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View past agendas and minutes for Morgantown City Council.
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Meeting Summary
Public Meetings
Public Hearings
  • Consideration of approval of (second reading) an ordinance amending the FY 2019-2020 annual budget of the City of Morgantown as it applies to the General Fund (first reading 7/16/2019). 
    • James Giuliani expressed concerns over the $985,000 lawsuit settlement of his property on Forest Avenue, and asked to see detailed accounting of funds. Mr. Giuliani also inquired about increased funding from the previous fiscal year regarding the city arborist, and requested the City's budget process be more accessible to the general public. 
  • Consideration of approval of (second reading) an ordinance amending the FY 2019-2020 annual budget of the City of Morgantown as it applies to the Coal Severance Fund (first reading 7/16/2019). 
    • There were no public comments on this issue. 
Council Action
Unfinished Business
  • Consideration of approval of (second reading)  an ordinance amending the FY 2019-2020 annual budget of the City of Morgantown as it applies to the General Fund (first reading 7/16/2019). 
    • This budget amendment would increase the budget by $1.4 million based upon increased revenues in the city. Money will be allocated to a number of areas including; the contingency fund ($545,900), the hiring of an IT Manager, increased contribution to the post-employment benefits fund ($250,000), the city attorney's budget for litigation expenses ($525,000) and BOPARC. (Passed 6-0)
  • Consideration of approval of (second reading) an ordinance amending the FY 2019-2020 annual budget of the City of Morgantown as it applies to the Coal Severance Fund (first reading 7/16/2019). 
    • This budget amendment would decrease money in the Coal Severance Fund by $5,300. The money in this fund goes directly towards BOPARC for capital improvements, but does not affect their daily operations. (Passed 6-0)
  • 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
  • The Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Library Board
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission
  • Housing Advisory Commission
  • Ward and Boundary Commission
  • Tree Board
  • BOPARC
  • Parking Authority
  • Building Commission
  • Fairmont/Morgantown Housing Authority 
Public Portion
  • Captain Matthew Solomon, Secretary of the Police Pension Fund, asked the council members to authorize overpayments of the Police Pension Fund to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
  • Melvin Lewis asked the  council members to authorize overpayments of the Police and Fire Pension Funds to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
  • Karen Giuliani expressed her concerns about the City Council, City Manager, Code Enforcement Department and the Morgantown Utility Board. 
  • James Giuliani expressed his concerns with Sunnyside Up! and the status of his settlement agreement for his properties on Forest Avenue. 
  • Jason Nicewarner asked the council members to authorize overpayments of the Police and Fire Pension Funds to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
  • Delegate Daniel Walker addressed the significant need of the service members who receive pensions, and expressed solidarity with the firefighters and police officers urging the council to authorize overpayments. 
  • John Williams asked the council members to authorize overpayments of the Police and Fire Pension Funds to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
  • Philip Scott asked council members to authorize overpayments of the Police and Fire Pension Funds to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
  • Todd Stanbrook expressed concern regarding the dates of four signatures and addresses on councilor Barry Wendell’s candidate petition for the 2019 municipal election. 
  • Gary Freshour spoke on behalf of the Fire Pension Board, and asked council members authorize overpayments of the Police and Fire Pension Funds to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
  • Max Humphreys asked council members to authorize overpayments of the Police and Fire Pension Funds to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
  • Gary Tibbs asked council members to authorize overpayments of the Police and Fire Pension Funds to ensure those receiving pensions do not face a reduction in monthly payout. 
New Business
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) an ordinance designating and declaring Second Street restricted to one-way traffic from University to Grant Avenue. 
    • This ordinance, recommended by the Traffic Commission, will change Second Street from a two-way to a one-way street, and place five to six parking meters on the north side of Second Street between University and Grant Avenue. (Passed 6-0) 
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) an ordinance authorizing and approving the acquisition, equipping and improvement by the Morgantown Land Reuse and Preservation Agency of Real Property located at 430 Spruce Street. 
    • This will grant authority to the Land Reuse and Preservation Agency to enter into contracts to acquire real estate property at 430 Spruce Street in order to accommodate the city's growing need for office space. The purchase price for the property is $1,250,000 with other expenses like renovation costs ($176,000) and Public Space Improvements($115,000) added as well. The Public Hearing on this issue is scheduled for August 20th.(Passed 6-0)
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution approving terms of the Lease Revenue Bonds, series 2019 of the City of Morgantown Land Reuse and Preservation Agency. 
    • The resolution was prepared by bond counsel to authorize the principal amount not to exceed $2,000,000. The finalized version, that includes the terms and interest rates, will be presented at the August 20th, 2019 City Council meeting. (Passed 6-0) 
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution authorizing execution of an agreement with WVDOT DOH for establishing and maintenance of a traffic signal system within the municipal limits of the City of Morgantown. 
    • Modification of an existing traffic signal at the intersection of WV 7 (Earl Core Road) with CR 857 (Hartman Run Road), and the proposed access to Aldi (former Ford dealership). The developer will incur 100% of the costs associated with the traffic signal which will be around $160,000. (Passed 6-0)
  • Consideration of approval of resolution authorizing the FY 2019-2020 grant application for the Prevention Resource Officers through the West Virginia Justice Assistance Grant Program. 
    • The city is seeking a $40,000 grant for the Prevention Resource Officer position. They will be assigned to two Monongalia schools (Mountaineer Middle School and Suncrest Middle School). (Passed 6-0) 

