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Resolution 99-32

WHEREAS, the Village Council of the Village of Granville,
Ohio, would like to express its appreciation to the village
staff and others for their work in ensuring that Granville
has a safe environment where the right of free speech can
flourish; including the implicit free speech right of
to choose whether or not to continue listening to a given
speech, and;

WHEREAS, while many members of the Village staff
to this accomplishment, the Village Council would like to
recognize certain contributions as being representative of
the nature of the service to the community provided by the
overall staff, and;

WHEREAS, Police Chief Steve Cartnal and his officers did an
extraordinary job of maintaining the law while at the same
time exercising the sort of measured prudence which
more difficult situations.  Particularly impressive was the
work of Officer Jim Mason whose restraint and good judgment
under extreme conditions allowed the law to be enforced
without what could easily have been a significantly
detrimental escalation, and;

WHEREAS, Law Director Rufus Hurst also served the village
well.  His contributions ranged from ensuring the creation
of a sensible, reasoned ordinance to address the issues
involved, to his last minute negotiations which allowed the
Fourth of July celebrations to be held this year, to
repeatedly interrupting his own family obligations in order
to provide police officers with guidance regarding
enforcement of the ordinance, and to mounting a solid
defense of the ordinance when it was challenged in federal
court.  A good measure of the quality of Law Director
Hurst’s work on this matter is that the ordinance he
together and then defended is now likely to be adopted by a
number of communities throughout Ohio, and;

WHEREAS, Village Manager Joe Hickman gave the kind of
seasoned well thought out management to the entire process
that we have come to know from his work.  One can easily
how without his levelheaded approach the situation would
have deteriorated rapidly and significantly, and;

WHEREAS, Village Council would also like to recognize the
efforts of Mark Weaver and Benson Wolman in providing
additional advice and review to help ensure that the
ordinance enacted would protect people from what they might
find abusive without infringing on any speaker’s
constitutional right of free speech, and;


Section I:    The people of Granville have reason to be
proud of the village staff who, under conditions made
significantly more difficult by the unfortunate degree of
publicity surrounding the ordinance and related activities,
served the Granville community so well.

Section II:    This resolution shall take effect and be in
full force immediately upon passage.

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