VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
October 3, 2001
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:33pm)
ROLL CALL (7:33pm)
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet and
Mayor Robertson; Manager Hickman, Law Director Crites.
Councilmember McGowan moved to excuse Councilmember Crais,
who is ill; second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried.
Councilmember Moore moved to amend the Agenda to delete the
introduction of Ordinance 34-01 since the School District
asked to postpone the matter for two weeks while they
continue discussions with the EPA and the Village. Second
by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried.
CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (opened by Mayor Robertson at 7:35pm)
Broadway Medians and East Broadway Paving
Jerry Martin, 15 Briarwood Drive. Mr. Martin asked about
the status of both projects, worried that they might
adversely affect Kiwanis at next summer’s 4th of July
activities and, perhaps, even the food purveyors during the
next Blues Festival. Councilmember Bellman, after taking
issue with the “misleading” article in The Sentinel,
confirmed that no decision has been made on medians, either
by the Streets & Sidewalks Committee or by Council (both
are still at the “brainstorming” stage). Mr. Martin
emphasized that he wants to be consulted as an individual
business owner rather than having the GPBA speak for him.
Manager Hickman noted that he already has a meeting
scheduled with the GPBA to discuss how best to approach the
businesses. He assured Mr. Martin that there is no intent
to “devastate” the 4th of July festivities. Vice Mayor
Wernet agreed, stating that “if medians won’t work for
Kiwanis and 4th of July, they won’t be done.” Manager
Hickman said the paving schedule is still uncertain.
Crosswalk improvements are out for bid, with a submission
deadline within the next two weeks. At that time Council
can elect to install a crosswalk, either in 2003, with the
state paying, or earlier at our own cost. Businesses will
be consulted. Paving itself would take less than a week,
doing one side of the street at a time. The crosswalk would
take a couple of weeks due to concrete curing.
Bike-Trail Bridge Over Raccoon Creek (connecting trail to
Raccoon Creek Park)
Ron Sheldon, 278 Llanberis Drive, speaking for the Rec
Commission. Mr. Sheldon asked Council to consider setting
aside funding in next year’s budget to participate in the
installation of this bridge. The projected cost for
purchase-and-installation is $300,000, to be split half-and-
half between State entities and local entities. Granville
Village, Granville Township, and the Licking County
Commissioners are each being asked to contribute $50,000 to
make up the “local entity” half of the total cost. At this
point, the bridge has been purchased (located by Jim
Riddle), its eligibility for a historical plaque has been
certified, the hydrologist survey is complete, the land
conservancy review is complete, and permission from all
affected landowners has been obtained.
Belt Filter Press (7:50pm)
Erik Holmquist (Village staff) reviewed the operation of
the Wastewater Filter Plant, where the belt filter would be
used to replace the current dewatering system (to compress
bio-solids and squeeze the water out). This new equipment
could be installed in an existing building. Savings over
the current system would come from both equipment and
labor. Purchase and installation of a used unit is usually
between $100,000-150,000, with an expected life of 15-20
years. Bids on the proposal range from $59,900 to $188,900.
The preferred bid, which best met all the specifications,
came from Burch Hydroclean of Fredericktown, was $133,310
(with a top-model press with 200 hours of use—a savings of
$130,000 over a new unit). The unit comes with a one-year
warranty on parts and labor (same term as with a new unit).
Mr. Holmquist, responding to questions from members of
Council, confirmed that none of the three employees now on
staff would be cut; rather they would be able to devote
hours to other maintenance tasks not being fully covered
Mayor Robertson closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:20pm.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ( 8:20pm)
Ordinance No. 32-01, An Ordinance To Approve The
Terms Of A Real Estate Purchase Contract Relating To The
Proposed Purchase of 5.45 Acres On Columbus Road Known As
The Watson Property And To Authorize The Village Manager To
Execute Said Contract, was introduced by Mayor Robertson.
Jackie O’Keefe asked for a description of the location;
Manager Hickman complied. Mayor Robertson closed the public
hearing at 8:21pm.
OLD BUSINESS (8:21pm)
Ordinance No. 32-01, An Ordinance To Approve The Terms Of A
Real Estate Purchase Contract Relating To The Proposed
Purchase of 5.45 Acres On Columbus Road Known As The Watson
Property And To Authorize The Village Manager To Execute
Said Contract, was not introduced because the title
examination on the property is not yet complete. Vice Mayor
Wernet moved to table the ordinance; second by
Councilmember Moore. Motion carried.
Ordinance No. 17-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1189 Of
The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, was moved off
the table by Councilmember Lucier; second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. Motion carried.
