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Council Minutes DECEMBER 21, 1994

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
DECEMBER 21, 1994
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Eisenberg convened the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember Garrett
Councilmember Shulman
Councilmember Bennett
Councilmember Freytag
Vice Mayor Marshall
Mayor Eisenberg
Law Director Hurst
Manager Plunkett
Vice Mayor Marshall moved to excuse absentee Councilmember Montgomery.
Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 43-94, "An Ordinance To
Establish The Granville Village Manager's Salary For 1995."
No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 43-94. The public hearing closed at 7:36 p.m.
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 44-94, " An Ordinance To Make
Appropriations For Current Expenses And Other Expenditures Of Granville, The Village Of State Of Ohio, During The Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1995."
No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 44-94. Mayor Eisenberg closed the public hearing at 7:35 p.m.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the regularly scheduled Council meeting of December 7. 1994 were presented for review.Councilmember Garrett moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Seconded by Councilmember Bennett. Motion carried.
MAYOR'S REPORT
The Mayors' report for the month of November was presented for review.Mayor oEfistheensbeermg idniuretectse.d the clerk to file the report.A copy of that report is attached as part
MANAGER'S REPORT
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The Manager's report for the month of November was presented for review. Vice
Mayor Marshall moved to approve the report. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag.
Motion carried. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes.
CITIZENS COMMENTS
Those signing the register were:
Larry Huey Kirsten Pape
Nancy Boardman Doug Tailford
Patty Magnuson
Howard Garrett
Linda Schwarz
Sally MacPhall
Larry Huey stated that Council would be introducing Ordinance No. 45-94 this
evening concerning neon signs. He stated that because of the holidays, he would like
to see Council schedule the public hearing for the second meeting in January. He
stated that many people who are interested in the matter will be out of town the first
week of January because of the holidays.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that he had no objections to scheduling the public
hearing later in January. He stated that Council would keep that in mind when the
public hearings were being scheduled.
COMMITIEE REPORTS
Councilmember Garrett reported on the Planning Commission meeting of
December 19. At that meeting. the commission approved application, and approved a lot split, approved one sign a zoning change for the area south of SR 16 south on Cherry Valley Road. A worksession with representatives from St. Luke's Church had also been held. The representatives of the Church expressed their desire to replace a door and install an elevator with the entry in the Opera House Park.
Councilmember Shulman reported on the Tree &Landscape Commission
meeting of December 13, 1994.At that meeting. the commission had reviewed their accomplishments for the year.The Commission had planted over 200 trees and 300 shrubs in 1994. The Commission discussed some plans for 1995, including the Granflora project on South Main Street.
Mr.Shulman stated that this had been the first Tree L&andscape meeting he had attended. He stated that his personal observation was that the last several years had been a Granville we will never see it again in terms of large trees. He stated that extensive efforts had been put forth to replant trees however, because of pollution, electric lines, ect.trees will never grow to the size of the large trees Granville had once had in our lifetimes. Mr.Shulman stated that the period from 1960 to 1990 had been were the high point in terms of Granville tree stock. He stated that the Tree & Landscape Commission should be commended on the work they have done.
OLD BUSINESS
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Ordinance No. 43-94, " An Ordinance To Establish The Granville Village
Manager's Salary For 1995," was reintroduced, title read, and moved for adoption by
Vice Mayor Marshall. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag.
Roll call vote: Garrett yes,Shulman yes, Montgomery absent, Bennett yes,
Freytag yes, Marshall yes, Mayor Eisenberg yes. Six yes votes, one member absent.
Ordinance No. 43-94 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 44-94, " An Ordinance To Make Appropriations For Current
Expenses And Other Expenditures Of The Village Of Granville, State Of Ohio, During
The Fiscal Year Ending December 31. 1995: was reintroduced. title read, and moved
for adoption by Vice Mayor Marshall. Seconded by Councilmember Garrett.
Councilmember Freytag stated that he continued to believe the sidewalk
appropriation for 1995 was inadequate.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that he had asked the question before, i"f Council were
to increase the sidewalk account, where would the money be taken from?"
Councilmember Freytag stated that the person who had drafted the budget
would know best where to take the money from.
