The Monongalia County Commission Has A Lot To Answer For, An Awful Lot

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why the streets in the City of Morgantown and in the greater Morgantown area are so full of potholes? Blame the Monongalia County Commission.

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why the sidewalks in the City of Morgantown and in the greater Morgantown area are so often crumbled or non-existent? Blame the County Commission.

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why there isn’t an abundance of money for the City of Morgantown to purchase the fast-disappearing green space? Want to know why the City of Morgantown’s park system, BOPARC, is so underfunded and stagnant? Want to know why the City of Morgantown Library is so cramped, under-resourced, and under-serviced? Blame the Monongalia County Commission. And blame it again. And again.

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why the City of Morgantown neighborhoods lack grates on their drains? Want to know why there is so little funding for the community center of the Woodburn schoolgrounds, its services and infrastructure, buildings, grounds, and Boys and Girls Club? And so little or non-existent funding for other community centers throughout the City of Morgantown and surrounds? Blame the Monongalia County Commission. And blame it again. And again.

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why every City of Morgantown park does not provide free access public wifi for your phone or computer? Blame the County Commission.

Want to know why there are not free access public wifi spots in every neighborhood, including near businesses, along streets, in parking lots, and all along the trails of the City of Morgantown and surrounds? Blame the Monongalia County Commission.

Want to know why there are not more services for Seniors and Youth in the City of Morgantown? Blame the County Commission. For the homeless? Blame the County Commission.

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why there are not more opportunities and resources for low-income and at-risk residents in the City of Morgantown and surrounds? Blame the County Commission.

Want to know why there are not more resources for reducing and resolving drug abuse in the City of Morgantown and surrounds? Blame the County Commission.

Want to know why there are not city funded day care centers or more senior care workers and services throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Morgantown and surrounds? Blame the County Commission.

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why the City of Morgantown public safety and fire departments run out of money? Blame the County Commission.

Want to know why abandoned houses and lots are not adequately remedied in the City of Morgantown and surrounds? Blame the County Commission.

Want to know why there are not more pockets parks and better equipped neighborhood parks in the City of Morgantown and surrounds? Blame the Monongalia County Commission.

Annexation is the answer.

Want to know why the City of Morgantown fire fee is as high as it is? Blame the County Commission.

Want to know why the City of Morgantown had to put in place a user fee to fund city services and employees, and to begin to rebuild the roads? Blame the Monongalia County Commission.

Annexation is the answer.

You got it. If the Monongalia County Commission would grant approval to City of Morgantown annexation petitions to extend the City of Morgantown’s borders to the far more proper bounds, to the interstates and beyond, or to the bounds detailed in the Morgantown Comprehensive Plan, then the pathetic, tiny City of Morgantown budget could quickly double or triple and thereby fund the many pressing needs that have been starved for revenue by the Monongalia County Commission which has been utterly destructive by way of its opposition to annexation. By its active opposition to annexation, the Monongalia County Commission has robbed the public of the City of Morgantown and surrounds of hundreds of millions of dollars over the decades that should have been invested in area quality of life, in services and infrastructure, in green space and community care. The County Commission has smashed and continues to smash the quality of life of the entire public in the greater Morgantown area, which includes the City of Morgantown itself.

The County Commission fought for years against the City of Westover’s mighty, and eventually successful, effort to annex the Morgantown Mall and surrounds. The Monongalia County Commission has thereby demonstrated a terrible and unjust and crushing opposition to the profound annexation needs of the City of Morgantown.

By its destructive power-clutching, power-hungry opposition to annexation, the Monongalia County Commission has denied tens of thousands of greater Morgantown area residents political representation in the very city that already marks the addresses of where those tens of thousands of county residents live. Tens of thousands of county residents have a Morgantown address but no City of Morgantown political representation, no city snow removal, no city curbside recycling, no city police, no city fire protection, no city street repair, no city anything, lighting, sidewalks, or other infrastructure and services. 

Annexation is the answer to greatly improve the conditions of life for the people of the City of Morgantown and surrounds. In the meantime, the Monongalia County Commission has an awful lot to answer for. An awful, awful lot.

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