For the meeting on September 21, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
Morgantown City Council Regular Meeting Highlights:
- APPROVING A CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH ATLANTIC BROADBAND
would grant a cable franchise agreement between the City of Morgantown and Atlantic Broadband (Penn), LLC. The agreement would authorize Atlantic Broadband to provide cable television service within city limits.Second Reading.
- PROMOTING SAFE LIVING BY PROVIDING FOR REGULAR REGISTRATION AND INSPECTION OF RENTAL UNITS
would would amend Article 1751 of the city's Housing Code by clarifying when and how rental inspections are conducted. This amendment would incorporate changes made to the State Fire Code and Building Codes.Second Reading.
- SUPPORTING BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS AT THE FORMER WOODBURN SCHOOL
would show City Council's support for efforts to develop a mural at the former Woodburn School. The City of Morgantown Arts & Cultural Development Department is applying 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 will consider approving
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 will consider approving the 2021 Salt Bid
. The recommendation is to award the contract 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
would approve the 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 would account 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 would be used for the General Fund revision. The revision to the Capital Escrow Fund would account for carrying forward project monies from prior years that was not spent, adjusting the bonds to meet the most recent projections, and to cover the costs associated with improvements to the former Woodburn School and to the Spruce Center.
- REVIEWING A VACANT STRUCTURE EXEMPTION REQUEST FOR 301 EAST BROCKWAY AVENUE
City Council will consider a Vacant Structure Exemption Request
from the property owner of 301 East Brockway Avenue. If approved, this process would exempt the property owner from registering the property as a vacant structure.
- REVIEWING AN ACTION PLAN ON THE CITY'S USE OF FEDERAL AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS
At the recommendation of the City Manager, council will consider approving 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 would use its first installment of federal ARPA funds in the amount of $5,621,754.50.
- REVIEWING A FAIR & FESTIVAL PERMIT
At the request of the permit applicant, the Cupcakerie, council will review a request for a Fairs & Festival Permit for a Sweet Life Happy Hour event which would be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 in Downtown Morgantown.