For the meeting on November 18, 2020
Morgantown City Council Meeting 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 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: https://bit.ly/MCC111820. Additionally, the public can submit written comments via email to the City Clerk at email@example.com.
- FORMALLY ADOPTING CHANGES TO THE WARD 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.(First reading Nov. 4, 2020).
- INVESTING IN FUTURE REDEVELOPMENT ON RICHWOOD AVENUE
This joint collaboration agreement between the Monongalia County Development Authority, the City of Morgantown, the Monongalia County Commission and West Virginia University would authorize the city to use $60,000 of funds from the Wiley, Spruce, Brockway TIF District each year over the next three years to assist in the future redevelopment of 9.5 acres of property located in the Woodburn area of the city.
- ASSISTING LOW INCOME AND UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
would update the city's annual action plan to reflect the allocation of additional Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. The city received $458,576 in CDBG-CV funds via the CARES Act. The funds are used to assist programs that service low income and underserved populations that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be allocated to the United Way Rent & Utility Assistance Program ($200,000); the Food Pantry Assistance Program ($200,000); and Meals on Wheels ($55,000). The remaining funds ($3,576) will be used to cover administrative costs of the city.
- CONTINUING IMPROVEMENTS TO WALNUT STREET LANDING
would allow the city to submit a grant application for $100,000 to the West Virginia Development Office for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. The funds would be used to help construct a kayak rental facility at the Walnut Street Landing.
- AUTHORIZING NEW SIGNATORIES FOR FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS
This administrative resolution
would add Interim and Assistant City Manager Emily Muzzarelli as a signatory for financial and business transactions for the city.
- DISCUSSION OF THE UPCOMING BUDGET CALENDAR
The Interim City Manager will present council with a proposed budget calendar
for the upcoming year. In a change from years past, considerations have been made to allow for council to provide input prior to starting the budgeting process and an emphasis has been put into transparency, council involvement, and fiscal stability as we head into the budgeting season for FY 2022.