A summary of the proceedings for the Morgantown City Council meeting on September 21, 2021.
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NOTE: This meeting was held remotely by Zoom video-conference due to the possible continuation of a power outage at City Hall.
- APPROVING A CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH ATLANTIC BROADBAND:
This ordinance grants a cable franchise agreement between the City of Morgantown and Atlantic Broadband (Penn), LLC. The agreement authorizes Atlantic Broadband to provide cable television service within city limits.Second Reading. Passed 6-0.
- PROMOTING SAFE LIVING BY PROVIDING FOR REGULAR REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF RENTAL UNITS:
This ordinance amends Article 1751 of the city's Housing Code by clarifying when and how rental inspections are conducted. This amendment incorporates changes made to the State Fire Code and Building Codes.
Second Reading. Passed 7-0.
- SUPPORTING BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS AT THE FORMER WOODBURN SCHOOL:
This resolution shows City Council's support for efforts to develop a mural at the former Woodburn School. The City of Morgantown Arts & Cultural Development Department will apply for a $5,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History to commission an original mural artwork at the site.
- REVIEWING AN OPEN APPOINTMENT TO THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
City Council approved Jeremy Evans to fill an open appointment on the Transit Authority Board of Directors as the City/County WVU Representative. The opening comes following the departure of Clement Solomon from West Virginia University. Mr. Evans is the Director of Transportation for WVU.
- INCREASING THE CITY'S ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY MAINTAIN CITY STREETS IN WINTER WEATHER
At the recommendation of the Director of Engineering and Public Works, City Council approved the 2021 Salt Bid. The contract was awarded to Cargill Salt in the amount of $202,440 for 2,000 tons of rock salt treated with Magnesium Chloride. Salt treated with Magnesium Chloride allows for it to be used at lower temperatures than regular salt, which allows the City to be more effective at clearing the roadways.
- REVISING THE CITY'S 2021-2022 ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE GENERAL FUND AND CAPITAL ESCROW FUND
These ordinances would approve a revision of the City's 2021 -2022 Annual Budget for the General Fund in the amount of $176,654 and the Capital Escrow Fund in the amount of $6,275,995. The revision to the General Fund accounts for increased costs associated with the city's web service provider ($552), costs associated with the AT&T mobility bill for the Morgantown Fire Department ($4,950), and various invoices for the Morgantown Police Department ($171,152). Funds from the Contingency Fund will be used for the General Fund revision. The revision to the Capital Escrow Fund accounts for carrying forward project monies from prior years that were not spent, adjusting the bonds to meet the most recent projections, and covering the costs associated with improvements to the former Woodburn School and to the Spruce Center.Passed. 7-0.
- REVIEWING A VACANT STRUCTURE EXEMPTION REQUEST FOR 301 EAST BROCKWAY AVENUE:
City Council approved of a Vacant Structure Exemption Request from the property owner of 301 East Brockway Avenue. This process will exempt the property owner from registering the property as a vacant structure.First Reading. Passed. 7-0.
- REVIEWING AN ACTION PLAN ON THE CITY'S USE OF FEDERAL AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS
At the recommendation of the City Manager, council approved the City's American Rescue Plan Act Action Plan. The City of Morgantown is set to receive $11,243,509 in ARPA funds over the next two years. The Action Plan, which was guided primarily by community input and requirements from the federal government, details how the city will use its first installment of federal ARPA funds in the amount of $5,621,754.50. Passed. 7-0.
- REVIEWING A FAIR & FESTIVAL PERMIT
At the request of the permit applicant, the Cupcakerie, council approved a Fairs & Festival Permit for a Sweet Life Happy Hour event which would be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 in Downtown Morgantown.