Welcome to Your First City Council Meeting

Welcome to a meeting of the Morgantown City Council.

MEETINGS

Regular Meetings are held in City Hall Council Chambers, 389 Spruce Street, at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

Committee of the Whole meetings are work sessions of Council, which are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. No formal actions are taken at these meetings.

Special Meetings may be held on the call of the Mayor or of four or more members and, whenever practicable, upon no less than forty-eight hours notice to each member.

Meetings broadcast live on the City’s Government Access Channel,  Comcast Cable Channel 15. Meetings re-play at various times throughout the week, as shown on the Re-Air Schedule . Meetings can also be viewed live via internet feeds from the City ‘s Streaming Media Archive.

All meetings are open to the public; however, the Council may vote to move into a closed executive session to discuss specific matters as permitted by the State Law.

AGENDA

In compliance with Open Governmental Proceedings Law, the Agendas for Council Meetings are made available from a number of sources for your convenience before, and at the meetings. Copies of the Meeting Agenda are available in the City Clerk’s office in the afternoon on the Thursday before a meeting. Copies are available in Council Chambers on the day of the Meeting. Agendas are also posted in two places in City Hall and are available for review at the Morgantown Public Library as well. Citizens can download their own copy of the Agenda Packet on the Council Agenda/Minutes page of the City of Morgantown Website; the information is uploaded to the website in the afternoon on the Thursday before a meeting.

All meeting Agendas and Minutes are prepared by the City Clerk’s Office. For more information about who the City Clerks are and what their office does, visit the City Clerk’s web page.

 

MINUTES

Minutes are a written, permanent record of what occurs at each Council Meeting. The minutes of a given meeting are prepared by the City Clerk’s Office after the meeting, and then submitted for Council’s approval at the next regular meeting as part of the Agenda Packet. Minutes are not official until approved by Council, and then become a permanent record of the City and of Council’s proceedings. Minutes can also be found at the Morgantown Public Library, and on the  Council Agenda/Minutes page of the City of Morgantown Website.

 

PROCEDURES FOR A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

1. The Council will take action on those items listed on the agenda.

2. The Mayor is the Chairperson for the meeting. The Deputy Mayor of the Council assumes the chair in the absence of the Mayor.

3. Public Hearings for Ordinances
Statements shall be addressed to the Council as a body and not to any individual member thereof. No person, other than the chair and the person having the floor shall be permitted to enter into any discussion, without recognition by the chair.

4. Public Portion
The public portion shall be limited to Thirty minutes. Four minutes will be allowed for individual presentations and five minutes for testimony on behalf of a group. Council can not address questions at this time, but may respond during the Council Report.

5. Addressing the Council
Upon recognition by the Mayor, the person shall proceed to the floor and give his/her name and address in an audible tone of voice for the records. Subject matter may include any issue that is pertinent to the speaker.

6. Personal and Slanderous Remarks
Any person making personal, impertinent or slanderous remarks, or who shall become boisterous, while addressing the Council, shall be forthwith, by the presiding officer, be barred from further audience for that meeting, unless permission to continue be granted by a majority of the Council.

 

PROCLAMATIONS

The Mayor presents proclamations commemorating specific events or awards, to be read at Council meetings and given to various individuals and groups within the City.

 

STEPS BY WHICH ACTION IS TAKEN

When a motion is made and seconded, and stated by the Mayor, it shall be deemed before Council; it can be discussed or withdrawn before a final vote, by consent of Council. Voting shall be done by roll call and recorded in the journal. The presiding officer shall preserve order and decorum in Council and conduct its meetings in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

 

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS

Ordinances are enforceable laws of the City of Morgantown which are adopted after two readings and a public hearing, taking place over the course of two consecutive Council meetings.

Resolutions are laws of a permanent nature, which remain intact until rescinded. Resolutions are approved after one reading before the Council.

The City Code can be found online through the website of our codification web host, the Walter Drane Co. Codification takes place once per year, approximately in August. Any Ordinance not yet codified can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office.

 

 

HISTORY AND ORGANIZATION

The following excerpt is a brief history and explanation of the origin and organization of the City of Morgantown:

Settled in 1772 by Zackquill Morgan, Morgantown has seen many changes since the charter of Morgan’s-Town in 1785. Today, Morgantown is a community large enough to offer the many advantages of a modern city while retaining a pleasant, “college-town” atmosphere. Morgantown has a council-manager form of city government. Council is comprised of 7 members who are nominated by their respective wards by petition containing no less than 75 signatures of registered voters, and are elected at large. Council serves as the Legislative Branch, electing one of its own members as Mayor the first regular meeting in July of each year. The Council has the authority to initiate hearings for the purpose of gathering information for ordinance making, airing public problems and supervising the spending of its appropriations.