A summary of the proceedings for the Morgantown City Council meeting on Nov. 4, 2020.
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- ENCOURAGING CITIZENS TO "GO THE EXTRA MILE":
Mayor Ron Dulaney Jr. read a proclamation
recognizing Nov. 1, 2020 as Extra Mile Day in Morgantown. This proclamation is meant to encourage each individual in the community to take time on this day to not only "go the extra mile" in his or her own life, but to also acknowledge all those who are inspirational in their efforts and commitment to make their organizations, families, community, country, or world a better place.
- ENCOURAGING PARTICIPATION IN AMERICA RECYCLES DAY:
Mayor Ron Dulaney Jr. read a proclamation recognizing Nov. 15, 2020 as America Recycles Day in Morgantown. This proclamation is meant to encourage all citizens to participate in America Recycles Day events including a free electronic waste drop off recycling event at the Morgantown Market Place Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit recyclerightmorgantown.com to learn more.
- BOARD AND COMMISSION NOMINATIONS:
Jessica Duyka Morrone was nominated and appointed as a member of the Housing Advisory Commission.
Donna Foster was nominated and reappointed as a member of the Tree Board.
Brent Bailey was nominated and reappointed as a member of the Land Reuse and Preservation Agency.
Marti Shamberger was nominated and reappointed as a member of the Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission.
- ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FY 2020-2021 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 on Oct. 20).
- ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE 103 ESTABLISHING WARDS & BOUNDARIES:
At the recommendation of the Ward and Boundary Commission, and per the city charter, this ordinance would amend Article 103 by updating the text in the Article to match the recent changes to the Ward Boundaries. The changes were approved by the Ward and Boundary Commission during its Sept. 10, 2020 public meeting and were approved by Morgantown City Council at its Oct. 6 public meeting.
- ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR ZONING RECLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN PARCELS OF REAL ESTATE IN THE FOURTH WARD:
At the recommendation of the Planning Commission, and at the request of the property owner, this ordinance would reclassify 424 Evans Street from O1 (Office and Institutional) to R-3 (Multi-Family Residential). The purpose of the zoning map amendment is to create a “Dwelling, Two Family” land-use. First reading.
- APPOINTING NEW CITY MANAGER:
Council has successfully negotiated a contract to appoint Kim Haws to the position of City Manager of the City of Morgantown. Passed 7-0.
- IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE DOWNTOWN AND AT THE AIRPORT:
Interim City Manager Emily Muzzarelli discussed the $580,000 Transportation Alternative Grants the city recently was awarded from the WVDOH. The grant awards will fund two projects - the Pleasant Street Streetscape Project which will involve sidewalks, lighting, and the repair of underground vaults and the design phase for the Morgantown Municipal Streetscape Project which involves designing a new ADA compliant sidewalk connecting the terminal building to Hart Field Road.
- SETTING 2021 MORGANTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING DATES:
At the recommendation of the Interim City Manager, council set its meeting dates for 2021. Passed 7-0.