Infrastructure

Banner PlainThe City of Morgantown is experiencing a dilapidation of certain structures within its jurisdiction. As of the writing of this Plan there are no long term plans for sidewalk, street, or infrastructure repairs. This has been a consequence of lack of funding to correct these issues. Due to a tax revenue base that is at a stagnant level vs the rate of inflation the City is experiencing difficulty in maintaining current infrastructure needs.

Obstacles:

Obstacle 1: There are no long-term plans for sidewalks.

Obstacle 2: Sidewalk ordinances are vague and outdated.

Obstacle 3: There are no long-term plans for streets.

Obstacle 4: There are no long-term plans for infrastructure.

Obstacle 5: “Gateways” of the City are not visually pleasing.

 

Outlined Solutions:


Action Item 8:

Research whether a definitive and updated sidewalk ordinance regarding citizen and City responsibilities is needed.

Purpose:               To make clear the intention of the City regarding sidewalks

To enforce the ordinance created for sidewalks.

Comprehensive Plan Goals achieved: 5.1, 7.1, 15.5

Process: Currently it is the responsibility of the “abutting property owner” to repair sidewalks. The City Council will have the responsibility of deciding if this is the direction the City will take in its further actions regarding sidewalk repair. Currently this in not enforced. The last update to the sidewalk ordinance was passed in 1954.

Estimated Time: June 2016


 

Action Item 9:

Create a long-term renovation plan/priority repair list for Sidewalks

Purpose:               To improve the appearance of the City’s sidewalks

To protect the City from future liability.

Comprehensive Plan Goals Achieved: 5.2, 15.5

Process: Work with Street Department to identify and assess needs of sidewalk infrastructure. Prioritize work needed based on safety and amount of disrepair.

Estimated Time: August 2016, a plan will be submitted to the City Council detailing the plan and funding needed.


 

Action Item 10:

Create a long-term renovation plan/priority repair list for Streets

Purpose:               To improve the appearance of the City.

To make positive street choices that will impact the City in the best manner.

To determine the amount of funding needed to create adequate City Streets.

Comprehensive Plan Goals Achieved: 5.2

Process: Work with Street Department to identify and assess needs of street infrastructure. Prioritize work needed based on safety and amount of disrepair.

Estimated Time: October 2016, a plan will be submitted to the City Council detailing the plan and funding needed.

 


 

Action Item 11:

Remove Trailer at the entrance of the Park

Purpose:               To improve the appearance of the City Park.

Comprehensive Plan Goals Achieved: 3.10, 7.1, 15.7, 16.3, 16.5, 17.2,

Process: The trailer is currently housing the security system for the park. The City will identify other suitable structures for the system, allowing the removal of the trailer.

Estimated time: May 2016 or before the annual Catfish Festival


 

Action Item 12:

Create a plan for the City’s “gateways”, not only those in front of the City’s entrances, but those in the entrance of the City Cemetery, Park, Downtown and Community Center.

Purpose:               Improve the entrances to Morgantown and other facilities.

Increase community pride in City owned areas

Comprehensive Plan Goals Achieved: 1.4, 3.10, 10.5, 15.5, 16.1, 16.3,

Process: Encourage volunteers to assist in the planting of trees, shrubs, and plants and signage in order to improve the look of various gateways. Involve the school system/agricultural classes in addition to boy and girl scouts. Plant foliage based on a design that fits the area. Gateways in this instance are the entrances to the City Cemetery, City Community Center Building, Park Entrance, and Entrances to the City via roads.

Estimated Time: July 2016

 


 

Action Item 13:

Research the costs associated with repairing Park infrastructure including Tennis Courts, Parking Lots, and drainage.

Purpose:               To improve the appearance of the City Park.

To estimate funds needed to maintain existing infrastructure in dire need of repairs.

To protect the City from future liability

Comprehensive Plan Goals achieved: 3.10, 7.1

Process: Collaborate with the street department to determine the infrastructural needs of the City Park. Determine the costs associated with repairing such infrastructures. Plan accordingly. Priority should be given to the tennis courts, amphitheater, community center parking lot, and drainage lines in addition to any safety concerns.

Estimated Time: December 2016

Last Modified: January 17, 2016