A summary of the proceedings for the Morgantown City Council meeting on August 24, 2021.
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- ADJUSTING THE RATES FOR THE MORGANTOWN UTILITY BOARD SERVICES:
At the request of the Morgantown Utility Board, these ordinances
adjusted the rates across all MUB services including a 13% increase for water customers, 12% increase for sewer customers, and 18% increase for stormwater customers. An amendment was made to the waterworks and sewerage rate ordinances to remove the proposed increase in fees for reconnections and returned checks.Second Reading. Passed 5-2.
- ACCOUNTING FOR REVISIONS TO THE GENERAL FUND:
revised the annual budget for the General Fund. The revision moved $9,178 from the Contingency Fund to the General Fund to account for a laptop stipend for new council members ($1,600), an increase of the annual contribution to the MMMPO ($7,218), an increase to the city's Arts & Humanities budget for the Morgantown History Museum alarm system ($360). The revision also moved $385,780 from the Signs and Signals Division budget to Streets and Highways Division budget as part of a departmental restructuring.Second Reading. Passed 7-0.
- SUPPORTING PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CITY:
affirms city council's support for utility box mural on 261 Willey Street in downtown Morgantown. The resolution will be included in the city's application for the utility box mural to the West Virginia Division of Highways.Passed 7-0.
- ACCEPTING FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS TO ASSIST THE AIRPORT IN ITS RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
At the recommendation of the City Manager, this agreement
authorizes the city to accept an Airport Rescue Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $59,000. These funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, they must be used for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, combating the spread of pathogens at the airport, and debt service payments.Passed 7-0.
- SUPPORTING E-RECYCLING EFFORTS IN THE COMMUNITY:
affirms city council's support to submit an application for a Covered Electronic Devices Takeback Grant Program through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. This grant provides funds for the purpose of establishing electronic recycling or takeback programs.Passed 7-0.
- REVIEWING AN EASEMENT FOR MON POWER TO INSTALL AN UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINE
At the recommendation of the City Manager, this ordinance
would grant a temporary easement to Mon Power to install an underground utility line along a portion of Fayette Street and the accompanying alleyway behind City Hall.First Reading. Passed 7-0.
- AUTHORIZING FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE LANDLORD INCENTIVE PROGRAM, WOODBURN SCHOOL REPAIRS AND OTHER PROJECTS
revises the annual budget for the Capital Escrow Fund. The revision would move $119,308 from the Contingency Fund to the Capital Escrow Fund to account for an $22,000 increase to subcontractor costs related to the Deckers Creek Undercut Repair Project, to provide $5,058 in funding to the Transportation Equity Project, to provide an additional $22,250 in funding to the Landlord Incentive Program, provide $20,000 in funding to the High Street pedlet pilot project, and to provide an additional $50,000 in funding for various repairs at the old Woodburn School building.Passed 7-0.