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Council Minutes February 5, 1986

FEBRUARY 5, 1986
Mayor Gallant called the meeting to order at 7: 30 p.m..
Responding to roll call were:
Councilmember Rader
Councilmember Avery
Councilmember Schnaidt
Councilmember Garrett
Vice Mayor -
Mayor -
Law Director -
Manager -
Councilmember Garrett moved to excuse absentee member: Eisenberg. Motion seconded by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried.
January 22. 1986 -Regular Council Meeting - moved Vice Mayor Davison that the minutes be approved as submitted. Motion seconded
by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried.
Those who signed the register were:
Dan Douglas, Granville School Superintendent
Amy Bates, Advocate
Erin Scanlon, WHTHW/NKO
Terry White, Attorney, Granville School Board John Marriott
Ted R. William
Beth A. Himes
Tony Adams
No comments, questions, or concerns were made at this time.
Council Meeting Minutes
Village of Granville
February 5, 1986
Page 2 of 3
Granville Exempted School District
Dan Douglas, Superintendent, Granville Exempted School and District, Terry White, President of the Granville School Board, were present this evening to request of Council, a waiver of the water and sewer tap fees for Granville Exempted School District' s newly built school bus garage. In a memo dated February 3, 1986, Manager Plunkett summar- ized events pertaining to the school bus garage and relating water and sewer tap fees. Copies of this memo were distributed to Council and interested parties.
Terry White commented that he reviewed the Manager' s memo and did not disagree with his accounting of events, but did not feel the school would be adding to the system. He explained that it was more cost effective to tap into their own lines, and while additional water will be used, the sewage line is more than adequate. Mr. White did not feel a capacity fee was in aosrkdetrh.aHt e said if in fact Council determines they are, he would Council waive the fees.
Following a lengthy question and answer session between the School Board' s representatives, Council, and the Village Manager, a motion to waive the water tapc/apacity fees but not the sewer tap fee, and; that the water meter for the bus garage be placed at the connection out front, in a meter pit, was made by Vice Mayor Davison and seconded by Councilmember Schnaidt. Motion carried with five ayes and one no. A copy of Manager Plunkett' s memo regarding the Granville School Bus GarageW/ ater &Sewer Connection is hereby attached part of these minutes. as
Resolution No. 867- , "To Authorize The Village Manager To Request Proposals For Elevated Water Storage Facility Enginee- Grianrrget"t.w,as introduced and read in its entirety by Councilmember
86-7. CoMunoctiiolmnember Garrett moved for passage of Resolution No. seconded by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried. Resolution No. 86-7 duly passed.
Council Meeting Minutes
Village of Granville
February 5, 1986
Page 3 of 3
Manager Plunkett stated that Alexandria has asked to meet with
Council or the Utilities Committee next Wednesday to discuss
Alexandria' s bulk water rates. The following Utilities Committee
Meeting was scheduled at this time:
February 12. 1986 -7: 30 p.m. -Utilities Committee Meeting and
Alexandria -Discussion: Bulk Water Rates for Alexandria.
Manager Plunkett mentioned that he and Steve Cartnal will be
attending a meeting scheduled Thursday, February 13, at 7: 00
p.m.,in the County Administration Building to hear information
regarding the "911" System. He felt that the Village should be
represented at that meeting. Councilmember Schnaidt said he
would try to go to that meeting since he is the chairman Safety &Health of the Committee.
Councilmember Rader moved for adjournment. Motion seconded by
Councilmember Garrett. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 8: 38 p.m..
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Village Council
Douglas E. Plunkett
February 3, 1986 -
Granville School Bus GarageW/ ater &Sewer Connection.
This is unfortunately, a retrospective rather than an individualized
recounting of each instance as it occurred. Were I a better
bureaucrat, and had I thought it necessary, I would have made a
recording of each instance cited herein and the time it occurred,
from the beginning. Unfortunately, all of those involved,
including myself, treated the matter too informally. Now a
considerable controversy has arisen over the matter, and this
memo will attempt to bring you up to date with what has happened
so far.
Some time in early '85, it was decided that the School Board
would build its own bus garage on land located at the High
School, rather than to add on to the Village Service Building.
Dan Douglas informed me of that decision, and I passed it on to you. During the late spring Dan mentioned to me that the first
set of bids for the bus garage had come in, and had been way beyond the estimate and the monies available. I commiserated
with him and wished him luck in the re-bid process. I then
tucked the matter far back in my mind. In approximately
September (I cannot be certain of the date),I got a call from Jack Prior at the Newark Code Administration office, during which he told me that they had received plans for the School Bus Garage. I called Dan Douglas and told him that we would need to review those plans. I failed at that point to mention to him that a Zoning Permit would be required. I referred at that time
only to the water and sewer connections review that would be necessary by the Village. Within a short time, I received a set of plans and specifications for the bus garage from John Reid of Harden &Reid. I gave the plans to Tom Galitza, Granville Water &Sewer Superintendent, for his review. Ralph
Blackstone, Service &Utilities Director, did not get to review those plans. He should have.
