Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes March 15, 1995

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 15, 1995
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Eisenberg convened the meeting at 7:33 p.m.
ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember Garrett
Councilmember Shulman
Councilmember Montgomery
Councilmember Bennett
Councilmember Freytag
PUBLIC HEARINGS
Vice Mayor Marshall
Mayor Eisenberg
Law Director Hurst
Manager Plunkett
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 5-95,A 'n Ordinance To Repeal Section 1176.04
e)Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville."
No one was present to speak for or against Ordinance No. 5-95. The public hearing closed at 7:33 p.m.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of March 1, 1995, were presented for
review. Councilmember Bennett moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried.
MAYOR'S REPORT
The Mayor's report for the month of February was presented for review.Mayor Eisenberg directed the clerk to file the report. A copy is attached as part of these minutes.
MANAGER'S REPORT
The Manager's report for the month of February was presented for review. Vice Mayor Marshall stated that the beginning and ending balance on the year to date finances was incorrect on the first page of the report.Manager Plunkett stated that he would double check the figures. Vice Mayor Marshall moved to approve the report.Seconded by Councilmember Bennett. Motion carried.A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes.
CITIZENS COMMENTS
Those signing the register were:
Louise Denny Douglas Kaiser Frank Brauner Sally MacPhail
Doug Kaiser of the Granville Land Conservancy stated that he and Louise Denny were present to explain a reforestation plan that they had put together and are supporting the plan financially for Raccoon Valley.Mr.Kaiser presented Council with a map and a plan for the project and read the plan to Council.A copy of that plan is attached as part of these minutes. He stated that athnedhie,tohpamd ospwoinkgen with the State Urban Forester who said the first step would be to mark off an area or burn the area.
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Louise Denny stated that she first thought the Granville Land Conservancy could help the
Kiwanis by planting sugar maples along the creek. She stated that she had gotten a price list from a
wholesaler and contacted a representative from Dawes who had given her a book on soils. She
stated that the book has a list of trees that grow well in swampy soils and states that Sugar Maples
do not do well. She stated.that she had spoken with Marc Brockman who had said one may want to
try planting sugar maples there to see what happens. She stated that if the Village would consent to
stop mowing in an area, perhaps some trees would grow. She stated that upon entering into
Wildwood Park, across the bike path, there is an area when trails are marked. She stated that one of
the trails follows the stream and they would like to plant a few large trees in the area. She stated that
they have the money to support the planting but time is now of the essence.
Councilmember Shulman asked if the land in that area was all Village land?
Manager Plunkett stated that the area around the water plant is Village land.
Mr. Kaiser stated that the map presented is a map that was put together several years ago and its intent was to show the general area the Land Conservancy wants to reforest.
Manager Plunkett asked if the area had been marked off in any way so that the Utilities
Department could make sure there are no problems. He stated that the Village may need to get EPA
approval for the plantings.
Ms. Deny stated that the Land Conservancy realized that the planting is a gamble, but they
are looking at trees that grow well in swampy areas.
Councilmember Freytag asked how many trees were gong to be planted?
Ms. Denny stated that they had planned to plant 100 trees but then decided that they should
have the holes predug. She stated that it may be a little less than 100 trees depending on the cost.
Manager Plunkett stated that the Village has an Ordinance that requires property be twice mowed a year. He stated that the Ordinance may need to be modified.
Councilmember Freytag asked.if there was a long term plan for the land in that area? Manager Plunkett stated that there wasn't a long term plan for the land but it was in the Water Shed Protection District.
Councilmember Freytag stated that the Recreation Commission occasionally referenced that area as potential recreation land.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that he had no objection to the tree plantings.
Councilmember Shulman stated that the Land Conservancy should keep the Tree & Landscape Commission informed of the project's progress.
Manager Plunkett stated that he would check to see that the all the land is Village property. Ms. Denny asked if it would be possible to get some wood chips from the Village and if the trees could be dropped off at the Service Department?
Manager Plunkett stated that after the first brush pick up there would be wood chips caovnavilaebnlieen. Ht.e stated that if the trees were dropped off at the water department it may be more
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Councilmember Shulman reported on the March 14, 1995, Tree and Landscape Commission meeting.At that meeting, the commission had been informed that Ralph and Linda Swartz would be taking care of the flower beds again this year.The Presbyterian Church's request for removal of two pine trees was discussed. The request is still pending, awaiting a necessary landscape plan. The commission discussed the possibility of an Arbor Day activity of planting trees on Granger Street near the Elementary school, and perhaps having students take part or witness the event.The commission felt that having the Village bucket truck at the site that day would be a good idea. Pruning and removal of trees had also been discussed. According to the inventory list,57 trees are listed as Priority one in terms of removal, with 40 of those trees being sugar maples. Don Lewis had
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attended the meeting to review the maple syrup project, now complete. The Kiwanis' produced 90 to
100 gallons of sap. More syrup had come from sugar maple camps. The Kiwanis' found five existing
historical sugar camps, two of which they plan on utilizing next year for a majority of the sap
collection. The Kiwanis would like to limit tapping village trees to a minimum but, perhaps tap a few
Village street trees for publicity.Although no action was taken, the commission discussed setting a
policy for tapping in the Village by perhaps stating a total number of trees that can be tapped each
year, how many buckdts per tree, and varying the height of the taps.
