2017-03-15 / News

Town of Bath briefs

by Trish Rudder


This undated class photo of Mr. Talbott’s seventh grade homeroom at Berkeley Springs Junior High includes a young Reid Tyrone Styers. Members of the Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund are hoping former classmates might be able to share information about Styers’ life between the time he moved from Morgan County and enlisted in the U.S. Army. This undated class photo of Mr. Talbott’s seventh grade homeroom at Berkeley Springs Junior High includes a young Reid Tyrone Styers. Members of the Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund are hoping former classmates might be able to share information about Styers’ life between the time he moved from Morgan County and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Live stream council meetings?

At the March 7 meeting, councilwoman “Peace” White said she is interested in live streaming the town council meetings and asked local tech expert Jack Kelly to make a presentation to the council members.

Kelly said he thinks recording meetings to make them available to people who can’t make the meetings is a good thing.

He suggested putting live streaming on the town’s social media page.

“An iPhone and a tripod is all that’s needed,” he said.

He said he would show and help the person who will be doing the streaming.

“It’s very simple,” he said.

Kelly said since the town will be using its wireless network at town hall, there would be no additional cost to the town.

“It’s basically free.”

Before approving the idea, Mayor Scott Merki said he wanted to discuss it with the other council members who were not in attendance on March 7.

“Let’s table it and bring it up at the next meeting.”

Hazard Mitigation

Plan Adopted

The town council adopted the 2017-01 multi-jurisdictional mitigation plan that was updated for Berkeley and Morgan counties by Region 9 (Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council).

The town council worked with Region 9 to update this plan, Merki said.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires state and local governments to develop and submit for approval “a mitigation plan that outlines processes for identifying their respective natural hazards, risks and vulnerabilities,” according to the adoption resolution.

The town has to have a mitigation plan in effect to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding if any disaster occurs, Merki said.

New town clerk began March 6

Newcomer Melinda Holliday is the new town clerk who will take over the responsibilities of Deb Peck.

Merki said the clerk’s position was advertised and about seven people were interviewed by the council for the job.

“The council chose to hire Melinda,” he said.

He said it was Peck’s decision to make a change when water department clerk, Betty Kelley said she would retire at the end of April.

Peck is training Holliday during this transition period and will take over Kelley’s role as clerk for the Berkeley Springs Water Works when Kelley retires.

Streetscapes Phase Four

Streetscapes co-chair Larry Lower said the planning process has begun for Phase Four of the Streetscapes project that entails a six-block area in town.

The sidewalks to be addressed are on the streets of Fairfax to Union, Wilkes to Mercer, Washington down to Depot and some side street sidewalks that are “in bad shape,” Lower said.

Phase Four construction will not begin until 2018, Lower had said.

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