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Monday
Jan092012

Council Minutes 11/4/98

 
CALL TO ORDER
     Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:34pm.  
 
ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
    Vice Mayor McGowan            
Councilmember Wernet
    Councilmember Lucier            Mayor
Bellman    
Councilmember Robertson            Law Director Hurst
Councilmember Minklei            Manager Hickman
Councilmember Rader
        
PUBLIC HEARING
Councilmember Rader made a motion to table the public
hearings on Ordinances No. 19-98, 20-98 and 21-98 until the
Council meeting of November 18, 1998.  Second by
Councilmember Lucier.  Motion Carried.  

    A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 23-98, An
Ordinance To Prohibit "Thru-Truck" Traffic Through The
Village Of Granville.

    Mayor Bellman stated there would be a 2 minute time
limit on public comments.   

It was noted that Council has a "revised draft" which draws
upon Ordinances already in the Granville Codified, which has
the same general effect and goals and this is intended to
return the Village to a peaceful community as it is thought
to be.

Councilmember Rader voiced a concern that some of the
traffic traveling through the Village on S.R. 661 is
originated by the access of South Cherry Valley Road but
also feels an arrangement might be made for shippers to use
an alternate route.

Councilmember Wernet noted that this issue was significant
in the last campaign.  He also stated that such issues were
not already addressed as there was hope of reaching a mutual
agreement with neighboring communities on infrastructure
related issues.  He mentioned the lack of response from
neighboring communities to resolve infrastructure issues and
feels that developers should also pay their fair share of
infrastructure improvements.

Mayor Bellman noted that the message sent out by Newark City
Council was that they will only do what is good for them and
not necessarily for the entire community.   Although not the
preferred way, it appears Granville will need to solve its
own problems in a similar fashion.  

Commenting on the disregard for infrastructure,
Councilmember Wernet quoted a constituent as saying that "we
don’t want to use up all our road capacity to basically
benefit development which occurs in a different community."
 

Bob Howarth, a Columbus attorney representing The Kroger
Company, noted that Tamarack Farms Dairy has supplied milk
throughout the stated of Ohio for 28 years. He stated that
restricting Tamarack Dairy trucks from this ¼ mile section
of South Cherry Valley Road could effectively shut down milk
distribution in the state of Ohio.  Adding that Kroger is a
community minded company, he asked that the Council not take
away its distribution system.

Clifton Crais, of 234 N. Pearl Street,  stated that the
voters are asking for legislation to control unwanted truck
traffic.  He feels this Ordinance would improve public
safety by reducing the volume truck traffic on Village
streets adding that these streets cannot support large
tractor trailer traffic.  He feels that the narrowness of
Village streets poses a significant risk to Village
residents.  He noted that legislation enhances public health
as diesel emission is responsible for much of the air
pollution and disease in this country, and that the control
of trucks will reduce noise, pollution, and protect historic
homes which are literally being knocked off their
foundations.  He feels that this Ordinance would enhance the
commercial vitality of the downtown area.

Bill Englefield, Chairman of the Board of Englefield Oil
Company, residing at 2352 Hankinson Road, agreed that it is
commendable to try to reduce truck traffic thorough the
Village, however, he feels that prohibiting this type of
traffic on that section of Cherry Valley Road will only hurt
local business.  He feels there is another agenda behind
this issue.

Allen Frye, a professional truck driver from Danville, Ohio,
noted he has driven over 5 ½ years and has over 500,000
accident and ticket free miles.  He voiced a concern with
the closing of South Cherry Valley Road as this section is
used as an access road to S.R. 16 going east and west and
that this closing will not decrease the number of trucks
traveling through Granville.  He noted that truck traffic
traveling out of their way causes more road time and
therefore more pollution, adding rerouting would add an
additional 1 ½ hours to his route.  He also feels that law
enforcement would be taken away from the Village area to
enforce this ¼ mile section.

    Mayor Bellman asked Mr. Frye what route he currently
took and what a alternate route might be.

    Mr. Frye said he drives out of Mt. Vernon on S.R.
661 to S.R. 16 and Cherry Valley Road.  He stated another
route would take him from S.R. 13 to S.R. 79 to access his
terminal which is located in the area of the Air Force base.

Don Contini, 315 N. Pearl Street, referring to the speakers
before him stated that he pays taxes in Granville and wants
maintain the quality of life in Granville.  He doesn’t want
trucks coming within his historical Village.  He stated he
doesn’t care if trucks have to go out of their way by
driving extra miles and polluting the countryside.  He
doesn’t want trucks going through Granville Village.  He
feels that Granville is becoming a truck route.

Deder Herem of Columbus, Principal Officer of Universal
Veneer, voiced the same concern as Tamarack Dairy (Kroger).
 He stated it would be a devastating blow to have to divert
truck traffic from Cherry Valley Road.  He feels that
Universal Veneer has been a good neighbor and can appreciate
the comments of support for the Ordinance.  He stated that
70% of their production is export and taxes are being paid
in Licking County.  He feels the economical impact will be
severe.

    Councilmember Robertson questioned the economic
benefit to Granville by the use of that portion of Cherry
Valley Road.  Mr. Herem stated he would research and provide
Councilmember Robertson with a breakdown of economic
benefits to Granville.

    Mr. Englefield noted that the economic value to
Granville is in the numerous employees working for these
companies that live in Granville and pay their share of
income taxes.  He stated that having a business in a
community helps the whole community.

Mr. Herem stated that few Universal Veneer trucks travel
S.R. 661 through Granville as the majority use the Cherry
Valley Road access to S.R. 16 east or west and onto other
destinations.

It was also noted that Tamarack’s incoming raw milk comes
south on S.R. 661 (from farms around the county) however, no
trucks exit through the Village of Granville.

Mr. Englefield stated that less than 2% of truck traffic in
the Village belonged to  Englefield Oil.

Jeff Wintermute, Sales Manager for Van Wey Sand and Gravel,
and also a resident of Granville stated that he pays an
extra 3 cents per gallon for fuel tax that goes for roads
such as S.R. 661.  He stated that the residents of North
Pearl Street knew it was a state route before buying there.
 He noted that truckers aren’t using roads through this
Village just because they want to.  He also stated that it
is not safe to travel West Main Street in Newark as there
are two school zones and a hospital zone on that street.  

Steve Cramer, of 235 E. Broadway, and pastor of the Untied
Methodist Church of Granville, noted that he lives in the
church parsonage and had no choice where his family would
live.  Although he loves the Granville community he didn’t
bargain for all the traffic.  He feels that by closing
Cherry Valley Road it would help the surrounding community
see the need to address the North/South traffic issue.  

Vivian Ashbaugh, of 121 N. Pearl Street, stated that the
maintenance and upkeep of Cherry Valley road is paid by the
Village of Granville adding that the taxes paid by those
Companies represented here this evening are paid to the City
of Newark.  She expressed concern with additional traffic
that will be generated by the Keny development.

Patty Myers, of 229 E. College Street, finishing Mr. Crais’
statement, noted that large trucks are responsible for the
wear and tear which destroys our roads.  She asked any
member of Council not supporting the substance of this
Ordinance to explain why public safety and public health are
not important. She stated that most of the truck traffic
through the Village has its origin in Newark.  

Judy Handle, of River Road, noted that the last time Cherry
Valley Road was closed for construction, all the trucks and
traffic used River Road.  She stated that there are also
historical homes on River Road that should be taken into
consideration as part of the same community as the Village.
 She asked that Council exclude this ¼ mile of S. Cherry
Valley Road from this Ordinance.

    It was noted that the Ordinance allows Council to
earmark truck routes.

Ted Handle, also of River Road, is concerned with the way
the Keny property was annexed into Newark.  He stated the
intersection of Cherry Valley Road and S.R. 16 was created
and paid for by the State Of Ohio and the only reason
Granville has it is because it was annexed.  And feels this
is going to hurt all the businesses and feels Council is
taking a very hard nose to this issue.

John Castle, of 216 E. College Street, expressed a concern
with traffic that is diverted onto College Street from
Broadway.  He stated that the large amount of traffic on
College Street is speeding and not stopping at stop signs.  
He stated that his historical home was falling apart because
of traffic.

Ken Blair, of 2545 North Street, stated he had moved here in
1995 because of the school system.  He is concerned with the
affects of this ordinance in the access of trucks to  his
farm.

Maxine Montgomery, of 2450 Newark Granville Road, asked what
the implementation and enforcement of this plan might be and
if there would be additional costs to enforce this
Ordinance?

It was noted that signs would be posted and the identifiable
trucking companies would be notified along with several days
of warnings issued by the Police Department.  It was also
noted that there would be additional costs due to increased
law enforcement.

Judith Thomas, of 4 Sheppard Place, noted that although she
is not affected by trucks she feels this is the right thing
to do.  She also feels that this is a temporary "stop gap"
measure.  She also feels that the general idea is to find
alternative north/south routes.

Bernie Lukco, of 343 E. College Street, states that he
supports this Ordinance.  He then asked the trucking
representatives in attendance where they have been over the
years as this issue has been discussed in the past.  He
thinks it is time to step up and take action as these trucks
are causing damage and problems within our Village.

Melanie Shot, of  N. Pearl Street, also feels the truck
traffic in Village is excessive and something should be
done.

Carl Wildrop, 224 Fairfield in Newark, and owner of a
trucking company near Cherry Valley Road, stated that the
last thing his company wanted to do was cause problems for
any community.  He questioned the legality in closing S.
Cherry Valley to truck traffic referencing an article he
read that deals with trucks being allowed to travel up to
one mile off of State Routes.  

Constance Barsky, 221 E. Elm Street, supports the Ordinance.
 She feels that as a society we have been dominated by the
automobile and the increase of trucks on roads is due to the
inability of the railroad to respond to new technology.  She
noted that until these businesses have been threatened there
has been no willingness to negotiate.  

Jeff Wintermute noted that material things are made possible
only by trucks.  He  feels this is being hard on truck
drivers and is concerned that this might upset truck drivers
which could cause retaliation.  

Clifiton Crais noted he found the gentlemen’s threat
disturbing but not surprising.  He stated that he had called
Tamarak Farms and was told there were a number of
alternative roads that could be used but Cherry Valley is
the most convenient.  He feels the argument that businesses
will be destroyed is bogus.

Kevin ? , General Manager of Tamarack Farms, stated there
were alternative routes however they are inconvenient.  He
noted that Mr. Crais may have called Tamarak Farms however
he hadn’t spoke to him.  He again noted that Cherry Valley
Road is used by his company for access to east or west S.R.
16, and that only raw milk coming from Licking County
Farmers is routed on S.R. 661, where these trucks will
continue to use this route whether Cherry Valley Road is
closed or not.  