Councilmember Freytag reported on the March 6, 1995, Union Cemetery Board meeting.
The Board had applied for and received a $3,000 grant which will be used for landscaping the
cemetery.The preservationists from Massachusetts are being asked to return to Granville in April
and again in July or August to help restore the cemetery.A walking tour of the cemetery has been
scheduled for May.
Councilmember Freytag reported on the Recreation Commission meeting. He stated that in
past committee reports he had mentioned the problem of getting a quorum to conduct business at
the Recreation Cominission meetings. There are 18 members on the board, requiring nine members
for a quorum. Because of the attendance problem, the quorum was reduced to 1/3, which then
required 6 members be present to conduct business. Mr. Freytag stated that he was bringing this to Council's attention because its relationship to the Joint Parks and Recreation Commission' proposal. He stated s that as he understood the proposal, the recommendation of the committee had been to create two separate entities, one to be the existing entity to handle programs, and a new, second entity to handle acquisition of land and maintenance.
Mr. Freytag stated that given the proposed tax levying power, attendance is pertinent. He stated that there had been considerable discussion of the study commission's recommendation and the commission liked the idea in principle. He stated that the main reason is that the commission
feels hampered in providing new facilities. There is a scheduling problem with the school's gym, and the commission does not have a gym of their own. This year, more students have signed up for baseball than ever before. He stated that the commission liked the idea of acquiring new land on which to build new facilities, but felt there may be a problem with two separate entities. He stated that concern had been expressed that the two entities would be too decentralized and there had been concern with the separate levies for each entity. He stated that if one levy passed and the other didn't, there might be problems.
The board had filled one of the vacancies on the commission. Ned Roberts filled that position. The final matter discussed had been the Recreation Commission's proposal to fill in the low area at Wildwood Park at the end of the new road. He stated that there is now no way to get to the bmaacdkesaevcatiiolanb_olen the south side of the bike path. The cominission feels that more parking could be by having a road to that area.
Assistant Village Manager Joe Hickman stated that there is a 300 foot easement around each wel'l. He stated that the Village needed to be careful because they are getting close to the well field, particularly public water supplywell3#and someday may need to install well4#or 5#. Mr.Freytag stated that the commission had tentatively approved the project. He stated that some people felt that the matter should be discussed and approved by Council. decisionM. ayor Eisenberg stated that the Council needed to go walk that area and then make a
Mr.Freytag stated that the Recreation Commission felt this to be an opportunity with time being an important factor because of the sewer construction. Because of the sewer work,the ecoxpmemnsisivseio.n felt that they could get the excess dirt and if they waited,the project may be too
able to fVillicine tMhaatyor Marshall stated that the area was'in the flood plain and the Village may not be area.
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Manager Plunkett stated that he would direct Mr. Hickman to have the utilities department
take a look at the plan and give Council a report on the matter. He stated that he would also have
Village Planner Doug Tailford take a look at the matter from a wetldnds protection perspective.
Mr. Freytag stated that approval of the filling was tentative if the plan could be worked out.
He stated that the commission is not "plowing forward"on the project.
Councilmember Bennett stated that the plan for a possible memorial for the American
Veterans is underway. He stated that hg is working with the Kiwanis to set up something for the 4th
of July. He stated that now they are talking about a possible float with a few young men from the
high school dressed up in uniform and have the Granville World War 11 Veterans on the float also. He
stated that they are working with the County to see if a special token could be presented at some
specialproceeding. He stated that perhaps one ·of the bands at the 4th of July could play music at the some war same time.
OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance No. 5-95, A' d Ordinance To Repeal Section 1176.04 e( )Of The Codified
Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville,"was reintroduced, title read, and moved for adoption by Vice Mayor Marshall. Seconded by Councilmember Shulman.
Roll call vote: Garrett yes, Shulman yes, Montgomery yes, Bennett yes, Freytag yes, Marshall yes, Mayor Eisenberg yes. Seven yes votes. Motion carried. Ordinance No. 5-95 was adopted.
NEW BUSINESS
Joint Parks &Recreation Study Committee
Committee Member Howard Garrett stated that the committee had submitted their final
report to Council several weeks ago. He stated that Council could pass or reject the report but, he would like to point out that the Village has a manager,a police department, a utilities department etc. He stated that those departments don't do whatever they want, they all must work together. He stated that there is some coordination among the departments and it would be the same with the two separate committee entities. He stated that the committee is sugesting that some type of recreation organizdtion be in place.
