Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes March 1, 1995

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 1, 1995
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Eisenberg convened the meeting at 7:03 p.m.
ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember Montgomery
Councilmember Bennett
Councilmember Freytag
Vice Mayor Marshall
Mayor Eisenberg
Law Director Hurst
Manager Plunkett
Councilmember Freytag moved to excuse absentee Councilmember Garrett and
Councilmember Shulman. Seconded by Councilmember Montgomery. Motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 4-95, " An Ordinance To Amend Section
1137.08 (b)Of The Codified Ordinances Of the Village Of Granville."
No one was present to speak for or against Ordinance No. 4-95. The public hearing closed at 7:04 p.m.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of February 15, 1995 were presented for review. Councilmember Freytag moved Vice to approve the minutes as presented. Seconded by Mayor Marshall. Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS
Those signing the register were:
Jeff Brumley, Advocate
John Thaxton
James Coffey
Mark Zarbaugh
Larry Wills
Stephen Plummer
Don Lewis
Esther Coffey
Sally MacPhail
No questions, comments, or concerns were voiced at this time.
OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance No.4-95, A"n Ordinance To Amend Section 1137.08 b( )Of The Codified Ordinances Of the Village Of Granville,w"as reintroduced, title read and moved for adoption by Vice Mayor Marshall. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag.
Roll call vote: Garrett absent, Shulman absent, Montgomery yes, Bennett yes, Freytag 4ye-9s5, Marshall yes, Mayor Eisenberg yes. Five yes votes, two members absent. Ordinance No. was duly adopted.
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Don Lewis, Maple Tree Tappina
Kiwanis Club member Don Lewis expressed his concern for the maple tree tapping
project in Granville. Mr. Lewis presented Council with several reports explaining the tree
tapping process and stated that because of some of the bad publicity recently concerning the
tapping, the Kiwanis Club would cease all tapping operations in the Village. He stated that
Kiwanis is now tapping trees on private land in Granville Township. He stated that Kiwanis
hopes to receive some positive publicity on the maple syrup project. He stated that the project
was first started as a way to promote pancake day, but it was later discovered that selling the
syrup would raise more funds than pancake day. All the funds raised stay in the community,
going to schools for scholarships and other such projects.
Mr. Lewis explained what happens during the syrup project. He stated that the Kiwanis
had always had a good relationship with both Granville Township and the Village and have
worked closely with the Tree &Landscape Commission. He stated that Kiwanis obtains
permission to tap the street trees each year from Council and a letter is sent to neighboring
residents explaining when the tapping will take place. If a resident doesn't want a tree in front
of their house tapped, the Kiwanis respects their wishes. He stated that he and other club
members annually walked the town searching for trees that are healthy and that can be
tapped. If a tree is not healthy, it is not tapped. He stated that this year, because of the
negative publicity, there is an unusual degree of negative sentiment and many residents don't
want trees to be tapped.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that the whole tree tapping issue had mushroomed. He stated
that the Council supports the Kiwanis maple syrup project. He stated that an impression had
been given that Council took a position on the matter, but what really had happened was that concern had been expressed and Council a requested that an expert take a look at the situation.
Mr. Lewis stated that the Kiwanis received instructions on how to tap the trees from the Tree &Landscape Commission. The instructions explained the tapping process recommended
was not different than the process the Kiwanis presently uses. He stated that a major concern of the Tree &Landscape Commission had been damage to the trees. He stated that the
Kiwanis tapped only healthy trees and the tapping does not create permanent damage. He stated that he would like to continue tapping and continue the annual pancake day. He stated that he did not like how the "bad"situation had transpired, and he felt that it would have been
more responsible for the Tree &Landscape Commission to have come to Kiwanis first. He stated that if the village was going to continue this process, Council may want to review current policies in terms of how committees deal with other parities. He suggested that Council contact an unbiased expert to give them a recommendation on tapping. He stated that he felt that if residents want to get together and continue the project, no one has the right to dictate that they can't, and thinks that some rules can be established.
