Constitution Week 2012


Whereas,        September 17, 2012, marks the two hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and

Whereas,        it is fitting and proper to officially recognize this magnificent document and the anniversary of its creation; and

Whereas,        it is fitting and proper to officially recognize the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and

Whereas,        public  law  915  guarantees  the  issuing  of  a  proclamation  each  year  by  the President of the United States of America designating September 17th through 23rd as Constitution Week;

Now, Therefore, I, Jim Manilla, Mayor of the City of Morgantown, West Virginia, hereby declare the week of September 17th  – 23rd, 2012 to be

Constitution Week

In the City of Morgantown and encourage all citizens in our community to reaffirm the ideals held by the Framers of our Constitution in 1787.

In Witness Thereof, I hereunto set my hand and cause the Official Seal of the City of

Morgantown, West Virginia, to be affixed hereto on this 4th day of September, 2012.

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New Website is Replacing Morgantown WordPress


Thank you so much for following us on our WordPress site.  We have used to post ongoing news updates, event announcements, press releases and more for several months now, but with the release of the City’s new website,, we’ll be posting our news updates to our new site.  Don’t worry – our new page is easy to read AND easy to use, and you can even sign up for RSS feeds to keep you up to date on new posts from the City.

Please update your bookmarks, and we’ll see you at the all-new!



Susan Sullivan

Public Communications Manager

City of Morgantown

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NWS: Severe Thunderstorms & Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service has published this alert for strong thunderstorms and heat today Thursday, July 26, 2012.


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Morgantown Police Report Unattended Death on Walnut Street

NEWS RELEASE                                                                            July 24, 2012

For Immediate Release

On July 24, 2012 officers from the Morgantown Police Department responded to a call, at 22 Walnut St., of a body found in one of the apartments.  The decedent was found by the staff of the apartment building.  The Medical examiner was notified and responded to the scene.  No foul play is suspected, but the incident is still under investigation.  The name of the decedent is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

The Morgantown Police Department is committed to its goal of eliminating crime in our city.  Citizens are encouraged to become a “Partner in Policing”, by reporting suspected criminal activity to Morgantown Police Department Switchboard at (304) 284-7522. If you need immediate Police attention or a crime is in progress call 911.

Authority – Sgt M A Jones

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Morgantown Police Announce Street Closures for Mountainfest Parade on Saturday, July 28, 2012


300 Spruce Street

Morgantown, WV26505-5548

Office (304)284-7522   Fax (304)284-7403

Press Release


The Morgantown Police Department will be altering traffic patterns on Saturday, July 28, 2012, for the MountainFest Motorcycle Rally Parade.


On Saturday, July 28th, the parade will take place at 1:00 p.m. This year’s parade route will start with the motorcycle motorcade at the WVU Coliseum, which will travel south on Monongahela Boulevard towards downtown Morgantown. The motorcade will travel up Campus Drive and turn right onto University Avenue into the “loop.”   The motorcade will then progress past the Mountainlair and join the normal parade assembly, which will be staged on North High Street.  The normal parade route down High Street will then be followed.

Traffic in the downtown area will be restricted during the parade.  The Spruce Street Parking Garage will not be open for parking. Traffic will not be permitted to enter the downtown area during the parade by way of the Walnut Street Bridge or the Pleasant Street Bridge.  Traffic traveling towards the downtown area on Willey Street will be detoured off of Willey Street to Prospect Street and restricted at University Avenue and Willey Street.  Motorists entering the downtown area from Beechurst Avenue will be delayed during the parade.

Following the Parade procession, High Street will remain closed from Walnut Street to Pleasant Street for the MountainFest Street Fair festivities until 6:00 pm. 

Traffic patterns will be returned to normal as soon as possible following the street fair.  Parade spectators are urged to arrive downtown early to allow ample time for parking.


Sgt. J. R. Robinson

Special Services Unit

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City Completes Purchase of Property in Jerome Park to be known as “Paul Preserve”

July 20, 2012

The “Paul Preserve” was formerly the Jerome Park School Playground.


MORGANTOWN – The City of Morgantown has finalized the purchase of greenspace to be named in honor of the Morgantown man who envisioned the property as a park in the neighborhood.

In June, City Council approved the purchase of 2.056 acres of land at the corner of Denver Avenue and Mineral Street, known formerly as the old Jerome Park Elementary School Playground, from Sandy Paul Moore.  This property has a long history of being a neighborhood gathering spot and play space, and the City intends to maintain that purpose by accepting it into the ranks of BOPARC’s many fine parks.

Paul purchased the Jerome Park School Playground property from the Monongalia Board of Education in 1995 after the K-3 school closed.  His intention was to preserve it as greenspace for the neighborhood, and the City was able to help him in that endeavor.  Paul leased the land to the City and BOPARC maintained the property with regular maintenance, mowing, repair, and cleaning in lieu of paying property taxes.Moore’s father, James M. Paul, was a well-known demolition contractor, house mover, and landlord in Morgantown until he was 81 years old.  His homestead stood in the place where the first WVU School of Music stood.  He attended the Annapolis Training Academy then moved onto the Merchant Marines, where he reached the position of Lieutenant Commander and worked on cargo and liberty ships. After returning to Morgantown, he owned and operated Ideal Home Improvement and worked for the Department of Energy while he pursued his interests in demolition, contracting, and moving homes.  One of his most notable contributions to the City was the donation of a house moved from WVU property in 1965 that now serves as the Caretaker’s Home at Krepps Park.

