Kubla

Morgantown, WV

#164 Dec 31, 2012
City is in dire need of a major overhaul. Leadership (good and bad) at the top has a major impact on everything else. Look around, talk to people, you be the judge.
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Morgantown, WV

#166 Jun 7, 2013
I have a question. I recently was stopped by Morgantown Police for a minor traffic violation (license plate light out) I was given a warning ticket and sent on my way. Since being stopped (my first after 16 years of driving) I have paid special attention when I see police cars. Something I have noticed, rarely do you see police obeying the laws they are enforcing. Just in the past couple of weeks I have seen them turn without using a signal, texting while driving (sheriff's car) and running stop signs. Do others see what I'm seeing?
Taxed out

Morgantown, WV

#167 Jun 7, 2013
Took my kids to Dairy Queen on High Street this evening. Dopers and bums everywhere. One guy actually laying on the sidewalk, people had to step over him. Not a cop in sight. Hopefully someone on city council sees this. No wonder people don't want to come downtown.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#168 Jun 8, 2013
You think the homeless problem is bad now? Wait until the new city council takes over in July. Their social leaning agendas will bring even more homeless to Morgantown. Everything is free for the homeless here; food, night lodging, cell phones, e-mail accounts, health care, etc. The former city manager almost broke the city by giving away money to all of the social agencies. The word spread fast throughout the region that Morgantown is the place to go if you're homeless. The business community got fed up with the Terrence Moore experiment, the homeless, and the crumbling condition of the cityís infrastructure. That is why they are relocating to places like Suncrest Town Center, University Town Center, etc. There is no one there lying on the sidewalks or sleeping on the benches. The same goes for WVU. They realized the only way to control the dilapidated areas that borders the campus is to buy it. It is great that WVU is tearing down unsafe housing, but at the same we are losing major tracts of our tax base. You would think people would realize what is going on, but they donít. This community just elected five more that think just like Terrence Moore.
Taxed out

Morgantown, WV

#169 Jun 9, 2013
Ron wrote:
You think the homeless problem is bad now? Wait until the new city council takes over in July. Their social leaning agendas will bring even more homeless to Morgantown. Everything is free for the homeless here; food, night lodging, cell phones, e-mail accounts, health care, etc. The former city manager almost broke the city by giving away money to all of the social agencies. The word spread fast throughout the region that Morgantown is the place to go if you're homeless. The business community got fed up with the Terrence Moore experiment, the homeless, and the crumbling condition of the cityís infrastructure. That is why they are relocating to places like Suncrest Town Center, University Town Center, etc. There is no one there lying on the sidewalks or sleeping on the benches. The same goes for WVU. They realized the only way to control the dilapidated areas that borders the campus is to buy it. It is great that WVU is tearing down unsafe housing, but at the same we are losing major tracts of our tax base. You would think people would realize what is going on, but they donít. This community just elected five more that think just like Terrence Moore.
I agree but the bigger question is...What does the normal citizen do? Complain? and to who?
Agree with you

Stuarts Draft, VA

#170 Jun 9, 2013
I've always loved living walking distance to town for its convenience . These past few years have been different. I haven't walked downtown or on the trails because I'm afraid. I decided to go to Dairy Queen around march and had grungy looking men saying vulgar things to me and homeless people reeking of 5$ vodka asking me for 20 cents . What has this town come to? All you see are people stoned out of their minds or perverts harassing young women or both!
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#171 Jun 10, 2013
Read this and other blogs concerning Morgantown. The common thread is the lack of leadership has had such a negative impact on the entire community. Although not a native, I retired and moved here after doing a lot of research on quality of life. Sadly in the past couple of years, Morgantown has suffered at the hands of "outsiders" who were hired to manage the city. I'm seriously considering pulling up stakes, cut my losses and moving on.
Greenspace

Morgantown, WV

#172 Jun 10, 2013
I find it quite interesting that our local paper pretty much remains mute on the serious issues facing our city. I think it's more than rumor, Seems it's common knowledge to everyone except the media that those folks who were hired to manage the day to day operations have failed us.
City Resident

Morgantown, WV

#173 Jun 10, 2013
Greenspace wrote:
I find it quite interesting that our local paper pretty much remains mute on the serious issues facing our city. I think it's more than rumor, Seems it's common knowledge to everyone except the media that those folks who were hired to manage the day to day operations have failed us.
Never mind the local media, normally things are long over before they know what's happened. Unless they get a press release it's usually not worth reporting on unless it involves WVU. My sources say it's just a matter of time. The new city manager is getting a handle on things and once his new assistant comes on board in about a week, expect changes.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#174 Jun 11, 2013
Taxed out wrote:
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I agree but the bigger question is...What does the normal citizen do? Complain? and to who?
I would send a complaint to the city manager. My street in Suncrest is having problems with the garbage service. Several of my neighbors and I have drafted a letter to the new city manager. We'll see if that gets a response.
Local owner

