linear feet of leaking water lines outside town limits. Leaks have led to a moratorium on new water taps since 2005 because the water department was pumping at a capacity above the PSC's regulation. 

Berkeley Springs Water Works is the town-owned water department. It serves about 1,600 customers.

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

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