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View past agendas and minutes for Morgantown City Council.
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Meeting Summary
Public Meetings
Correspondence
  • Proclamation for American Red Cross Month
    • The City of Morgantown declared March Red Cross Month in honor of those who support the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. 
  • Presentation by Barbara Watkins from Mainstreet Morgantown regarding the facade improvement project.
    • Barbara Watkins presented updates on the facade improvement project in the downtown area. 
Public Hearings
  • An ordinance adopting the annual budget for the City of Morgantown for the fiscal year 2019-2020. 
    • Danielle Trumble expressed her support for a city sales tax and increased funding for BOPARC.  
    • Guy Panrell asked the council to focus on city improvements when delegating money in the budget. 
    • Jonelle Strough spoke in support of increased funding for BOPARC.
    • Christine Wallace expressed her concerns regarding outsourcing and privatization of the city's legal department.
    • Alyssa Ponzurick expressed her concerns regarding the privatization of legal services for the city. 
  • An ordinance amending the FY 2018-2019 annual 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 (first reading March 5, 2019).
    • No one chose to speak to this issue. 
Council Action
Unfinished Business
A. Consideration of approval of (second reading) an ordinance adopting the annual budget of the City of Morgantown for the fiscal year 2019-2020 (first reading March 5, 2019). 
  • This ordinance would adopt the annual budget for fiscal year 2019-202 as is. Councilor Wallace requested that the council amend the budget to reflect last year's legal department budget. The amendment failed (4-3). Ordinance passed (6-1). 
B. Consideration of approval of (second reading) of an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2018-2019 annual budget of the City of Morgantown as shown in revised budget attached hereto and made part of this ordinance as the same applies to the general fund (first reading March 5, 2019). 
  • Adjustments have been made to the budget due to the projections of the B&O Tax. Additionally, increases have been made due to individual initiatives and the emergency funding for Marilla pool and Krepps pool. Passed (7-0).
C. Boards and Commissions
  • Fire Code Board of Appeals
    • Patrick Hathaway was nominated (Approved).
    • Johnathan McGee was nominated (Approved).
  • Traffic Commission 
    • Chip Wamsley was nominated (Approved). 
    • Francis Brownfield was nominated (Approved).
  • Housing Advisory Commission 
    • Brian Walker was nominated for reappointment (Approved).
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
  • Bicycle Board
  • Traffic Commission
  • Museum Commission
  • Tree Board
  • The Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Morgantown Green Team
  • Transit Authority 
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Library Board
  • Health and Wellness Commission
Public Portion
  • Guy Panrell spoke about his concerns regarding the lack of attention to walking trails in the city. He also spoke about his concerns regarding the administrative duties that have been assumed by the mayor. 
  • Johnathan Lazzell spoke about his concerns regarding  litter along city trails. 
  • Jonelle Strough presented an article about the preservation of a large park in the Pittsburgh area. She  addressed her concerns regarding the development of Haymaker Forest. 
  • Brianna Jackson spoke about her concerns regarding litter along city trails. 
Special Committee Reports
  • No one chose to speak during this portion.
New Business
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution approving the fiscal year 2019-2020 annual budget for the Morgantown Capital Escrow Fund, Morgantown Municipal Airport and Metropolitan Theatre Fund. 
    • The budget for the Capital Escrow Fund is currently $5,829,000. The budget for the Morgantown Municipal Airport, which includes the FBO and administrative costs is $2,674,000. The Metropolitan Theatre budget is $265,960. (Passed 7-0)
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution approving the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan.
    • This five year plan is required to be produced. The overall spending plan is $17,000,000. This resolution is presented for planning purposes. (Passed 7-0)
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) of an ordinance amending article 1743 "Floodplain Ordinance". 
    • This ordinance would allow for floodplain maps designed by FEMA to be adopted by the city. (Passed 7-0)
City Manager's Report

Information 
New Business
  • Main Street Morgantown - State of WV Birthday Festival Permit 
    • City Manager Paul Brake requested a motion to approve a permit for the State of WV Festival Permit. (Passed 7-0)
  • July 2019 City Council Meeting Calendar
    • Due to scheduling issues, City Manager Paul Brake presented alternate dates for the city council meeting in July 2019. Council decided to keep the meeting dates as is. 

City Clerk's Report 
  • City Clerk Christine Wade spoke about adjustments to the Boards and Commissions webpages.
  • Consideration of approval of setting pay for poll workers and ballot commissioners for the 2019 Morgantown city election. 
    • Currently, poll workers receive $115 for working election day and an additional $35 for training. City Clerk Christine Wade requested an increase to $150 dollars for working election day and an additional $50 for training. Currently, ballot commissioners receive $100 dollars for their services. Wade requested that their pay be increased to $125. This change will cost the city $2,000. 
  • City Clerk Christine Wade spoke about the upcoming city election on April 30. For more information visit the city website. 
  • The Police Department is still accepting applications for Police Officers. The deadline has been extended to April 1. Applications can be found on the Police Department webpage.
March 20 - Main Street Morgantown
March 20 - BOPARC
March 20 - Board of Zoning Appeals
March 20 - Historic Landmarks
March 21 - Library Board
March 21 - MPO Policy
March 21 - Museum Commission
March 21 - Human Rights
March 25 - Tree Board
March 26 - Committee of the Whole
March 27 - Housing Advisory
March 27 - Urban Landscape
March 28 - Land Reuse and Preservation
March 28 - Woodburn School Redevelopment


   
Check out the calendar on the City of Morgantown website for specific information on public meeting times and locations.


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Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

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

There are currently openings on the following boards and commissions: 
  • Fire Code of Appeals
  • Sister Cities Commission
  • Bicycle Board
  • Traffic Commission
  • Museum Commission
  • Tree Board
  • The Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Morgantown Green Team
  • Transit Authority 
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Library Board
  • Health and Wellness Commission


For more information, visit morgantownwv.gov/volunteer.
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