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Commission updates dog warden agreements, backs Westover sidewalk

MORGANTOWN — It took the Monongalia County Commission about 15 minutes to work through a light agenda during Wednesday’s regular meeting. 

The body updated longstanding intergovernmental agreements through which the county provides dog warden services to the municipalities.  

The contract cost for the period Oct. 1, 2023 to Sept. 30, 2024 is based on a per-call cost of $156.50, multiplied by the number of calls within the municipality the previous year. 

For example, the city of Morgantown had 222 calls, making its contract cost $34,743. Westover had 17 calls ($2,660.50); Granville had 10 ($1,565); and Star City had six ($939). 

This is the 21st year the county and Morgantown have had this agreement in place and the 12th year for Westover, Star City and Granville. 

The county raises the per-call cost by 3% each year. 

Also on Wednesday, the commission approved a letter in support of a Surface Transportation Block Grant for a sidewalk project in Westover. 

If ultimately approved, it would help finance a sidewalk along Fairmont Road starting at the junction of Savannah Street — basically right across the street from Mountain Line’s Pifer Terminal — and running toward the interstate. 

The Fairmont Road pedestrian project is ranked as a Tier 1 priority in the Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan adopted in May 2022. 

Earlier this year, Westover applied for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for the project. That effort had a $100,000 local match provided by Mountain Line, which asked that a 322-foot section of sidewalk also be added along DuPont Road.  

The state has not announced the CDBG grant recipients.

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