Manager Plunkett stated that the tree tapping issue had been brought up at the end of a Council meeting. The next day Mr. Siegel and Mr. Lewis were contacted and a meeting with Dawes representatives at the Kiwanis meeting had been set up. He stated that he thought that Mr. Lewis was perhaps mistaken and the Tree L&andscape Commission had done a terrific job at informing. Because of the publicity, people were afraid that the tree tapping was causing cgorenafut shiaornm. to the trees. He stated that he did not think that anyone was at fault for the
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Councilmember Freytag stated that Council had never asked the Kiwanis to withdraw
from tapping trees in the Village. He stated that in his opinion, stopping the tapping was
unnecessary. He stated that Council had never discussed stopping the tree tapping.
Jim Siegel, Chairman of the Tree and Landscape Commission stated that in January,
Councilmember Marc Shulman had asked the Tree &Landscape Commission to look into the
tree tapping situation because Council had some concern with damage to the trees. He stated
that he had attended a Kiwanis Club meeting at which representatives from Dawes Arboretum
had been present. As a result of that meeting, the Granville Sentinel published a feature story
on the tree tapping. The Tree and Landscape Commission contacted Barb Fair at the
Department of Urban Resources who sent tree tapping information to Granville and to
Granville Township. He stated that he had written a letter to Mr. Lewis asking that Kiwanis
adhere to the guidelines for tapping and limit the tap buckets to three per tree. Varying the
height of the boring when tapping had also been recommended. He stated that if one looks at
the trees that have been tapped, none of those conditions have been followed. He stated that
the Tree &Landscape Commission had never made a recommendation on the tapping project.
Councilmember Bennett stated that he could not remember how the concerns for the
tree tapping began. He stated that he thought that Councilmember Shulman had expressed
the Tree &Landscape Commission's concerns to Council but Mr. Siegel had stated that the
concern had come from Council.
Mr. Siegel stated that he wanted to make it clear that the Tree &Landscape
Commission had not made a decision on the tapping.
Councilmember Freytag stated that he saw no reason to terminate the tree tapping
project.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that the small effects to the Village trees should be
compared with the social benefits of the tapping project. He stated that it had always been the
policy of Kiwanis that if any neighbor does not want a tree tapped, Kiwanis would not do so.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that Council supported the Kiwanis maple tree tapping project
and there is no reason to put an end to it. He stated that there seems to be a bad relationship
problem between the Kiwanis and the Tree &Landscape Commission which needs to be
addressed. Mayor Eisenberg suggested that Mr. Lewis and Mr. Siegel rectify the situation and go on from there.
NEW BUSINESS
SuperAmerica /Bob Evans Farms
John Thaxton of SuperAmerica stated that his company and Bob Evans purchased Farms have property in Granville and are now trying to resolve a number of problems prior to development. He stated that a big issue is getting the sewer line across State Route 16 to the south side of the property. SuperAmerica originally approached Village staff about the possibility of running the sewer line from the existing sewer to Route 16 and then tying into their property but now, since Bob Evans Farms have purchased the south east side of the intersection, discussions have continued suggesting that the two companies make the sewer system heavier than the original proposal to bring the sewer down Westgate Drive and under State Route 16. He stated that SuperAmerica saw no difficulty with that proposal however, the cost of the project keeps going up. He stated that his company's concern at this point is the expense of the eight inch pipe compared to the larger pipe, required by the Village. He stated
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that the area south of SuperAmerica's property may or may not come into the sewer at some
time. He stated that the larger sizing of the sewer pipe added an additional cost burden to the
project and the Village will be able to extend the pipe well beyond the south end of Bob Evans'
property. He stated that the oversized pipe will benefit other properties in the area.
Mr. Thaxton stated that SuperAmerica is asking the Village to participate in allowing
SuperAmerica to recoup a portion of the cost of installing the sewer Jine based on the actual
cost, then deducting what the cost is for the upgrade size of pipe and deducting capacity
charges. He stated that they are asking Council to possibly consider waiving some expenses if
they agree to install the larger pipe. He stated that the agreement could be considered on a
time manner, and if something doesn't happen, then the ability to recapture some of the
expenses will be voided. If the Village does expand and more development comes, Council
could allow SuperAmerica to recapture some of the expenses paid.
Mr. Thaxton stated that he had heard that there may be a danger that the intersection
may not have access to Cherry Valley Road from State Route 16. He stated that if
SuperAmerica goes to the expense of what the Village is asking, they would like the Village to
be willing to badcally take a stand to keep the intersection open with access to Cherry Valley
Road, He stated that he hoped to get a feel of Council either formally or informally on their
proposal.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that the last thing that the Village wants to do is get involved in
a business risk.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that with more development in the area, it is less likely that
the intersection will get shut off.
