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Council Minutes December 3, 1997

December 3, 1997
Vice Mayor Freytag convened the meeting at 7:32pm.
OATH OF OFFICE (Four Newly Elected Members)
Vice Mayor Freytag administered the oath of office to newly elected Councilmembers
Barbara Lucier, Ben Rader, Lyn Robertson, and Bill Wernet.
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember Lucier
Councilmember McGowan
Councilmember Wernet
Councilmember Rader
Councilmember Bellman
Councilmember Robertson
Vice Mayor Freytag
Law Director Hurst
Manager Hickman
Councilmember Rader moved to re-appoint Beverly Adzic as Clerk of Council for two a year term. Seconded by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried.
Vice Mayor Freytag administered the oath of office to Ms. Adzic as Clerk of Council.
Councilmember Bellman nominated Vice Mayor Freytag to which Mr. Freytag deferred nomination.
Councilmember Wernet nominated Councilmember Bellman.
Vice Mayor Freytag nominated Councilmember McGowan.
Councilmember Rader moved to close the nominations for Mayor. Motion second by Vice Mayor Freytag. Motion carried.
Ballot results: four votes -Dan Bellman, three votes -Matt McGowan. Dan Bellman was elected Mayor.
Vice Mayor Freytag administered the oath of office to Mr. Bellman.
Councilmember Lucier nominated Councilmember McGowan for Vice Mayor. Vice Mayor Freytag nominated Councilmember Rader.
Mayor Bellman nominated Councilmember Wemet.
secondCouncilmember Rader moved to close the nominations for Vice Mayor. Motion by Vice Mayor Freytag.
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Ballot results: four votes -Matt McGowan, two votes -Bill Wernet, one vote -Ben
Rader. Matt McGowan was elected Vice Mayor.
Mayor Bellman administered the oath of office to Mr. McGowan.
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 21-97, " An Ordinance To Amend
Ordinance No. 42-96 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year
1997 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses".
No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 21-97. Mayor Bellman
closed the public hearing at 7:43p.m.
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of November 19, 1997, were
presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes as amended.
Councilmember Freytag seconded. Motion carried.
Those signing the register were:
See Attached List.
Roger Asmus of 210 Bryn Du Drive stated he feels the position of Councilmember is
not only non-paying but thankless as well. He expressed his appreciation to the past and
present Councils adding that he felt the conduct of the outgoing Council was commendable. He then gave "good luck"wishes to newly elected officials of Council.
Carl Wilkenfeld of 317 W. Elm Street gave a handout to Council in Country support of the this issue. He stated that he would like to hear discussion by Council tonight on
Jim Jump of 143 Thresher Street stated he was glad to see many familiar faces at the council table. He wished them all well and thanked them for taking on this challenge.
Vice Mayor McGowan reported that the Recreation Commission is finishing its fall program. He noted that winter programs will be introduced in the next two weeks with several new programs scheduled. He stated that the restroom project at Wildwood Park is at a standstill because of weather, hopefully to resume in early spring.
Cherry Mayor Bellman noted that the Streets and Sidewalks committee needs to finalize the Valley Road project.
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Manager Hickman stated that Service Director Mark Zarbaugh and Planner Reza
Reyazi should have a first draft for consideration in a month or so. He noted that Jerry
Brehms of the Licking County Planning Commission would like to meet with Council in
January to talk about different traffic issues related to the Cherry Valley Road area.
There was a discussion of Council Committee assignments. It was suggested that
Councilmembers submit notes of interest to the Mayor or Manager for consideration of
appointment to these committees. This will be revisited after the first of the year.
Ordinance No. 21-97, "An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 42-96 Providing For
Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1997 And Revising Sums For
Operating Expenses", was reintroduced, its title read and moved for adoption by
Councilmember Freytag. Motion second by Councilmember Rader.
Roll Call Vote: Lucier yes, McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Wemet yes, Rader Freytag yes, yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 21-97 is adopted.
Resolution No. 97-44, " A Resolution To Award The Bid For The Purchase Of Water
And Sewage Treatment Chemicals",was introduced and read in full by Councilmember
Freytag. Motion second by Vice Mayor McGowan. Motion Carried. Resolution No. 97-44
was adopted.
Ordinance No. 229- 7, A"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, 1998"w, as reintroduced, its title read by Councilmember Freytag. Mayor Bellman set the Public Hearing on Ordinance No. 22-97 for December 17, 1997.
Following a brief explanation by the Manager on adjustments to the budget ordinance, Councilmember Freytag suggested Council come to a conclusion over the controversial matter of a cost of living increase for 1998.
Mayor Bellman once again advocated a bonus system and would like Council to consider incorporating such a system into this budget.
The cost of living index was discussed. It was noted that the index reflected several different percentages based on different time frames throughout the previous year. Mayor Bellman recommended a 2%cost of living increase for village employees in conjunction with the creation of a bonus plan.
Councilmember Rader suggested the cost of living figure be based according the same time frame each year.
by prevCioouusncilmember Freytag noted that the idea of a bonus plan was discussed in length Council and rejected.
would cAondsisidceurssion ensued with regard to a bonus system. It was agreed that Council this in future discussions.
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Councilmember Lucier noted a concern with the current pay scale and step "skip"
Manager Hickman noted the Personnel Policy allows the Manager a one time skip
option wherein an employee may be increased an extra step in accordance with job
It was noted that a step "skip"increase also serves as an opportunity to bring an
employee to within a competitive marketable value for their position.
Vice Mayor McGowan would like to see a review of the step increase scale due to
dramatic changes in the cost of living since the format was created eight years ago. He
suggested possibly taking a closer look at each position and it's value is to this community.
It was decided that these topics would be assigned to the Personnel Committee for
further review and discussion.
Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend the ordinance as currently drafted
to reflect a2%cost of living adjustment. Motion second by Vice Mayor McGowan.
Councilmember Freytag opposed the2%increase stating it was lower than index
averages of last year. He feels this is not adequate.
Councilmember Robertson agreed with Councilmember Freytag. She noted the
dedication by village staff throughout the changes of 1997. She feels employees should be
rewarded by raises that accrue and not a bonus system which does not.
With regard to a bonus plan, Manager Hickman stated that all village staff work
together as a team. He feels a bonus should apply to everybody as each department is good as as the other. He is concerned that morale may be affected by rewarding some and not others.
Following a discussion, it was decided that the Personnel Committee will take an
active review of the Personnel Policy, step increase procedures, and the procedure for setting the cost of living.
At this time Councilmember Wemet modified his motion to reflect a cost of living increase of 2.25%for 1998. Motion carried.
A work session was scheduled for Monday, December 8, 7:00 -9:00pm in Council chambers, for the purpose of discussing budget issues.
Councilmember Rader noted his research on the financials for FrontierVision found the company to be highly leveraged. He noted that having spoken to several people about FrontierVision, the company appeared to be very reputable.
Law Director Hurst noted that Cox Communications is obligated to inform and attempt to secure the Village's consent. He added that the consummation of this business transaction is scheduled for December 19, 1997. He then noted the previous agreement
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states that the Village cannot unreasonably withhold consent. He stated that should the
village decide not to grant consent it will need to include statement of refusal to consent.
It was suggested that Councilmember Rader, Freytag and Law Director Hurst review
and advise Council of its recommendation.
Mayor Bellman asked Council to give some thought to the appointment of a Green
Space Committee.
Mayor Bellman suggested that council chambers be re-evaluated for possible
changes to the seating arrangements.
Mayor Bellman offered to draft the findings and conclusions for the IGA appeal
decision handed down by Council during the November 19h meeting.
Councilmember Rader made a motion to move to Executive Session to discuss the
disposition of municipal property, and Country Hearth litigation. Motion second by Councilmember Wemet.
It was decided by Council that the Country Hearth issue was not a subject for
fEuxrtehceurtive Session and therefore will instead be included on the December 17th agenda for discussion.
It was requested that the Law Director respond to the issues raised by Mr. Wilkenfeld.
A motion was made to delete Country Hearth contemplation of litigation from the motion for Executive Session. Motion carried.
Roll Call: Lucier yes, McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Wemet yes, Rader yes, Freytag yes, Bellman yes. Motion carried.
A three-minute recess was observed.
Time in 9:24pm.
Roll Call: Lucier yes, McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Wemet yes, Rader yes, Freytag yes, Bellman yes. Motion camed.
Time out 9:54pm.
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Councilmember Freytag moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:56p.m. Councilmember
Robertson seconded. Motion carried.

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