City Manager's Report
Information 
  • Proposed Annexation Plan 
    • City Manager Paul Brake stated four public meetings or open houses have taken place to answer questions about the Draft Annexation Plan, and the City is finalizing the FAQ section of the web page. 
    • The Morgantown Area Partnership has formed a task force of business leaders to study and offer recommendations to the Draft Annexation Plan. City Staff will be working with them on this endeavor to answer any questions and provide information. 
    • Information regarding the Draft Annexation Plan can be found on the city website.
  • Urban Deer Hunt
    • This is an annual program and the rules and regulations are submitted to council for informational purposes. 
    • The program provides a venison donation system to deliver processed deer to city food kitchens and organizations to help those in need. 
New Business   
  • Compliance with WV Code 8-22-27a. Correction of Errors, Underpayments; Over payments 
    • The Municipal Pensions Oversight Board (MPOB) has requested both Police and Fire Pension Boards to either correct errors in pension calculations made to current pensioners or to continue payment as allowed through the passage of 2019 WV Senate Bill 316 signed by Governor Justice on March 25, 2019.
    • These monthly pension payments vary from $100 to $700 per pensioner. The payments are being made to 31 police departments and 22 fire departments retirees. The total over payment from both funds is $119,132.16 annually. (Passed 6-0) 
  • Morgantown Municipal Airport Miscellaneous Airfield Upgrades - Bid Call 2019-13 
    • In preparation for the Runway Extension construction project , various upgrades are needed at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. These upgrades need to be completed before construction of the runway extension begins. 
    • The proposed upgrades include four projects and one alternative project; a) repaving Taxiway, b) replacing three storm water inlets, c) replace the approximately 30 year old PAPI system and foundation, d) replace and relocate the current wind cones. (Passed 6-0)
 

 
August 7-Traffic Commission (canceled) 
August 8- Planning Commission (canceled) 
August 12- Pedestrian Safety Board 
August 12- Metropolitan Theater Commission
August 12- Neighborhood Coordinating Council 
August 14- Sunnyside Up!
August 14- BOPARC
August 14- Transit Authority Board 
August 15- Library Board 
August 15- MPO Policy Board 
August 15- Museum Commission 
August 19- Land Reuse and Preservation Agency (Special Meeting)
August 19- Morgantown Utility Board 
August 20- Sister Cities Meeting
August 20- City Council 
August 21- Urban Landscape Commission 
August 21-  Board of Zoning Appeals 
August 21-  Wiles Hill Highland Park 
August 21- Historic Landmarks Commission 
August 22- Land Reuse and Preservation Agency 
August 27- Committee of the Whole 
   
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 on the following boards and commissions: 
  • Fire Code of Appeals
  • Sister Cities Commission
  • Traffic Commission
  • The Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Library Board
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission
  • Housing Advisory Commission
  • Ward and Boundary Commission
  • Tree Board
  • BOPARC
  • Parking Authority
  • Building Commission
  • Fairmont/Morgantown Housing Authority 
For more information, visit morgantownwv.gov/volunteer.

Current job openings: 
  • The Morgantown Police Department is accepting applications for entry- level police officer. Applications are available online at www.morgantownwv.gov/jobs or in person at the City Clerk’s office, located on the 3rd floor at 389 Spruce Street in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deadline to apply is November 1, 2019. 
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