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View past agendas and minutes for Morgantown City Council.
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Meeting Summary
Public Meetings
Correspondance
  • Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston spoke to council about recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in the area. 
  • Mayor Kawecki read a proclamation recognizing the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census and calling for the organization of a complete count committee for the City of Morgantown.

Public Hearings
  • Consideration of approval of (second reading) an ordinance authorizing and approving the acquisition, equipping and improvement of real property located at 430 Spruce Street, working in conjunction with the Morgantown Land Reuse and Preservation Agency. (First reading 8/6/2019). 
    • James Giuliani expressed concerns over the financing of this property and the process used to approve this purchase.   
Council Action
Unfinished Business
  • Consideration of approval of (second reading) an ordinance authorizing and approving the acquisition, equipping and improvement of real property located at 430 Spruce Street, working in conjunction with the Morgantown Land Reuse and Preservation Agency. (First reading 8/6/2019). 
    • 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 total amount financed for the property would be $1.66 million, which includes the price of the property ($1.25 million), occupancy rent ($13,500), furniture ($5,000), renovation costs ($176,000) and Public Space Improvements ($115,000), and survey, title and appraisal ($21,700). (Passed 7-0)
  • Consideration of approval of a supplemental resolution providing for the issuance of Lease Revenue Bonds, series 2019 of the City of Morgantown Land Reuse and Preservation Agency for the purpose of financing the acquisition of real property located at 430 Spruce Street. 
    • The supplemental resolution was prepared by bond counsel to authorize the principal amount not to exceed $2,000,000. The term is 15 years with an interest rate of 3.11%. (Passed 7-0) 
  • Boards & Commissions
    • Moira Reilly was nominated and approved as commissioner for the Wards and Boundaries Commission representing the 3rd Ward.
    • Nancy Ulrich was nominated and approved as a member of the Personnel Board.
    • Suzanne Gosden Kitchen was nominated and approved as a member of the Personnel Board.
            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
  • Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Library Board
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission
  • Housing Advisory Commission
  • Tree Board
  • BOPARC
  • Parking Authority
  • Building Commission
  • Fairmont/Morgantown Housing Authority 
Public Portion
  • Karen Giuliani expressed her concerns about the City Council, City Manager and the city's handling of Forest Avenue. 
  • James Giuliani expressed his concerns with the safety of his properties on Forest Avenue, the status of his settlement agreement for his properties on Forest Avenue, and the city and MUB's handling of Forest Avenue. 
  • Alissa Ponzurick expressed her concerns about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operating in city limits and the city's response to this.
  • Christopher Reed expressed concerns about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operating in city limits and the city's response to this. 
  • Patrick Kyle expressed his concerns about the proposed roundabout on Greenbag Road.
  • Jennifer Hastings expressed her opposition to annexation, MUB's planned route for its raw water pipeline through White Park and the roundabout on Greenbag Road.
  • Ren Petersen expressed his opposition to MUB's planned route for its raw water line through White Park. 
  • Ted Hastings expressed his thanks to council for its support of greenspace and his opposition to the roundabout on Greenbag Road.
New Business
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution approving a grant offer acceptance from the Federal Aviation Administration. 
    • This resolution authorizes the city manager, or his designee, to accept a grant offer from the Federal Aviation Administration for 90%, or $1.1 million, of the cost for miscellaneous airfield upgrades at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. The city is responsible for the remaining 10%, or $112,941. (Passed 7-0) 
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution authorizing City Manager Paul Brake to act on the city's behalf to enter a contractual agreement with the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs to receive and administer grant funds from the 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for safety equipment upgrades. 
    • This resolution would authorize the city manager to accept and administer a grant through the Department of Justice for portable radios and programming needs for the Morgantown Police Department. The total grant award is for $13,734, with a $2,116 match from the city. (Passed 7-0)
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution authorizing certain individuals of the City of Morgantown to transact business with the city's various banking and brokerage institutions. 
    • The resolution would authorize designated city employees to transact business with the city's banking and brokerage institutions. (Passed 7-0) 
City Manager's Report
Information 
  • Decennial Census and State Funding
    • The Assistant City Manager reported that the federal government has cut funding for the upcoming census which will make it more difficult to get a complete count. She discussed the impact that the census has on federal funding and political representation to the state. She discussed the necessity for the state to increase funding and to form a complete count committee.
New Business   
  • Bank Bid Results - City Hall Annex Project, Taxable Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2019 
    • The Assistant City Manager reported that the city received 9 response to its bid request for the financing of 430 Spruce Street. City staff is recommending that the council select Community Bank because it offered the best financing rates and terms which are 15 years at a 3.11% fixed rate. (Passed 7-0)
  • Floor Plan Extension - Erickson Alumni Center Farm to Table Dinner Fundraiser 
    • This event will be held at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center on October 3 from 5-9 p.m. to celebrate agriculture in West Virginia. (Passed 7-0)
August 21 - Urban Landscape Commission 
August 21 - Board of Zoning Appeals 
August 21 - Wiles Hill Highland Park 
August 21 - Historic Landmarks Commission 
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 City of Morgantown is accepting applications for an IT Manager. For more information visit www.morgantownwv.gov/jobs. The deadline to apply is Sept. 9.
  • 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 Nov. 1. 
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