Cumberland Times-News

January 16, 2014

Keyser council member Herman Judy launches mayoral campaign

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— 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

the past.

“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

said.

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

Protection Agency

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

city.

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@

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