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Automobile, pedestrian security ordinance coming again earlier than Mon Fee

MORGANTOWN — A proposed ordinance regulating pedestrian and automobile security in Monongalia County can be again earlier than the county fee subsequent month. 

On Wednesday, the fee set a schedule that can convey the regulation earlier than the physique for a primary studying on Oct. 4. Ought to it go that vote, it will return for a second studying and public listening to Oct. 11.  

Initially introduced as a countywide panhandling regulation, the matter first appeared as a “public listening to” on the fee’s agenda Aug. 16.  

Monongalia County Fee President Tom Bloom introduced and spoke in favor of the invoice, claiming it will prohibit everybody from being within the roadway, no matter their intention, in an effort to get rid of a security hazard.  

A couple of half-dozen audio system overwhelmingly opposed the proposal, claiming it was an unconstitutional regulation focusing on the poor that might land the county in court docket. 

The regulation coming again in October is similar in each significant method, save two adjustments. The brand new model makes exceptions for first responders who should carry out their duties inside a proper of method and has diminished a primary offense to a warning as a substitute of a quotation.  

The ordinance contains numerous prohibitions for each pedestrians inside a right-of-way and automobile passengers that might make it criminality for each events to work together and go or change objects. 

The ordinance would additionally prohibit standing, sitting or in any other case remaining inside a roadway or median not wider than 10 toes for any cause apart from crossing the road, and makes concerns for exercise on or close to roads based mostly on automobile velocity, site visitors quantity and lighting circumstances, amongst different components. 

In different information from Wednesday’s assembly, Bloom mentioned there are some “actual critical issues,” with the Mountain Line bus cease positioned on Chestnut Avenue behind the College Avenue Sheetz location. 

Mountain Line’s Appearing Normal Supervisor, Maria Smith, is pulling collectively a gathering on the urging of Sheetz to debate the relocation of the bus cease, which is used to supply free rides to Hazel’s Home of Hope, on Scott Avenue. 

Along with Sheetz, Bloom mentioned court docket personnel working within the Monongalia County Justice Heart have additionally expressed concern concerning the location of the gathering spot. 

“I believe it needs to be checked out. I don’t know the place we’ll put it, however there are some main issues which are taking place that we all know of,” he mentioned. 

Lastly, the fee adopted a proclamation recognizing Structure Week, Sept. 17-23. 

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