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Wednesday
Apr152015

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Monday
Apr132015

Severe Weather Safety Tips

Below are some simple tips to stay safe during the severe weather outbreaks.

 

Tornados

  • Be familiar with the community's warning system
  • Pick a safe room where employees can gather if a tornado is headed your way.  Seclect a location in a basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows
  • Move or secure furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and turned into a projectile
  • Know the tornado danger signs - dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud, cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or a roaring noise
  • Do not attempt to outrun a tornado in your car, get out of the car immediately and hurry into the basement of a nearby, steady structure or lie down flat in a ditch or low lying area
  • Do not drive on roads submerged in water, underlying currents could carry your vehicle away or the roadway could collapse

 

Thunderstorms

  • If you can hear thunder, go indoors, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning
  • Watch for storm signs such as dark skies, lightning or increasing winds
  • Postpone any outdoor work or activities
  • Take shelter in a substantial building or a vehicle with the windows closed
  • If possible, do not use plumbing
  • Do not drive through standing water in parking lots or on roadways.  Vehicles can be swept away by as little as 12" of water
  • If you get caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground
  • Pay attention to barricades
  • If you must drive through standing water, drive slow and steadily
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger

 

Winter Storms

  • Be prepared with supplies such as rock salt to melt ice, sand for traction, snow shovels and snow removal equipment, sufficient heating fuel and adequate clothing and blankets
  • Stay indoors during the storm
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways
  • Use caution and take breaks when shoveling snow
  • Keep dry to prevent loss of body heat
  • Drive only when absolutely necessary and let someone know your route and destination
  • Maintain ventilation if using a kerosene heater
  • Conserve fuel if necessary by lowering the thermostat and/or temporarily close off heat to some rooms
Wednesday
Feb042015

Village Special Events Policy

Village Council and the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce reached out to local business owners in the fall of 2013 with a survey to gain a better understanding of how local events in the Village’s downtown impact Village business owners and service providers.

Based on the results of that survey, direction from the Granville Chamber and comments from business owners and residents, the Village has updated the Special Events policy to provide a framework and guidelines for the Village when reviewing requests which could impact Village roadways.  

Village Council approved a new policy and application for groups and individuals interested in hosting an event within the Village.  Special Events Policy

Copies of the policy are on the Village website at www.granville.oh.us under Community News or available in hard copy at Village Hall during regular business hours.   This proposed policy would not impact any events on private property.

Special Events Policy

Friday
Jan092015

Village Snow Removal Policy

ORDINANCE NO. 21– 2012

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 521.06 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF GRANVILLE REGARDING THE REMOVAL OF SNOW AND ICE FROM SIDEWALKS

 WHEREAS, the availability of walkable sidewalks is essential to the public health, safety and welfare of the Village of Granville; and 

WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan encourages improving the walkability of the Village to mitigate traffic, encourage environmental sustainability, safe routes to school and the overall quality of Village life; and 

WHEREAS, accumulations of snow and ice that make pedestrian use of sidewalks difficult or impassable present risks to the public health, safety and welfare, and constitute a public nuisance; and 

WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Granville, Ohio, has determined that it is necessary to update the General Offenses Code of the Village in order to better serve the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Village regarding the removal of snow and ice from Village sidewalks. 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Village of Granville, Ohio, that: 

Section 1:    Existing section 521.06 is hereby amended as follows: 

521.06  DUTY TO KEEP SIDEWALKS IN REPAIR AND CLEAN.

(a)  The owner, occupant or person having the care of any building or lot of land bordering on any street with graded or paved sidewalk shall remove and clear away all snow in excess of two (2) inches within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow ceases to fall. This provision shall include snow or ice falling from any building.

Whenever such sidewalk or any part thereof becomes encumbered with ice, the owner, occupant or person in control shall cause such sidewalk to be made safe by removing such ice or sprinkling the same with sand or other suitable substance within twenty-four (24) hours.  (1970 Code '94.11)

(b)  It shall be the duty of every owner of any lot or parcel of land situated within the corporate limits of the Municipality to keep and maintain sidewalks now or hereafter constructed along all streets adjoining such land in good order and free from nuisance. (1970 Code '94.12) The repair, maintenance and replacement of Village sidewalks are further outlined in Chapter 905 of the Village Code.

(c)  Depositing snow and ice onto public property including streets and sidewalks is prohibited. 

(d)  Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. 

Section 2:    This Ordinance shall become effective upon the earliest date allowed by

the laws of the State of Ohio and the Charter of the Village of Granville.

 Passed this 7th day of November, 2012.