James Paul passed away in 2003.  At that time, Moore became the joint owner of the property with her mother until her death in 2004. Moore said she was contacted several times by developers who wanted to buy the property, but she maintained that her father would have wanted it to stay a park – so she held firm.

Moore and the City were able to settle on a price and approved the final reading and adoption of an ordinance authorizing the City to purchase four parcels from her, specifically “for the purpose of creating a new city park in the Jerome Park Area of the City of Morgantown” (quoted from the ordinance.)  She requested the naming rights to be a part of the purchase agreement.  Moore and her family decided upon the name “Paul Preserve” to honor her father and his vision.

A portion of the purchase was provided by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Land & Water Conservation Program – a grant program created to help purchase property to be only used for outdoor recreation purposes.

This land purchase and naming does include the tiny parcel of land, 23’ x 45’, at the corner of the property, known as the Mayfield Mini-Park.

Mark Wise, Director of BOPARC, said that the City has been maintaining the property since before he took his position there with regular mowing, repair, grounds maintenance and litter pick-up.  But now that the City owns the land, he says, there are plans for improvement.

“The tires and swing set and everything have been there since it was a school,” said Wise.  “We have an opportunity to upgrade those pieces of equipment now that we own it.”

The park also features an asphalt surface with a basketball hoop and a fence along the back edge of the property.  He said a resident has already contacted him with some improvement ideas, and in response, two new picnic tables have been placed in the shade along Denver Avenue within the last week.

If you have any questions, please contact the City Manager’s office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The number there is (304) 284-7405.

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Police Announce Road Closures for Kids’ Day, Saturday, July 21, 2012

Press Release


The 25th Annual MedExpress Kid’s Day event in Downtown Morgantown will be Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 10 am to 2pm.  The Morgantown Police Department will be will be closing the following streets on July 21, 2010 for Kid’s Day:

High Street will be closed from Walnut Street to Pleasant Street starting at 6:00 a.m. Until 3:00 p.m.  One lane of traffic will be open down High Street from Willey Street to Walnut Street.

Forrest Avenue will be closed from High Street to Spruce Street starting at 6:00 a.m. Until 3:00 p.m.

The closings are due to Kid’s Day activities on High Street. Downtown parking may have some restrictions and the Spruce Street Parking Garage is closed for maintenance work.

If you have any questions, please contact the Morgantown Special Services Unit at 284-7522.


Sgt. J. R. Robinson

Special Services Unit

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City Commission Discusses Considerations for Morgantown Ward Boundaries


Morgantown, W.Va., July 19, 2012 – As voters research state and national candidates in preparation for going to the polls to cast their ballots in the November 2012 general election, the City of Morgantown  Ward Boundary Commission is already working to prepare Morgantown for the April 2013 municipal election.

The Commission met Monday, July 16, to discuss preliminary considerations  for setting ward boundaries. Alan Donaldson, Ward Boundary Chair, in a written statement, said, “The Commission considers deviation from the ward average of registered voters as a criterion for changing ward boundaries.” According to Donaldson, municipal wards exceeding a 15-percent deviation in the number of voters is considered “undesirable and in need of remedies to correct imbalance.”

In accordance with the City Charter, the Ward Boundary Commission is expected to submit a report to the City Clerk – between November  15 and November 30 of this year- containing a recommended plan and a map for the adjustment  of ward boundaries  to comply with specifications outlined in City Charter Section 7.05.

Specifications include wards formed from contiguous  territory following precinct lines and center lines of streets wherever practicable, and as nearly as practicable the same number of qualified voters as determined  from the last statewide general election in 2010. Mayor Jim Manilla said, “It’s important to remember  the City Charter states specifications are not to be construed  to require the adjustment  precinct boundaries or to sacrifice compactness  of wards for the sake of achieving equality in numbers  of registered voters among the seven wards of the City.”

Following the official submission of the report of the Ward Boundary Commission, City Council may take action to approve the report as recommended and introduce a proposed ordinance providing for the ward boundaries in accordance with the specifications contained in the report. Otherwise, if City Council doesn’t approve the report, the reasons will be stated for the record and City Council will introduce an ordinance adjusting ward boundaries consistent with the City Charter, unless a finding of fact is made that no ward boundary adjustments are necessary.

”Ward boundaries  are the basis for representative government in our City,” said Manilla, adding that “over time, as population changes so must ward boundaries  so as to not disenfranchise citizens.” Manilla mused, “I can remember when second ward school was actually in second ward. Today, the former second ward school is located in what is now sixth ward.”


 Contact Information: Jim Manilla, Mayor City of Morgantown


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July 19 – Severe Thunderstorm Risk & Excessive Rains through Midnight

Executive Summary…

  • There is a risk of Severe Thunderstorms and Excessive Rains this afternoon and tonight.
  • Main Severe Hazard: Damaging Wind.
  • Secondary severe hazards: large hail, isolated tornadoes, frequent lightning.
  • Flash Flood Hazard: Thunderstorm Rains exceeding 2 inches in 3 hours can cause flash flooding.
  • “Timing”:  late afternoon through midnight.

Rich Redmond & Lou Giordano,
Meteorologists, NWS Pittsburgh PA

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Council Connection – Regular Meeting, July 17, 2012

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Categories: Airport, City Council, City Program Info, Council Connection, Meeting Notes

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