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Morgantown City Council proposes amendments to ‘Home Rule’ plan

Monongalia and Preston

Morgantown City Council met Tuesday evening to consider approval of the first reading of a resolution supporting Home Rule as a permanent program.
The City of Morgantown has been approved to participate in phase two of the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program and plans to make some amendments. Phase two of the program has been approved by the Municipal Home Rule Board. The most recent amendment to its Home Rule written plan was approved by the board in October 2017.
That amendment granted authority to the fire marshals’ arson and explosive offenses arrest authority, limit the expansion of nonconforming agricultural, industrial, and manufacturing uses to name a few.
“So, what the council will be considering this evening is a first reading of two particular amendments. One has to do with campaign finance, and the next is administrative procedures dealing with subdivision and land division controls,” said Paul Brake, City Manager for the City of Morgantown.
Council proposed the amendment to change the way it reports expenditures on political campaigns and to add reporting requirements for municipal elections. Also, in the amendments, states the use of Morgantown’s Board of Zoning as the appeals board subdivision and land development ordinances.

“So, in the campaign finance we are looking at putting additional provision that go above and beyond state campaign finance laws, where individuals that are running for office that they disclose donors prior to the election. The second amendment is purely administrative sort of function. It’s really to eliminate government waste. We have a Zoning Board of Appeals that has that capacity, that can make that sort of decision to make an authority, and so we will enable that group to carry out that function,” said Brake.

The city of Morgantown said they have been very successful in implementing initiatives in its current plan, and seeks to place new amendments to promote additional benefits through the program.

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