Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes December 20, 1995

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
DECEMBER 20,1995
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Marshall convened the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember Eisenberg
Councilmember McGowan
Councilmember Bennett
Councilmember Montgomery
Mayor Marshall
Vice Mayor Freytag
Law Director Hurst
Manager Plunkett
It was noted that Councilmember Bellman would be a few minutes late.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 35-95, '®An Ordinance To Amend
Ordinance No. 44-94 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The
Fiscal Year 1995 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses."
The public hearing closed at 7:36 p.m.
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 369- 5,A "n Ordinance To
Establish The Granville Village Manager's Salary For 1996."
The public hearing closed at 7:36 p.m.
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 37-95A,n"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, 1996." The public hearing closed at 7:37 p.m.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes ofthe regularly scheduled meeting ofDecember 6, 1995 were presented for review. Vice Mayor Freytag moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Seconded by Councilmember MeGowan. Motion carried.
Councilmember Bellman arrived.
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MAYOR'S REPORT
The Mayor's Report for the month of November was presented for review.
Mayor Marshall directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is
attached as part of these minutes.
MANAGER'S REPORT
The Manager's Report for the month of November was presented for review.
Vice Mayor Freytag moved to approve the report. Seconded by Councilmember
Montgomery. Motion carried. A copy of that report is attached as part of these
minutes.
CITIZENS COMMENTS
Those signing the register were:
Frank Brauner
Ed Vance
Keith Myers
Marc Shulman
Dave Tumbas
Linda Payne
Mark Zarbaugh
P. Harklou
Jurgen Pape
Doug Kaiser
Darryl Payne
Steve Tunnicliffe
Joe Hickman
John Cort
Jim Jung
Lyn Robertson
Clifton Crais
Gil Krone
Ed Vance of Thornwood Drive stated that in regard to the Newark-Granville
Road widening project,he felt that the federal funds could be put to better usage. He stated that the Service Director had stated that the widening project may not be needed
for twenty years, so let the residents who live in the village in twenty years pay for it.
He encouraged the staff to re-prioritize and be less concerned about the eastern edge of Granville and focus on downtown maintenance and beautification. He stated that he
would encourage the Village to revisit the Cherry Valley Road and SR 16 problems.
Jurgen Pape stated that he would like to endorse Marc Shulman as a Planning
Commission member. He also stated that he is opposed widening project to the Newark Granville Road and gave several reasons for his opposition.
Patty Harklou stated that she too,was opposed to the NewarkG- ranville Road widening project. She asked several questions regarding the funding and asked ifthe funding could be used for another project?
Councilmember Eisenberg stated that everyone is talking about the Newark- Granville Road widening project but this was a project to improve Newark- Granville 1
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Road. The widening is only a small part of the project and the bulk of the expense is
for pathways and overall improvements to the road.
Lyn Robertson,Chair of the Planning Commission,stated that at the last
Planning Commission meeting,four members were present and two were against the
widening,and two were willing to entertain an alternative idea. She stated that she was
opposed to the widening and felt that Council should postpone making a decision on
the matter because,with the holidays,many residents aren't aware or haven't had a
chance to speak on the issue. Ms. Robertson gave several reasons for her opposition to
the project.
Mayor Marshall stated that he had heard similar requests to table the decision
until a later date.
Mr. Tailford stated that he would not like to see the entire project jeopardized
because of the turn lane. He stated that there is a risk of not getting the plans approved
in time to build. He stated that Newark-Granville Road is falling apart and is in need
of repair.
Darryl Payne of 100 Bantry Street stated that he felt that the addition of a third
lane on Newark-Granville Road would be an advantage for the amount of money to be
spent. He stated that the traffic will only get worse with future development.
Clifton Crais ofNorth Pearl Street stated that he is against the Newark-
Granville Road widening project.
Doug Kaiser ofNewark-Granville Road stated that he had looked at the issue
of widening Newark-Granville Road and felt that it was not necessary. Mr. Kaiser
stated several reasons for his opposition.