Manager Plunkett stated that Council could eliminate street lights or anything
they wanted. He stated that the budget reflected projects that the staff and he
recommended and that Council could cut the budget anywhere they chose.
Assistant Village Manager Joe Hickman stated that the Summit Street storm
sewer and South Pearl Street project were two very important projects budgeted for
1995. He stated that the rest of the budget is normal spending.
Councilmember Freytag stated that last year there had been $ 84,000
appropriated in the sidewalk fund. He stated that if Council did not have $ 70,000 to
75,000 appropriated the sidewalks, that people are demanding are not going to be built.
Manager Plunkett stated that sidewalks were going to be built in the front of Erinwood and the new section of Bryn Du Woods. He stated that the Village is in the midst of an engineering study for Newark Granville Road and that in his opinion, 1996 would be the time to make additional appropriations to the sidewalk fund; that 1995 is the time to plan for sidewalks.
Councilmember Freytag stated that Council had a list of 10 sidewalks including Burg Street that had been prioritized as needing to be built. He stated that if Council waits to build sidewalks on Newark Granville Road, there are many other sidewalks that need to be built. He stated that his main point is the presently budgeted amount is not going to build many sidewalks.
Manager Plunkett stated that he respectfully disagreed and that Burg Street is an issue that cant' be addressed without some planning. He stated that the property owners on Burg Street will probably oppose anything suggested for the area. He BstuartgedStthreaettC. ouncil will probably encounter much controversy with anything done on
Councilmember Freytag stated that if the money is not appropriated in the budget, sidewalks were not going to be built and that he had now served on Council for almost four years amid a constant howl and cry for sidewalks. He stated that in
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four years the only sidewalk project completed is the West Broadway sidewalk. He
stated that a major sidewalk project should be built each year or the sidewalks people
are demanding are not going to be built.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that regardless of the planning schedule, he saw
nothing wrong with budgeting more for sidewalks.
Manager Plunkett stated that normally the Village budgets 7$,000 a year for
the sidewalk replacement program. He stated that this year.2 $7.000 went into
repairing 90%of the existing sidewalks and that he did not think that the budgeted
amount was unreasonable. He stated that as areas develop, developers are obliged to
build new sidewalks.
Councilmember Shulman stated that he did not think that the 1995
appropriation was enough money however, he agreed that timing was important and
that he was still hopeful Council could find alternative means of funding for sidewalks.
Councilmember Garrett stated that the Street &Sidewalk committee had
prioritized sidewalks. She stated that after the pathway plants adopted other means of funding could be found. In her opinion, she stated. the sewer projects were more important projects for 1995.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that if during the course of the year there is a valid
reason. the extra money in the general fund could be used for sidewalks and that
money could be used without causing a problem.
Mter a discussion.Vice Marshall stated that he agreed that more money needed to be in the sidewalk fund but he did not know from where to get the additional funds.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that Council could reduce the estimated General Fund balance. He stated that the estimated balance for the end of the year for 1995 is 217,000 and that Council could take 1$7,000 from the year end balance to add that to the sidewalk Fund.
Vice Mayor Marshall moved to amend Ordinance No. 44-94 by adding 1$7,000 to the sidewalk fund and reducing the estimated 1995 balance by 1$7,000. Seconded by Councilmember Garrett.
Roll call vote: Garrett yes, Shulman yes, Bennett yes, Freytag yes, Marshall yes, Mayor Eisenberg yes. Six yes votes, one member absent.
Roll call vote to adopt Ordinance No. 44-94 as amended: Freytag yes, Bennett yes,Montgomery absent,Shulman yes, Garrett yes, Marshall yes,Mayor Eisenberg yes. Six yes votes, one member absent. Ordinance No. 44-94 was adopted.
NEW BUSINESS
Granflora
Kirsten Pape presented a map of Granflora's proposed design for South Main Street. She stated that a row of trees would be planted along South Main Street to the IGA She stated that Granflora's general interest is plantings,but they would also like to extend sidewalks from the existing sidewalk to the IGA Granflora hopes to plant along the bikepath also. She stated that Granflora has picked plants that survive well
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in areas that are dark and that they would like to place an easel or message board
with information about Granville near the bikeway so that people traveling on the
bikepath could obtain information about Granville. Kirsten noted too, that Granflora
hoped to see one sign installed to include all the businesses at the IGA complex.
