November-December 2012 Morgantown Newsletter

Watch for these events, more details below:  County Commission Study (Nov. 13), Comprehensive Planning (Nov. 14), Natural Resources Committee (Nov. 19), Renate Pore – Affordable Care Act (Dec. 5).


Our December meeting will feature a presentation by Renate Pore on “The Affordable Care Act: Implications for West Virginia”. Renate Pore is the Health Policy Director with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Dr. Pore has more than 30 years’ experience in health administration and policy. She helped to create and establish the Center and currently serves as a policy analyst on health care and early childhood issues. She has worked in public health, administered a rural health center, and served two West Virginia governors as director of the Governor’s Health Care Reform Commission and the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families. Members of AAUW and the public have also been invited to this special discussion, which will be held at The Village at Heritage Point on Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.

County Commission Study

Many years ago our local League prepared a “Know Your County” booklet. Members became very familiar with the County Commission, and learned about the responsibilities and authority of the commissioners. That was 1981. Not a lot has changed in the laws governing the County Commission, but we felt a need to re-educate ourselves and become more familiar with the current county budget and the relationship between the city and the county in today’s climate of cooperation between the entities. There has also been recent interest in increasing the number of Commissioners from three to five. There are several pros and cons; we would like to come to a local League consensus on this issue. Our meeting on November 13 will begin the process with covering background information about the County Commission. Don Spencer will lead the discussion, which will be held in Lyndell Millecchia’s home at 476 Lawnview Drive. Call 599-0904 for further information.

Natural Resources Committee

This month’s Natural Resources Committee meeting is on Monday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Suncrest United Methodist Church, 479 Van Voorhis Road, lower level classroom. ( Several people living in the Cheat Lake area near the Mon Fayette Industrial Park will be speaking about how their lives have been impacted from noise and air pollution from at least 15 Marcellus Shale subsidiaries. Additional agenda items for discussion include a moratorium on new permits for Marcellus gas wells, the WV Future Fund, and Shark Fin soup. Contact Info: Jonathan Rosenbaum, 599-2370.

Comprehensive Planning

There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Mon County Courthouse (Courtroom 1, Third Floor). The Mon County Planning Commission has initiated the Monongalia County Comprehensive Plan for the four established Planning Districts in the central and eastern parts of the county.
The purpose of the study is to prepare an action plan to address Monongalia County’s existing and future planning needs. These needs may include land use, transportation, water & sewer, environmental protection, or many other categories.

Please come and share your desires for how our community grows! There will be an overview of the study recommendations and time to get your feedback. The information that the Planning Commission gathers through this meeting will be critical to confirming the direction of the comprehensive plan.  Visit PlanMonCounty and to view associated documents.

Also in this newsletter editionAffordable Care Act, The League in Action and in the News, Where to pay your dues or become a new member.


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LWV Newsletter November-December 2012