Gil Krone stated that he had experienced some problems on Newark-Granville
Road in the Jones Road/ Cherry Valley Road area. He stated that it would be a tough
decision,but he would prefer not to see a traffic signal in that area.
Dave Tumbas of West Broadway stated his opposition to the widening of
Newark-Granville Road. Mr. Tumbas stated that he endorsed Marc Shulman on the
Planning Commission.
John Con of 1632 Newark-Granville Road stated that he was opposed to the
Newark-Granville Road widening project.
Steve Tunnicliff stated his opposition to the Newark-Granville Road widening project.
Keith Myers of the Planning Commission stated that Council should carefully consider the Newark-Granville Road widening project. He stated the that he was against project but felt that the widening may make sense from Galway Drive north to Cherry Valley Road. Mr. Myers gave reasoning for his statements.
Marc Shulman stated that he was against the turn lane on NewarkG- ranville 1 Road. He stated that he felt that the pathway and signage should be given scrutiny too.
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Jim Young stated that he was also opposed to the Newark-Granville Road
widening project.
Manager Plunkett stated that the project is an improvement project for the
entire length ofNewark-Granville Road. He stated that the turn lane is just a small
piece of the project but the staff felt that the residents should be informed and that is
why the Streets and Sidewalk Committee had discussed the issue. He stated that the
newspapers were informed of the project in the summer. The project is for pathway
systems,Storm sewers,and repaving. He stated that the staff is not m" arriedt"o
installing the turn lane.
OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance No. 35-95,A "n Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 449-4
Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1995 And
Revising Sums For Operating Expensesw,"as reintroduced,its title read,and moved
for adoption by Councilmember Bennett. Seconded by Vice Mayor Freytag
Roll call vote: Eisenberg yes,MeGowan yes,Bellman yes,Montgomery yes, Bennett yes,Freytag yes,Mayor Marshall yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 35-95
was adopted.
Ordinance No. 369- 5,A "n Ordinance To Establish The Granville Village
Manager's Salary For 1996w,"as reintroduced, its title read, and moved for adoption
by Councilmember Bennett. Seconded by Councilmember Montgomery.
Councilmember MeGowan expressed concern about pay raises given to the
Village Manager and Village staff.He stated that he had checked with various
municipalities around Ohio that are comparable,and Granville's salaries seemed high.
Councilmember Eisenberg stated that the Personnel Committee has struggled
for many years over the salary issue. He stated that the Manager's salary is based on his performance appraisal,and that the committee felt that the manager's salary and
the staff's salary seemed reasonable. He stated that the Manager's salary is arrived at
not only on the basis of salaries of other communities but,based too,on the manager's value to the community.
Mayor Marshall stated that many statistics give average ranges of salaries and
1 Council does not feel that Granville has an average manager,they feel they have a better than average manager.
Councilmember MeGowan stated that Granville's salaries continue to rise
every year,and he felt that there should be some sort of a pay cap. Mayor Marshall stated that the salary study had been done five years ago and Council felt that should be revisited,but not until the merger outcome is known. He stated that at that time,Council could consider capping salaries.
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Councilmember Bennett stated that he could understand Councilmember
McGowan's concerns however,the Personnel Committee has recommended this
wage/ salary schedule increase,and he would have to agree with their recommendation.
He stated that he agreed that the manager may have a salary that looked pleasant but,
there are alot of little things that people don't see that the manager does. He stated that
in his opinion,the manager is worth every dollar paid.
Roll call vote: Eisenberg yes,McGowan no,Bellman yes,Montgomery yes,
Bennett yes,Freytag yes,Mayor Marshall yes. Six yes votes,one no vote. Ordinance
No. 36-95 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 379- 5A.n"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, 1996w,"as reintroduced,its title read,
and moved for adoption by Vice Mayor Freytag. Seconded by Councilmember
Eisenberg.
Once again,Councilmember McGowan expressed concern with the pay raises
for the Village staff He stated that with the 2.6%cost of living increase,some
employees would be receiving raises of7%and9%which is way out of bounds
compared to other communities that he had researched.
Vice Mayor Freytag asked if Mr. McGowan had an alternative proposal?
Councilmember McGowan stated that he would like to see only those
employees who were at the end ofthe pay scale receive the 2.6%cost of living
increase. He stated that the other employees would be seeing 4 to 6 %raises which is
still more than in the average community.
Councilmember Bennett asked if the stump removal problems had been
addressed in the budget and if more money had been allotted for legal services?
Manager Plunkett stated that both issues had been taken care of.
Councilmember Freytag stated that his concerns with the budget had been
taken care of.He stated that in response to Mr. McGowan's concerns,he had raised
similar points in the past and the issue still remains a continuous problem. He stated
that he had a problem going back now and changing anything because fear of creating
morale problems. He stated that the problems should be addressed,but should be addressed in the future.
Councilmember Eisenberg stated that he agreed with Vice Mayor Freytag. He stated that he appreciated all the work that Councilmember MeGowan had done and that next year at this time a salary classification study could be done.
After a discussion the roll call vote was taken: Freytag yes,Bennett yes, Montgomery yes,Bellman yes,McGowan no,Eisenberg yes,Mayor Marshall yes. Six
yes votes,one no vote. Ordinance No. 37-95 was adopted.
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Councilmember MeGowan stated that he would like to see the Council packets
arrive on Friday rather than Monday before the Council meeting.
Manager Plunkett stated that he had no problem with doing that.
Councilmember Bellman suggested placing a packet in the Police Department
for the public to review.
Councilmember McGowan stated that he would like a Council packet in the
library too.
NEW BUSINESS
Resolution No. 95-56,A "Resolution Of Appreciation To Dorothy Garrett,"
was introduced,read in full,and moved for adoption by Councilmember Eisenberg .
Seconded by Vice Mayor Freytag. Motion carried. Resolution No. 95-56 was adopted.
Resolution No, 95-57,A "Resolution Of Appreciation To Marc Shulmanw,"as
introduced,read in full, and moved for adoption by Councilmember Montgomery.
Seconded by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 95-57 was
adopted.
Resolution No. 95-58,A "Resolution OfAppreciation To Larry Hueyw,"as introduced,read in full, and moved for adoption by Councilmember Bennett.
Seconded by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 95-58 was adopted.
Resolution No. 95-59,A "Resolution OfAppreciation To Kirsten Papew" as introduced,read in full, and moved for adoption by Vice Mayor Freytag. Seconded by
Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 95-59 was adopted.
Mayor Marshall stated that he had recommended Council Committee
assignments for 1996 and Councilmember Montgomery had asked for the Planning
Commission Representative assignment. He stated that in regards to the Planning Commission vacant seat,Marc Shulman and Ben Rader had expressed interest.
Councilmember Eisenberg stated that he would endorsee Marc Shulman for the
vacant Planning Commission seat. Vice Mayor Freytag agreed.
Resolution No. 95-60,A "Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The Planning Commissionw,"as introduced,read in full,and moved for adoption by Councilmember Eisenberg. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried. Resolution No. 95-60 was adopted with Marc Shulman and Maxine Montgomery 1 being appointed to the Planning Commission.
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Ordinance No. 389- 5A,n"Ordinance To Amend Section 921. 07 Of The
Codified Ordinances Of Granville,Ohio,Establishing Sewer Regulations And
Chargesw,"as introduced and its title read by Councilmember Montgomery.
Mayor Marshall set the public hearing on Ordinance No. 38-95 for January 3,
1996,at 7:30 p.m.
Ordinance No. 399- 5A,n"Ordinance To Amend Sections 305.03,313.02,and
313. 10 of the Codified Ordinances Of Granville,Ohio Establishing Traffic
Regulationsw,"as introduced and its title read by Councilmember Freytag.
Mayor Marshall set the public hearing on Ordinance No. 39-95 for January 3,
1996,at 7:30 p.m.
Newark Granville Road Widening Decision
Mayor Marshall stated that with all the negative comment that he had been
hearing;he was heavily against,the widening project.