Ms. Pape stated that Tree and Landscape Commission is pursuing a grant that
may be able to help fund the project. Granflora would like to raise money privately to
help with the project and she didn't think that the project could be completed in one
year; it would probably be a long, expanded project. She stated that all the
businesses in the area would be asked to donate to the project. Denison University
would also be asked to donate to the proJect because the project would make their
building (the steam plant)look nicer.
Councilmember Garrett stated that John Montgomery was interested in fixing
up the old train station and may wish to help Granflora fund their project.
Manager Plunkett stated that Granflora may want to speak to the Evans
Foundation too, as a possible source of funding.
Ms.Pape stated that Granflora had not spoken to anyone because they wanted
to inform Council first.
Ms. Boardman stated that the overall plan would not happen overnight; it
would be a long expanded project.
Manager Plunkett stated that the SR 661 reconstruction project is scheduled
for 1995, but it could be delayed again.
Vice Mayor Marshall asked if the businesses would still be visible when the
trees were planted?He stated that some business owners may be upset if one could
not find their business as easily.
Ms. Pape stated that she did not see that as being a problem.
Mayor Eisenberg thanked Granflora for coming and commented that their plan was very nice.
Joint Parks &Recreation Commission
Patty Magnuson stated that the Joint Parks and Recreation Commission had
sent Council a report of their findings so far. She stated that the spoken with commission had Rod and Debbie MePeek concerning a joint recreation district. The committees' recommendation is formation of a joint district with a Board of Trustees governing the district. She stated that one of the bodies would be like the current Recreation Commission and the other one would be for maintenance and land acquisition.She stated that the commission did not want to change the present Recreation Commission.The committee wanted to keep the present Recreation Commission the way it is now and create a maintenance function with new commission members. The new board could purchase land and the land would belong to the board and not the Village or the Township. She stated that the commission wscahnoteodls.to know if Council wanted the board to be connected with the Granville pubic
Howard Garrett stated that the current Recreation Commission can't acquire property.Only the Village or the Township could buy property and the combined board would be unable to finance those acquisitions. He stated that the Committee
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needed to know if the Council would go along with a type of commission (district)that
could acquire property. He stated that if the Council doesn't want that type of a
District, the committee did not need to study the issue any further. He stated that the
present Recreation Commission is in place and carries out all responsibilities except
for acquiring land.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that he did not think that Council wanted to create
another taxing authority.
Mr.Garrett stated that if a joint board is established, the only thing it would do
different than the present board is levy taxes for land acquisition. He stated that the
current board can do everything a Joint board can do except acquire land.
Manager Plunkett stated that Council had discussed the issue at the last
Council meeting. He stated that Council did not think that a taxing authority should
be formed. He stated that the committee was formed to look into the issue to see if a
Board should be established or not. He stated that the original thought was to come
up with a joint body to decide on the management of existing lands and advise on land acquisition.
Mr.Garrett stated that he was interested in the committee because a number
of people were saying " why doesn't the village buy the polo fteld."He stated that the
Village does not have the funds to make land acquisitions and that only a taxing
authority could acquire the land. He stated that if Council was not interested in committee to acquire a land, he personally did not see any reason for the committee to continue.
Manager Plunkett stated that Rod and Debbie McPeek are probably on the
downside of their services to the Recreation Commission. He stated that the Village and the Township are going to have to make some important decisions as to where the programs are going to go. He stated that someone is going to have to be in charge of managing those programs
Mr.Garrett stated that the current Recreation Commission can do all of those things except acquire land.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that he is not in favor of Village Council promoting another taxing authority.
Patty Magnuson stated that expansion of the Recreation Commission could occur under the organization the Village has today.
Mr.Garrett stated that if Council was not interested in creating a taxing authority, there was no need for the committee to go any further. He stated that everything is now in place under the existing Recreation Commission. He stated that the committee had approached the Township Trustees and they stated that the taxing concept did not bother them at all.
Councilmember Freytag ask if the committee could decide if a taxing authority was in the best interest for the community and give reasons why or why not? Mr.Garrett asked if Council was opposed to having a Joint recreation district? Councilmember Freytag stated that Council did not know the beneftts of the 1 Joint Recreation Board. He stated that the committee should educate him.
