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View past agendas and minutes for Morgantown City Council.
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Meeting Summary
Public Meetings
Public Hearings
  • An ordinance establishing a Sales and Use tax and reducing Business and Occupation tax rates.
    • Ty Miller spoke in favor of the sales tax because he believes it is a fair tax. He expressed his concern with how this would help businesses who do not collect a sales tax. 
    • Evelyn Ryan spoke about her concerns regarding where the funds collected from a new sales tax will be allocated. 
    • Kathryn Madison spoke about her belief in a progressive tax system. She also spoke about her concerns that a new sales tax would drive business out of the city. 
    • Danielle Trumble spoke in support of the sales tax. She also spoke about her concerns regarding where the funds collected from this tax will be allocated. 
    • Jayson Nicewarner spoke in support of the funds collected from a new sales tax going towards retirement funds for firefighters.  
Council Action
Unfinished Business

A. Consideration of approval of (second reading) of an ordinance establishing a Sales and Use tax and reducing Business and Occupation tax rates (First reading May 7, 2019).
  • This ordinance would add a 1 percent sales tax that would be used for BOPARC projects, obligations to retired city employees, and capital improvement projects. The remainder of revenue received after distribution will be deposited into the city’s General Fund. Additionally, this ordinance would also reduce Business and Occupation tax rates for retail and service industry businesses. The state tax office has asked the city to consider additional wording in this ordinance. (Passed 5-0)
  • An amendment was made to 733.10b to substitute the language in the ordinance. (Passed 5-0)
  • An amendment was made to change 733.15 to dedicate all sales tax revenue to a special revenue fund. (Passed 5-0)
B. Review of draft annexation application.
  • City Manager Paul Brake presented city council members with additional information regarding the city's draft annexation application for a minor boundary adjustment of 3.8 square miles.
C. Boards & Commissions
Positions are still available for anyone seeking to volunteer on one of the city's boards or commissions with a vacant seat. You can apply by visiting www.morgantownwv.gov/volunteer. There are vacancies on the following boards and commissions:
  • Fire Code of Appeals
  • Sister Cities Commission
  • Traffic Commission
  • Health and Wellness
  • Tree Board
  • The Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Library Board
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission
  • Housing Advisory Commission - WVU SGA Student
  • BOPARC
  • Parking Authority 
  • Ward and Boundary Commission
Public Portion
  • Joshua Eid-Ries spoke about his concerns regarding the closing of the parking garage on Pleasant Street. 
  • Louis Giuliani spoke about his concerns regarding the closing of the parking garage on Pleasant Street and the lack of communication between the city and it's businesses. 
  • Kathryn Madison spoke about her concerns regarding the pipeline construction in White Park. She presented and read a petition that collected 251 signatures. 
  • Evelyn Ryan spoke about her concerns regarding the wording of the sales and use tax ordinance. Additionally, she requested that the city place a map of the potential area for annexation on the door of City Hall. 
  • Twyla Meding spoke about her concerns regarding the pipeline construction in White Park. 
  • Elizabeth Sneathen presented two petitions regarding the pipeline construction in White Park. She also spoke about her concerns regarding this construction. 
  • Jason Coffman spoke about his concerns regarding the closure of the parking garage on Pleasant Street. 
  • Wilma Johnson spoke about her concerns regarding the pipeline construction in White Park. 
  • Danielle Trumble spoke about the misconception that BOPARC was involved in the decision to construct pipeline through White Park. 
  • Nick Stamm spoke about his concerns regarding pipeline construction through White Park. 
Special Committee Reports
  • No one chose to speak during this portion.
Consent Agenda 
  • There were no items on the consent agenda. 
New Business
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) of an ordinance amending the FY 2019 Annual Final Budget of the City of Morgantown as shown in the revised budget attached hereto and made a part of this ordinance as the same applies to the General Fund. 
    • This ordinance would amend the general fund with a net change of $395,205 to account for additional revenues that the city has collected as well as decreases in budgets for specific areas in the FY 2019 Annual Budget. (Passed 5-0)
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) of an ordinance amending the FY 2019 Annual Final Budget of the City of Morgantown as shown in the revised budget attached hereto and made a part of this ordinance as the same applies to the Coal Severance Fund. 
    • This ordinance would account for the additional funds in the amount of $7,500 that are being collected through the Coal Severance tax. These funds will be allocated to BOPARC. (Passed 5-0)
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution supporting the Dorsey Avenue Trail Project. 
    • This resolution is a notice of intent to improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on the city owned portion of Dorsey Avenue. These improvements would allow for safer travel of pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. (Passed 5-0)
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution supporting the White Park-Caperton Trail Connector Project. 
    • This resolution is a notice of intent to establish design improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists to access White Park Trail facilities from Caperton Trail. (Passed 5-0)
  • Consideration of approval of the Airport Improvement Fund FY 2019-2020 budget
    • City Manager Paul Brake presented City Council with the proposed budget for the Airport Improvement Fund in the amount of $3,729,872.(Passed 5-0)
City Manager's Report

Information   
New Business
  • Fair and Festival Permit - Second Annual Mandatory Fun Run Day  
    • A permit has been requested for the Second Annual Mandatory Fun Run Day being held at the National guard Readiness Center Saturday, May 25. (Passed 5-0)

City Clerk's Report 
  • Christine Wade thanked the staff and businesses for helping with the election. 
  • The Secretary of State's office will be in Council Chambers on June 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. to assist business owners with filing their annual reports.
  • The City Clerk and City Attorney will be meeting with the League of Women Voters to discuss the election process and ways to improve the election. 
  • The City Clerk is looking for feedback regarding the election process. 
May 22 - Housing Advisory
May 22 - Urban Landscape
May 23 - Land Reuse and Preservation
May 27 - Tree Board
May 28 - Committee of the Whole
May 30 - Woodburn School Redevelopment



   
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Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently openings for the following positions:
  • Videographer
  • GIS Analyst 
For more information, visit morgantownwv.gov/jobs.

There are currently openings on the following boards and commissions: 
  • Fire Code of Appeals
  • Sister Cities Commission
  • Traffic Commission
  • Health and Wellness
  • Tree Board
  • The Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Library Board
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission
  • Housing Advisory Commission - WVU SGA Student
  • BOPARC
  • Parking Authority 
  • Ward and Boundary Commission


For more information, visit morgantownwv.gov/volunteer.
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