Bath council approves second food truck event, gets meeting updates

by Trish Rudder

At the August 8 meeting, the Bath Town Council voted to approve the Morgan County-Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce request to host a Food Truck Festival on Friday, September 8 in downtown Berkeley Springs.

The food trucks will be located on West Fairfax and West Congress streets and the festival hours are 5 to 9 p.m., said Chamber Executive Director Happy Rone.

As requested by Mayor Scott Merki at the July 25 council meeting, Rone conducted a survey to learn if the area business owners approved of the festival before the council voted on it.

Rone said the survey was sent to “our entire email list of over 400, and was available to anyone who chose to fill it out.”

She said she received 63 responses that approved the food truck festival event and only two responses were against it.

Councilman Tom Hall said he initially was against the request, but changed his mind after talking to business owners that said they are happy with the increased foot traffic the festivals bring to the town.

Mayor Scott Merki announced that Historic Landmarks Commission president John Mason resigned his position on August 4. The HLC met on Thursday, August 3.

Mayor Merki said Councilwoman Beth Skinner, who is a member of the Landmarks Commission “may well take over,” he said. “We will ask her if she will.”

Next meeting

The Bath Town Council meetings in July and August were conducted on the second and fourth Tuesdays.

The next council meeting is on Tuesday, August 22.

The September and forward meetings will resume on the first and third Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall.