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Jan232012

Council Minutes 4/4/01

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
April 4, 2001



1.  CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Wernet at 7:31pm)

2.  ROLL CALL (7:31pm)
Those responding to the Roll Call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, Mayor Robertson; Manager Hickman, Law Director
Crites.

Mayor Robertson amended the Agenda to add an Executive
Session after “Other.”

3.    CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:33pm)
 None.

4.    PUBLIC HEARING (7:33pm)
A. Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1147
Of The Codified Ordinances of Granville, Ohio. No one
appeared to speak for or against the Ordinance.

5.    NEW BUSINESS (7:34pm)
A. Resolution No. 01-26, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
Grounds Maintenance, As Per Specifications, To Fackler
Country Gardens And To Authorize The Village Manager To
Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced by Vice
Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember Crais. [Manager
Hickman reminded Council that this proposal is in lieu of
replacing a retiring employee. Other employees who formerly
did this work will be reassigned. Grass will be cut at the
direction of the Manager, not on a pre-set schedule.]
Motion carried.

B. Resolution No. 01-28, A Resolution To Authorize The Non-
Permanent Installation Of A Sidewalk Café On The Public
Sidewalk At 134 East Broadway In Front Of The Business
Known As “Victoria’s Parlour,” Subject To Restrictions, was
introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember
McGowan. No discussion. Motion carried.

C. Resolution No. 01-29, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
2001 Street Painting, As Per Specifications, To Griffin
Pavement Striping And To Authorize The Village Manager To
Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced by
Councilmember McGowan. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
[Manager Hickman verified that this is not the same company
who did the striping last year; he will also provide
supervision. He added that the striping price is dropping
due to more thermoplastic installations as well as the
deletion of some areas previously striped.] Motion carried.

D. Ordinance 08-01, An Ordinance To Create A Sugar Loaf
Preservation Fund, was  introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet;
second by Councilmember Moore. Mayor Robertson set the
hearing for April 18, 2001.

6.    OLD BUSINESS (7:41pm)
A. Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1147
Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, was re-
introduced by Councilmember Lucier. Second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. [Manager Hickman verified that the requested
language changes are meant simply to make the Code more
user-friendly by reiterating applicable sections each time
they are referenced.] A Roll Call vote yield seven (7)
affirmative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier,
McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson).
Ordinance No. 07-01 is adopted.

B. Resolution No. 01-17, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
Public Warning System Installation, As Per Specifications,
To B&C Communications And To Authorize The Village Manager
To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was re-introduced by
Councilmember Lucier, who then moved that it be taken off
the table. Second by Councilmember Bellman. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Manager Hickman reported that the Superintendent of Schools
has approved placement of one siren near the Middle School
to cover the north areas of the Village. The second siren
will be installed at the water plant to cover the south
areas. The specific site for the third siren to cover the
east areas has yet to be identified, though Manager Hickman
suggested that the best location would be on Newark-
Granville Road near its intersection with Jones Road. Each
siren will be installed on a 40-foot pole. Manager Hickman
will proceed with the installation of the first two sirens
while getting public input on the placement of the third.
He noted that the sirens are battery-operated and can be
tested silently. Council has budgeted $40,000 for equipment
and installations. Manager Hickman reported that he might
need an additional appropriation to complete the
installation of the third siren. Motion carried.

C. Resolution No. 01-20, A Resolution Creating A Strategic
Land Acquisition And Smart Development Committee Composed
Of Members Of Council To Pursue Acquisition Of Strategic
Land, was re-introduced by Councilmember Crais, who then
moved that it be taken off the table. Second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Councilmember Crais reported that he had revised the
resolution per discussions with, and recommendations from,
members of Council and the Law Director. He accepted three
friendly amendments: 1) amending the title to include “…
members of Council and citizens…;” 2) adjusting the section
lettering as needed; and 3) changing “Township residents”
to “other Township residents.”

Councilmember Bellman moved to delete the eighth “Whereas”
and add a Section IV(e), as follows: The committee will
discuss and present to Council criteria for a policy for
determining whether to purchase land outside the village
which is contiguous or non-contiguous, or to purchase land
only within the village.” Second by Councilmember Lucier.
Motion not carried.

Councilmember Crais moved to withdraw the eighth “Whereas”
as well as remove the second “Whereas.” Second by Vice
Mayor Wernet. Councilmember Crais explained that he wanted
the committee to “think outside the box,” and therefore
wanted to eliminate the location restrictions specified in
the second “Whereas.” Motion carried. Vice Mayor Wernet
called the question on the amended resolution. Motion-as-
amended carried.

Mayor Robertson instructed Hickman to advertise for
interested citizens expeditiously and try to fill the
committee position at the meeting after next.

D. Resolution No. 01-24, A Resolution Authorizing Staff Of
The Village Of Granville To Investigate Tax Relief Plans
And Other Assistance For Retired Residents Of The Village
Living On Fixed Incomes, was re-introduced by Councilmember
Crais, who then moved that it be taken off the table.
Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Councilmember Crais accepted a friendly amendment to change
the reporting date from July 1 to September 1.

Councilmember Lucier clarified that Councilmember Crais’
intent was to encourage empty-nesters to stay in the
Village, then noted that the Village cannot affect either
state or school-district taxes, and retirement income is
not subject to Village income tax. Councilmember Crais
acknowledged that, but still felt it would be a good idea
to know who is affected and who is not. Vice Mayor Wernet
stated that, even though the Village cannot effect any tax-
relief measures, we might be able to encourage those who
can to do so. Council-member Lucier agreed but felt that we
could do that without requiring the staff to complete such
detailed and complicated research. Councilmember Moore
suggested referring to “other incentives” rather
than “other assistance” since the intent is to offer such
things as recreational activities and organizations that
would make the village appeal to retired people. She also
asked that “citizens” in Section 1 be changed to “Village
residents.” Councilmember Lucier moved to amend the
Resolution by modifying Section 2, as follows: “Council
instructs the Village Manager and his staff to explore
incentives to retain retired citizens in the Village.”
Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion carried.
Councilmember Lucier moved to strike Section 1. Second by
Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Councilmember Moore
moved to amend the Resolution’s heading to correspond with
the previous amendments. Second by Councilmember Crais.
Motion carried. Motion-as-amended carried.
 
E. Resolution No. 01-27, A Resolution To Amend The Village
Of Granville Rules Of The Village Council, remained on the
table (from 3/21/01).

7.  REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (8:05pm)
A. Joint Township/Council Meeting, 28 February 2001.
Councilmember Lucier request the following addition to p2,
line 17 – After “Absolutely.”, insert: Councilmember Lucier
asked if the Township budgeted money for this purpose or if
decisions were made on a case-by-case basis. Mr. Havens
reported funds were not budgeted for this purpose.

B. Regularly Scheduled Meeting, 7 March 2001. Councilmember
Moore requested the following corrections: 1) p. 1,
Citizens’ Comments, #2, 6th line – change “…something
note…” to “something note….”; 2) p. 4, 10th line –
delete “, Moore”.

C. Regularly Scheduled Meeting, 21 March 2001. The
following corrections/ additions were requested: 1)
Councilmember McGowan, p. 6 – change the first full
sentence to read: “Councilmember McGowan agreed with the
concept, but felt we were not yet big enough to split felt
the school board and community members had to discuss
school issues; it was not up to Council or Mr. Clear to
determine this.” 2) Councilmember Moore, p.5, “Discussion” –
 correct the wording as follows: Councilmember Moore said
asked if, even assuming no new schools, would it it would
still be helpful to add some new east-west roads…. Mr.
Clear said it would.” 3) Councilmember Moore, p. 7, last
paragraph before “New Business” – correct the wording as
follows: “Councilmembers Moore and McGowan preferred that
it go to the Township Trustees and the School Board.” 4)
Councilmember Lucier, p. 2, “Council Questions,” 6th line –
insert “Councilmember Lucier indicated the Village pays
$6,000 per year….”  5) Vice Mayor Wernet, p7, last
paragraph before “New Business” – insert after the second
sentence: “Vice Mayor Wernet felt it should go to all
bodies (i.e., TZB, Township Trustees, and School Board).

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept all three sets of
Minutes, as amended. Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion
carried.

8.     COMMITTEE REPORTS (8:15pm)
A. Economic Development Committee (Councilmembers Crais,
Moore; Mayor Robertson).  Councilmember Crais reported that
the committee would meet April 5th at 8:30am in the Village
offices, with a professor from OSU and Kathryn Wimberger,
to devise a strategy to maintain an economically vital
downtown.

B. Finance Liaison (Councilmember Moore). No report.

C. Newark-Granville Committee (Councilmember Bellman, Mayor
Robertson). No report.

D. Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan). No report.

E. Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).
Councilmember Lucier reported that the Commission approved
a proposal by the Presbyterian Church to reconstruct Locust
Place to the originally approved 16-foot width. They also
held a work session with Lark and Joe Recchie re the 92-
acre parcel of land the Recchies want to donate to the
schools or, if the schools are not interested, to another
public body that might wish to develop some kind of senior
housing. There was also a work session with Ross IGA about
a proposed rear addition. Finally, they are working on
updating chapters in the zoning code and expect to act on
them at their meeting of April 23rd, after which they will
bring the proposals to Council.

F. Recreation Commission (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan reported that spring activities are
under way and going well.

G. Streetlight Committee (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan reported that he will identify lights
for replacement within the next two weeks.

H. Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Councilmembers
Bellman and Crais, Vice Mayor Wernet). No report.

I. Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore). No
report.

J. Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).
Councilmember Lucier reported that the summer work schedule
is set. The Board would like to have its books audited and
is therefore looking for recommendations for an appropriate
person. They are also investigating the cost of either a
stone wall or iron fence and will present any proposal
before the Planning Commission.

9.  OTHER (8:25pm)
A. Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. Manager Hickman and
Vice Mayor Wernet will discuss the next step needed.

B. Census Status. Mayor Robertson asked where this stood.
Manager Hickman reported that the Village had just received
the documentation from the Census Bureau and can now
proceed through the State to determine the “real number.”
The report shows total population of 3,167.

C. Resolution for the Denison Women’s Swimming & Diving
Team. Councilmember McGowan suggested Council do such a
resolution. Mayor Robertson reported that, due to time
constraints around the scheduling of a celebration on
campus, a resolution had already been prepared and
presented. She thanked Manager Hickman and Bev Adzic for
their help in getting it done so quickly.

D. Proclamation for Twig Thrift Shop 50th Year. Mayor
Robertson asked that a proclamation be prepared for this
anniversary coming up in May and noted that four of the
original members of the Twig were still working in the shop.

E. Proclamation for Ruth Owen. Councilmember McGowan asked
that a proclamation for Ruth Owen, who is retiring from her
post as Director of the Granville Business & Professional
Association, be prepared.

10. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS (8:34pm)
April 21, 2001 – Village Council Meeting (7:30pm)

11. EXECUTIVE SESSION (8:35pm)
Councilmember Crais moved to enter into Executive Session
to discuss consideration of  the purchase of property.
Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. A Roll Call vote yielded seven
(7) affirmative votes: Councilmembers Bellman, Crais,
Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor
Robertson. Motion carried.

