Moorefield Council Eyes Changes to Municipal Planning Commission Ordinance

By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –

The Moorefield Council will consider modifications to the town ordinance that authorizes the Moorefield Planning Commission. A draft copy of an updated ordinance was circulated to the council at the regular meeting held Tuesday, April 1.

Moorefield resident Tom Widder, a member of the Planning Commission, reported the commission met last week but did not have a quorum of members present.

“We had two new people come and Jared from the WVU Law Clinic came and talked about the Open Meetings Law, but it was all informational because we didn’t have a quorum,” Widder said. 

Zack Wolfe and Hunter Phillips were the new visitors to the commission. Mayor Gary Stalnaker said Brent Newhouse also expressed an interest in serving on the commission.

Council was presented with a draft copy of an update to Sect. 2-44 to 2-49 of the Town Code. According to Widder, the biggest change in the ordinance is the reduction of members. The current ordinance requires 10 members. The updated ordinance requires 7 members. “There also needs to be two representatives from council or their designees,” he said.

Councilwoman Carol Zuber asked about the qualifications to serve on the Planning Commission. 

“You must be a resident of the town,” replied Councilman Doug Mongold.

“Three-fifths of the commission must be a resident of the town for at least three years,” Public Works Director Lucas Gagnon said.  

The council voted to reappoint Jeff Fraley to the Planning Commission. His term expires at the end of April.

The council will consider the updated ordinance before putting it out for first reading.

Building Inspector
Brian Wolfe reported three permit applications were received by the Building Inspector in March.
•Weimer Automotive wants to install a new sign for their Ford dealership.
•Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church is planning an addition on the north side of the existing church. 
•Poultry Specialties, Inc. is building an addition onto the former Paint Gallery store. 

The applications were approved with the exception of the Duffey Memorial Church, which is pending Landmarks Commission approval. 

Police Report
Moorefield Police Chief Steve Reckart reported 218 calls for service in March. Of those, 115 came from the 911 Center and 103 came from citizen contact directly with the police office. “Our office has a lot of activity,” he said.
Reckart also reported the DUI Enforcement Patrols will be starting again with the help of federal funding. 

Public Works
Gagnon said the employees at the water plant would like to be provided with more durable boots. Currently, their boots don’t last very long before getting tears or holes. 

Moorefield Council Eyes Changes to Municipal Planning Commission Ordinance
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