KEYSER, W.Va. — Keyser Councilman
Herman Judy has filed for the
four-year term of mayor.
If elected, Judy said he hopes to do
away with the businesses and occupation
and fire taxes and hopes to bring
more businesses and jobs into the
area. The B&O tax makes up 28 percent
of the city’s income and if more
businesses came into the city it could
be reduced, city officials have said in
“People should vote for me because
I’m a good guy and I’m very well
known in Keyser,” said Judy. “If elected
I will try to do everything right. I’m
not going to try and ‘gip’ everybody.”
Judy plans on talking to prospective
businesses about moving to Keyser.
If elected, Judy also plans on getting
a bridge built so residents in the
North end of Keyser can evacuate
should an emergency situation occur.
The bridge would
likely span the
Potomac River from
Maryland to the
North End of the city.
“You never know
when something is
going to happen,” he
Should a train
derail, some 500 residents
on the North End could be
stranded, because the only two railroad
crossings at Main and East
streets are close enough together to
be simultaneously blocked, he said.
Judy also plans to lower the proposed
sewer rate increase. In December,
the council voted to increase the
sewer rate by 96.5 percent, with Judy
voting against the hike.
The rate increase is needed, officials
say, to support a new $26.2 million
sewer treatment plant and won’tgo into effect until a substantial
completion of the sewer
project takes place in about
two years. A new sewer plant
is required by the U.S. Environmental
and the West Virginia Department
of Environmental Protection
to meet Chesapeake
Bay restoration mandates for
limits on nitrogen and phosphorus.
Judy, who has been a councilman
for a little more than
two years, also hopes to get
the Strawberry Festival
moved back downtown, in
hopes of drawing a larger
crowd. He also plans to reduce
the speed limit on Main Street
to 15 mph and plans to clean
up blighted properties in the
Those interested in filing for
the office of mayor have until
Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m. to turn in
their application. The election
will be held on June 10.
Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@
KEYSER, W.Va. — Keyser Councilman
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