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Mayor Eisenberg stated that Council needed to see the final report and
recommendation from that committee and then let the public decide what they would
like.
Mr. Garrett stated that the committee would need alot of legal advice. He asked
to whom they should go to get legal opinions?
Mayor Eisenberg stated that Mr. Becker represented the Township Trustees. He
stated that the responsibility of the Law Director should be divided.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that in his opinion, it would be inappropriate for
the Law Director to rule on the issue.
Law Director Hurst stated that he had initially been asked to render an opinion
concerning joint boards. He stated that the same general comments can be made
about the Joint district. He stated that he is not prepared to render an opinion
concerning how and why a joint board may be formed. He stated that the questions
dealing with the taxing authority are outside the scope of law director. He stated that
it is a major undertaking and he did not have any problem working with the
prosecutor on the matter. Mr. Hurst stated that if Council tells him to get an answer
for the committee, he would. He stated that the questions the committee is asking not are questions that can be answered without a significant amount of time being put into them.
Pathway Presentation
Village Planner Doug Tailford presented his pathway plan for Granville in
which the pathway plan identifies the designs and types of pathways throughout the
entire Village. He pointed out existing sidewalks and where sidewalks in the newly
developing Bryn Du IV would be installed. He stated that his plan was designed to
maximize use of the Evans Foundation's existing bikepath and that pedestrian bicycle lanes are not currently in the plan.Mr. Tailford noted that wide curb lanes are proposed to widen the roadway and make it safer for bikes in certain Village Streets and that the plan does not encourage the use of wide curb lanes.
Manager Plunkett stated that for years he had heard complaints that children could not get their bikes to Spring Valley Pool and he asked how that would be addressed in the pathway plan?
Mr.Tailford stated that he is proposing to ODOT a pedestrian type underpass which would be included in the SR 16 widening project to go over Raccoon Creek and through the Quisenberry property.He stated that several pedestrian overpasses have been done by ODOT, statewide. He stated that that was long range plan and not something likely to be seen in the near future.
Mr.Tailford stated that a cedar mulch trial is proposed for the Raccoon Creek area to encourage walking along the Creek through Wildwood Park. He stated that critical crosswalks would be marked to encourage people to cross at the road marking and that crossings on Newark Granville Road are designed with brick to help designate the crossing:some will have a plastic marking.
Law Director Hurst questioned street lighting at the crossings. Mr.Tailford stated that as areas develop, more street lights will be needed. He observed that the pathway plan mainly is a guide for the staff to use when planning
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capital improvement projects.When developers come in and want to develop, they will
be told that sidewalks according to the pathway plan need to be included as part of
the plan.M¢Donalds will be asked to build a pathway from their establishment to the
Evan's Foundation bike path. Mr.Tailford stated that the Murphy's would be asked to
pay their part of the sidewalk on Newark Granville Road. He stated that he has the
sidewalks prioritized however, if there is an opportunity to get a lower priority
sidewalk built, it will be; he would like to get as many sidewalks built as he can.
Law Director Hurst asked why Erinwood had been waiting to build their
sidewalks?
Mr.Tallford stated that Eirnwood has a committed to building the sidewalks
and there is really no sense in building the sidewalks until the Village finishes the
Newark Granville Road study and builds sidewalks out to the Murphy's.
Councilmember Garrett stated that it may be a long time before there are
sidewalks in front of the polo field. She stated that the Murphy's and Mr. Kent should
build their sidewalks now.
Mr. Tallford stated that the Village could request that the Murphy's build the
sidewalks at any time and that he had told the Murphy's that they could hold off building their sidewalk until the Village on was ready the build.
Councilmember Bennett asked if there were any tracts of land that the Village
should acquire in order to build the pathways?
Mr.Tailford answered no.
Resolution No. 94-49, A" Resolution To Adopt The Granville Pathway Plan As A Planning Guide When Reviewing And Approving Development And/ Or Capital
Improvement Projects,w"as introduced, read in full. and moved for adoption by
Councilmember Garrett. Seconded by Councilmember Shulman. Resolution No. 94-49 was adopted.
Resolution No. 94-50, A" Resolution To Authorize Payment Of A One Time Bonus To All Village Employees In January Of 1995,w"as introduced, read in full, and moved for adoption by Vice Mayor Marshall. Seconded by Councilmember Garrett.