Bill Englefield hopes this doesn’t turn into "you against
us".  He feels what the Village is trying to accomplish is
good and the trucking industry should help.  He also stated
he has been working on S.R. 157 since 1972.  He asked that
Council consider passing this legislation with the exemption
of S. Cherry Valley Road.  He stated no one is against
Granville, and the truck drivers aren’t mad at anybody.

Bob Howarth asked what Granville had to gain by closing S.
Cherry Valley, and how this will help the problems Village
streets.

    Mayor Bellman noted it is not the intention to hurt
businesses whether they are in Newark or not.  He questioned
why people weren’t asking the Newark City Council why it did
not consider Granville by the actions Newark has taken.  
Newark has said they are going to do what is good for them
and that Granville will have to deal with their own
problems.  With this attitude by Newark, he questioned why
we should be overly concerned about the impact of the
current legislation on Newark.

 Deder Harram questioned how the members of this Council
would justify to the River Road citizens the increased truck
traffic to eliminating through trucks on S. Cherry Valley.

    Councilmember Wernet stated that he does not
anticipate that a trucking firm would be reckless enough to
take that sort of route.  
 


    Ordinance No. 23-98
Vice Mayor  McGowan asked the Law Director to expand on his
current knowledge of this subject.

Law Director Hurst advised that an individual with the area
of expertise in transportation regulation, corridor access,
etc., has been contacted.  He noted that this individual has
agreed to make a comprehensive listing and regulation of the
streets and intersections in the areas of concern.  He noted
that this gentlemen should be able to report back to Council
with a list of options and regulations with 2 or 3 weeks.

Vice Mayor McGowan re-iterated that he is more comfortable
with getting more than one opinion before casting a vote on
something that could be taking us to court on issues or
addressing something that could terminate businesses
severely.  He is not in favor of an emergency dealing with
this ordinance.

Councilmember Minklei is convinced that the right thing to
do is to pass this Ordinance.  She feels this needs to be
the start of more discussion and is afraid that if this
Ordinance is not passed, everyone will go away and not
return as there would be no reason to.  She made it make
clear that this is not a matter of revenge for what Newark
has done with Keny but it is only the ultimate frustration.
 She also feels there is need for a comprehensive approach
to the north/south issue.  

Councilmember Robertson stated she was in agreement with Ms.
Minklei, however should would like this Ordinance to pass
and simultaneously create a committee to review.  

There was discussion about enacting the Ordinance and
delaying the enforcement of Cherry Valley Road.

Bob Howarth committed Kroger (Tamarack Dairy) and Universal
Veneer to this issue and will do his best to contact a list
of companies supplied by the Village and invite them to
these meetings.  He asked for 30 days to put together a
committee and some discussion about this issue.  He said
that this committee will put together a plan.  He asked that
anyone in attendance could sign up to be a part of an ad hoc
committee.  He will contact these individuals and to
effectuate a plan and return to Council in 2 weeks with a
report.

It was noted that the ordinance will not take affect for 30
days.  Within that time if a solution to the truck traffic
problem is going well the grace period could be extended.  
It was noted that the need for an emergency clause has been
eliminated.  
    
    Councilmember Robertson moved the question.

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend Ordinance No.
23-98 as follows:  Delete the title and insert "An Ordinance
To Amend Sections 301.38, 301.44 through 301.53, 303.99,
305.02, And 339.02, And To Enact Section 331.44 Of The
Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio. To
Provide Uniform Regulation Of Truck Traffic In The Village
Of Granville", make insertion into the Section I to conform
with the title, and remove the emergency clause.  Second by
Councilmember Minklei.  All ayes.  Motion carried.

Roll call vote to adopt Ordinance No. 23-98:  Robertson yes,
Minklei yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, McGowan yes, Wernet yes,
Bellman yes.  Seven yes votes.  Ordinance No. 23-98 is
adopted.  


CITIZENS COMMENTS

Bernie Lukco, of 343 E. College Street, reported to Council
on the "Old Middle School" parking issue.  He noted that the
neighbors have no objection to using this lot as a parking
lot but that the area should be defined, graveled so there
is no run-off, and that posts with a chain connection be put
at the entrance with School Administration responsible for
making sure it is locked.  He noted that the Board of
Education has given the impression that they are not
interested in working with this group.

Rochelle Steinberg, of 425 E. College Street, read a letter
with concerns.  She stated that the site plan approval was
given to the School Board by the Planning Commission and the
BZBA and that the School Board has not complied to date.  
She mentioned a "temporary" arrangement which had been
agreed to and expressed concern of such an agreement.  She
feels there is no legal basis to vary from the approved plan
which she feels sets a risky precedent for the Village.  She
asked that until property drainage and proper screening was
provided that parking on the lot not be permitted.  She also
asked that the Police Department be authorized to enforce
the no parking policy and ticket/tow vehicles on the lot.

Robin Bartlett, of 410 E. Broadway, also reading a statement
to Council, stated she is the most directly affected by a
temporary parking lot.  She stated that headlights, noise of
engines, car doors, and people conversing will be an undue
burden to her.  She asked that the Village Council visit her
property and investigate how important screening is in this
situation.  

Clifton Crais stated he feels it is a good idea that the
Village hire an expert to research traffic issues.  He asked
that this expert speak with the community for input but be
directed to not participate in the ad hoc committee.

