by Susan Sullivan, Public Communications Manager
UPDATED 6/89/12: the Communications Office has decided to shorten this report into a one page summary called Council Connection. It will be provided by .pdf and contain the same information, but in a condensed, easier-to-read format. Click here to read the first Council Connection!
On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, a regular meeting was held in Council Chambers at 7 p.m. The following are highlights of action taken by council. Find the agenda here.
You can see more of what happened at this meeting by reading the minutes, approved June 19, 2012.
Mayor Jim Manilla called the meeting to order just after 7 p.m. Roll call was taken and all were in attendance.
Minutes from the May 15, 2012 meeting were approved.
Under Correspondence. Craig Mooris CEO of PACE Enterprise in Morgantown spoke. For returning veterans, PACE services adults with disabilities with job assistance. Outstanding program and facility, he said. Wanted to create a place that veterans could come to and use as a social network without duplicating existing services at WVU, Morgantown, etc. Services, mentoring, transitional programs, for veterans, by veterans. Only qualification to participate is that you are a veteran of the armed forces. Please come visit,
Bill Byrne mentioned VetConnect, a similar program at work in the area. Mr. Morris said he had been involved in that initially, and said that there are chances for both groups to work together closely in the future.
Next, the Mayor brought the late Larry Sypolt’s wife before the Council to recognize him for his extraordinary work and commitment to the city. He served on many boards and commissions during his time here ) Several council members did recall working with Mr. Sypolt at one time or another.
Another Proclamation: Sgt. Brett Watson was honored marking his retirement from the Morgantown Police Department. He’s been with the City for almost 25 years. You can read the proclamation here. Watch the video from the Council Meeting here.
The second proclamation recognized Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Read the proclamation here.
Next, a man stepped forward to explain the large sign that was leaned up against the Mayor’s podium. He was Tim Cotter, with Racer X Productions. He thanked council for its support over the last 36 years. He said the company and MX Sports have grown thanks to Council. There’s an event this weekend at High Point Raceway that will be live on FUEL Saturday at noon and an hour delay on NBC Sports. He then presented councilors each with a jersey from the High Point Raceway and brought in a large sign that said, “Welcome to Mototown: Home of the High Point Motocross National.”
Mayor Manilla called a Boy Scout up to the podium. He said he was Ethan Watson from Troop 65 and was attending the meeting with his dad.
Next in the meeting, two public hearings were held. The first was of an ordinance updating the current year’s budget documents. No one spoke. No discussion was held on the topic, and the vote passed the ordinance 7-0.
The second public hearing authorized the City to purchase land from Sandra Paul Moore to create a new city park in Jerome Park. It
also had no one stand to speak. Counselor Byrne talked briefly about the work that was done to bring the project to fruition. Click here to read the documents regarding Mayfield Park.
City Clerk Linda Little updated Council on Expired Terms and Current Vacancies in City Boards and Commissions. Read the full report here.
- LIBRARY BOARD – City voted to approve Penny Pugh to replace Loulie Canaday, who was retiring.
- PARKING AUTHORITY – Council voted to reappoint Jeanne Hagen to the Parking Authority after her term expires on June 30, 2012.
- TRAFFIC COMMISSION – Andrea O’Donnel was recommended to replace Andrea Soccorsi, a 6th Ward representative, but there was some contention as to what ward she belonged to. Ms. Little said she would look into it.
- BOPARC – Nancy Ganz’ term is set to expire. She would like to reapply for the position, as would three others. A special meeting will be held June 19 at 6 p.m. to interview the four candidates.
Under Special Committee Reports, Councilman Wes Nugent gave a report from the Municipal League Meeting that he attended, held in Spencer (Roane County).
- He mentioned the efforts the Municipal League made in passing the no-texting-and-driving legislation that goes into effect Friday, June 8. He said he heard from State Police there, who explained that they would, at first, give warnings, and not hit people hard with the law right off the bat. He said he would like to bring the issue up at the end of July and get municipal legislation on the books in time to educate the public coming back into Morgantown for the new West Virginia University school year. Council approved adding it to the July 31 Committee of the Whole meeting by consensus.
New Business held many, many new items.
A. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING REFINANCING of PARKING REVENUE BONDS.
The next six items all refer to the work Chris Fletcher has done on Extractive Industries work inside City Limits.
B. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE 1329.02 “DEFINITIONS” OF THE PLANNING AND ZONING CODE AS IT PERTAINS TO “EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY”, “HEAVY INDUSTRY” AND “HEAVY MANUFACTURING” DEVELOPMENT.
C. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TABLE 1331.05.01 “PERMITTED LAND USES” OF THE PLANNING AND ZONING CODE AS IT PERTAINS TO “EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY”, “HEAVY INDUSTRY” AND “HEAVY MANUFACTURING” DEVELOPMENT.
D. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE 1331.06 “SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO PERMITTED LAND USES TABLE” OF THE PLANNING AND ZONING CODE AS IT PERTAINS TO “EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY”, “HEAVY INDUSTRY” AND “HEAVY MANUFACTURING” DEVELOPMENT.
E. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE 1355 “1·1, INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT” OF THE PLANNING AND ZONING CODE AS IT PERTAINS TO “EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY”, “HEAVY INDUSTRY” AND “HEAVY MANUFACTURING”
F. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TABLE 1365.04.01 “MINIMUM OFF·STREET PARKING REQUIREMENTS” OF THE PLANNING AND ZONING CODE AS IT PERTAINS TO “EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY”, “HEAVY INDUSTRY” AND “HEAVY MANUFACTURING” DEVELOPMENT.
G. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE 1385 “SITE PLAN REVIEW” OF THE PLANNING AND ZONING CODE AS IT PERTAINS TO “EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY”, “HEAVY INDUSTRY” AND “HEAVY MANUFACTURING” DEVELOPMENT.
H. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE BY THE CITY OF MORGANTOWN REPEALING ARTICLE 721 OF THE CITY OF MORGANTOWN BUSINESS AND TAXATION CODE, AS THE SAME APPLIES TO WELL DRILLING.
I. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING COMCAST TO INSTALL CABLE AND RELATED FIXTURES UPON MORGANTOWN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT REALTY.
It has cost COMCAST a lot to get cable lines run to the airport, but it looks like the Airport and tenants will be able to receive Xfinity Cable now.
J. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE RATES OF COMPENSATION FOR THE CITY OF MORGANTOWN EMPLOYEES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013.
K. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 111-1 (B) (LONGEVITY PAY), “‘-3(B) (SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL), AND 111·4 (HAZARDOUS DUTY PAY) OF THE PERSONNEL RULES OF THE CITY OF MORGANTOWN BY INCREASING THE MONETARY AMOUNTS WITHIN EACH.
L. Consideration of APPROVAL of FIRST READING of AN ORDINANCE BY THE CITY OF MORGANTOWN REPEALING AND AUGUST 2, 2011 ORDINANCE WHICH AUTHORIZED THE CITY TO DEED A 294 SQUARE FOOT RIGHT ·OF·WAY, ADJACENT TO THE “HOGBACK TURN” ON WEST VIRGINIA STATE ROUTE 7, TO THE WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS; AND AUTHORIZING A NEW DEED TO THE DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS FOR THE ABOVE DESCRIBED RIGHT-OF·WAY WHICH MORE ACCURATELY DESCRIBES THE WARRANTY BEING CONVEYED WITH SAID RIGHT ·OF·WAY.
Attorney Steve Fanok said this was just cleaning up the language.
M. Consideration of APPROVAL of A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE
MORGANTOWN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT FUND AND AIRPORT
IMPROVEMENT FUND BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013.
Councilor Herbst expressed her disbelief that the rent has not been raised for Hangar tenants for 15 years. She said that should be addressed.
Resolutions were passed on the following funding requests:
- COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS ($5,000), FOR USE FOR THE ZACKQUILL MORGAN STATUE, THROUGH “YOUR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION”. Passed 7-0.
- COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS ($1,000), FOR USE BY “MEMBERS OF DIVERSITY”, A 501(c)3 ORGANIZATION. Passed 7-0.
- COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS ($4,000), FOR USE BY “MOUNTAINFEST MOTORCYCLE RALLY”. Passed 7-0.
- COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS ($8,000), FOR USE FOR THE MORGANTOWN MARKETPLACE. Passed 7-0.
- LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND GRANT CONTRACT ($100,000), FUNDS FOR USE IN ACQUISITION OF MAYFIELD PARK PROPERTY. Passed 7-0.
Renee Hernandez spoke during Public Portion. She commended City Council on the smoking ban and being able to enjoy going out again. She also thanked Council for unanimous approval of the first reading of its new zoning ordinances to stop drilling within City limits. She also shared her opinion about Hogback Turn and the improvements there.