Councilmember Shulman stated his opposition to the introduction of any of the sign code amendments. He stated that Council had passed the original sign code on August 3 after the Sign Code Committee, the Planning Commission, and Law Director Hurst had reviewed it;he did not recall neon signs or noble gases being a pressing issue during those discussions. Mr. Shulman stated that the vote to pass the sign code had been 6 to 1 in favor, with Mr. Vance objecting because of sign sizes; on August 4th,Mr.Vance resigned from Council and Councilmember Bennett took his place.Mr.Shulman noted that on October 19, Mrs. Huey had come to Council seeking that the code be enforced and neon be prohibited. In Mr. Shulman's opinion, the ordinance has not been in effect Iong enough to have been tried. He stated that Council had not previously heard any concerns from the public, and should wait awhile to see how the code works out. He stated that the neon signs are mostly b"eer sold here"signs, and that is not the kind of image Granville wants to portray and that
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he would like to have those signs prohibited. He stated that if neon signs were present
to help in getting a 6-pack to go, in his opinion, that is not something Granville wants
to encourage. He stated that he strongly suggested that Council not introduce any of
the ordinances regarding amendments to the sign code.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that he agreed with Councilmember Shulman
100%He.stated that he thought Council was trying to fix something that wasn't
broken. He stated that in his opinion, Council should leave the ordinance alone and
see what happens.
Mayor Eisenberg asked how currently installed neon signs would be dealt with
if no amendments were made?
Vice Mayor Marshall suggested that very old neon signs be grandfathered and
others be treated as temporary signs.
Councilmember Bennett stated that he understood that people are reluctant to
change things, especially when Council had worked so hard to get the code they have.
He stated that it is hard for him to believe that the sign code is nine pages long. He
stated that he has not seen any evidence that neon signs are as big a problem as they seem to be; he did not think the average citizen is alarmed with neon signs. He
stated that he thought Village Council was getting too far into little details and that people are always saying - preserve Granville". Mr. Bennett noted that he can
remember looking at the pool hall in Granville and seeing all the signs and people, and that is something that he will always remember. He stated that he did not see
neon signs as being much of a problem. He stated that he realized that he was probably howling against the wind, however. that is the way he feels and he is not
going to lose any sleep if the ordinance is defeated but the issue is entitled to a public hearing. He stated that he was sure Mr. Huey would like to express his feelings
towards neon signs and that most business owners have no idea that their signs are in violation.He stated that he thinks that Council has bigger ftsh to fry.
Councilmember Freytag disagreed with Councilmember Bennett. He stated that he believes that aesthetics are very important to people and neon signs are an issue. He stated that he believes it is an important issue and that people choose to live in Granville because they don't want to be in other areas where there is no control. He stated that there are places close to Granville with terrible control over signs. He stated in his opinion, the sign code is not micro management, it is the way you get a place desirable to live in.He stated that there are residents that don't want neon signs wanadnthse. did not think that Granville should allow them and that is what the public
Mayor Eisenberg stated that Council was still going to have to address the issue of neon signs.
Mter a discussion,Councilmember Bennett introduced Ordinance No. 45-94, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1189 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, Establishing Sign Regulations."
Mayor Eisenberg set the public hearing for January 18. 1995. 1
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Ordinance No. 46-94, " An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1305 Of The Codifted
Ordinances Of The Village ofGranville,w"as introduced and its title read by Vice
Mayor Marshall.
Mayor Eisenberg set the public hearing on Ordinance No. 46-94 for January
18, 1995, at 7:30 p.m.
Ordinance No. 47-94, A"n Ordinance To Rezone Properties South Of State
Route 16 Along Cherry Valley Road To The Zoning Classification Of Planned
Commercial District (PCD)w,a"s introduced and it title read by Councilmember
Garrett.
Councilmember Garrett stated that she would be absent from Council on
January 18. She ask if the public hearing on Ordinance No. 47-94 could be post
poned until February 1, 1995?
Mayor Eisenberg set the public hearing on Ordinance No. 47-94 for February 1,
1995, at 7:30 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Garrett moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 p.m. Seconded by Councilmember Bennett. Motion carried.

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