Law Director Hurst Rufus stated that this person was not a
consultant.  He noted that this is a lawyer who will define
for only this Council what its regulatory options are,
notwithstanding what the various parties wishes may be.  He
will tell this Council what the law says it can do.

    John Castle, of 216 E. College Street, feels other
things need to be done in regard to the traffic.  He again
stated his concern with the amount of traffic on College
Street.  He suggested signs saying all through traffic must
use state routes.

Jim Jump, of 143 Thresher Street, explained that the Manager
had asked for his input on Ordinance No. 23-98.  He stated
he does support consulting a true motor vehicle lawyer.  He
also reminded that the Licking County Planning Commission
has offered to donate $10,000 for a traffic study with
regard to the Thornwood project.

Don Contini, of 315 N. Pearl Street, feels this Council
should sit down with the School Board to address the Old
Middle School parking lot issues.

Jim Harf, a member of the School Board, stated that he was
unaware of the magnitude of this problem.  He stated that
there were things being done, like putting railing up on the
entrance, grading, putting cement barriers to define the
parking, posts and a chain.  He mentioned the possibility of
using a snow fence to deter parking.  He feels the School
Board has acted in good faith in working with the Village
Manager and Planner.  He noted that Village Police do not
have authority to tow vehicles illegally parked in the
parking lot.  He noted that the Board had instructed the
Superintendent that all violators are to be towed.  He noted
that the lots are to be put up for sale as soon as possible.

Manager Hickman noted that a permit has been issued to allow
for a temporary lot with a chain.  He suggested that the
snow fence be added and they need to be responsible for
towing.

    David Bussan, of 420 E. Broadway, stated he has 128
ft of property line that is contiguous to where the Middle
School used to be.  He noted that since the demolition the
ground has not been graded away from his property and water
drains into the back of his lot.  He voiced a concern that
the permit allows 2 years before the parking lot must be
complete and asked who will be responsible for drainage
problems on these lots if they are sold in the mean time.

Jim Harf stated that the School Board would solve the
drainage problem to the satisfaction of the Village.  He
stated that future property owners will be responsible for
solving the water drainage on their property.  He said the
school board is trying to get this issue resolved as soon as
possible.

    Councilmember Robertson remarked that the lights on
the side of the new elementary school were too bright and
suggested they be adjusted.  She also asked if the new
railing was temporary and if it had been approved.

    Mr. Harf stated that he would look into the bright
light issue.  He does not remember whether there was a
railing approved.

Don Contini suggested that volunteers put up concrete posts
with chains around the lot as a temporary measure to block
traffic from parking in the lot.  He suggested that the
School Board pay for the supplies.

    Jim Havens committed to talking to the School Board
to get a clearer idea of what is to happen on a temporary
basis and work on the problems from that point.

    David Bussan, of 420 E. Broadway, noted that the
speed limit is not being enforced along E. Broadway.

    It was suggested that the Manager get a report from
the Chief of Police with regard to E. Broadway enforcement.

Maxine Montgomery also reminded Council and Citizens to
remember that there has been a shuffling of responsibilities
in the Village Offices.  She hopes that Council evaluates
that situation closely because if people are spread too
thin, money may be saved but productivity is reduced. She
then asked if the Law Director had given an opinion on
Ordinances No. 19 and 20-98.   

    Councilmember Wernet noted that Council would take
into consideration the Law Directors thoughts on these
Ordinances.   He also stated that this Council was very
please with what the staff has been able to accomplish with
reduced cost.  He stated that was one of the factors that
led to the 1.52% "bonus" to Village employees.  He stated
that the Personnel Committee has been looking very carefully
to make sure things aren’t stretched too thin.

CHERRY VALLEY ROAD

    Mayor Bellman questioned why the Village was putting
in five lanes on S. Cherry Valley Road if it is going to be
consumed by another community.  He noted that this section
of road was under construction and Council needs to make a
decision.  He questioned why Granville would build five
lanes for other community’s to benefit.  He feels that if
we’re concerned about overburdening our schools why are we
facilitating the sale of those lots (Keny) by improving the
road that leads to them.

    Councilmember Rader noted that this road improvement
was approved by the Planning Commission during the Bob Evans
site plan approval.  It was noted that it is too late to
change that plan.

Manager Hickman noted a provision had been made in next
years budget to work with Keith Myers, and others, in the
review of traffic patterns and parking.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilmember Lucier reported that the Union Cemetery Board
met with legal advisers today and are moving ahead on the
Cemetery boundary dispute.

She also thanked Manager Hickman for his efforts in
organizing the Council picnic, and congratulated Jim Jump
for his appointment as chairman of the Joint Economic
Development District Committee.

ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember Lucier moved to adjourn the meeting at
11:30pm.  Councilmember Wernet second.  Motion carried.
 
        


Monday
Jan092012

Council Minutes 10/21/98

 Thru Truck Traffic Ordinance -
Councilmember Wernet requested an Ordinance with an
emergency clause be drafted to prohibit thru truck traffic
within Village boundaries.

Councilmembers Rader, Lucier, and Vice Mayor McGowan were in
favor of introducing an Ordinance relating to thru truck
traffic, however they would not support an emergency clause.
 The feeling is that the public deserves the opportunity for
review and input of this Ordinance.

Councilmembers Wernet and Minklei stated they had heard
significant input for some time and support the emergency
clause based on what the public has requested this evening.

