2017-11-29 / Front Page

Town parking free, meters decorated for the holidays

by Trish Rudder


A “lollypop” covered meter on West Fairfax Street was created by Abby Wood. photo by Trish Rudder A “lollypop” covered meter on West Fairfax Street was created by Abby Wood. photo by Trish Rudder The Bath Town Council and the local Chamber of Commerce are working together to not only provide free parking over the holidays but to also allow the bagged meters to be covered with holiday decorations.

The council voted to offer free parking with bagged meters from November 23 to January 1 on West Fairfax Street, on South Washington Street to The Country Inn and on North Washington Street to the Rag Shop at Independence Street.

Lori Hansroth, executive director of the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce said the decorations were open to individuals, families and businesses.

The bagged parking meters were all claimed by Monday and will be decorated by Friday, December 1 to be ready for this Saturday’s Winter Fest parade in Berkeley Springs.

Hansroth said next year she hopes to expand the meter decorating into a contest.

Councilman Chris Chapman said the town is “running ahead on meter funds.” He made a motion to bag the meters from November 23 to January 1 and Councilwoman Elizabeth Skinner seconded the motion.

Finance committee chair Andy Swaim said the town collects about $2,000 to $2,500 a month in parking.

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