Based on Tom' s review of the plans submitted by John Reid, I sent the enclosed letter to John Reid, which states in essence that there are two alternatives in connecting to the public utilities. Ofoner alternative points out the distance between the water &sewer the project. The other speaks to the issue of water &sewer service piping owned and maintained by the property owner. Nowhere in the letter did I point out the need for the payment of fees, or conditions for connection to the mains. Normally,
Memo to Village Council
February 3, 1986
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that is handled by the contractor before any connection is
actually made to the system. In retrospect, although not
required to, I wish I had mentioned the topic in the letter.
Some time in early January of 1986, I mentioned the necessity
for service applications and fees for the connection to the
Village water and sewer systems from the bus garage to, I
believe, Dan Douglas, after the subject was brought up at a
Village staff meeting. I then got a visit from John Reid, I
believe Friday, January 10, 1986, in the afternoon as I was
leaving to inspect the sewer plant. Mr. Reid and I discussed the
project and the need for fees to be paid to the Village for
connection to the system. Mr. Reid contended that the school< s
bus garage was to be connected to private water lines on School
Board property, and therefore did not need to pay any fees to the
Village. discussed fIurdtihsaegr,reebdu,t baynd we agreed that the matter would be whom, I' m not sure. I believe Mr. Reid
wanted to talk to the contractor, the Board of Education, and
to Dan Douglas.
During the next week or so, Ralph Blackstone and Tom Galitza
informed me that Jack Feid had been to see them, and that he had
objected vociferously to having to pay any fees.
On January 14, I sent Council a memo which included a paragraph
stating what I believed to be the status of the bus garage construction (copy enclosed). In that memo I stated that I
expected Jack Feid to be at the January 22 Council meeting.
On January 21, at about 1: 30 in the afternoon , I got a cal 1 from John Reid, asking for a meeting that day with regard to the bus garage utilities. He said that he would bring Jack Feid and Dan Douglas. I asked Tom Galitza to be here and we set the meeting for 3: 30. At 3: 30 Jack Feid and John Reid came to my office: Dan didn't. Tom, Jack, John, and myself, discussed the matter of the connection to the utilities. After considerable discussions and
a number of references to the water and sewer ordinances, it was, I believe, agreed that I could in good conscious go to the Council and recommend allowing connection to the three inch service line into the high school if in fact the meter for the pbuist. garage was placed at the connection out front, in a meter I said I could make that recommendation conditionally on the connection by a 1 inch service line to the bus garage rather than the 1-12/ inch as called for in the plans. Mr. Reid said that he would take responsibility for that but that first he would get an opinion from his engineer, and let me know. On that understanding I said that I could recommend that to the Council as a means for waiving the necessary fee, but that I would strongly urge that the 6 inch main be tapped instead, to serve
Memd to Village Council
February 3, 1986
Page 3
the bus garage. There is a lack of clarity in the ordinance in
this particular instance, although in my opinion the intent is
clearly that separate buildings should be tied separately into
the main. I also reiterated to both Mr. Feid and Mr. Reid that I
could not recommend to the Council any waiver of fees for the
sewer connection. I felt that it was quite clear in the
ordinance that such a waiver could not be granted. I still feel
that tieing into the 3 inch service line with a 1-1/2 inch
line to the bus garage is a mistake. Without the meter pit at
the tap, it should not be done in my opinion.
On Wednesday, January 22, I stopped at Dan Douglas' office and
discussed the matter with him. I told him what had been discussed
in my office the preceding afternoon, and that I did not know
if the Council would go along with a waiver of any fees, and
that in no way could I recommend a waiver of the sewer capacity
fee, and that only under a limited set of conditions could I
even recommend a waiver of the water capacity fee. He stated
that the Board of Education was not ready to go to the Council
that evening, and that any further action would await the February 5 Council meeting.
I heard nothing from John Reid after the January 21 meeting.
On Friday, January 31, at about 2: 30 p.m.,I got a call Ralph from Blackstone, Granville Services &Utilities Director, in which he reported to me that Jack Feid was tapping the 3 inch service line in front of the high school. Having heard nothing
further from Mr. Reid, and believing that nothing was suppose to happen with the service line until resolution of the matter of fees and appropriateness of tap locations was reviewed by Council, I directed Mr. Blackstone to inform Mr. Feid that he was to cease installing the tap. Mr. Blackstone then reported to me over the radio that Feid said, "I' ll be -da-m-med if I will". At that point apparently, Mr. Feid decided to continue making the tap. I asked Mr. Blackstone to relay to Feid that Feid would be charged with violation of the water rules and regula- tions of the Village of Granville if he continued. Feid said
that he would tie it off that night, but the tap was made. I hthimen called Dan Douglas, School Superintendent, and informed of the situation. At that time I said to him that I was tempted to shut off the water to the school. I decided not to do so and let Dan Douglas know that. He assured me that nothing else would be- done until after the Council meeting of February 5, at which time the Board of Education would meet with the Council.
That same afternoon, January 31, I filed a complaint against Mr. Feid and summoned him into court on February 11, 1986, for viola- tion of the Village' s water and sewer regulations.
Memo to Village Council
February 3, 1986
Page 4
That is where the matter now stands.
Douglas E. PG{' ett
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