Councilmember Robertson stated she would like to see
Ordinance language before making a decision on the support
of an emergency clause.

Mayor Bellman feels that all governments in Licking County
need to take a community wide approach to these problems.  
However, in light of Newark City Council’s failure to take a
community wide approach on other recent issues, perhaps
Granville is justified in taking a similar approach here and
look at what is good for Granville.  He volunteered to draft
an Ordinance this evening.  He then asked citizens in
attendance for additional comments based on this topic.

George Wickler, 223 E. College Street, a tractor/trailer
driver, feels Council should act promptly.  He also feels
there is no common ground between Newark and Granville.  He
noted that truck sizes are increasing and have outgrown the
intersections.

Clifton Crais feels consideration should be given to
delivery trucks doing legitimate business in the Village and
asked how this Ordinance will be enforced.  He noted that he
had been personally working on this problem for five years.

Bernie Lukco also feels the Ordinance should be passed as
soon as possible and feels signs should be posted and
strictly enforced.
 
Don Contini stated he had been complaining about this
problem for years.  He feels it is time this Council help
the citizens protect their homes in this Village.

     Rusty Fletcher, 201 N. Pearl Street, stated he is
new to this community and is shocked that this problem has
been put off for so long.  

There was discussion with regard to the timetable of
enforcement if this Ordinance is adopted.  It was decided
that announcements in local papers and letters to area
carriers would be needed.  It was also suggested that
warnings be issued for several days after posted.

Councilmember Rader stated he would prefer that this type of
legislation be done in a more calculated manner, such as
identifying major truck traffic offenders and sending
notification for cooperation.

    Manager Hickman made note that enforcement would
more than likely take more police time.

At this time Vice Mayor McGowan presided over the Council
meeting as Mayor Bellman excused himself from Council
Chambers to work on a draft for Ordinance No. 23-98.

Village Brewing Company
Jerry Martin, owner of Village Brewing Company (Brews)
addressed Council with regard to his request of the Ohio
Division of Liquor Control for an extension of hours.  He
implied that there were certain nights of the week which he
would like to remain open until 2:30am. He noted this idea
was based on patron’s frequent requests. He noted that this
was considered an addendum to the his present D-3 liquor
license and was an extension of privileges. He added that
the establishment would remain open until 2:30am based on
demand.

Councilmember Rader stated that with this day and age of
alcohol abuse, underage drinking, DWI’s, and the crackdown
on alcohol offenses, he feels the State Department of Liquor
Control is remiss in not reducing hours.  He expressed
concern that this establishment is in a residential area and
cautioned that there are some obligations on the part of the
owner to make sure that there are no problems in the
neighborhood.  He stated this was a privilege that could be
taken away.  

Councilmember Wernet, citing problems with another
establishment of this type in the downtown area, voiced a
concern that this would allow for a greater volume of
incidents at 2:30am, noting that there would now be two
locations requiring police patrol at 2:30am.  He asked that
the interest of the overall community be considered.

There was discussion about the steps being taken to
discourage underage drinking and false identification.  Mr.
Martin noted that his employees are required to check
identification adding that he was also looking at purchasing
a bar encoder which is a more error proof way for checking
ID’s.  He also stated that he had been notified by Chief
Cartnal that there had been no complaints against this
establishment and assured Council that a year from now this
would remain the same.

    Councilmember Rader stated that should there be an
increase in the need for law enforcement during the 2:30pm
closing, Council may ask Mr. Martin to reciprocate.

    Council thanked Mr. Martin for his time.

 REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    The minutes of the special meeting of September 24,
1998, were presented for review.  Councilmember Wernet moved
to approve the minutes.  Councilmember Rader second.  Motion
carried.    

The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of October 7,
1998, were presented for review.  Councilmember Robertson
moved to approve the minutes as amended.  Councilmember
Lucier second.  Motion carried.    

The minutes of the special meeting of October 20, 1998, were
presented for review.  Councilmember Rader moved to approve
the minutes.  Councilmember Robertson second.  Motion
carried.    

MAYORS REPORT
The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of September was
presented for review.

    Vice Mayor McGowan directed the clerk to file the
report.  A copy of that report is attached as part of these
minutes.
 
MANAGER’S REPORT
    The Manager’s Report for the month of September was
presented for review.   

Councilmember Rader brought up the question of Alexandria
water usage.  Manager Hickman will report to Mr. Rader.
There was some question about the hours worked on Elm
Street.  
    Following a question by Councilmember Robertson with
regard to the number of hours spent sealing cracks, it was
noted that as there are two to three employees working on
such a project, hours quickly add up.

Councilmember Robertson moved to accept the Manager’s
Report.  Councilmember Wernet seconded.  Motion carried.  A
copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
 Vice Mayor McGowan announced that the GBPA is sponsoring a
parade and costume contest downtown on trick or treat night.

Councilmember Wernet noted that during discussion of the
Comprehensive Plan  at a recent GBPA meeting, Gib Blackstone
voiced a concern about the lack of parking in the village.  
Mr. Blackstone also spoke of Taylor’s proposed plan to
relocate to a building where they would have more parking.  
He is concerned with how many businesses will remain in the
downtown area without sufficient parking.

Vice Mayor McGowan mentioned some consideration might be
given to 30 minute parking in some areas of downtown.

