Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

October 8, 2012

Morgantown mayor suggests student fee due to fires

MORGANTOWN, — Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla says his city needs more manpower to respond to street fires and other West Virginia University student-related incidents.

And, Manilla says WVU students should help pay for hiring more first responders.

Manilla tells media outlets that he is considering asking the university to assess a $20 student impact fee for each WVU student each semester. The fee would generate about $1.2 million in revenue for the city annually.

The mayor says it’s a public safety issue.

The Morgantown Fire Department says about 40 street and trash container fires were set following WVU’s 48-45 win over Texas on Saturday night.

Police say officers wearing riot gear used pepper spray and CS gas to disperse an unruly crowd of about 1,000 people in the student-dominated Sunnyside area.


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