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Berkeley Springs briefs

June 02, 2010

Berkeley Springs water line replacement 80 percent complete

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Randy Watson of Thrasher Engineering, who oversees the contractors replacing the water lines outside the Town of Bath, said Tuesday that Heritage Construction's work is 80 percent complete and Snyder Environmental's work is 58 percent complete as of May 21.

He said the contractors who were hired by Berkeley Springs Water Works, the town-owned water department, are working on Biser Street, Jimstown Road and U.S. 522.

Watson said he requested the U.S. 522 work be done in the middle of the week and not on Mondays or Fridays to avoid traffic problems.

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He said the water department is still pumping water 22 hours a day because of leaking lines that have not yet been replaced. He said the effectiveness of the line improvements will not be known until the project is finished.

The original $4.5 million cost for the Phase 2 water pipe replacement project was reduced by half through grants and federal stimulus funding, according to Mayor Susan J. Webster.

The project began in November 2009 and completion is expected by the end of this year, Watson said.

The water department has about 1,600 customers inside and outside town limits.

Street crew has supervisor

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Bath Town Council has hired a street crew leader.

Resident Rodney Steiner was hired as a supervisor to the two other street employees, Councilman Kenny Easton said Tuesday.Steiner will work 32 hours a week beginning Monday and will be paid $10.50 per hour, Easton said.

-- Trish Rudder

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