Robin Feil, also a member of the joint Parks and Recreation Study Committee stated that the Recreation Commission seemed concerned with separation of the maintenance entity from the planning entity. She stated that the two entities could work together and know what each entity is doing. The committee does not see communication as a problem and, the Joint Parks and iRsedcoreinagti.on Committee could attend each other's meetings and both stay informed of what the other
Mayor Eisenberg stated that through no fault of the committee, a wiJd card had been thrown into the picture. He stated that with the potential merger of the Village and Township, he was inclined tcoowmamititutenetil' Council had.some idea what was going to happen with the merger before acting on the s proposal.
Councilmember Shulman stated that he agreed that Council should wait to make a decision. He stated that one of the rallying points for the merger could be the recreation concerns. He stated that he did not think Council should make any moves on the matter until it was known if a merger committee would be formed. He stated that thd merger committee would be able to use the Joint Parks and Recreation Committee's report in their studies. - Councilmember Garrett stated that when she and Councilmember Montgomery originally went to the Township Trustees concerning the Joint Parks District.they had no idea that the merger
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issue would come in to play. She stated that Council appreciated all the work that the study
committee had put into their report.
Mr. Garrett stated that it would be several years before the merger issue would be resolved.
He stated that between now and then, there would be opportunities to acquire land, and land is
getting more and more scarce.
Councilmember Bennett asked if an official move was needed to accept the report?
Mayor Eisenberg stated that the final report had been received and Council accepts it with
sincere thanks to the committee for their efforts.
Ms. Feil stated that one person on the committee is very concerned that time is of the
essence. She stated that he is concerned that if one does not get on the project right away, the
Village will miss out on opportunities. She stated that currently no one is in charge of looking for park
lands.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that as soon as the Council has an indication on how the merger
study is going, Council would take action on the Joint Parks and Recreation Commission Study's
final report.
Ms. Feil asked if the merger study fails, did Council think their proposal was a good idea?
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that by creating a new taxing authority, the issue may be
unpopular with the voters.
Manager Plunkett stated that the Village currently has a Park Lands Reserve Fund with close
to $60,000 balance. The Village Planner has identified parceIs of land throughout the Village and
Township for parklands. He stated that the Village owns 19 acres south of the bike path that could
be converted into parklands and that those lands are waiting for someone with a desire to develop
them as park lands.
After a discussion, Mayor Eisenberg thanked the committee for their efforts and stated that
Council appreciated all their work.
Councilmember Bennett expressed concern with the South Licking Watershed Conservancy
District's comments that the County Commissioners were levying assessments to municipalities. He
stated that he did not see anything that would benefit Granville by their plan. He asked if Council
should pass a resolution stating that they are against the plan?
After a brief discussion, Mayor Eisenberg directed Manager Plunkett to draft a letter to the
County Commissioners stating Council's position that Granville is not interested in their plan.
Councilmember Garrett questioned if Manger Plunkett needed feedback concerning the
Welsh Hills School sewer?
Manager Plunkett stated that the Welsh Hills School had questioned their obligation to
construct the sewer. He stated that the Village is presently asking SuperAmerica and Bob Evans to
do the same thing. He stated that the Village has an ordinance that states that sewers will be built
from property line to propertyline. He stated that the sewer has to be built along Westgate Drive and
the people on Westgate Drive aren't in need of the sewers.
Councilmember Montgomery asked if the Welsh Hills School would be assessed for the
sewer across their property.
Manager Plunkett answered yes and stated that the school would also be assessed for the
frontage on the private drive. He stated that the people on Westgate Drive will be paying a portion of
the cost too.
Vice Mayor Marshall stated that Council had already been generous by waiving the public
use fees for Welsh Hills School.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that the school was a private enterprise and he didn't view the
school any differently than any other private enterprise. He stated that there seems to be no end to
the appeals of the Welsh Hills School. He stated that he did not favor giving the school any further
relief from the cost of developing.
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Councilmember Montgomery asked if the Village staff were still working on facts and figures
for the cost difference of the sewer line for SuperAmerica and Bob Evans?
Manager Plunkett answered yes. He stated·that SuperAmerica insisted that the figures
provided by Bird &Bull are smaller than the figures from their engineer.
Manager Plunkett stated that the Police Department would like to participate in the Police
Olympics. He stated that the entry fee Is $125 and felt that the Village should sponsor the team this
year.
Council agreed to pay the $125 entry fee.
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
The next Council meeting will be April 5, 1995
The next Planning Commission meeting will be March 20, 1995.
ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Garrett moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:12 p.m. Seconded by Vice Mayor Marshall. Motion carried.

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