Anthony Livingston from the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks briefly spoke as well. They are interested in stopping legislation that would allow semis to carry a total of three trailers on the interstate.
In his City Manager’s Report, Mr. Moore presented Council with two permits that needed approved: provisional Fair & Festival Permit Requests by both Classics 3 and Archie’s Restaurant for MountainFest events. Council voted on both, and they both were approved unanimously.
In her City Clerk’s Report, Linda Little shared that the City is participating in this weekend’s Corporate Cup. The Mayor, City Manager, and many employees are competing in Olympic-style events (and many just for fun), like swimming, softball, volleyball, bowling, table tennis, cornhole, and track events. It’ll last all weekend, from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. On June 19, the team will be at the City Council meeting to share the results of the competition. Last year, The City of Morgantown competed against Mylan, WesBanco, and HealthSouth in Division II and it hopes to do a little better in this year’s challenge.
She also mentioned that the Arts Alive Festival starts on Friday, June 8th at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheatre. Find more information on that event here.
Councilor Herbst: Her neighborhood held its annual picnic last weekend, and she said they had a really nice time. However, there was an aggressive dog incident, and she wants to bring that up with the Councilors to make sure everyone knows how to handle them. She also said that there is traffic counting going on on Southview because she says it seems to be used for a cut-through often. Councilor Herbst also shared some of her residents’ concerns with the cost of trash pick-up going up to accommodate the new recycling efforts.
Councilor Byrne: The Norwood Neighborhood Association is a new NA in sixth Ward. Their next meeting will be June 12th. He said he’s also been informed that another is in the midst of forming at the top of Darst Street. He said that would bring Sixth Ward to a total of six neighborhood associations for residents to participate in. He thanked Chris Fletcher for his work with the zoning ordinances that have to do with extractive industries, and explained his vote against item L under New Business. Councilor Byrne also talked about the Arts Alive Festival and how great it is to have a growing downtown festival.
Councilor Shamberger expressed her thanks to the Code department for its work with Allied Waste to clean up the Willey Street Area. She also thanked the street department for its hard work getting new street signs up on Willey Street and Richwood Ave and Mon Blvd. She noticed that the neighborhood sign to Woodburn has been taken down and is being refurbished. She said she also had a great time at the Suncrest Neighborhood picnic that Councilor Herbst mentioned. Additionally, she commented on the appropriateness of an email sent regarding Sunnyside Up.
Councilor Selin: She thanked the Suncrest Neighborhood Association for a fantastic cookout. She mentioned that Arts Alive was advertised at an arts event in Pittsburgh that she attended over the weekend. Councilor Selin mentioned the next Crossroads meeting that was set for June 6th. She received an event notice from Jim Hunt in Sunnyside Up: June 9th there will be a Sunnyside Cleanup 12:45 – 3:45 p.m. She asked about the Inclusive Community Commission efforts and was curious to know when that was coming back before council. Mr. Moore shared that there would be another presentation on June 26.
Councilor Nugent: He shared a note from a conference he attended at the Waterfront Event Center National Extension Research Administrative Officers’ Conference. It’s held in a different city every year, and this year it brought 500 people to the Morgantown area. He said he heard there had been some concern with visitors: they want to know how to get downtown from the Events Center using the Rail Trail as a conduit. He said pedestrian wayfaring is becoming a bigger issue as we grow. He also said he heard comments about the taxi service from the airport, but most of the comments from our city were very positive. He also shared that the first Concerts in the Park is being held at Krepps Park on June 12th. Find more information about that here. Also, the Wiles Hill-Highland Park Neighborhood is holding its annual Spring Cleanup on June 9 at 9:30 a.m. He said everyone was gathering at the Senior/Community Recreation Center, and bags and gloves are provided by state sponsors and a dump truck provided by the City to help in clean up. He also commended the City Clerk’s office on the move to digital packets to save on paper.
Deputy Mayor Ron Bane mentioned that he has had comments about putting in speed bumps on WV Ave near Jack Roberts Park. He said Sunday afternoons are the worst, right after church. He also suggested that Council look into giving the Transit Authority the money it needs to keep up regular routes. He said there was the possibility of losing 18,000 rides in the Suncrest area if they are forced to cut routes. Mr. Moore said he and the Director of the Mountain Transit Authority met recently and some direction will come during the month of July to remedy this line-item problem. Councilor Bane said they had at one point reached out to Westover to help and they were not interested.
Lastly, Councilor Nugent called an Executive Session to end the meeting.
Meeting Length: 1:44:52