Clarksburg City Council and members of the community turned out to a special meeting Thursday evening. Council heard the concerns of the community about Clarksburg's application for Home Rule.
Residents spoke out about the pro's and the con's of the city's application for Clarksburg's Home Rule status. Local architect, Jonathan Adler, American Institute of Architects West Virginia Chapter, expressed concern about the "procurement or architect-engineering services for projects over $250,000 to allow for request for proposal requests."
Adler said, "architects and engineers enjoy and in the law, state law code 5G that they are exempt from the usual biding process where low bids and you get contracts because of those low bids. We're exempt from that because of the special circumstances of our profession."
Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings said "home rule would be a benefit to the city of Clarksburg because it puts the control into the hands of the city to determine what's best for the people of the community."
Mayor Goings also said all the criteria in the application has to be voted on and approved by council in the application before it is presented to the home rule board in Charleston.
"The home rule process will allow us as a municipality to make more rules that pertain to us particularly. A lot of times outside agencies determine what rules and regulations you as a city would have, but this gives us a little more control and to tailor them to suit our needs," said Mayor Goings.
During the regular council meeting, council approved their first reading of the home rule ordinance.
The next time the public can voice their concerns will be at a special meeting on May 1st before the regularly scheduled council meeting.