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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 authorizing the home rule amendment. 
    • No one chose to speak on this issue. 
Council Action
Unfinished Business
A. Consideration of approval of (second reading) of an ordinance authorizing the Home Rule Plan Amendment.
  • This ordinance would require candidates and city council members to report their finances, in accordance with the state law regarding finance reporting. This ordinance has been changed from previous readings to include the reporting of candidate donors prior to the election. (Passed 7-0)
  • An additional ordinance would create an Appeal Board for the Subdivision and Land Development ordinance. This would allow individuals to use the Board of Zoning Appeals to hear cases in this category. (Passed 7-0)
B. Boards and Commissions
  • Sister Cities
    • Helene Friedberg (Appointed)
    • Ryan Lewis (Appointed)
    • Elizabeth Finklea (Appointed)
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission
    • Johnathon Trumble (Appointed)
  • Health and Wellness
    • Kimberly Kelley (Appointed)
    • Hannah Keyser (Appointed)
  • Traffic Commission
    • Matthew Cross (Appointed)
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
  • Health and Wellness
  • Tree Board
  • The Metropolitan Theatre Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Morgantown Green Team
  • Housing Advisory
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission
Public Portion
  • James Kotcon provided an update on the Green Team Annual Report. 
  • Fran Toro expressed her concerns regarding the development of townhomes in/near the Haymaker Forest. 
  • Katherine Magruder spoke about her concerns regarding the development of land in/near Haymaker Forest. 
  • Janelle Strough spoke about her concerns regarding the development of land in/near Haymaker Forest. 
  • Harrison Case spoke about his concerns regarding pedestrian safety in the city. 
  • Elizabeth Sneathen spoke about her concerns regarding the development of land in/near Haymaker Forest.
  • Twylah Meding spoke about her concerns regarding the development of land in/near Haymaker forest. 
  • Patrick Hathaway spoke about his concerns regarding signatures on city candidate packets, how they are verified and what should be done if they are found to be invalid. 
Special Committee Reports
  • Councilor Wallace spoke about his meeting regarding the former Ramada Inn project. Additional information on the project is available in a recent Dominion Post article. 
New Business
  • Presentation of the 2019-2020 proposed budget. 
    • City Manager Paul Brake presented the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. 
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) of an ordinance adopting the annual budget of the City of Morgantown for the fiscal year 2019-2020. (Passed 7-0)
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) of 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. 
    • This is an amendment of the current year budget that will account for the property tax refund for the Public Private Partnerships as a result of a Supreme Court ruling. (Passed 7-0)
  • Consideration of approval of a resolution authorizing an interfund loan between the Capital Escrow Fund and the Morgantown Municipal Airport. 
    • This resolution would allow for the Municipal Airport to reimburse the Capital Escrow Fund for a loan that was given to the airport. (Passed 7-0)
  • Consideration of approval of (first reading) of an ordinance providing for the zoning reclassification of all and a portion of parcels of real estate in the First Ward of the City of Morgantown from I-1, Industrial District to B-2, Service Business district by amending article 1331 of the Planning and Zoning Code of the City of Morgantown as shown on the exhibit hereto attached and declared to be part of this ordinance as if the same were fully set forth herein. 
    • This ordinance would change the current Industrial District within these parcels to a Service Business District. (Passed 7-0)
City Manager's Report

Information 
  • Stonehurst Development - Impact to Haymaker Forest and adjoining First Ward and South Park neighborhoods. 
    • City Manager Paul Brake spoke about the development of land in/near the Haymaker Forest and addressed concerns brought before the council. 
  • City community newsletter - Morgantown Messenger
    • The city recently launched a community newsletter, The Morgantown Messenger. Sign up for the newsletter here
  • Status of electric car charging station located at the pavilion. 
    • The electric car charging station has been removed due to damage. The city is looking into replacing this station. 
New Business
  • Amending the fiscal year 2018-2019 Capital Escrow and Airport Improvement Fund
    • City Manager spoke about the amendment of the Capital Escrow and Airport Improvement Fund to finish out the T-Hangar construction. (Passed 7-0)
  •  Festival Permit for WV Bites and Brews Event.
    • An application will be sent to the ABC to obtain a festival permit for the WV Bites and Brews event on May 18, 2019. (Passed 7-0)
  • Request for funding - historical marker at Indian Park - Burrow's Cemetery.
    • This would allow for funds to be allocated to the Historic Landmarks Commission for the historical marker at Indian Park. (Passed 7-0)

City Clerk's Report 
  • The Boards and Commissions application has been updated and submitted to the Mayor for approval. 
  • Results from the ballot drawing on Tuesday, March 5 are available on the elections webpage.
  • 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.
  • The City Clerk's office is working on updating and documenting processes to make services more efficient. 
March 6 - Traffic Commission
March 7 - Bicycle Board
March 7 - Health and Wellness 
March 11 - Pedestrian Safety
March 11 - Met Theatre
March 11 - Neighborhood Coordination Council
March 13 - Sunnyside Up!
March 13 - Parking Authority
March 13 - Transit Authority
March 14 - Planning Commission
March 18 - MUB
March 19 - Sister Cities
March 19 - City Council
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.


Starting in March, the City of Morgantown will be issuing a monthly community newsletter, The Morgantown Messenger. Stay updated on city news and events by signing up for the mailing list here
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
  • Health and Wellness
  • Tree Board
  • Metropolitan Theatre Commission 
  • Personnel Board
  • Morgantown Green Team
  • Housing Advisory
  • Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission


For more information, visit morgantownwv.gov/volunteer.
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