Councilmember Montgomery asked if Council felt it appropriate to have a turn
land in places from Jones Road to Cherry Valley Road?
Councilmember Eisenberg stated that in his opinion,that would look worse
than widening the entire road. He stated that a few weeks ago he would have
supported the widening project but with all the arguments and letters received,he can't
support the project now.
Mayor Marshall stated that he could not support the widening either.
After a discussion,Councilmember Eisenberg moved to proceed with the
Newark-Granville Road Improvement project deleting the third lane. Seconded by
Vice Mayor Freytag. Motion carried.
Tour of Ohio Bicycle Race
Manager Plunkett stated that Team Columbus Cycling would like to have a bike race in Granville on Sunday,June 23, 1996. He stated that he had no problem
with that if Council felt it was okay.
Council agreed that June 23, 1996 would be okay.
Church Expansion
Manager Plunkett stated that because of their growing congregation,the First
Presbyterian Church needs more space and would like Council's permission to close Locust Alley to build over for their expansion project. He stated that the alley was part ofthe public square and had no legal status as a street or alley.
Vice Mayor Freytag moved that Council agree with the plans of the church in general sense expressed whereby Locust Alley would be built upon subject to Planning Commission approval. Seconded by Councilmember Montgomery. Motion carried.
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Mayor Marshall stated that the annexation hearing for the Keny property is
scheduled for January 22,1996. He stated that the school board has passed a resolution
that will be sent to the commissioners before the hearing. He stated that Council will
be receiving more and more questions on the issue and should be careful when
answering that they are not expressing views of the entire Council or the Village. He
stated that they should be careful in expressing the Village's point of view. He asked if
Council felt it necessary to pass a resolution similar to the school's and submit it to the
Commissioners?
After a brief discussion,Law Director Hurst and Manager Plunkett were
directed to draft a resolution to be passed by Council and submitted to the County
Commissioners.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that he had devised committee assignments for
1996 and 1997. He stated that he would like to delete the Safety and Health
Committee and the Ways and Means Committee because those issues have always
been discussed as a committee of the whole. He stated that if there are no problems he
will make the assignments.
Committee assignments were as follows:
TREE L&ANDSCAPE COMMISSIONF.r.e.y.t.a.g...
INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONSB..e.n..n.ett,McGowan,Bellman
PERSONNELCOMMITIEE..,.M..a.rs.h..a.ll.C (..h.)E.,.is.e.n.b.e.rg.,.M.o.n.tgomery
PLANNINGCOMMISSION....M.o.n.t.g.o.m.e..ry...... .........
RECREATIONCOMMISSION..M.c.G..o.w.a.n..............
STREETSS &IDEWALKS....B.e..n.n.e.tt. C.( .h..)M,.c.G..o.w.a.n.,.B.e.ll.m.a.n.
Eisenberg C( h)B,ellman;Freytag GEVS CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONB.e.n..n.e.t.t...
UNION CEMETERYBOARD...,.F.re.y.ta.g...............
GRANVILLEFOUNDATION..C..a.rl.F.r.a.z.i.e.r. V(.o.l.u.n.t.e.e.r.)...
LICKING COUNTY TRADE V&ISITORSG...loria HooverV (olunteer)
Councilmember Montgomery stated that Village Planner Doug Tailford had asked Council's opinion on how traffic issues should be addressed.
Discussion took place regarding traffic studies performed in the past. Manager Plunkett was directed to contract other municipalities to see how they handle the traffic study issue.
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
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The next Planning Commission meeting will be January 2,1996.
The next Council meeting will be held January 3, 1996.
Councilmember Eisenberg stated that he would like to see the issue of
installing video cameras in police cruisers looked at. He stated that he had learned
from talking to other Mayors that the idea is very valuable for police officers.
After a discussion,Manager Plunkett stated that Police Chief Steve Cartnal
would prepare a report discussing those possibilities.
ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Bennett moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:35 p.m. Seconded
by Councilmember Montgomery. Motion carried.

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