Councilmember Moore reiterated her earlier concerns about
varying size regulations and suggested deleting Item 5 from
Section 1189.05, Free-Standing Signs, for the Village
Square District. Vice Mayor Wernet so moved; second by
Councilmember Moore. Motion-to-amend carried. Councilmember
Moore also objected to 1189.10-D, re “holiday” lighting
restrictions, since it observes only Christian holidays.
She moved to strike “…but only between November 15 and
January 15….” Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion-to-
amend carried. Councilmember Bellman expressed concern
about 1189.08, which itemizes signs allowed in the right-of-
way, and 1189.10, which exempts political signs from this
ordinance. He moved to add a new last sentence to Sections
F, G, H, and I (to alleviate the confusion), as
follows: “Signs, if placed on roadways with sidewalks,
shall be placed on the opposite side of the sidewalk from
the roadway. In the case of roadways with no sidewalks, the
signs shall be located no closer than eight (8) feet from
the edge of the road.” Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. Motion-
A Roll Call vote on Ordinance No. 17-01 yielded six (6)
affirmative votes: Councilmembers Bellman, Lucier, McGowan,
and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson. Ordinance
No. 17-01 is adopted.
NEW BUSINESS (8:47pm)
Resolution No. 01-61, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Submit A Grant Application For 2001-2002
Capital Improvement Projects To District 17, Ohio Public
Works Commission, For Funding, On Granville’s Behalf. (SR
16/Cherry Valley Road improvements, was introduced by
Councilmember Bellman. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Discussion: Councilmember Bellman, stating that no one had
yet seen the designs, urged modification of the Resolution
by adding a Section III to specify that, before the grant
application is submitted it would be reviewed by the
Streets & Sidewalks Committee. Manager Hickman urged
submitting the application first (with a deadline of
October 13th), followed by the discussion. The maximum
grant we can get will be $190,000 and he intends for that
to cover improvements from Westgate Drive to S.R. 16.
Manager Hickman added that, since the Village will have to
pay for anything it wants to do above and beyond the
$190,000, nothing is lost by having the engineering study
occur simultaneously with submission of the application.
Councilmember Bellman said he had no problem with meeting
before the October 13th deadline. Councilmember Moore
concurred but emphasized how important it was to make sure
the application was submitted in a timely manner. She asked
Manager Hickman to describe the application process (i.e.,
what is submitted and how definitive/binding it is).
Manager Hickman responded that he submits the application
itself, letter of support (which are already in hand), and
a general list of projected improvements. If anything on
the original list is not done in the final project, that
portion of the funding is “backed out.” Councilmember
McGowan brought up the traffic problems at Wendy’s and the
possibility of Wendy’s assuming some of the cost to correct
the situation. Councilmember Bellman agreed, suggested
alternate ingress/egress locations off of Galway Drive for
Wendy’s and further north on Cherry Valley Road for
Westgate Drive. In short, he felt we needed to have the
whole plan in place to make good decisions about the
intersection itself. Vice Mayor Wernet suggested that
Streets & Sidewalks meet with Manager Hickman before
October 13th to come up with a mix that works reasonably
well, then submit the application. Councilmember Bellman
agreed to that plan. Manager Hickman will modify Item 2 on
the application to read “…improvement for traffic flow…”
instead of “…modification of the lanes….” it. Motion
Ordinance No. 33-01, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 25-
00 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The
Fiscal Year 2001 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses,
was introduced by Councilmember Lucier. Second by
Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Robertson set the public
hearing for October 17, 2001.
Alexandria Water Contract
Councilmember Bellman noted that he was bringing this
contract come before Council on behalf of the Streets,
Sidewalks, & Utilities Committee so Council could have
input on the rate structure before the contract was
submitted to Alexandria. Alexandria has been paying 1.3
times the production cost. Owens-Corning has been paying
last year’s production cost with no add-on; other non-
Village residents pay a flat 2.0 multiplier. The current
proposal for Alexandria is a “very modest” increase—1.33,
with a penalty-rate of 1.5 times their rate to discourage
them from exceeding their 40,000 gpd rate. (They now use
about 35,000 gpd.) Councilmember McGowan urged that Council
think of the long view (i.e., how much water do we want to
give them in five years? ten years? twenty years?) and “get
serious” about a penalty rate if 40,000 gpd is all we want
to give. Vice Mayor Wernet agreed, pointing out that our
policy is not to prevent Alexandria from growing, just to
prevent it at our expense. There was general consensus that
the Alexandria rate should be higher than Kendal’s 1.3,
since Kendal is a special benefit to the community. Council
agreed to a cap of 1.5, to be phased in over time. The rate
for 2001 and 2002 would stay at 1.33; it will change to 1.5
in 2003 for the remainder of the five-year contract now
being submitted. Starting now, however, the penalty rate
for usage over 40,000 gpd will be three times the contract
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (pm)
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of September 19, 2001. The
following additions/corrections were requested: 1)
Councilmember Moore – p.5, under Resolution No. 01-58,
add: “She also asked Manager Hickman to express Council’s
dissatisfaction to the County Auditor with respect to the
sexist wording of the resolution’s form.” 2)
Councilmember Moore – p.6, end of the paragraph re
Resolution 01-59, add: Motion, as amended, carried.
