2017-05-24 / News

Bath council briefs

by Trish Rudder

At the May 16 town council meeting, Councilman Andy Swaim, who heads up the town’s tree board, said there is no tree available from the Arbor Day Foundation this year.

A Kwanzan cherry tree was to be planted in North Berkeley Community Park on Williams Street to celebrate Arbor Day, April 11, but there was a problem with the supplier, said Urban Forestry Coordinator Bob Hannah of the W.Va. Division of Forestry.

Hannah was to pick up the tree from the supplier in Parkersburg.

Swaim said the tree board will order a tree for the community park, and it will be purchased with grant funding for additional plantings in the fall or early next year.

Live streaming still on hold

The town council was not ready to vote on whether to live stream the council meetings over the internet.

Councilwoman Tiffany “Peace” White asked the council last month to consider live streaming the meetings that could be viewed on the town’s social media page.

“Live streaming is a great benefit to the people,” White said on May 16.

Councilman Rick Weber said other organizations in town do not offer live streaming its meetings.

It is not offered by the Morgan County Commission, the Morgan County Board of Education or the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce. The town council would be the first to offer live streaming.

White said she was ready for the council to vote on it.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Skinner said she thought live streaming was “not necessary.” Skinner said she preferred people to attend the council meetings.

Town Recorder Vince Kidwell was concerned about archiving the streamings, but White said they do not have to be kept.

She said she has received good responses when she asked people about live streaming the council meetings.

Councilman Chris Chapman said he would like to see a plan first and Mayor Scott Merki agreed.

“Can we work up a plan on how we would do it?” Merki asked.

“Who would be responsible?” Councilman Andy Swaim said.

Merki suggested the council get a plan and set up who would do it before moving forward.

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Come on, you guys. All you

Come on, you guys. All you have to do is put an iPhone on a tripod, tune it into the town's Facebook page and go Live! You don't need a whole camera crew!!!