Morgantown, WV

#175 Jun 11, 2013
There is NO police presence in Morgantown during the evening hours. My family owns a business and we rarely see officers on patrol anymore. I would say our crime rate has got worse. Drive around downtown or in Sabraton in the evening and tell us what you see. It's not pretty!
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#176 Jun 12, 2013
I know several MPD officers. I can tell you morale is at an all time low and they have no problem telling you so. Seems the root of it is lack of leadership. Citizens have noticed that the department has changed quite a bit in the last couple of years.
Rebecca

Morgantown, WV

#177 Jun 12, 2013
Silverstar5 wrote:
I know several MPD officers. I can tell you morale is at an all time low and they have no problem telling you so. Seems the root of it is lack of leadership. Citizens have noticed that the department has changed quite a bit in the last couple of years.
Just take a look at the next MPD officer you see. Do you detect a hint of pride anymore? Morale is in the tank.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#178 Jun 13, 2013
Silverstar5 wrote:
I know several MPD officers. I can tell you morale is at an all time low and they have no problem telling you so. Seems the root of it is lack of leadership. Citizens have noticed that the department has changed quite a bit in the last couple of years.
It seems most of the city's departments have morale problems, not just the police. This problem began when Terrence Moore was hired as city manager. I know many city workers personally. They are telling me the new city manager is working to improve morale and working conditions. The problem is Moore blew the budget with his spending sprees. We'll see how the new city council addresses the financial problems Moore created.
Afraid

Morgantown, WV

#179 Jul 8, 2013
Hello, seems there are some knowledgeable people on here. We recently moved to a city neighborhood and believe one of our neighbors is a drug dealer. I called the police but was told there was nothing that could be done without proof? After 2 more calls, I was directed to a drug task force office. I have left 2 messages but was never contacted. The situation seems to be getting worse by the day. Any suggestions one what to do? We have invested our life savings in this home and moving is not an option.
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#180 Jul 9, 2013
Afraid wrote:
Hello, seems there are some knowledgeable people on here. We recently moved to a city neighborhood and believe one of our neighbors is a drug dealer. I called the police but was told there was nothing that could be done without proof? After 2 more calls, I was directed to a drug task force office. I have left 2 messages but was never contacted. The situation seems to be getting worse by the day. Any suggestions one what to do? We have invested our life savings in this home and moving is not an option.
As a resident, I hear this same story time and time again. Our police department is still suffering from the poor management decisions made by our former city manager. This has trickled down and infected the whole agency as well as other departments within the city. I suggest you by-pass the chiefs office and contact the city manager direct and tell him what you posted. He needs to know when his departments are not operating at acceptable levels.
Mo-town Native

Morgantown, WV

#181 Jul 10, 2013
Silverstar5 wrote:
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As a resident, I hear this same story time and time again. Our police department is still suffering from the poor management decisions made by our former city manager. This has trickled down and infected the whole agency as well as other departments within the city. I suggest you by-pass the chiefs office and contact the city manager direct and tell him what you posted. He needs to know when his departments are not operating at acceptable levels.
I don't believe the person ever said that they spoke with the Chief directly, just that they spoke with the police. Don't bypass the Chief's office, he like the City Manager needs to know when his officers are not "operating at acceptable levels." If you don't get an acceptable response from the Chief, then going to his boss would be the propert next step.
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#182 Jul 10, 2013
Mo-town Native wrote:
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I don't believe the person ever said that they spoke with the Chief directly, just that they spoke with the police. Don't bypass the Chief's office, he like the City Manager needs to know when his officers are not "operating at acceptable levels." If you don't get an acceptable response from the Chief, then going to his boss would be the propert next step.
In most cases I would agree but in this circumstance I think the resident should contact the city manager. He does need to know what's going on or in this case, what's not going on. I like many others simply believe that our police department's level of service has some serious problems and the only way they will get addressed is if top management knows about it.
Class act

Morgantown, WV

#183 Jul 13, 2013
My brother in law works for Morgantown Police. He says there are lots of internal problems and morale is bad. Their chief came from out of state and I don't think his heart is in the department. Most think it's just a stopping off point for him on his way to something else.
Ron

Morgantown, WV

#184 Jul 17, 2013
Class act wrote:
My brother in law works for Morgantown Police. He says there are lots of internal problems and morale is bad. Their chief came from out of state and I don't think his heart is in the department. Most think it's just a stopping off point for him on his way to something else.
Some of my friends and neighbors work for the city. They have told me the morale and overall outlook is much better under the new city manager. There is also a new assistant city manager that is supposed to be working on improved employee morale. The new assistant is a retired special operations commander. It will probably take a while to fix the problems that Terrence Moore caused.

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