Morgantown Mayor considers student fee following Saturday street - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Morgantown Mayor considers student fee following Saturday street fires

Posted: Updated:

Following WVU's Saturday win over Texas, sparking street fires in Morgantown, Mayor Jim Manilla says his city needs more manpower to respond to street fires and other West Virginia University student-related incidents.

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

Manilla tells the Associated Press that he is considering asking City Council to assess a $20 student impact fee for each WVU student each semester. The fee would generate about $1.2 million in revenue annually.           

The mayor calls it 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.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)