Safe Streets & Safe Community

Goal


The goal of the Service Fee is to improve the safety of the City by better maintaining City streets and improving the level of police protection in residential areas, business districts and throughout the City.

An informational letter and forms will be sent out to employers in the beginning of December.

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  1. Background
  2. Street Maintenance
  3. Police Protection
  4. Estimated Revenue
  5. Estimated Cost

Background


West Virginia Code August 13, 2013 provides that every municipality has the plenary power and authority to provide by ordinance for the installation, continuance, maintenance or improvement of services, to make reasonable regulations with respect thereto, and to impose by ordinance upon the users of such services reasonable rates, fees, and charges to be collected in the manner prescribed in the ordinance.
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The West Virginia University (WVU) and Greater Morgantown Safe Communities Initiative represents a collaboration of individuals representing numerous WVU schools, departments and offices; municipal and county government officials, including the mayor, deputy mayor, and police and fire department chiefs; a member of the WV House of Delegates representing Monongalia County; and many other community partners representing business, non-government organizations, advocates, federal agencies, and others.

Interest in forming a Safe Communities Initiative originated with West Virginia University’s WELLWVU Office of Wellness & Health Promotion (OWHP), whose vision is to lead the way to a culture that embraces wellbeing. OWHP is charged with identifying impediments to student wellbeing and applying the socio-ecological model to create solutions that promote better health in students.

Existing data from both the National Collegiate Health Assessment II and Alcohol Edu® highlight the negative consequences students experience from high risk drinking and violence. A review of environmental factors contributing to the problem identified state laws and alcohol outlet density as deterrents to an improved culture, and we quickly reached out to City of Morgantown officials Mayor Jenny Selin and Deputy Mayor Marti Shamberger and West Virginia House of Delegate’s member Barbara Fleischauer to form a committee. The WVU Injury Control Research Center’s Herb Linn proved to be an invaluable early addition to the executive group as the scope of the project broadened to include all areas affecting safety and wellbeing in our community. This group sees value in achieving the Safe Communities accreditation for many reasons. First, we value the data driven principles behind it, knowing that an objective understanding will best help us in addressing safety impediments in our community. Second, this project brings together the strength of resources in our community, from researchers at the University, to policy makers at the city and state level, to intervention specialists that we know will yield the best outcome for improving safety in our community. Finally, the project lays the groundwork for a measurable, systematic, community based approach to injury prevention for students and all community members that will serve as a guiding framework for work in years to come.