Village Planner Doug Tailford stated that there is a study now to study the corridor
intersection to Route 79. He stated that the outcome of the study is unknown now.
Mahager Plunkett stated that the State Route 157 project is a "dream"project and that the State has no money to fund it at this point
Mr. Thaxton stated that in terms of business risk, his company would be spending
several hundreds of thousands of dollars that would be a direct benefit to the Village. He
stated that because of the sizing of the sewer pipe, the Village would benefit from the pipe.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that Council tended to think of installing sewer line the cost of development. as part of He stated that he did not think that Council could make a decision tonight because two Council members were absent and both had strong feelings toward development.
Mr. Thaxton stated SuperAmerica and Bob Evans are being asked to run a substantially larger sewer pipe than necessar9 to service their establishment alone, and were trying to get a feel if any reimbursement was possible. He stated that if they were not required to install the larger pipe, they would not have to spend as much money. He stated that SuperAmerica did not want to recoup the entire cost, they would carry their own weight. Councilmember Freytag asked if SuperAmerica would be paying for the increased size of the pipe plus installing the pipe at a deeper level?
Manager Plunkett stated that he could assign the staff to look at the plans and dcaiflfceurelantceedso. llar amounts for both approaches in order for council to compare and see the cost
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that he is not willing to take a stance until the dollar amounts were presented.
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Mr. Thaxton stated that SuperAmerica was looking for some idea if this proposal could
be done.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that Council will review the numbers and see if a decision
could be made.
Res61ution No. 95-13, " A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manger To Enter Into An
Agreement With L. Kent Darr And Susan L. Darr For The Grant Of A Parcel Of Land
Necessary To Allow For The Improvement Of Summit And Prospect Streets," was introduced,
read in full, and moved for adoption by Councilmember Montgomery. Seconded by Vice Mayor
Marshall. Motion carried. Resolution No. 95-13 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 5-95, "An Ordinance To Repeal Section 1176.04 (e)Of The Codified
Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville," was introduced and its title read by Vice Mayor
Marshall.
Mayor Eisenberg set the public hearing on Ordinance No. 5-95 for March 15, 1995, at
7:30 p.m.
Manager Plunkett stated that he had received a memo from the Tree &Landscape
Commission stating that more than two trees would have to be removed if Council were to
authorize Ohio Power to move the power poles on East College Street.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that there were many narrow village streets in which the
power poles were close to the road. He stated that if Council authorizes the pole movement
the situation may snowball.
Service Director Mark Zarbaugh stated that he had contacted David Howarth of Ohio
Power concerning the situation. Mr. Howarth had indicated that only two pine trees would be
required to be removed if the poles were to be moved. He stated tbat he had not received
anything more from Ohio Power concerning the situation.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that he had looked at the situation and is opposed to taking down the trees. He stated thatthe trees are large Norway Spruce good trees and he did not see a reason for removing the trees.
Vice Mayor Marshall agreed.
Mr.Zarbaugh stated that he had been responding to a resident's complaint. He stated that he realized it was a touchy situation, but he felt that the complaint was legitimate.
Councilmember Montgomery and Councilmember Freytag agreed that there was no reason to move the power poles.
Councilmember Freytag asked if any trees would need to be removed for the Presbyterian Church's rehabilitation?
Jim.Siegel stated that the Presbyterian Church is requesting that two large pine trees be removed because the church feels they are out of proportion and causing damage to the church. He stated that the church is gathering a proposal and putting together their expansion plans and will be addressing the matter soon.
Councilmember Montgomery asked if Manager Plunkett needed a decision from Council concerning computer software licensing for the Police Department?
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Manager Plunkett stated that after further investigation, the staff was now searching for
better ptices.
Council briefly discussed changing the Council meeting time to 7:00 p.m. unstead of
the regular starting time of 7:30 p.m. It was decided that 7:30 p.m. would remain the starting
time.
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
The next Council meeting will be March 15, 1995, at 7:30 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Bennett moved to adjoum the meeting at 8:30 p.m. Seconded by
Councilmember Montgomery. Motion carried.

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