For the meeting(s) on September 29, 2020
Morgantown City Council Special Meeting and
Committee of the Whole Highlights:
IMPORTANT NOTE: To protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, personal attendance at the meeting is not permitted. This meeting will take place via WebEx at https://cityofmorgantown.my.webex.com/meet/cityofmorgantown using the meeting number 793 734 477. The meeting will be broadcast live on Morgantown 15 and live-streamed via the City of Morgantown website at https://morgantownwv.viebit.com/. The public can listen live by calling 408-418-9388 and using the access code 793 734 477.
If members of the public wish to comment on a particular issue or public hearing, they should fill out the public comment sign-up form on our website which can be found at: http://bit.ly/MCC092920. Additionally, the public can submit written comments via email to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FORMALIZING THE PROCESS FOR PROPERTY ACQUISITION FOR MUB
The intent of this ordinance
is to clarify and formalize the process for property acquisition by the Morgantown Utility Board. It would provide approval from council for past acquisitions by MUB in the city’s name.
- FINALIZING COST SAVING MEASURES
At the request of the Morgantown Utility Board, this resolution
provides the parameters for the purpose of refunding Series 2010 A Bonds and issuing Series 2020 A Bonds. The intent is to provide cost saving measures for MUB through the refund of old bonds and the issuance of new bonds at a lower rate.
- IMPROVING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ON 8TH STREET:
The City Manager will recommend the bid award
for the 8th Street Sidewalk Project. Final bids will be announced at the meeting. The planned work for the project consists of the construction of a concrete curb and sidewalk along 8th
Street between Beechurst Avenue and Gallatin Street, including curb ramps, integrated driveway entrances and storm inlet relocation.
At the recommendation of the City Manager, the bid award
for the White Avenue Slip Repair would be awarded to Rock Forge Bridge Co., LLC in the amount of $151,017. The planned work for the project consists of the complete construction and installation of a pile and lagging wall along White Avenue. The work is expected to be completed within 90 days of the start of construction.
- STRENGTHENING WARD BOUNDARIES:
At the recommendation of the Ward and Boundary Commission, and per the city charter, Commission Chair Sarah Barnes will present council with proposed changes to the boundaries of the city's wards
. The proposed ward boundary map includes input from the public and would balance the wards, as much as possible, by counts of registered voters and population based on the most-recent American Community Survey (ACS) or decennial Census. The proposed map was approved by the Commission during its Sept. 10, 2020 public meeting.
- REVIEWING THE CITY’S HEALTHY STREETS INITIATIVE:
City of Morgantown Engineering Department staff will present on the city’s Healthy Streets Initiative
. The initiative aims to create places where citizens can safely recreate while practicing social distancing. Called "Healthy Streets", residents can use these low-traffic areas to walk, run, wheelchair roll, roller-skate, or bike. "Healthy Streets" are achieved by creating soft-closures of select low-traffic streets and maintaining access only for residents, deliveries, and emergency personnel.
- IMPROVING URBAN CANOPY AND SETTING TREE CARE GUIDELINES:
At the recommendation of the Morgantown Tree Board, the Community Forest Ordinance
is designed to set professional standards for planting and maintaining trees throughout the city. It is meant to help preserve endangered species and increase urban canopy in the city. The ordinance would also decrease the number of tree board members by one.
- UPDATING PARKING VIOLATION FEES:
At the request of the Morgantown Parking Authority, this ordinance
would provide an additional penalty of $20 for not paying parking violations within 12 months. Currently, there is no increasing penalty for payments that are seriously delinquent. The additional amount would help to cover the cost of collecting delinquent payments.
- CARES ACT FUNDING AND BUDGET REVISIONS:
The City Manager will provide an update on CARES Act funding and the city’s budget. The city has received $ 6,912,026.93 in CARES Act funding which has been used to supplement revenue shortfalls brought on by the pandemic and to build up a contingency fund to help guard against future shortfalls. The City manager will also propose a potential budget revisions which would allow city departments to make specific, much needed purchases which were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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