Annexation of Olde English Cemetery moves forward

by Trish Rudder

The formal resolution to allow the town to annex in the Olde English Cemetery on Whisner Avenue was approved by the Bath Town Council on April 19.

Resolution 2022-04-02 outlines the town’s desire “to follow this course of action,” according to the minutes of the April 19 council meeting.

On March 1, the council voted unanimously to allow the town’s attorney, Richard Gay, to move forward with annexing the Olde English Cemetery into the town boundary.

The cemetery “abuts and is contiguous with the Town of Bath, consisting of a parcel known as the Olde English Cemetery,” according to the resolution.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Skinner, who chairs the Cemetery committee,  has been working with the town’s attorney, Richard Gay, who prepared the legal documents.

The application to annex the cemetery was also approved by the town council and was signed by Mayor Scott Merki and Town Recorder, Susan Webster, which will be sent to the Morgan County Commission.

The third legal document regarding the annexation of the Olde English Cemetery was the petition requesting annexation, which was approved by the council and signed by Merki and Webster.

The plat to be annexed is 1.377 acres, according to the land survey.

West Virginia municipalities are allowed to increase their corporate limits by a method known as minor boundary adjustments.