Councilmember Robertson noted a discussion with the Streets
& Sidewalks Committee wherein it has been suggested that an
aerial photograph might be beneficial to reconfigure areas
for parking efficiency.  Manager Hickman will coordinate an
aerial photograph with Keith Myers.

    There was a brief discussion on the idea of a
bus-type service making periodic trips around the Village to
provide accessible transportation.

Councilmember Minklei again mentioned the idea of a
handicapped parking space at the crosswalk to provide access
for some citizens.

    The Streets and Sidewalks Committee will address
these issues and make a recommendation to Council.

    Ordinance No. 23-98

    Mayor Bellman returned to the table with a draft of
Ordinance No. 23-98

    Following a discussion and amendments to the draft,
Councilmember Wernet introduced Ordinance No. 23-98, An
Ordinance To Prohibit "Thru-Truck" Traffic Through The
Village of Granville, by reading its title.  Councilmember
Wernet then moved to introduce the emergency section which
he read in full.   Councilmember Minklei second.

    Several Councilmembers continued to discuss the need
to pass this Ordinance with an emergency clause stating that
amending and "fine tuning" could be done at a later date.

    Following discussion among Council, it was decided
that the emergency clause of Ordinance No. 23-98 did not
have enough affirmative votes to be adopted.

    Law Director Hurst advised that after an Ordinance
is introduced with an emergency clause, but not passed by
emergency measure, the Charter takes over and the Ordinance
is to be scheduled for a public hearing in two weeks.  He
noted that the Ordinance could be reintroduced at that time
with an emergency clause thus allowing for the Ordinance to
become effective immediately if the emergency clause is
adopted at that time.

    Council asked that Manager Hickman order appropriate
signs in preparation for the passage of this Ordinance.

    Law Director Hurst suggested that Ordinance No.
23-98 be put into final form to include an emergency clause,
and scheduled for a public hearing and action at the
November 4, Council meeting.  Councilmember Wernet moved the
motion.  Councilmember Rader second.

    A Public Hearing is scheduled for Ordinance No.
23-98 on November 4, 1998.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to enter into Executive
Session for the purpose of discussing pending litigation.  
Councilmember Rader second.

Roll call vote:  Robertson yes, Lucier yes, McGowan yes,
Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes.  Seven yes
votes.  Motion Carried.

Council took a 3 minute recess.

Time in: 9:50pm

    Councilmember Lucier made a motion to return to
regular session.  Vice Mayor McGowan seconded.  

    Roll call vote:  Robertson yes, Lucier yes, McGowan
yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes.  Seven
yes votes.  Motion Carried.

Time out:  10:05pm


 ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:05pm.
 Councilmember Minklei second.  Motion carried.

Monday
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Council Minutes 10/20/98

 Special Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 20, 1998



Mayor Bellman called the meeting to order at 9:05pm.

Roll call vote:    Bellman  yes        Minklei  no
        Lucier  yes        Rader  yes
        McGowan  no        Robertson  yes
        Wernet  yes

    Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse
Councilmember’s McGowan and Minklei.  Motion carried.

9:35pm - Councilmember Minklei arrived

Recent Events

    Council discussed the impact of recent events over
the last few days and entertained any ideas.  No decisions
were made.

    
Councilmember Rader made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
10:45pm.    Councilmember Lucier seconded.  Motion carried.

                

Monday
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Council Minutes 10/7/98

 CALL TO ORDER
    Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
Mayor Bellman, Councilmember Lucier, Vice Mayor McGowan,
Councilmember Minklei, Councilmember Rader, Councilmember
Robertson, Councilmember Wernet
Also Present
    Manager Hickman, Law Director Hurst
Visitors Present
    Bernard Lukco, Maureen Severson, Carol Philipps,
Kathryn Wimberger, Mary Fellabaum, Jim Jump, Scott Rawdon
(Sentinel)

PUBLIC HEARING
    Ordinance No. 17-98, An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance
No. 22-97 Providing for Adjustments of the Annual Budget for
the Fiscal Year 1998 and Revising Sums for Operating
Expenses.  (Robertson).  Having received no comments, Mayor
Bellman declared the public hearing closed.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    September 16, 1998.  Councilmember Robertson moved
to approve Minutes as corrected.  Vice Mayor McGowan
seconded, and motion was unanimously approved.

    Special Meeting, September 24, 1998.  Approval of
these minutes is postponed.

    Special Meeting, September 30, 1998.  Councilmember
Wernet moved to approve minutes as submitted; Councilmember
Rader seconded, and minutes were unanimously approved.

CITIZENS COMMENTS
    Bernard Lukco, 343 East College, is confused and
concerned about some of the parking issues at the old middle
school.  Con-struc-tion has not begun on the lot, and people
are parking there haphazardly and without authorization.  
Steve Cartnal told him he could not ticket cars because that
was a private lot, and the Acting Superintendent of Schools
is  not familiar with all the issues.  There should be a way
to enforce the parking restrictions.  and erect a sign. It
will be a worse problem with rain and snow, and the School
Board ought to expedite construction.
    Manager Hickman said this was new to him and he
wanted time to study the situation. Vehicles parking on the
sidewalk have been ticketed, and the school is responsible
if cars need to be towed.  The Acting Superintendent should
be informed of the background here. Mr. Lukco will keep an
eye on this.

    Mary Fellabaum, 310 West Elm, would like to thank
Village Manager for his help in making the Antique Show a
success in spite of the rain.  They had 41 wet dealers; it
was well attended and the new location was successful.  
Councilmember Lucier did receive a call from an upset
resident and she will come and speak for herself later.

