A summary of the proceedings for the Morgantown City Council meeting on Oct. 20, 2020.
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.NOTE: This meeting was held remotely by Cisco WebEx video-conference to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Morgantown City Council Action Items:
- BOARD AND COMMISSION NOMINATIONS:
Heidi Cook and Chris Benison were nominated and reappointed as members of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Sam Loretta was nominated and reappointed as a member of the Planning Commission.
- 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. Second reading.
- INCREASING URBAN CANOPY AND WILDLIFE HABITAT:
At the recommendation of the Morgantown Tree Board, the Community Forestry Ordinance is designed to set professional standards for planting and maintaining trees throughout the city. It is meant to help increase urban canopy and wildlife habitat, and reduce stormwater runoff. The ordinance would also decrease the number of tree board members by three, bringing the total number of members to seven. Second reading.
- REVISING THE ANNUAL BUDGET:
At the recommendation of the Interim Finance Director and the Interim City Manager, this ordinance would revise the current annual budget for the city. The budget revision includes reinstating some necessary budget items that were frozen by city administration in response to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These items include equipment purchases, hiring for some open positions, promotions and COLA. The revision calls for an increase of $1,072,690. First reading.Passed 7-0.
- CITY COUNCIL LETTER TO HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGARDING DISPENSARY REGULATIONS:
At the recommendation of Mayor Ron Dulaney, this letter
on behalf of Morgantown City Council would request the Monongalia County Board of Health to drop its proposal to add local health department regulations on planning and zoning to medical cannabis dispensaries in Monongalia County and proceed immediately with issuing dispensary permits.