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September 08, 2010

Bath police department gets two new vehicles



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A pair of 2010 Dodge Chargers soon will become part of the Town of Bath Police Department.

Attorney Charles Trump presented the lease purchase agreement from Citizens National Bank at Tuesday night's Bath Town Council meeting, and the council adopted a resolution to sign it.

The cost for the vehicles is $40,849 at 6 percent interest, and the two-year agreement ends in September 2012, Trump said.

Police Chief Craig A. Pearrell, who attended the meeting by telephone, said the vehicles are fitted with the "police package" that includes heavy-duty brakes and suspension.

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Pearrell said the vehicles were being shipped from Canada and should arrive about Sept. 20.

New streetlights going up on Wilkes Street



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- As part of the town's streetscape project, new lights will be installed this week on Wilkes Street.

Town of Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster said Streetscape Committee member Larry Lower told her the lights arrived two weeks early and will be installed starting today.

Hotel-motel tax revenues are less than expected



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Town of Bath Clerk Margie Allgyer told the Bath Town Council that the $37,000 budgeted in hotel-motel tax revenues most likely will fall short.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, Allgyer said only $13,000 in hotel-motel tax revenues came to the town at the end of June, the last quarter of the fiscal year.

Allgyer said the Bath Police Department has talked with delinquent business owners and the owners have responded, but some of the payments include taxes that were due in 2009 and cannot be counted against the 2010 budget.

Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster said she wants to scale the budget back and "relook at the $37,000 figure."

"We have a collection problem," Councilman Jim Slough said.

"We need to set up a system and basically set up a law (because) ... we can't make (budgetary) decisions with the information we have," he said."Business is soft and we are not going to get $37,000."

Snowstorm reimbursement received



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Councilman Ryan Rebant told the Bath Town Council at Tuesday night's meeting that $17,940 was received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the cost of last winter's snowstorms.

Rebant suggested that the town-owned water department, Berkeley Springs Water Works, be paid about $4,000 for the hours the employees worked to plow snow from the town.

Councilman Jim Slough suggested the town pay all the snow-related liabilities before any money goes to the water department.

Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster said she wanted to take a look at everything before paying the water department.

The council decided to put the money in an account and make a decision after everything is reviewed.

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

-- Trish Rudder

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