Upon the completion of the stated item of business,
_________________ moved to adjourn the Executive Session.
Second by _______________. A Roll Call vote yielded seven
(7) affirmative votes: Council-members Bellman, Crais,
Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor
Robertson.

12. ADJOURNMENT
_______________ moved to adjourn the meeting at _____pm.
Second by _______________. Meeting adjourned.


Monday
Jan232012

Council Minutes 4/4/01

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
April 4, 2001



1.  CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Wernet at 7:31pm)

2.  ROLL CALL (7:31pm)
Those responding to the Roll Call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, Mayor Robertson; Manager Hickman, Law Director
Crites.

Mayor Robertson amended the Agenda to add an Executive
Session after “Other.”

3.    CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:33pm)
 None.

4.    PUBLIC HEARING (7:33pm)
A. Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1147
Of The Codified Ordinances of Granville, Ohio. No one
appeared to speak for or against the Ordinance.

5.    NEW BUSINESS (7:34pm)
A. Resolution No. 01-26, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
Grounds Maintenance, As Per Specifications, To Fackler
Country Gardens And To Authorize The Village Manager To
Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced by Vice
Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember Crais. [Manager
Hickman reminded Council that this proposal is in lieu of
replacing a retiring employee. Other employees who formerly
did this work will be reassigned. Grass will be cut at the
direction of the Manager, not on a pre-set schedule.]
Motion carried.

B. Resolution No. 01-28, A Resolution To Authorize The Non-
Permanent Installation Of A Sidewalk Café On The Public
Sidewalk At 134 East Broadway In Front Of The Business
Known As “Victoria’s Parlour,” Subject To Restrictions, was
introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember
McGowan. No discussion. Motion carried.

C. Resolution No. 01-29, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
2001 Street Painting, As Per Specifications, To Griffin
Pavement Striping And To Authorize The Village Manager To
Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced by
Councilmember McGowan. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
[Manager Hickman verified that this is not the same company
who did the striping last year; he will also provide
supervision. He added that the striping price is dropping
due to more thermoplastic installations as well as the
deletion of some areas previously striped.] Motion carried.

D. Ordinance 08-01, An Ordinance To Create A Sugar Loaf
Preservation Fund, was  introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet;
second by Councilmember Moore. Mayor Robertson set the
hearing for April 18, 2001.

6.    OLD BUSINESS (7:41pm)
A. Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1147
Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, was re-
introduced by Councilmember Lucier. Second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. [Manager Hickman verified that the requested
language changes are meant simply to make the Code more
user-friendly by reiterating applicable sections each time
they are referenced.] A Roll Call vote yield seven (7)
affirmative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier,
McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson).
Ordinance No. 07-01 is adopted.

B. Resolution No. 01-17, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
Public Warning System Installation, As Per Specifications,
To B&C Communications And To Authorize The Village Manager
To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was re-introduced by
Councilmember Lucier, who then moved that it be taken off
the table. Second by Councilmember Bellman. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Manager Hickman reported that the Superintendent of Schools
has approved placement of one siren near the Middle School
to cover the north areas of the Village. The second siren
will be installed at the water plant to cover the south
areas. The specific site for the third siren to cover the
east areas has yet to be identified, though Manager Hickman
suggested that the best location would be on Newark-
Granville Road near its intersection with Jones Road. Each
siren will be installed on a 40-foot pole. Manager Hickman
will proceed with the installation of the first two sirens
while getting public input on the placement of the third.
He noted that the sirens are battery-operated and can be
tested silently. Council has budgeted $40,000 for equipment
and installations. Manager Hickman reported that he might
need an additional appropriation to complete the
installation of the third siren. Motion carried.

C. Resolution No. 01-20, A Resolution Creating A Strategic
Land Acquisition And Smart Development Committee Composed
Of Members Of Council To Pursue Acquisition Of Strategic
Land, was re-introduced by Councilmember Crais, who then
moved that it be taken off the table. Second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Councilmember Crais reported that he had revised the
resolution per discussions with, and recommendations from,
members of Council and the Law Director. He accepted three
friendly amendments: 1) amending the title to include “…
members of Council and citizens…;” 2) adjusting the section
lettering as needed; and 3) changing “Township residents”
to “other Township residents.”

Councilmember Bellman moved to delete the eighth “Whereas”
and add a Section IV(e), as follows: The committee will
discuss and present to Council criteria for a policy for
determining whether to purchase land outside the village
which is contiguous or non-contiguous, or to purchase land
only within the village.” Second by Councilmember Lucier.
Motion not carried.

Councilmember Crais moved to withdraw the eighth “Whereas”
as well as remove the second “Whereas.” Second by Vice
Mayor Wernet. Councilmember Crais explained that he wanted
the committee to “think outside the box,” and therefore
wanted to eliminate the location restrictions specified in
the second “Whereas.” Motion carried. Vice Mayor Wernet
called the question on the amended resolution. Motion-as-
amended carried.

Mayor Robertson instructed Hickman to advertise for
interested citizens expeditiously and try to fill the
committee position at the meeting after next.

D. Resolution No. 01-24, A Resolution Authorizing Staff Of
The Village Of Granville To Investigate Tax Relief Plans
And Other Assistance For Retired Residents Of The Village
Living On Fixed Incomes, was re-introduced by Councilmember
Crais, who then moved that it be taken off the table.
Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Councilmember Crais accepted a friendly amendment to change
the reporting date from July 1 to September 1.

Councilmember Lucier clarified that Councilmember Crais’
intent was to encourage empty-nesters to stay in the
Village, then noted that the Village cannot affect either
state or school-district taxes, and retirement income is
not subject to Village income tax. Councilmember Crais
acknowledged that, but still felt it would be a good idea
to know who is affected and who is not. Vice Mayor Wernet
stated that, even though the Village cannot effect any tax-
relief measures, we might be able to encourage those who
can to do so. Council-member Lucier agreed but felt that we
could do that without requiring the staff to complete such
detailed and complicated research. Councilmember Moore
suggested referring to “other incentives” rather
than “other assistance” since the intent is to offer such
things as recreational activities and organizations that
would make the village appeal to retired people. She also
asked that “citizens” in Section 1 be changed to “Village
residents.” Councilmember Lucier moved to amend the
Resolution by modifying Section 2, as follows: “Council
instructs the Village Manager and his staff to explore
incentives to retain retired citizens in the Village.”
Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion carried.
Councilmember Lucier moved to strike Section 1. Second by
Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Councilmember Moore
moved to amend the Resolution’s heading to correspond with
the previous amendments. Second by Councilmember Crais.
Motion carried. Motion-as-amended carried.
 
E. Resolution No. 01-27, A Resolution To Amend The Village
Of Granville Rules Of The Village Council, remained on the
table (from 3/21/01).

7.  REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (8:05pm)
A. Joint Township/Council Meeting, 28 February 2001.
Councilmember Lucier request the following addition to p2,
line 17 – After “Absolutely.”, insert: Councilmember Lucier
asked if the Township budgeted money for this purpose or if
decisions were made on a case-by-case basis. Mr. Havens
reported funds were not budgeted for this purpose.

B. Regularly Scheduled Meeting, 7 March 2001. Councilmember
Moore requested the following corrections: 1) p. 1,
Citizens’ Comments, #2, 6th line – change “…something
note…” to “something note….”; 2) p. 4, 10th line –
delete “, Moore”.

C. Regularly Scheduled Meeting, 21 March 2001. The
following corrections/ additions were requested: 1)
Councilmember McGowan, p. 6 – change the first full
sentence to read: “Councilmember McGowan agreed with the
concept, but felt we were not yet big enough to split felt
the school board and community members had to discuss
school issues; it was not up to Council or Mr. Clear to
determine this.” 2) Councilmember Moore, p.5, “Discussion” –
 correct the wording as follows: Councilmember Moore said
asked if, even assuming no new schools, would it it would
still be helpful to add some new east-west roads…. Mr.
Clear said it would.” 3) Councilmember Moore, p. 7, last
paragraph before “New Business” – correct the wording as
follows: “Councilmembers Moore and McGowan preferred that
it go to the Township Trustees and the School Board.” 4)
Councilmember Lucier, p. 2, “Council Questions,” 6th line –
insert “Councilmember Lucier indicated the Village pays
$6,000 per year….”  5) Vice Mayor Wernet, p7, last
paragraph before “New Business” – insert after the second
sentence: “Vice Mayor Wernet felt it should go to all
bodies (i.e., TZB, Township Trustees, and School Board).

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept all three sets of
Minutes, as amended. Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion
carried.

8.     COMMITTEE REPORTS (8:15pm)
A. Economic Development Committee (Councilmembers Crais,
Moore; Mayor Robertson).  Councilmember Crais reported that
the committee would meet April 5th at 8:30am in the Village
offices, with a professor from OSU and Kathryn Wimberger,
to devise a strategy to maintain an economically vital
downtown.

B. Finance Liaison (Councilmember Moore). No report.

C. Newark-Granville Committee (Councilmember Bellman, Mayor
Robertson). No report.

D. Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan). No report.

E. Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).
Councilmember Lucier reported that the Commission approved
a proposal by the Presbyterian Church to reconstruct Locust
Place to the originally approved 16-foot width. They also
held a work session with Lark and Joe Recchie re the 92-
acre parcel of land the Recchies want to donate to the
schools or, if the schools are not interested, to another
public body that might wish to develop some kind of senior
housing. There was also a work session with Ross IGA about
a proposed rear addition. Finally, they are working on
updating chapters in the zoning code and expect to act on
them at their meeting of April 23rd, after which they will
bring the proposals to Council.

F. Recreation Commission (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan reported that spring activities are
under way and going well.

G. Streetlight Committee (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan reported that he will identify lights
for replacement within the next two weeks.

H. Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Councilmembers
Bellman and Crais, Vice Mayor Wernet). No report.

I. Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore). No
report.

J. Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).
Councilmember Lucier reported that the summer work schedule
is set. The Board would like to have its books audited and
is therefore looking for recommendations for an appropriate
person. They are also investigating the cost of either a
stone wall or iron fence and will present any proposal
before the Planning Commission.

9.  OTHER (8:25pm)
A. Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. Manager Hickman and
Vice Mayor Wernet will discuss the next step needed.

B. Census Status. Mayor Robertson asked where this stood.
Manager Hickman reported that the Village had just received
the documentation from the Census Bureau and can now
proceed through the State to determine the “real number.”
The report shows total population of 3,167.

C. Resolution for the Denison Women’s Swimming & Diving
Team. Councilmember McGowan suggested Council do such a
resolution. Mayor Robertson reported that, due to time
constraints around the scheduling of a celebration on
campus, a resolution had already been prepared and
presented. She thanked Manager Hickman and Bev Adzic for
their help in getting it done so quickly.

D. Proclamation for Twig Thrift Shop 50th Year. Mayor
Robertson asked that a proclamation be prepared for this
anniversary coming up in May and noted that four of the
original members of the Twig were still working in the shop.

