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December 02, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

Berkeley Springs Town of Bath Police Dept. recognized



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Berkeley Springs Town of Bath Police Department has received the 2009 Community Traffic Safety Platinum Award, Bath Police Chief Craig A. Pearrell announced at Tuesday night's Bath Town Council meeting. 

This is the department's fifth consecutive platinum award and seventh overall safety award from AAA (Automoblie Association of America) for outstanding service. 

The department is judged in 18 categories from DUI checkpoints to pedestrian safety, he said.  

"We acknowledged the safety problems in the Town of Bath and we corrected them," Pearrell said, "and we supplied AAA with all the statistics to show how the resolutions are effective."  

"This is a group effort," and the department is already working toward next year's award, he said.

 

Amnesty period approved for parking fines



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Bath Town Council approved a 30-day amnesty period for outstanding parking tickets at Tuesday night's meeting.

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The amnesty period will waive all overdue fines, and only the face value of the ticket will be charged, Bath Police Chief Craig Pearrell said.  

A letter will be sent to each person with outstanding parking tickets indicating the date the amnesty period will go into effect, Pearrell said.

If the ticket is not paid by the end of the 30-day amnesty period, the vehicle will be booted and all fines must be paid within 24 hours. If the fines are not paid, the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense.  

Once the vehicle is booted, the owner will be charged a $50 boot fee, and once the vehicle has been towed, the owner will be charged for the $50 boot fee, the cost of the ticket and the towing cost, Pearrell said. 

Pearrell said Wednesday that 750 parking tickets have not been paid from January 2008 to September 2009. The parking ticket fine is $8.  

"We are giving people a chance to pay their fines, but the program will be strictly enforced with zero tolerance," he said.

 

Free holiday parking approved



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Bath Town Council approved "bagging" parking meters Dec. 19 to 26 to allow free parking. 

It's the town's Christmas present to the community, Councilman Jim Slough said at Tuesday night's council meeting.

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

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