    Bob Kent, 100 Pinehurst, on behalf of his family,
who own 100± acres on 16/661, wants to develop this area.  
It's in the township but involves the Village also. He is
asking Council to appoint one or more people to an ad hoc
committee to discuss the best way to approach this.
    Mayor Bellman thought this matter raised a lot of
concerns that go beyond this property and may involve water
and sewer issues. He thought this was a big enough situation
to seek involve-ment of the Comprehensive Plan group and our
whole game plan for the future. Others wanted
representatives from Township Trustees, Village Council, the
Comprehensive Plan group, Township Zoning, and School Board.
 Mr. Kent preferred a small group just to offer guidance at
this time.   

    Three members were selected for Mr. Kent's group:  
Councilmembers Minklei, Rader, and Wernet

COMMITTEE REPORTS
    Personnel Committee.  The committee would be glad to
answer questions from the Council. They did not vote on
anything.

    Recreation Commission.  They did plant grass at the
new park in the Village by the driving range.  The Rec.
Commission is offering basketball from Grade one up.

    Cemetery Board.  Councilmember Lucier requests
clarification from Council and Law Director as to who is our
legal counsel.  This is still pending.

    Granville Planning Commission.  Councilmember Wernet
said that Kobunski was going to be on the agenda again but
Mr. Hersam requested tabling until the next meeting.

    John Thornborough brought up a rezoning question for
NW corner of Main and College.  Members wanted to postpone
any discussion until they saw an application.   GPC wants a
public hearing for rezoning, and Council wants its own
public hearings.  

    Streets and Sidewalks.  Councilman Rader presented
priorities for next year's budget:
    1.  South Main Street, with Ameriflora added, and a
welcome sign. Mayor Bellman likes the idea of involving
property owners in a partnership and getting some money from
them. Councilmember McGowan stated that the South Main
project was approved by a former Council and one suggestion
was a turn lane at the IGA. Dan Freytag opposed this idea.  
 Some people want the current Council to re-visit this
thought.  Mayor Bellman wondered whether traffic was of real
concern at this point. Do we really want to make it easier
for visitors to go through town? Maybe it's good to stop
instead.  Mr. Wernet wondered why pay for something that may
not have real benefit.
    Councilmember Rader said Streets and Sidewalks
Committee wanted to recommend a turn lane, and Councilmember
Wernet thought there was to be discussion with property
owners first.  Council-member Rader added that a grant would
affect Munson to Broadway, 80/20, and a turn lane would be
in the non-grant area.
    2.  West Maple to Cherry, with curbs and work with
residents about parking.
    3.  Engineering on east side of Village in relation
to impact fees on new building in that area to help pay for
Cherry Valley Road improvements.  Manager Hickman will give
us a resolution to have improvements done.
    4.  David Longaberger has the driveway cut in.  They
will make a pathway also.
    5.  Pathway on Newark/Granville Road.  It will be an
8' bike-path going from western drive of the church to Bryn
Du and a 6' path from the Catholic Church to Clear Run.  
Mayor Bellman said that where a sidewalk is close to houses,
the style is concrete, but the disadvantage is that it would
only be 6' and would be more costly.  Members agreed to use
asphalt instead of concrete.

PUBLIC HEARING AND OLD BUSINESS
    Ordinance No. 17-98, an Ordinance to Amend 22-97
Providing for Adjustments of the Annual Budget for the
Fiscal Year 1998 and Revising Sums for Operating Expenses,
as introduced by Councilmember Robertson during the
September 16th meeting. By roll call, every member voted for
the Ordinance.

NEW BUSINESS
    ORDINANCE NO. 18-98, An Ordinance to Revise the
Codified Ordinances by Adopting Current Replacement Pages
and Declaring an Emergency. Manager Hickman said this
ordinance needs to be intro-duced and have further
discussion.  It does not need to be an emergency basis.  
Councilmember Rader introduced this Ordinance, and there
will be a public hearing October 21.

    RESOLUTION NO. 98-34, a Resolution to Authorize the
Village Manager to Advertise for Bids for the Sale of a 1986
Ford 350 Truck, which has already been replaced through the
state bid process and is now surplus that needs to be sold.
 Councilmember McGowan introduced this Resolution and
Councilman Rader seconded.   Manager Hickman said there is
another vehicle to add to this as sealed bid.  The Law
Director said this could be amended or add to it later.  
It's a 1987 Chrysler LeBaron acquired through court order on
a forfeiture.  The Village does not want it and it is
accumulating storage fees at M and P in addition to the
original $600 fee. In a contract the Law Director could
state that the Village is not responsible for the $600.  
    Mayor Bellman moved to amend this by saying: "The
Manager is authorized to dispose of another vehicle, namely
a 1987 LeBaron notwithstanding provisions of 125.11.  The
amendment was unanimously approved.  The Resolution was
unanimously approved.

    {As an aside, Mr. Hickman wants Ms. Wimberger to
look at the new River Road sign.}
    
    RESOLUTION NO. 98-35, a Resolution to Approve
Submittal of an Update of the District Solid Waste
Management Plan.  Carol Philipps, District Coordinator of
the Solid Waste District, stated this was to reduce
landfills, encourage recycling, and discourage littering.  
This plan needs to be updated every five years and look
toward 15 years ahead. You recently received information
from her group and will get more.  She wants to add to
recycling sites.
    Councilmember Robertson asked what assurances there
were that the recycling actually gets to the plant, and Ms.
Philipps said  monitoring was impossible.
    Councilman Rader moved to introduce this Resolution
and Vice Mayor McGowan seconded.  It was approved by
majority with one Abstention vote (Mayor Bellman).

    RESOLUTION NO. 98-36, Resolution Accepting the
Amounts and Rates as Determined by the Budget Commission and
Authorizing the Necessary Tax Levies and Certifying Them to
the County Auditor.    Manager Hickman explained that these
are funds we will receive from the County for 1999.
    Mayor Bellman moved to introduce this Resolution and
read the Resolution to the group. Councilmember Wernet
seconded and it was unanimously approved.
    Councilmember Wernet thought these forms could be
updated, and members agreed that the penned-in figures with
"strikeovers" obscured the correct figures.

MATTERS OF INTEREST
    Jim Jump has proposed an ordinance and explained it
to the group.  He asked what would happen if a bad error of
law occurs and nobody follows up. What could the Village do
to prevent this.  His proposal has three main points: (1)
the municipality may not attack or void decisions of its own
authority unless it gives itself authority to do so.  (2)
Finding a procedure to allow this.  What you are looking for
is where the decision clearly constitutes abuse of power,
corruption, or misrepresentation.  (3) Let the citizens send
a letter to the Law Director voicing their complaints.  Some
say the SuperAmerica decision represents an abuse of
corporate power and a clear disregard of law.
    The Law Director said we already have a procedure in
existence {1139.07 and 1109.12}.  He has serious
reservations about this proposal.
    Councilmember Wernet suggested that the Law Director
and Jim Jump get together and give us results of that
discussion.
    Councilmember Robertson introduced both proposals,
19-98, An Ordinance to Amend 1137.07 and to Enact Section
1137.09 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of
Granville, Ohio, to Expand the Authority of the Council, Law
Director, and Village Manager, to prevent Violations of the
Zoning Ordinance, and 20-98, An Ordinance to Amend Sections
1135.01, 1137.01, 1137.02, 1137.05, 1137.07, 1139.04,
1139.05, 1141.04, 1141.05, 1147.04, and 1159.05, and to
Enact Section 1137.09 of the Codified Ordinances of the
Village of Granville, Ohio, to Permit the Law Director and
Taxpayers of the Village to Take Action to Prevent Unlawful
Decisions and Orders Issued under the Zoning Ordinance.
Councilmember Rader seconded. Councilmember Robertson wants
a public hearing November 4.  
    The Law Director said this will take a lot of time
to study.

    Comments from the Mayor.  The Mayor noticed it was
unusually quiet down-town when Cherry Valley was closed.  
Chief Cartnal was going to check on Westerville, etc., to
see how they managed to control noise.  Mayor Bellman also
stated that other towns have restric-tions on JAK brakes and
wondered whether Granville could also. Manager Hickman will
work out some language.

    A letter from a resident on South Main complains
about speed-ing traffic.  There are also violations on
College between Granger and Broadway.  Should we look at
other areas to see how they control speed through the
village?

    He has also received comments about skateboards.  
Manager Hickman said if they are a nuisance, they will be
cited.  Officers do patrols.  Councilmember Robertson valued
the idea of interaction between police and young people.
Councilmember Rader recommended calling parents on the
phone.  Manager Hickman will talk to Chief Cartnal about
this.

    The idea of Alexandria and water agreement raises a
possible opportunity: Acquire Land Conservancy easements
along the bike path.  We want understanding about
development.  See about alter-nate truck routes.  The ODOT
says if you want trucks out of the village, give them an
alternate truck route.

    Liquor Permit. Law Director Hurst needs to be
advised whether or not Council requests hearings before Ohio
Liquor Control regard-ing Village Brewing Company's request
for a new permit for D-3-A, an extension of issued permit
privileges until 2:30 a.m. in addition to its other
permissions already received. Councilmember Wernet said
neighboring residents and merchants might not like that
idea, and Councilmember Rader said this is in a residential
area and 2:30 is absurd and not community-minded.  Vice
Mayor McGowan said it is easier to revoke a license than to
deny it originally.  The deadline is October 31.  Hurdles
are remarkable.
    
ADJOURNMENT
    Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn at 10 p.m.
Councilmember Lucier seconded.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Betty Allen, acting secretary


Monday
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Council Minutes 9/30/98

 Special Council Meeting
Wednesday - September 30, 1998


Roll call vote:    Bellman     Minklei
        Lucier      Rader
        McGowan      Robertson         
                Wernet  


Councilmember Rader made a motion to enter into Executive
Session for the discussion of personnel issues, land
acquisition, and legal matters.   
Councilmember Wernet seconded the motion.


Roll call vote:    Bellman - yes        Minklei - yes
        Lucier  - yes        Rader  - yes    
        McGowan - yes        Robertson - yes    
        Wernet  - yes


Time in:  9:00 pm

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to return to regular
session.  Councilmember Rader seconded the motion.


Roll call vote:    Bellman - yes        Minklei - yes    
        Lucier - yes        Rader - yes
        McGowan - yes        Robertson - yes
        Wernet - yes

Time out:  10:35 pm


Councilmember Rader made a motion to adjourn from the
Special Meeting.  Councilmember Wernet seconded the motion.

Meeting adjourned at:  10:36 pm