 

Friday
Aug082014

Did You Know? Left Turns into Parking Spaces are Prohibited in the Downtown Business District

For safety reasons, particularly because of traffic congestion and the lack of visibility when vehicles are trying to back from angled parking spaces, motor vehicles are prohibited from making left turns for the purpose of parking on the opposite side of the street in the downtown business district.

Many of us are guilty of this minor misdemeanor offense, but few of us know that it is against the law.  Signs are posted at the mid street crosswalk on East Broadway.  So the next time you are in the Village and spot available parking on the other side of the street, please do not be tempted.  Making that left turn is illegal.  So now you know. 

The diagram below shows examples of the types of turns that are prohibited in the downtown business district:

Friday
Apr042014

First Impressions

First Impressions is a program sponsored by the Ohio State University- Newark extension office.  The purpose of the program is to help community leaders assess the impact of their efforts to be an attractive community to shoppers, tourists, business travelers and potential employers.

The Ohio State University Newark extension office partners two municipalities.  Each municipality assembles a group of visitors (five to seven individuals) to secretly visit the other community and provide an unbiased, unique perspective and impression of the other community.  OSU-N then compiles the comments and opinions into a report that is shared with the other community. This report is not intended to provide an in-depth review of a community, rather give a general overview and impression.

The Village of Granville was paired with the City of Oberlin.  Below are the reports from each community describing their first impressions.

Oberlin's Visit to Granville

Granville's Visit to Oberlin

 

The Village of Granville would like to thank the First Impression participants - Trish Newcomb, Jeff Gill, Don Hostetter, Alysa Reinoehl and Mollie Prasher.

 

Saturday
Aug142010

Water and Sewer Rate Adjustments

The Granville Village Council voted to increase water and sewer rates for 2012 and 2013 during their November 16th meeting.  The 2012 rate increase will be effective with utility usage beginning January 1, 2012 and reflected on the February 1, 2012 bill.  The second increase will go into effect for usage beginning December 1, 2012 and be reflected on the January 1, 2013 bill.

Increase and Impact on Average Village Customer

Currently, a Village residence or business is billed for water and wastewater services at the rate of $8.85 per 1000 gallons. (Customers within the Village who are only on water are billed at $3.55 per thousand gallons.)

The legislation would increase the combined water and wastewater rates in 2012 to $10.40 per 1000 gallons. (Customers within the Village who are only on water would be billed at $4.44 per thousand gallons.)

The legislation also authorizes an additional increase in 2013.  Rates will increase by $0.65 to $11.05 per 1000 gallons, to be effective for water and wastewater usage during the month of December 2012 and reflected in the bills sent out on January 1, 2013. (A water only customer in the Village would pay an additional $0.44 or $4.88 per 1000 gallons.)

Customers Outside the Village

Customers outside the Village typically pay a surcharge for water and wastewater usage. That surcharge (or multiplier) would be applied to the proposed rates listed above.

Need for Additional Revenue

The water and wastewater funds are enterprise funds, which means that they are self supporting and must produce sufficient revenue to cover their expenses.  Over that time, the costs of operating the utility plants have increased because of changes in the prices of fuel, chemicals, electricity, supplies, personnel, and insurance.

Capital improvements to the water and wastewater plants, the water distribution system, or the wastewater collection system are typically funded from capacity fees, which are assessed to new customers when they connect to the water or wastewater systems. However, because new construction has virtually stopped as a result of the downturn in the economy, there has been very little new revenue available for capital improvements. A portion of the new revenue generated from the proposed water and wastewater increases will be used to fund capital improvements such as a new ultraviolet disinfection treatment system at the wastewater plant, pump replacements, and waterline replacements.

The proposed utility rate increases are needed to ensure that the water and wastewater funds remain self-supporting. The increases are necessary to replenish cash balances and to help fund future capital projects.

Comparison of Rates

Even with the proposed increases, the Village’s water and wastewater rates will remain significantly lower than most rates charged by other Licking County communities. The following chart, which is based on a survey of rates published on the internet, provides a quick comparison of rates based on 1000 to 5000 gallons of consumption:

GallonsGranville
Current
Granville
Proposed
JohnstownHeathHebronNewarkPataskalaSouthwest
Licking
1000 $8.85 $10.40 $27.50 $13.98 $26.90 $15.77 $21.99 $59.14
2000 $17.70 $20.80 $27.50 $25.68 $33.20 $15.77 $21.99 $59.14
3000 $26.55 $31.20 $41.60 $37.38 $49.80 $22.71 $21.99 $59.14
4000 $35.40 $41.60 $55.70 $49.08 $66.40 $27.28 $29.32 $74.19
5000 $44.25 $52.00 $69.80 $60.78 $83.00 $36.42 $36.65 $89.24