E. Proclamation for Ruth Owen. Councilmember McGowan asked
that a proclamation for Ruth Owen, who is retiring from her
post as Director of the Granville Business & Professional
Association, be prepared.

10. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS (8:34pm)
April 21, 2001 – Village Council Meeting (7:30pm)

11. EXECUTIVE SESSION (8:35pm)
Councilmember Crais moved to enter into Executive Session
to discuss consideration of  the purchase of property.
Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. A Roll Call vote yielded seven
(7) affirmative votes: Councilmembers Bellman, Crais,
Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor
Robertson. Motion carried.

Upon the completion of the stated item of business,
_________________ moved to adjourn the Executive Session.
Second by _______________. A Roll Call vote yielded seven
(7) affirmative votes: Council-members Bellman, Crais,
Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor
Robertson.

12. ADJOURNMENT
_______________ moved to adjourn the meeting at _____pm.
Second by _______________. Meeting adjourned.


Monday
Jan232012

Council Minutes 3/21/01

 1. CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Wernet at 7:30 pm)

2. ROLL CALL (7:30pm)
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, and Manager Hickman. In the absence of Law Director
Crites, Attorney Jim Gorry was present to serve as
Counsel.  Councilmember Lucier moved to excuse Mayor
Robertson, who had been taken ill. Second by Councilmember
Crais. Motion carried.

3. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (opened by Vice Mayor Wernet at
7:31pm)
All Topics
None

Opera House Park & Sinnett House
Manager Hickman projected slides of Sinnett House and the
properties in question to facilitate the subsequent
discussion.

Dick Daly, President of the Granville Historical Society.
Mr. Daly reiterated the Historical Society’s intent to use
the house to “enhance the Society’s facilities” providing
no other appropriate use is proposed. Mr. Daly clarified
that the Historical Society is not proposing that the house
be moved to Opera House Park, as reported in the media.
They simply want to know if that might be a possibility in
the opinion of Council so they could plan accordingly.

Bob Hill, 209 West Broadway, also representing the
Historical Society. Mr. Hill clarified that it was not the
Historical Society’s intent to dislocate the Granville
Fellowship or create a bidding war for Sinnett House. He
then set up a model of the original museum building, the
later “T” addition (creating an elongated “T” footprint),
and the two-story Sinnett House as it would be sited in the
rear courtyard of the museum. The proposed configuration
would retain Sinnett House’s identity as it exists, using
an atrium-like connector to create a unified feel while
preserving the individual integrity of the buildings. Mr.
Hill noted that adding Sinnett House to the museum would
allow the museum to expand its archival space, display
space, and storage space. He also showed an option of
making all but the original museum building two-story.

Betty Allen, 1683 Columbus Road. Mrs. Allen presented a
statement in support of moving Sinnett House to the south
end of Opera House Park, close to the former Village office
building. She suggested that in the short term the house
could still be used by the Granville Fellowship and also
perhaps serve as an information center for sidewalk
activities and/or the home to a Chamber of Commerce center
run by the GPBA. In the long run, Mrs. Allen suggested that
the Fellowship might have space at Kendal, might work with
the Rec Commission to build a community center, or might
find a lot and build a new home.

Council Questions:
Councilmembers’ questions to Mrs. Allen, Mr. Daly, and Mr.
Hill determined that the Fellowship uses the house Monday-
Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, with no evening or weekend use.
It is primarily used for small groups (card players,
discussion groups, and the like) and is not suitable for
large gatherings. The second floor has an office and arts-
and-crafts storage, and is not handicapped accessible. The
house has 826 sq.ft. on the 1st floor. Councilmember Lucier
indicated the Village currently pays the Library $6,000 per
year to rent the house so the Fellowship can use it. Mrs.
Allen said the Fellowship has not found any other suitable
facility, regardless of cost. Responding to Councilmember
Bellman’s suggestion of using church space, she said that
church buildings are heavily used weekdays. Having to share
space with no ability to lock up their things means they
are not a viable alternative.

The Historical Society museum is open Saturdays and Sundays
in the summer, 1:00-4:00pm. It currently has virtually no
room to change displays and anticipates that there would be
no excess space (i.e., space for the Fellowship to meet) if
Sinnett House were added to their lot. They also anticipate
a significant period of construction time during which the
house would be unavailable.

Council’s straw vote of two weeks ago showed that a
majority of the members were not in favor of moving the
house to the Opera House Park. They are, however, in favor
of exploring other locations and suggested that someone
from Council work with the Fellowship on locating temporary
space, which Council would pay for. All agreed that the
Fellowship should remain in the village.

Council’s consensus was 1) for Manager Hickman to work with
Mrs. Allen on finding a short-to-intermediate-term home,
and 2) for the Historical Society to proceed with plans to
relocate Sinnett House to their site.
 
Kathy Kearn, president of the Library Board. Ms. Kearn
reported that the Pyle house would be razed by the end of
May, 2001. The design process for the addition will take at
least until February 2002. The Library Board, therefore,
won’t need to know until then if the Historical Society can
or cannot do the project—meaning that unless the Historical
Society gets its funding in place to make the move at an
earlier date, the Fellowship will have a home for at least
another year.

Vice Mayor Wernet closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:15 pm.
4. LCATS (8:18pm)
Roger Davis, LCATS Transportation Study Director; Matthew
Hill, LCATS staff. Mr. Davis stated that he and Mr. Hill
wanted Council’s input as part of a required triennial
update of the long-range transportation plan for Licking
County. Mr. Hill presented diagrams of a “multi-modal” plan
(i.e., not confined to highways only), noting that the
rankings of various projects would probably change
drastically with new plan. Members of Council were asked to
complete a survey enclosed in the booklet provided by Mr.
Davis and Mr. Hill, and return it to LCATS; the results of
the surveys will end up as appendices to completed plan.

Mr. Hill reviewed pending short-term and long-term projects
(e.g., S.R. 79 widening, Cherry Valley Road widening and
stoplight, S.R. 161 widening; and connectors for Thornwood,
Cherry Valley Road, and River Road). He reported that, 25
years out, ODOT projects an interstate-type connector from
I-77 to I-270 running somewhere through this area. As for
the ever-discussed “Granville Bypass,” LCATS will fund a
study to look at a possible connector road between S.R. 16
and S.R. 13. The transportation plan must be completed
first, but Davis anticipates being able to address this
issue by May 2001 or so. Estimates of construction costs
will depend on more precise information as to exact route
and environmental considerations (the base price being
$1million/lane-mile). Mr. Davis reassured Council that
LCATS had considered Newark-Heath-Granville in their
deliberations, even though Newark-Heath is the official
entity. Mr. Hill urged everyone to get on the ODOT mailing
list, either by subscribing directly (mhill@lcounty.com or
rdavis@lcounty.com) or by giving a name and address to
either one of them.
 
Discussion:
Councilmember Moore asked how ODOT assigned rankings and
whether Granville could up the realignment of S.R. 661, now
8th on the list, if we provided a portion of the funding.
Vice Mayor Wernet suggested we consider combining funding
from multiple resources to accomplish this goal. Mr. Hill
clarified that ranking is a federal technicality, not an
order of priority, and suggested that if Granville were
willing to “kick in 100% of federal funds,” we could have
it done right away—even hiring our own contractor as long
as it met ODOT specifications. Councilmember Moore
suggested changing the description of the project
from “bypass around Granville” to “alternate route from 661
to 13.”

Mr. Davis thanked Manager Hickman and Council for the
opportunity to present the plan and stated that LCATS hopes
to put together a transportation plan that accurately
reflects the county’s needs. Councilmember Bellman returned
the favor, expressing his appreciation for the significant
work done by LCATS in bringing the communities together to
understand their interdependence on these transportation
issues.

Vice Mayor Wernet brought the following item forward in the
Agenda as a courtesy to Mr. Clear.

OLD BUSINESS (8:51pm)
C. Traffic Study.
Doyle Clear, Parsons Transportation Group. Mr. Clear, whose
company has been asked to investigate the placement of
schools on Burg Street, walked Council  through the
numbers:
–    The current school population is at-or-near
capacity with a total of 1850 students.
–    The projected population in 2008 is 2650 students
(800 more overall).
–    The projection influx of new students from new
construction is .65 students/new house.
–    Total cars entering and exiting all three schools
last week: high school - .37 cars /student plus 90 two-way
drop-off trips; middle school - .28 cars/student with 130
two-way drop-off trips, elementary school - .07
cars/student with 55 two way drop-offs trips. All schools
had a higher concentration of traffic in the morning than
in the  afternoon.

Mr. Clear projected that the existing schools, assuming no
additions were built, would be so squeezed by 2008 that the
elementary school would hold only grades K-3; the middle
school, grades 8-9; the high school, grades 10-12—meaning
that the new intermediate school would have to hold grades
4, 5, 6, and 7. (Several members of Council pointed out
that these divisions do not reflect Granville’s actual
arrangements. Mr. Clear reported that he still needed
information about projections from the superintendent to
verify his assumptions. Councilmember Moore expressed deep
concern about this, i.e., “If our assumptions are wrong,
the study is wrong.” ) Mr. Clear continued, saying that his
assessment of the resultant traffic generation showed the
three existing buildings to have the same or slightly less
traffic than they have now, with the new site adding 141
new two-way trips.

Mr. Clear then projected a total number of potential new
homes in all quadrants of the Township (on agricultural and
neighborhood residential lands only) as 3520. Using the
figure of .65 students/new house, he concluded that a build-
out of 3500 new homes could yield around 2300 new students
in the school district—about three times what’s in the
DeJong study.

He then projected percentages of new construction for the
four quadrants of the Township (20% of new households in
the northwest quadrant, 5% in southwest quadrant, 40% in
the northeast quadrant, and 35% in southeast quadrant). His
conclusion was that 75% of new households may well be in
the eastern half of township, with the proposed new school
complex on the northwestern side. Mr. Clear added that he
has also has yet to receive current living patterns from
the superintendent’s office (though Manager Hickman does
have the bus routes). We should also remember that houses
themselves, not just the schools, generate traffic.
 
Mr. Clear reported on counted volumes at stated
intersections (done in 15-minute increments, with the peak
15 minutes identified). Intersections are graded A-F,
with “A” being the best, “C” average, “E” at capacity,
and “F” failing.” “D,” “E,” and “F” systems are already
stressed. Both Pearl at New Burg and Pearl at College are
graded “C” normal times of the day, “F” at peak times (when
you would have to wait more than 60 seconds to enter the
intersection). Virtually all the school traffic—and new
school traffic—goes through those two intersections.

Mr. Clear noted that there are very few east-west roads in
this area of the Township and suggested that new roads
would be needed to handle the traffic if the schools were
to be built where planned. He suggested four possibilities:
1) starting on Burg Street north of the school site and
running east to 661, then on across to the intersection of
Sharon Valley and Welsh Hills Roads; 2) connecting Loudon
to Burg, then running on east to 661 at its intersection
with Cambria Mill Road; 3) connecting Loudon to Burg across
from New Burg; and 4) connecting Loudon to 161. He
cautioned that all of these new roads should be classified
at connectors, not open to subdivision development.
 
Mr. Clear, reiterating that all this information is
preliminary, asked Council if he should pursue the issue
any further.

Discussion:
Councilmember Moore clarified with Mr. Clear that his
numbers on new students/house and projected new homes
represented a worst-case scenario that assumed an 80% build-
out of the entire Township. Vice Mayor Wernet noted that,
sooner or later, that would be the case and the east-west
roads would be needed to help create a roadway pattern
around the Village in lieu of widening Pearl Street.
Councilmember Moore asked if, even assuming no new schools,
it would still be helpful to add some new east-west roads
to get residents to and from work, especially those who
live in the northeast quadrant and need to get to 161. Mr.
Clear said it would. Councilmember Lucier suggested it
would be helpful to know how many Village and Township
residents commute to Franklin County. Manager Hickman said
he would review the Village tax records for income tax
being withheld in Franklin County.

Councilmember Bellman noted that the Village had no control
over the east-west roads being discussed and asked Mr.
Clear suggested that we get the County Engineer involved,
then adopt a Township Transportation Plan that includes
those roads so it can go into the County plan and be
adopted by LCATS as part of the long-range plan. Since the
Village can’t control its own destiny, it has to partner
with the Township and the school district, as well as with
Newark and Heath. Mr. Clear also proposed that we may need
to reconsider our preference for one central school of each
level. Councilmember McGowan felt the School Board and
community members had to discuss school issues; it was not
up to Council or Mr. Clear to determine this.

Councilmember Crais stated that he would be providing
everyone on council with a large packet of
materials “showing convincingly that estimates of optimal
school size in terms of education are far lower than what
is typically used.” In short, “the evidence is very
convincing that we don’t want high schools of 1500
students.”

Vice Mayor Wernet asked how long it would take to get from
Broadway and Main to the new schools, in peak time, if we
don’t do any new roads and go ahead with new schools out on
Burg Street. Mr. Clear said he would do that calculation,
as well as refine his model of what grades are in what
locations. Vice Mayor Wernet responded that he was hopeful
that getting to these specifics would “help iron out some
of the problems.”

Councilmember Moore asked if there were any other suggested
improvements to help relieve some of the problems. Mr.
Clear stated that we had two choices: to improve the
transportation infrastructure itself, or carefully control
the influence land-use patterns i.e., put schools where the
residential growth is. He cautioned, however, that while
land-use changes would help, they would not eliminate other
transportation issues. He urged a “full-blown
transportation study” for this area and reiterated the need
for the “live pattern” information. Manager Hickman will
pursue this with the superintendent’s office.

Councilmember McGowan acknowledged that traffic
considerations are important but reiterated his contention
that Council is spending a lot of time talking about school
issues. Mr. Clear responded that the stated purpose of the
traffic study is to investigate the projected impact on the
Village, i.e., if the school goes on Burg Street, the
Village will be inundated with significant new volumes of
traffic that would center on four streets and their
intersections (Pearl, Burg, New Burg, and College Streets).
 
Manager Hickman asked Council for direction on whether or
not to 1) allocate additional monies to continue the study,
2) attend the Township Zoning Board (TZB) meeting tomorrow
night, and 3) gather any other information. Mr. Clear added
that it might be good for the Village to make its voice
known with respect to how the choice of the Burg Street
site will affect it. [Councilmember Lucier pointed out that
road issues are very much within the Township’s
jurisdiction and it would make sense to raise the issue at
tomorrow’s meeting since the TZB would then be in a
position to take the Village concerns to the Township
Trustees. Vice Mayor Wernet agreed on the importance of
presenting the infrastructure needs required to support
additional schools in the Burg/New Burg area. Councilmember
Moore suggested giving Mr. Clear’s report to both the
School Board and the Township Trustees for their review,
evaluation, and comment; Vice Mayor Wernet agreed with the
concept but thought the report was too preliminary at this
point. Councilmember Moore urged continued dialog with both
bodies in the hope that they would be able to add to the
information as well as correct any inaccurate assumptions.

Councilmember Crais said the TZB needed to be provided with
as much information as possible and, without being an
advocate, Council should do just that (with the caveat that
this is a work in progress). The TZB can then decide
whether it’s useful or not. Vice Mayor Wernet said it was
important to be talking at some level and thought Mr. Clear
might help serve as an advocate for the wider community,
including the school district and the Township.
Councilmember Crais urged Mr. Clear to “be an advocate for
the truth as best [he] see[s] it.” Councilmember Bellman
agreed, stating that this issue of whether roads and
infrastructure can handle added use has a direct bearing on
a conditional-use application and the TZB should have this
information. He also agreed with Councilmember Moore that
the focus should be broader but strongly disagreed about
withholding the information from tomorrow’s meeting.
Councilmember Moore responded that the traffic issue is
bigger than the schools. Whether they get their conditional-
use permit or not, the traffic will continue to grow since
it’s tied to the growth of the community. Councilmember
Lucier asked that Council give direction to Mr. Clear and
move on with the agenda of the meeting.

Councilmembers Crais and Lucier, along with Vice Mayor
Wernet, thought the information should go to the TZB.
Councilmembers Moore and McGowan preferred that it go to
the Township Trustees and the School Board. Councilmember
Bellman thought it should be presented to both bodies. Vice
Mayor Wernet felt it should go to all bodies (i.e., TZB,
Township Trustees, and School Board). Council directed Mr.
Clear to present his initial results, including basic
assumptions and caveats, to the TZB tomorrow. He is then to
continue to refine the study with input from additional
reports.  

5. NEW BUSINESS (10:25pm)
A.    Resolution No. 01-24, A Resolution Authorizing
Staff Of The Village Of Granville To Investigate Tax Relief
Plans And Other Assistance For Retired Residents Of The
Village Living On Fixed Incomes, was introduced by
Councilmember Crais. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Councilmember Crais then moved to table the resolution.
Second by Councilmember Moore. Motion-to-table carried.

B.    Resolution No. 01-25, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For The Sale Of
Surplus Equipment, was introduced by Councilmember Bellman.
Second by Councilmember Wernet. No discussion. Motion
carried.

C.    Resolution No. 01-27, A Resolution To Amend The
Village Of Granville Rules Of The Village Council, was
introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember
Crais. Councilmember Bellman moved to table the resolution.
Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion-to-table carried.
D.    Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter
1157 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, was
introduced by Councilmember Lucier. Vice Mayor Wernet set
the public hearing for April 4, 2001.

E.    Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. By written
ballot, the following members were seated: Jim Jump, Abram
Kaplan, Mike Myers, Lisa Minklei, and Jurgen Pape.
Councilmember Lucier nominated Vice Mayor Wernet to be the
Council representative; second by Councilmember Crais.
Motion carried.
 
NOTE: During the counting of the ballots, Carl Frazier (554
North Pearl Street) was permitted to make a Citizen’s
Comment re Sinnett House. Speaking as the Executive
Director of the Granville Foundation, Mr. Frazier
distributed its 2000 financial report. He relayed the
Foundation’s willingness to pay for relocating Sinnett
House to the Opera House Park, including installation of a
foundation and connection of utilities. Council, by a straw
vote of 4-2, reaffirmed their earlier earlier decision not
to move the house to the Opera House Park, but unanimously
expressed appreciation to the Foundation for making such a
generous offer.

6. OLD BUSINESS (10:47pm)
A.    Resolution No. 01-17, A Resolution To Award The Bid
For Public Warning System Installation, As Per
Specifications, To B&C Communications And To Authorize The
Village Manager to Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was
not removed from the table.

B.    Resolution No. 01-20, a Resolution Creating A
strategic Land Acquisition And Smart Development Committee
Composed Of Members Of Council To Pursue Acquisition Of
Strategic Land, was not introduced.

7. MAYOR'S REPORT (10:49pm)
The Mayor's Court Report for the month of February was
presented for review. Councilmember Crais moved to accept
the report; second by Councilmember Bellman. Motion
carried. Vice Mayor Wernet directed the report be filed
with the Clerk. A copy of said report is attached as part
of these minutes.

8. MANAGER'S REPORT (10:49pm)
The Manager's Report for the month of February was
presented for review. Councilmember Crais moved to accept
the report; second by Councilmember Bellman.  Vice Mayor
Wernet directed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy
of said report is attached as part of these minutes.



9. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (10:49pm)
Joint Council/Township Meeting of February 28, 2001.
Members of Council will submit their corrections and/or
additions to the Deputy Clerk in writing. A corrected copy
of the minutes will be filed with the Clerk once they are
approved by Council.

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of March 7, 2001. Members of
Council will submit their corrections and/or additions to
the Deputy Clerk in writing. A corrected copy of the
minutes will be filed with the Clerk once they are approved
by Council.
 
10. COMMITTEE REPORTS (10:50pm)
Development Committee (Councilmember Crais).  
Councilmember Crais reported a “helpful session” with Jerry
Martin of Brews, who raised the fact that there are a lot
of fire hazards in the old buildings along Broadway,
specifically a lack of sprinkler systems. Since Broadway is
being torn up anyway, the committee is proposing that
Manager Hickman look into running taps into the basement of
the buildings so the owners could install sprinkler
systems. Councilmember Crais also reported that their
meeting on April 12th will be a working session with
Kathryn Wimberger.

The balance of the Committee Reports were tabled due to the
lateness of the hour.

Finance Committee (Councilmember Moore).  
Newark-Granville Joint Committee (Mayor Robertson)
Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan).  
Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).   
Rec Commission (Councilmember McGowan).   
Street Light Committee (Councilmember McGowan).   
Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities Committee (Vice Mayor
Wernet).
Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore).
Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).  
 

11. OTHER (10:53pm)
Councilmember Crais, at the suggestion of a citizen, asked
if it was advisable to publish committee-meeting agendas in
advance. Vice Mayor Wernet suggested that might be
incorporated into the Rules of Council currently being
considered.

Councilmember Moore reported that the Greenspace Committee
would be discussing specific sites at their meeting (7:30pm
next Monday) and would be going into executive session as
needed.

12. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 4, 2001 – Village Council Meeting

 
13. ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Crais made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
10:55pm. Second by Councilmember Bellman. Meeting adjourned.

Monday
Jan232012

Council Minutes 3/7/01

 
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:34pm)

ROLL CALL (7:34pm)
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet,
Mayor Robertson, Manager Hickman, and Law Director Crites.
Councilmember Lucier arrived at 7:36pm.

ANNOUNCEMENT (7:35PM)
Mayor Robertson asked those assembled to share a moment of
silent remembrance for Mary Fellabaum, a valued member of
our community. Councilmember Crais expressed appreciation
for Ms. Fellabaum’s friendship and her “utter commitment”
to Granville. Vice Mayor Wernet added his appreciation of
her “unbounded energy.”

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (opened by Mayor Robertson at 7:37pm)
A.  All Topics
1.  Sensibilities Lease/Sub-Lease  
Ed Vance, 248 Thornwood Drive. Mr. Vance asked for
clarification of the pending resolution. [Manager Hickman
stated he would amplify this at the proper point in the
Agenda.]

Ginny Sharkey, Senior Warden-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Ms. Sharkey reminded Council that the land now used as
Opera House Park was originally owned by St. Luke’s. She
asked for a full 8-year term on the lease extension since
St. Luke’s will be investing considerable sums to bring the
Sensibilities building up to code. She concluded by saying
that our churches are growing at an unprecedented rate as
they try to meet their obligations to the growing community
and asked Council to enable St. Luke’s to “help raise the
future stewards of Granville.”

2.  Denison University’s Proposal to Reconfigure Burg Street
Lori Green, 445 Burg Street. Ms. Green expressed concern
about the moving of Burg Street and asked why Denison was
not treated as other neighbors—required to notify adjacent
property-owners of planned changes—and whether this project
will go through the normal channels of BZBA and Planning
Commission or just to Council. Manager Hickman noted that
notifications typically go to neighbors for a BZBA
variance; something not required by Institutional-District
zoning. Denison will, however, go through the Planning
Commission for aesthetics approvals for the proposed
buildings. The process of moving the road will need to go
through Streets & Sidewalks before it comes to Council,
which will hold public hearings before making the final
decision. He added that the Planning Commission will look
at the site plan and road layout, but is not empowered to
make the final relocation approval. Mayor Robertson assured
Ms. Green that ample notice would be given of all public
meetings; Vice Mayor Wernet suggested that Ms. Green could
add her name to the Village’s e-mail list-serve to be
notified directly. Councilmember Crais stated that
relocating a road is an exceptional move and asked if
Denison could send out letters to area residents anyway.
Manager Hickman responded that, even though this particular
project is still three years off, he had already discussed
that with Seth Patton and Denison was certainly willing to
do so when the time came. Councilmember Bellman felt that
Streets & Sidewalks should involve the Planning Commission
in the discussions.

3.  Proposed Traffic Study
Cathy Smith, 44 Trinity Court. Ms. Smith expressed surprise
and dismay that Council was still talking about the issue
of neighborhood schools and the Reese site. She stated her
belief that this traffic study is skewed to create more
division in the community instead of acknowledging that
this decision was made and we should all now support it.
[Vice Mayor Wernet clarified that this proposal had not yet
been approved. Councilmember Crais felt it was incumbent on
Council to gather this information since the School Board
had not done so, stating that the “community expects
Council to look into the impact” of the project and the
School Board “left a huge gaping hole on the basic issue of
transportation.”] Ms. Smith said she was not debating the
reasonableness of doing a traffic study; she simply felt
the issue could have been handled without divisiveness.
[Councilmember Crais said Council had tried that route and
their offer was met with threats. Councilmember McGowan
reiterated his stance that he was not elected to do the
School Board’s work. Mayor Robertson stated that this issue
would be dealt with under “New Business.”]

Patty Brown, 55 Old Farm Road. Ms. Brown agreed with Ms.
Smith’s comments, then asked if the traffic study could
include Jones Road and Cherry Valley Road. [Mayor Robertson
again referred to the scheduled discussion later in the
meeting.]
 
Monica Grafeo, 235 Bryn Du Drive. Ms. Grafeo objected to
Council repeatedly bringing up the traffic issue and trying
to “strong-arm” the School Board and “protract the issue.”
She said the School Board feels they have done their job
and Council should stop trying to do it for them. Council
should also lose its “condescending tone” toward the school
board, which is leading to the divisiveness. [Mayor
Robertson invited Ms. Grafeo to stay for the scheduled
discussion, adding that Council has a real need to know
whether and how the traffic patterns will be affected. Vice
Mayor Wernet expressed agreement with Ms. Grafeo’s point
but stated he also agreed with Councilmember Crais, in that
Council is left with a situation where it is reasonable to
look at traffic impacts.]
 
B.  Historical Society—Sinnett House
Bob Hill, 209 West Broadway (speaking on behalf of the
Granville Historical Society). Mr. Hill, in a brief review
of the situation, reported that the Library, after
exploring ways to extend their facilities, concluded they
wanted to expand at their current site and have already
purchased the Pyle home on South Prospect Street. Lacking a
suitable piece of property for the relocation of Sinnett
House (which they own), they were considering tearing it
down. The Historical Society wanted to save the structure
and began to consider moving it to the back of the
Historical Society museum on Broadway, siting it as a free-
standing structure behind the museum with a connecting
atrium that would allow each structure to maintain its
architectural integrity. This proposal was received well by
the Planning Commission.

Mr. Hill emphasized that the Historical Society does not
want to dislocate the Granville Fellowship and hopes to
identify a win-win-win solution for the three entities
involved, without conveying any sense of competing for
Sinnett House. However, the Historical Society finds itself
in a time pinch and needs Council’s assistance. If Sinnett
House is going to end up behind the museum, the Historical
Society needs to proceed with drawings, permits, and the
like so they’ll be ready to take the it when the Library
needs to have it moved. They are obviously reluctant to
proceed, however, if there is any possibility of it going
elsewhere. With that in mind, Mr. Hill asked Council if
there were any substance to the possibility of it being
moved to Opera House Park. [Mayor Robertson asked about
specific timing, since everything depends on when the
Library needs the House moved from their lot.] Mr. Hill
said the Library would like to know sometime during the
month of March where the House is going; Dick Daly,
president of the Historical Society, added that the Library
would like the building moved by this summer. [Mayor
Robertson suggested that all the players come to Council’s
next regular meeting with models, drawings, and background
materials so Council could make an informed decision.
Councilmember Lucier felt that would be infringing on the
Planning Commission’s role.]

Betty Allen, 16681 Columbus Road. Mrs. Allen stated that
any proposal that took the House away from the seniors was
a “lose” situation. She spoke in favor of moving it to
Opera House Park (including re-attaching the add-on
kitchen, which would have to be removed in order to move
the building anywhere). [Mayor Robertson reiterated her
desire to talk about this in greater detail at the next
meeting. Vice Mayor Wernet conveyed his concerns about
maintaining open spaces accessible by pedestrians. In that
vein, he suggested that perhaps Council should approach the
School Board about moving its administrative offices out to
the Van Winkle site and selling their Granger Street
property to the Village, which could then use it for
purposes where location makes a difference. Vice Mayor
Wernet added that future Village—an expanded post office
and a senior community center, for example—should also be
kept in mind as Council discusses land and property
acquisitions. Councilmember McGowan suggested a post-office
sub-station and then noted that Sinnett House would not be
big enough to meet the needs of a full-service community
center.
 
Councilmember Lucier restated the two questions on the
table—the moving of Sinnett House to 1) the museum property
or 2) Opera House Park. Mayor Robertson asked Council if
they perceived any “fatal flaws” in the move to the museum
property; all seven members said they did not. Mayor
Robertson then asked how Council felt about changing Opera
House Park. Councilmember Crais said he was a “maybe.”  
Councilmember Moore said she would not want to do so since
a number of other downtown buildings will soon be vacant,
we don’t have enough information about how the Fellowship
operates, we don’t know enough about what the Rec
Commission’s future needs will be, and she’s not at all
sure that this is an appropriate long-term solution.
Councilmembers McGowan and Lucier agreed with Councilmember
Moore. Councilmember Lucier added that she didn’t feel the
structure, itself, was essential to the Fellowship’s
activities and she was reluctant to use up “our last green
space in town.” Councilmember Bellman said he was “close to
Councilmember Crais’ ‘maybe,’” but also wanted to consider
Councilmember Lucier’s points. He also would appreciate the
advice of a landscape architect. Vice Mayor Wernet “agreed
with everything that has been said” and added that Opera
House Park is a critical piece of property and this issue
shouldn’t be decided based on the needs of one
organization. Mayor Robertson again reiterated her desire
for more information, urging interested citizens to come to
the next meeting to discuss this.

Mr. Daly emphasized the Historical Society’s need to make
sure all available options were examined before they invest
dollars and move forward. He added that they don’t want to
put up roadblocks for anyone but rather want to make sure
everybody is well served. He said they look forward to
hearing Council’s discussion at their next meeting.

Mayor Robertson closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:47pm.

PUBLIC HEARING (8:47pm)
A.  A Public Hearing was held on Ordinance No. 03-01, An
Ordinance To Amend Chapter 925.08(d) Of The Codified
Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio. No one appeared to speak for
or against this Ordinance. Mayor Robertson closed the
public hearing at 8:48pm.

B.  A Public Hearing was held on Ordinance No. 04-01, An
Ordinance To Revise The Codified Ordinances By Adopting
Current Replacement Pages. No one appeared to speak for or
against this Ordinance. Mayor Robertson closed the public
hearing at 8:48pm.

C.  A Public Hearing was held on Ordinance No. 05-01, 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. No one appeared
to speak for or against this Ordinance. Mayor Robertson
closed the public hearing at 8:48pm.

D.  A Public Hearing was held on Ordinance No. 06-01, An
Ordinance To Amend Section 921.07 Of The Codified
Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio Establishing Sewer
Regulations And Charges. No one appeared to speak for or
against this Ordinance. Mayor Robertson closed the public
hearing at 8:49pm.

NEW BUSINESS (8:49pm)
A.  Resolution No. 01-18, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For The Purchase Of A
Dump Truck, was introduced by Councilmember Bellman. Second
by Councilmember Crais. The motion carried.

B.  Resolution No. 01-19, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Seek Proposals For A Compensation And
Classification Study, was introduced by Councilmember
Lucier. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.

Discussion: Councilmember Lucier clarified that she had not
proposed just looking at classifications. Rather, she sees
the need to look at the whole way staff is organized and
whether or not that organization supports achieving what we
want. Councilmember Crais proposed amending the Resolution
by 1) creating a new Section 2 which would read: “This
study will evaluate and study organizational patterns and
structure of the Village’s administration and staff, in
conformity with Councilmember Lucier’s memo of February 10,
2001.”  The original Section 2 would then become Section 3.
Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. The motion-to-amend carried.
The motion-as-amended carried.

NOTE: Councilmember Crais suggested moving ahead to
consideration of Resolution 01-21 so citizens present to
speak to that issue would not have to wait any longer.
Councilmember McGowan suggested the same for Resolution 01-
22. Council agreed to the change in the agenda. At 8:57pm,
Councilmember Crais recused himself for the discussion and
vote on Resolution 01-21.

D. Resolution No. 01-21, A Resolution To Allow
Sensibilities, Inc. To Sublease The Property At 118 S. Main
Street, Granville, Ohio, Currently Known As Sensibilities,
Inc., was introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by
Councilmember Moore.

Discussion:  Law Director Crites, responding to a question
from Councilmember McGowan, stated that the original
lessee’s first five-year renewal will expire in 2004. Under
the terms of the March 1994 lease, there is a provision for
an automatic second 5-year renewal, so long as they are
performing faithfully their terms and conditions and give
appropriate notice. In his opinion, the language of this
agreement suggests that Sensibilities should enter into a
lease with the Church, under the terms of which the
renewals would take effect (meaning the church’s sublease
would then expire in eight years). [Mr. Vance stated that
Sensibilities has every intention to renew for its last
five-year term since they have a huge investment at stake.]
Law Director Crites noted that Paragraph 2 of the
Resolution reserves Council’s right to review the lease in
2004.

Gwynneth Mudd, Rector of St. Luke’s. Rector Mudd said she
was concerned with Paragraph 2’s language re “reclaiming”
the lease since St. Luke’s would be investing a lot of
money to bring the building up to code for educational
purposes and would not want the lease to be pulled out from
under them. Law Director Crites clarified that Council, if
it elected not to allow the exercise of the last five-year
option, would have to buy out the last five years of the
lease, including adjustments for investments made. In
short, the Village cannot just deny exercise of renewal
without breaching their contract.

Councilmember Lucier tied together this Resolution and the
previous conversations about Sinnett House, wondering if
the Sensibilities space might be an appropriate place for
the Granville Fellowship to meet. Ms. Sharkey reported that
they have already considered using the space for community
purposes.

Manager Hickman, responding to a question from
Councilmember Moore, clarified that the Sensibilities
building is part of the Village Square and therefore
qualifies for uses for  “religious purposes” under 1159.02
(a)3. Mr. Vance added that, while the exact extent of the
proposed modifications is not yet known, it is an advantage
to the Village to have the building brought up to code. The
opportunity for review will come when St. Luke’s brings
their plans before the appropriate Village entities for
approval. Council-member Bellman expressed concern about
taking the Sensibilities building off-line for retail
purposes for eight years but added that his concerns were
tempered by the fact that the proposed use(s) would bring
people downtown, helping to maintain downtown as a social
and cultural hub. Mayor Robertson said she had also thought
about the loss of retail space but was “convinced that the
founders of the Village wanted religious uses for those
four corners.” Ms. Sharkey said that St. Luke’s was attuned
to the community needs but cautioned that they can’t
guarantee outcomes. Mr. Vance noted that no retail
businesses had approached him in over a year to talk about
the space.

Councilmember Moore stated that, in her opinion, Council
had no right to limit the sublease to just three years
since it had granted the lessee automatic renewals which he
is entitled to exercise. Since he has presented an
appropriate and reasonable sub-lessor and Council doesn’t
have the right to micromanage the situation. She added that
there is plenty of retail space available and she
would “rather see a lighted building than a dark one.”

Vice Mayor Wernet moved to delete the existing Section 2
from Resolution No. 01-21 (“Council expressly reserves the
right to review the Sensibilities, Inc. lease prior to the
second five-year renewal for the purposes of reclaiming the
lease.”). The existing Section 3 then becomes Section 2.
Also, in Paragraph 2 of the recital, remove the
second “Whereas” (“Whereas Council will review the
Sensibilities, Inc. lease prior to the second five-year
renewal for the purpose of reclaiming the lease; and”).
Second by Councilmember Moore. Motion-to-amend carried.
Councilmember Bellman moved that language be added to
include the idea that “St. Luke’s would make every effort
to make the space available to the community.” There was no
second. Vice Mayor Wernet called the question. The motion-
as-amended carried.

Councilmember Crais resumed his seat at the table.

E. Resolution No. 01-22, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement With Parsons
Transportation  Group For The Purpose Of Conducting A
Traffic Study, was introduced by Councilmember Crais.
Second by Councilmember Wernet.  

Discussion: Vice Mayor Wernet proposed an amendment to
modify Exhibit “A” of the resolution as follows: page 3, #9-
 “Identify potential solutions to the problem issues, such
as neighborhood schools, use of the Reese property as a
school location, the construction of ….” There was no
second.

Councilmember Moore raised the question of whether this
should be put out for bids since it’s over $15,000. Manager
Hickman cited Section 505 of the Charter, stating that
regulations only require competitive bidding for purchases
of all supplies, materials, and equipment, not for
purchases of services. Councilmember Moore said she still
felt we should seek more than one proposal.

Councilmember Moore wondered what we hope to accomplish
with the study (i.e., what will we do with the
information?). Councilmember Bellman, speaking for Streets
& Sidewalks, responded that we’re trying to quantify
existing traffic patterns, regardless of where the school
is going to go. If, however, school traffic is going to go
through the Village, the intersections at Burg-and-Pearl
and College-and-Pearl will become unusable at some point.
We need to plan for how to relieve the congestion and offer
those recommendations to the School Board. Councilmember
Crais stated that we have also asked the traffic engineer
to provide as detailed an itemization of every issue as
possible so Council can go through it with a fine-toothed
comb. Vice Mayor Wernet stated that, based on his
attendance at a recent meeting that included a School Board
member, the superintendent, a water-and-sewer consultant,
an architect and an engineer, he was not convinced that the
School Board had developed a clear understanding of the
general traffic implications at the Van Winkle site. He
also observed a “striking ambiguity” about the Loudon
Street connecting road (i.e., where would it be? how and
when would it be used?). All these issues have big
implications for the residents of the village, especially
if the Loudon Street connector is not built or if  its use
were to be restricted to certain times of the day.

Councilmember McGowan stated his opposition to voting on
this resolution at the current meeting since 1) the public
has not had an opportunity to comment, 2) he just got it
himself less than 24 hours ago, and 3) Superintendent
Lowery has not received a copy. Councilmember Moore
concurred with some of Councilmember McGowan’s reservations
(especially those pertaining to last-minute presentation of
resolutions) and stated she was not clear as to the urgency
of getting this done in a week or two. In short, studying
current and future traffic patterns, then trying to figure
out how to address them, is not something that needs to be
done in a week. Also, some of the study won’t be meaningful
without input from the School Board (on bus routes, for
example). She added that it is not necessarily a bad idea
to do this study but she would like to see it done more
cooperatively, including the Township Trustees and the
School Board. Mayor Robertson said it is clear we need to
know the projected impact of a school or schools built
anywhere but agreed that it is not an immediate need, that
it should go out for bids, and that it should be done with
the knowledge—and perhaps the financial assistance—of the
Township Trustees and the School Board. Vice Mayor Wernet
agreed about integrating other groups into this effort for
both content and finances. He added that Manager Hickman’s
cover memo had acknowledged that the proposal would
probably elicit considerable discussion, perhaps even
modifications, and urged Council to focus on the
resolution’s essence rather than its timing.

Councilmember Bellman stated that he felt there was an
urgency to the matter since the study will take some lead-
time and the School Board is moving very rapidly on site
planning. It would also be helpful for the Planning
Commission and the BZBA to have the information in final
form when they have to make decisions about the School
Board’s plans. As for bidding the project out,
Councilmember Bellman said he was not satisfied with
results provided by many previous consulting firms who did
not “give us adequate assessments on traffic.” He urged
using someone out of Licking County, stating that local
people tend to “switch hats,” working for a local community
on one occasion, then for an out-of-town developer on
another. He then spoke to the issue of cost, saying that
the $15,000 or so projected as the cost of the traffic
study “paled in comparison” to the potential costs that
might be incurred if, for example, the Village were to end
up having to foot the bill for a traffic light (at
approximately $100,000).

Councilmember Lucier suggested that Streets & Sidewalks or
Manager Hickman contact the Licking County planning people
to find out when they will have their hearings on the
School Board’s proposal, since we should have Village and
Township representatives there to talk about traffic
impacts as well as to see what resources they have or what
requirements they might set up in terms of traffic impact.
Manager Hickman, responding to Councilmember Crais’
question about timelines, reported that the School Board
has to go through Licking County Planning (date uncertain
at this point), and is scheduled to present to the Township
Zoning Board on March 22nd. Hearing those dates,
Councilmember Crais seconded Councilmember Bellman’s sense
of urgency.

Councilmember Crais called the question and a voice vote
was taken. Mayor Robertson, after seeing there were
abstentions, called for a roll-call vote. A Roll-Call vote
on Resolution 01-22 yielded three (3) affirmative votes
(Councilmembers Bellman and Crais; Mayor Robertson), two
(2) negative votes (Councilmembers McGowan and Moore), and
two (2) abstentions (Councilmember Lucier and Vice Mayor
Wernet. [At the request of Mayor Robertson, Manager
Hickman, reading from the Charter, confirmed that a
resolution may be “adopted by a…vote of the majority of
members present.”] The motion did not carry.

Vice Mayor Wernet, after confirming with Manager Hickman
that introduction of a resolution required neither notice
nor a waiting period, introduced the following:

F.  Resolution 01-23, A Resolution To Authorize The Village
Manager To Enter Into An Agreement With Parsons
Transportation Group For The Purpose Of Conducting A
Traffic Study.
 
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of Granville, Ohio that:

Section I: The Manager should be, and is hereby directed
and authorized on behalf of the Village of Granville, to
discuss with the Township Clerk and with the Superintendent
of the Granville Exempted Village School District the
proposal from Parsons Transportation Group for the purpose
of conducting a traffic study, a copy of which is attached
hereto, and marked Exhibit “A.”

Section II: The Manager should be, and is hereby directed
and authorized on behalf of the Village of Granville, to
enter into an agreement with Parsons Transportation Group
for the purpose of conducting a traffic study, a copy of
which is attached hereto, and marked Exhibit “A.”

Section III: This resolution shall take effect immediately
upon passage.

Second by Councilmember Crais.

Discussion: Councilmember McGowan asked for confirmation
that it was legal to introduce this resolution; Law
Director Crites said it was. Councilmember McGowan
reiterated his concerns about the lack of community input,
then asked if Mayor Robertson, who had recused herself from
previous discussions about school issues, should recuse
herself from the discussion and vote on Resolution 01-23.
Law Director Crites said the connection to the schools in
this instance was “much more remote and tenuous than
before” and the Mayor’s recusal was not an issue. (He added
that the issue of prior notice to Council was one that
needed to be discussed.) Councilmember Moore expressed her
desire to talk with the School Board and Township Trustees
to get their input before bringing this resolution back to
Council for approval of the study. Vice Mayor Wernet said
he would agree with that only if Council could call a
special meeting as soon as Manager Hickman had met with the
two other parties, rather than waiting for the next
regularly scheduled meeting. He reiterated the need for
action in a “timely fashion,” and said ,“If we can’t reach
agreement, we go ahead. If they can’t meet for two weeks,
that’s a problem and we go ahead.”
 
Councilmember Bellman asked Manager Hickman what kind of
lead-time would be needed to compile information about the
Van Winkle site only. Manager Hickman responded that
Parsons is planning a physical count and he’s unsure of
when they could start; Councilmember Lucier noted that
their proposal letter said they could be finished in 4-6
weeks. Councilmember Bellman pointed out the need to have
data by March 22nd for the Township Zoning Board meeting.
Councilmember Moore asked how the study would affect the
School Board’s planning. Councilmember Bellman responded
that the School Board should have the traffic information
to help it decide some issues (e.g., do we need a full-
access road between Loudon and Burg Streets? should we
encourage more traffic on Loudon Street by siting the
school closer to Loudon than to Burg?). Councilmember Moore
responded that any citizen could raise those issues without
a traffic-engineer study; Councilmember Bellman felt that
opinions wouldn’t carry the same weight as facts. Mayor
Robertson stated that the study would not only let the
Village know how its traffic might be affected but would
also contain a lot of information that the Township and/or
the School Board would need to know. Council-member Lucier
pointed out that no results could be available by March
22nd in any case and wondered if we couldn’t use the
traffic information compiled by Kendal, along with the
critique done by our own engineers. Councilmember Bellman
felt the traffic patterns would be too different;
Councilmember Moore pointed out that the Kendal study did
contain school information. Vice Mayor Wernet stated that
the information already collected might well give Parsons a
head start, enabling us to have data by the time of the
County Planning Commission meeting. Mayor Robertson
reiterated her point that, regardless of what any other
body plans, the Village needs an understanding of the
effects.

Mayor Robertson requested a roll-call vote. A Roll-Call
vote on Resolution 01-23 yielded four (4) affirmative votes
(Councilmembers Bellman and Crais; Vice Mayor Wernet and
Mayor Robertson) and three (3) negative votes
(Councilmembers Lucier, McGowan, and Moore). The motion is
carried.

The meeting returned to the regular agenda at 10:25pm.

C. Resolution No. 01-20, A Resolution Creating A Strategic
Land Acquisition And Development Committee Composed of
Members Of Council To Pursue Acquisition Of Strategic Land,
was introduced by Councilmember Crais. Second by
Councilmember Wernet.

Discussion: Councilmember Crais introduced a friendly
amendment to strike the 6th “Whereas;” second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. Councilmember Lucier introduced a friendly
amendment to insert the word, “Village” in “Granville
Village Exempted School District.” Second by Councilmember
Bellman.

Councilmember Crais explained that he had drafted this
resolution following the most recent Joint meeting with the
Township Trustees, when it became clear “yet again” that
the Village and the Township Trustees as well as the
citizens of both entities needed to take “more aggressive
and creative approaches to issues of green space and of
shaping our common destinies.” He emphasized that the
resolution in its present form should be seen as a working
document of a “good idea in principle,” but added the
caveat that Council needs to “move forward deliberately,”
including setting a timeline for discussion and action.

Mayor Robertson noted that she had had a meeting with Norm
Kennedy and the approach represented by this resolution is
parallel to what the Township is already doing, as well as
fitting nicely with the discussions at last week’s meeting.
Council-member Moore stated that, while she is all for the
concept of acquiring strategic lands, she questioned
whether this resolution is too narrow (i.e., is strategic
land acquisition the only thing we should be looking at or
is it just one tool?). She also cautioned that we need to
coordinate with the Township to “yield more bang for our
bucks” as well as to avoid working at cross-purposes.
Councilmember Crais noted that he didn’t intend to consider
just the purchase of undeveloped land but could also see
buying land already in use. He agreed about cooperating
with the Township Trustees but felt it was important for
the Village to take the initiative. Law Director Crites,
responding to a question from Councilmember Moore, said
that it was legal for the Village to use Village funds to
acquire land outside the Village limits. Manager Hickman
added that public-use fees, however, should be used within
the corporation limits. Councilmember Crais said this would
probably come to the voters as a bond issue since the
Village has very little money that could be either
earmarked or reallocated for this purpose. We could,
however, identify plots of land, present them to the voters
of the Village and ask them if they considered the proposal
important enough to fund. Councilmember McGowan asked that
the Rec Commission be an integral part of any such
planning, so as to address their eventual plans for a
community center. Councilmember Crais made a friendly
amendment to add “and other public bodies” to the list of
organizational liaisons on page 2, item “C.”  Second by
Councilmember McGowan. Councilmember Bellman, noting that
the Village perspective is important to this issue,
suggested including citizens from the community on the
committee and advertising that we are seeking a diverse
cross-section of members.

Councilmember Crais asked all members of Council to
consider the proposal, share their comments with each other
and plan to vote at next meeting. Councilmember McGowan
moved to table the resolution; second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Motion tabled.

OLD BUSINESS (10:47pm)
A.  Ordinance No. 03-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter
925.08(d) Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio,
was reintroduced by Councilmember Bellman. Second by
Councilmember Crais.  There was no discussion. A Roll-Call
Vote yielded seven (7) affirmative votes (Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, Mayor Robertson). Ordinance No. 03-01 is adopted.

B.  Ordinance No. 04-01, An Ordinance To Revise The
Codified Ordinances By Adopting Current Replacement Pages,
was reintroduced by Councilmember Wernet.  Second by
Councilmember Crais. [Manager Hickman clarified that these
are amendments to comply with state law.] There was no
discussion. A Roll-Call Vote yielded seven (7) affirmative
votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and
Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson). Ordinance No.
04-01 is adopted.
 
Vice Mayor Wernet recused himself for the discussion and
vote on Ordinance 05-01.
.
C.  Ordinance No. 05-01, 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 Crais. Second by  
Council-member Bellman. [Manager Hickman clarified that
this pertained to the Mt. Parnassus lift station.] There
was no discussion. A Roll-Call Vote yielded six (6)
affirmative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier,
McGowan, and Moore; Mayor Robertson).
Ordinance No. 05-01 is adopted.

Vice Mayor Wernet resumed his seat at the table.
 
D.  Ordinance No. 06-01, An Ordinance To Amend Section
921.07 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio
Establishing Sewer Regulations And Charges, was
reintroduced by Councilmember Bellman. Second by
Councilmember Crais. There was no discussion. A Roll-Call
Vote yielded seven (7) affirmative votes (Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, Mayor Robertson).
Ordinance No. 06-01 is adopted.

E.  Resolution No. 01-17, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
Public Warning System Installation, As Per Specifications,
To B&C Communications And To Authorize The Village Manager
To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was not introduced.
This Resolution remains on the table.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (10:52pm)    
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of February 21, 2001.  The
following amendments were requested: 1) Councilmember
Crais, p. 10  - replace the “!” after “…recipe for
disaster!” with a “.”  2) Vice Mayor Wernet, p. 10 -
correct the spelling of “Kuntzler” to “Kuntsler.”
Vice Mayor Wernet made a motion to accept the Minutes as
amended; second by Councilmember Crais. The motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS (10:55pm)
Development Committee (Councilmember Crais).  
Councilmember Crais reported that he had followed up with
the person at OSU and is looking toward late March or early
April for a preliminary meeting with the professor from OSU
and one of their graduate students—Kathryn Wimberger—to
make a proposal about “stuff.” In short, things are moving
forward nicely and good progress is being made.

Finance Committee (Councilmember Moore).  
No report.

Newark-Granville Joint Committee (Mayor Robertson)
No report.

Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan).  
No report.

Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).   
Councilmember Lucier amended her report of two weeks ago to
include the fact that Grace Haven Academy (formerly the
Granville Christian Academy) was proposing to put modular
classrooms next to their building. Their intent is for this
to be a temporary arrangement though they said it could
last “a long time.” They are working on being more specific
about the length of time involved.

Rec Commission (Councilmember McGowan).   
Councilmember McGowan reported that 400 kids and young
adults had signed up for youth baseball, up 80 from last
year. He also noted that there will be a replacement levy
on the November ballot.  

Street Light Committee (Councilmember McGowan).   
No report.

Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities Committee (Vice Mayor
Wernet).
No report.

Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore).
No report.
 
Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).  
No report.
 

OTHER (10:58pm)
Councilmember Crais cited a New York Times article—on tax
relief for retired residents on fixed income and school
enrollment patterns—and asked Manager Hickman to request
Ms. Roberts to look into the issue.

Councilmember Bellman noted the appearance of another radon
ad on page three of the most recent Sentinel. He also noted
that the anticipated modifications to estate-tax
regulations may well reduce Village income in that area. He
asked Manager Hickman to ask Ms. Roberts to project next
year’s estate-tax income, cautioning that we might
experience a huge drop-off, especially since we had had
a “windfall” in 2000. [Manager Hickman noted that the
annual budget projection for this item is a standard
$50,000 and added that Council might want to discuss an
overall policy for the use of windfalls (i.e., should they
be spent? banked?).]

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 21, 2001 – Village Council Meeting
 
ADJOURNMENT
Mayor Robertson declared the meeting adjourned at 11:04pm.

Monday
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Council Minutes 2/28/01

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE/GRANVILLE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
JOINT MEETING MINUTES
February 28, 2001 – 7:30-9:30 p.m.


1.  CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Robertson called the meeting to
order at 7:40pm.  

2.  ROLL CALL (7:41pm) Councilmembers Bellman, Crais,
Lucier; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson, Manager
Hickman. Township Trustees Havens, Jones, and King; Clerk
Kennedy. Not attending: Councilmembers McGowan and Moore;
Law Director Crites  

3.  OPENING COMMENTS
(7:41pm) Mr. Havens gave a Power-Point presentation,
accompanied by a handout given to Council members, to
review the history of the Comprehensive Plan. He also
highlighted the Township’s Mission Statement (“…to preserve
the open space and rural atmosphere that characterize the
Township”), and reviewed actions taken to carry out that
mission (e.g., legislation, land acquisitions, and
partnering with surrounding townships). He stated that the
Township encourages the use of “objective measures of
accountability” as they strive to fulfill their mission—the
number of building permits issued as well as tracking the
effect of use of public funds, allocation of resources,
legislation for zoning, litigation strategies. He referred
Council to Tabs  6 and 8 in the booklet, citing the number
of building permits before and after 1998 (Tab 6) and dates
of subdivision approvals (Tab 8), both to illustrate
what “annexation does in general.” [Mayor Robertson and
Vice Mayor Wernet both emphasized that the people presently
serving on Village Council were elected “because of what
happened to that 1,000 acres on Granville Road.”]

(7:59pm) Mayor Robertson thanked Trustee Havens for his
presentation, welcomed the Township Trustees back to
Council chambers, and called to mind the “long and rich
history” of Village and Township residents living and
working together. She noted that we are at a transition
point, with decisions needing to be made, and the
legislative bodies represented at the table need to work
together for the benefit of the entire Village/Township
entity. She added that was clear that there are
disagreements and misunderstandings between the Council and
the Trustees but urged that the two bodies continue to
meet. [Councilmember Crais emphasized that Council views
the Comprehensive Plan as a “living document” that needs to
be the focus of ensuing conversations.]

5.  USE OF TOWNSHIP AND VILLAGE FUNDS TO OBTAIN PROPERTY
FOR PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Trustee Havens, after expressing some frustration over the
difficulties of working together, made the point that the
Township, including the Village, must see time as the
enemy. We are stuck between Wexner and Longaberger, with
Licking County being the last—and least developed—
contiguous county to the Columbus metropolitan area. In
short, we need plans in place to protect ourselves and we
need them now. He asserted that the Township has
been “vigilant” about sticking with the Comprehensive Plan
but worried that the Village has not. He asked why Council
hadn’t used any of its unrestricted money to buy up land.
Councilmember Lucier responded that the Village has
authorized the Township to do that, with Village money.
[This lead to a protracted—and unresolved—discussion of
what money was whose, what percentage of Township funds
came from Village residents, which funds were restricted
and which unrestricted, and how decisions were made about
what to purchase with the proceeds of the Greenspace Levy.]
Trustee Havens asked if the Village would be willing to lay
out a policy on green-space spending by designating a
specific dollar amount over a period of time like the
Township has. (Note: Trustees Haven reported the Township
had designated $1 million over 10 years, or $100,000/year,
of unrestricted funds—“mostly from Township residents”—for
this purpose.)  Being able to depend on a set amount each
year would enable the Trustees to put a plan together to
continue to acquire property. Vice Mayor Wernet asked if
the Township would match whatever monies were committed by
the Village; Trustees Havens responded, “Absolutely.”
Councilmember Lucier asked if the Township budgeted money
for this purpose or if decisions were made on a case-by-
case basis. Mr. Havens reported funds were not budgeted for
this purpose. Township Clerk Kennedy offered to work with a
representative from Council to identify funds available for
land purchases as well as to share some of the strategy
involved. [Mayor Robertson and Township Clerk Kennedy will
meet before Council’s next regular meeting on March 7.
Mayor Robertson asked Manager Hickman to put this item on
the agenda for the March 7th meeting.] Mayor Robertson then
asked those present if they were in agreement on using
pooled Township and Village funds to obtain property for
public domain. The response was unanimously positive.

4.  REVIEW  OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
There was general agreement that the area cannot be
preserved solely through  greenspace monies. We need,
rather, to combine the greenspace monies with Township and
Village unrestricted funds and aggressively apply
Comprehensive Plan policies to protect green space and
discourage growth in certain areas of the Township. We also
need to avoid changing densities whenever we change uses,
perhaps by a density-trading concept.

Process:
Mayor Robertson proposed a 13-member review committee: five
people from the Township and five from the Village (with
each of those two groups including at least one member who
has participated in this process before), plus three ex-
officio members (one from the Village, one from the
Township, and one from the School Board). There was general
agreement to this proposal. The Village and Township each
agreed to make their appointments by March 21st. The basic
plan calls for a two-month review process to take the
months of April and May and be completed by the end of June
at the latest. [Constance Barsky noted that the review
itself will go relatively quickly but the survey will take
longer than the suggested time frame. She added that the
original intent was not to review entire plan each year but
rather to consider specific sections (e.g., water and
sewer, density, etc.). She questioned whether the proposed
quick overall review is what is needed, suggesting that it
would be more to the point to look at specific issues that
need to be addressed.] Vice Mayor Wernet suggested that the
joint entities come up with a prioritized list and, only
then, set the time line. Ms. Barsky enthusiastically
agreed, suggesting that Council and the Trustees work
around their own public meeting schedules, plan to have
their prioritization done by mid-April and then set a time
frame for discussion of each issue on the list. Mr. Havens
agreed to that plan. Vice Mayor Wernet suggested that the
Township and the Village trade their lists back and forth.
Councilmember Crais proposed another joint meeting, once
the lists and the review committee are in place, to set the
timelines. Trustee Jones worried that this could be
a “pretty mushy process” that might “stretch out for a
year” without anything getting done. Councilmember Crais
disagreed, noting that the two groups had agreed on
constituting the committee by March 21st, creating a
provisional list of priorities by April 21st. There was
also agreement on instructing the committee to complete it
work within three months, by July 21st. Mayor Robertson
asked that a meeting date be set for an extra Wednesday
before the end of May, if possible, so the review committee
could hold a public hearing.

6.  RESOURCE SHARING
Clerk Kennedy and Manager Hickman reported they have
exchanged lists pertaining to  bulk purchasing  for rock
salt. Paving, etc. They are also studying the possibilities
of shared equipment (the Village using the Township asphalt
spreader and/or the Township using Village trucks). Both
entities empowered their representative to confer on these
issues and come up with something concrete by their next
regularly scheduled meetings on March 7th.

NOTE: Councilmember Crais suggested altering the Agenda to
move directly to Citizens’ Comments so the citizens present
would not have to wait any longer. He also suggested
postponing consideration of Items 6 and 7 to the next
meeting. Trustee Jones agreed to addressing Citizens’
Comments and postponing Item 6 but wanted discussion of
Item 7 at this meeting. All present agreed to add a half-
hour to the agreed duration of the meeting.

8. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (9:02)
Village-Township Cooperation & Greenspace Monies
Constance Barsky, 221 East Elm Street. Ms. Barsky expressed
her appreciation for both bodies having come together and
suggested continued and expanded cooperation with
surrounding townships. She asked for clarification of the
split of greenspace and unrestricted funds used to purchase
the Kent farm. Trustee Havens confirmed that those funds
may not be co-mingled and stated that the greenspace funds
were used to purchase areas along S.R. 161 to preserve
greenspace along a major artery. Unrestricted funds were
used to purchase areas along S.R. 16, with the intent of
preserving an option for the community to later decided if
they preferred reserving those lands for greenspace or
releasing them to “community-friendly development.” Ms.
Barsky asked if the Showman property was on the greenspace
list. Trustees Havens said it was, as well as being a “hot-
spot” likely to be annexed by Newark. Trustees Jones added
that this was a good example of how beautiful property can
be used to preserve greenspace and stop annexation at the
same time. Ms. Barsky expressed the need for a clear
understanding within the Village and the Township as to
when citizens should have input about “non-open-space levy
land”. She urged that extra care be taken to broadly
advertise notices of public hearing, especially as the
pressure from the outside increases. [Vice Mayor Wernet
pointed out that it may be worth it to the community to
develop in one place so as to be able to buy much more land
someplace else.] Ms. Barsky urged a more streamlined
implementation of Comprehensive-Plan recommendations.

Carol Goland, 843 Burg Street. Ms. Goland also commended
both bodies for meeting and finding common ground. She
cited effective residential-allotment policies used in
Hudson, Ohio and asked both bodies if they looked favorably
on pairing finances with aggressive policies to limit and
control growth. [Vice Mayor Wernet put forth the need to
build a barrier of land in places subject to immediate
development. Trustee Havens stated the Township’s approach
has been to encourage large-parcel development of
residential areas as well as to facilitate community-
friendly non-residential growth. The Trustees had hoped for
a selective-extension policy with the Village—which he
termed a “viable way to switch development on and off”—to
enable those goals but said that hadn’t been “doable” so
far. Vice Mayor Wernet agreed that selective extension
could be a very valuable tool in fending off hostile
annexation but that the Comprehensive Plan specified using
it only in that instance. Trustee Havens said he would be
amenable to considering Ms. Goland’s residential-allotment
idea to see if it would be enforceable, and invited her to
come to a meeting of the Township Trustees. Mayor Robertson
added that Ms. Goland might well be a good candidate for
the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee.
 
Comprehensive Plan Review Committee
Mark Parris, 251 Bryn Du Drive. Mr. Parris encouraged both
governmental bodies not to reinvent the wheel in setting up
the review since this is to be a yearly event. He felt it
was more important to take action review than delay the
review while trying to create the perfect process.

JEDD including Village and Township
Dave Dicks, 4545 Goose Lane, Alexandria. Mr. Dicks stated
the effects of the impending development on the S.R. 161
corridor will be “enormous,” and recommended expanding
our “sense of community” to include “neighbors to the west”
(e.g., St. Albans and Jersey Townships).

Mayor Robertson closed Citizen’s Comments at 9:20pm.

7.  TOWNSHIP/VILLAGE JOINT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
(JEDD) (9:20pm)
The discussion revealed a basic disconnect between the two
entities in their definitions of what does and does not
constitute a JEDD. Trustee Havens insisted that a selective-
extension agreement—used at the interior of a Township to
promote friendly development, rather than at the edges—is
virtually the same as a JEDD. He also maintained that a
JEDD could be useful as a tool to limit annexations,
especially in the southeast quadrant. He put forward the
notion that people holding farmland are not, for the most
part, farmers and we cannot force them, as the investors
they are, to continue farming that property. We can,
however, use a JEDD/selective extension to facilitate the
type of development we want rather than an all-or-nothing
approach. He urged the Village to work out its policies on
this before they are faced with situation-specific
arguments, maintaining that the absence of such a policy
has been a “gross disservice” to the community. Vice Mayor
Wernet stated that the Village does have a policy: no
extension of water and sewer without annexation. Mr. Havens
clarified that he was talking about a joint development
policy. Vice Mayor Wernet put forward the thought that
perhaps the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee needs to
look at whether or not we should stick with what prior
groups have decided, or change the policy.

Village Council sees a JEDD as a development tool. This
prompted Mayor Robertson to ask Trustee Havens why they
wanted a JEDD if they didn’t want any more development.
Trustee Havens responded that they wanted non-residential
development, fulfilling the two parts of their mission by
resisting residential development that creates pressure on
the school system while creating non-residential
development that forms a tax base. Councilmember Crais
cautioned both bodies to watch out for unintended
consequences of extension, citing the recent case of
Alexandria using Granville’s water to expand its own
residential development. Councilmember Bellman asserted
that the Village stands with the Township in being anti-
development, anti-annexation, and anti- extending our water
and sewer.

Both bodies agreed finally to table Item 7 since they could
not reach an agreement on whether a JEDD and selective
extension were the same.


9.  ESTABLISH REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE
Councilmember Crais encouraged regular meetings as an
opportunity to exchange information and personalize each
body’s points of view. Vice Mayor Wernet added that there
are now three specific items on which we need to work
together—the Comprehensive Plan review, buying land, and
sharing resources. The Trustees stated they would commit to
another meeting in three months, but were not willing to go
any further at this time. Councilmember Bellman asked about
discussing general strategies for blocking annexations.
Trustee Havens said they didn’t want to sit around and
talk, they wanted to “do things, to find some things to
work on that there is a consensus on.” They don’t
want “deadlocked discussions.” He reiterated his concerns
about the window of time in front of us, asking, “When does
the 4-lane 161 hit?” Mayor Robertson said that meant even
more urgency about meeting more often, and Vice Mayor
Wernet said it’s hard to keep things moving when the
management team only gets together every three months.

Trustee Havens stated that there’s an efficiency in the way
they operate, with each Trustee specializing in different
areas (as opposed to everyone doing everything together).
He added that they act at their meetings and they don’t
want to have to sit through Council’s discussions of policy
and consensus issues. They would prefer for Council to
decide and then get the two bodies together. Mayor
Robertson pointed out that Council has come to an agreement
but the Township doesn’t like it. Trustee Havens expressed
his frustration at having met with a different Council two
years ago and said he “keeps asking for Council to vote up
or down the policy submitted by the Township.”
Councilmember Lucier noted that not bringing something up
is the same as a “No” vote. Mayor Robertson described the
Council’s way of operating and asked Trustee Havens if he
objected to being involved in “that messy democratic
process.” Mr. Havens responded, “That’s exactly right.”
Mayor Robertson stated that the two bodies obviously have
very different styles of working. Trustee Havens added
that, for them, the product is most important; the process
is secondary.

No regular schedule for meetings could be agreed on, but
the next meeting was set for June 6th. Vice Mayor Wernet
asked everyone involved to agree to forego the “bickering
and the past stuff” and focus on the future.

10.  ADJOURNMENT
Mayor Robertson adjourned the meeting at 9:56pm.