[Council indicated that if Victoria’s Parlor wanted a
similar time-frame, they would agree.] 3) Councilmember
Moore – p.6, Development Committee: “Councilmember Crais
reported the Committee had met would meet the next day with
Professor Dale Bertsch….” 4) Councilmember Moore – p.7,
8th line of initial paragraph: Delete “Manager Hickman
disagreed.” 5) Law Director Crites – p.5., “Discussion”
under OLD BUSINESS, last sentence: “…of the $14,476.98 paid-
to-date for Law Director Prosecutor services….” 6) Law
Director Crites – p.6, last sentence of Ordinance No. 32-
01: “…Mayor Robertson set the public hearing for September
5, October 3, 2001.” Vice Mayor Wernet moved to accept the
minutes as corrected; second by Councilmember Lucier.
COMMITTEE REPORTS (9:37pm)
Economic Development Committee (Councilmembers Crais,
Moore; Mayor Robertson).
Councilmember Moore reported the committee had met with
Professor Bertsch’s students (though not with the professor
himself). They were joined by members of the GBPA (Mike
Frazier, Eloise DeZwarte, Ruth Owen, and Melissa
Hartfield). The exchange was helpful and the students
provided a course outline that will help us follow their
progress. The committee will next receive the students’
proposal of the scope of the study.
Finance Committee (Councilmember Moore).
Newark-Granville Joint Committee (Mayor Robertson,
Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan noted the committee will meet October
Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).
Councilmember Lucier reported on an initial plans/initial
comments work session with Speedway (the successor to
SuperAmerica) in which they showed what they want to do at
the intersection of Route 16 and Cherry Valley Road. The
Commission is expecting the Episcopal Church’s application
for renovations to the Sensibilities building. Manager
Hickman noted that he had had Seth Dorman write the church
to clarify that they needed to go through the lessor, who
then goes to the Village.
Rec Commission (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan reported the commission had discussed
the bridge mentioned earlier by Ron Sheldon. He reiterated
that the upcoming levy is a replacement one, to keep
programs going. The fall sports are under way; winter ones
will begin shortly.
Street Light Committee (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan noted that lights in the core of the
Village will be completed before branching out. Manager
Hickman reported that three more would be put up as soon as
their arms were painted.
Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities Committee (Vice Mayor
Wernet; Councilmembers Bellman, Crais).
Councilmember Bellman noted that the Alexandria water
contract had already been dealt with by Council. The
committee is also discussing East Broadway improvements,
along with sprinkler systems for old buildings. Re the
Clear Run culvert replacement, it will involve a two-month
closing since doing it one lane at a time would be
prohibitively expensive. Manager Hickman noted he is trying
to hold up on Clear Run until ODOT is done on South Main
Street and some of the other projects are wrapped up.
Councilmember Bellman reported he has received some signage
ideas for the South Main bike crossing but they are far
from ideal. He asked Manager Hickman to look into this and
the committee will discuss it again at the next meeting.
They are still undecided on the Broadway medians. As for
the golf-course sidewalks, they have asked for some design
work by November 15th. Manager Hickman said he wasn’t sure
if it could be done by then but that he would certainly
have some ideas ready. Councilmember McGowan asked when the
Main Street bridge would be completed. Manager Hickman said
they have run over their 75-day window and are only about
half done. However, ODOT has to enforce this, not the
Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore).
Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).
Strategic Land Acquisition Committee (Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Moore).
Mayor Robertson reported that the joint meeting has been
delayed. Council agreed on November 17th (one of the two
dates proposed by the Trustees), and asked Manager Hickman
to relay that to Norm Kennedy.
School Sewer System Update
Councilmember Moore reported that the Granville Land
Conservancy would hold a meeting on October 4th at 7:30pm
at Pilgrim Lutheran. The guest speaker will be Chris Engle,
District V ODOT representative, who will cover projects in
Licking County and the funding therefore. His talk will be
followed by a Q&A.
October 5, 2001 – Economic Development Committee Meeting
October 9, 2001 – Tree & Landscape Committee Meeting
October 9, 2001 – Comprehensive Plan Review Committee
October 9, 2001 – Planning Commission Meeting
October 11, 2001 – Personnel Committee Meeting
October 11, 2001 – BZBA Meeting
October 17, 2001 – Council Meeting
Vice Mayor Wernet moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:53pm.
Second by Councilmember McGowan. Meeting adjourned.
VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE