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Council Minutes February 05, 1997

FEBRUARY 5, 1997
Mayor Marshall convened the meeting at 7:30.
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember McGowan Councilmember Bellman
Councilmember Montgomery Mayor Marshall
Manager Plunkett Law Director Hurst
Mayor Marshall read the new Rules of Council.
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of January 22, 1997, were
presented for review. Councilmember Montgomery moved to approve the minutes.
Seconded by Councilmember Bellman. Motion carried.
Vice Mayor Freytag arrived.
Those signing the register were:
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Jim Jump, 143 Thresher St. representing Citizens for Sensible Growth, thanked
Law Director Hurst and Village Council for transmitting the referendum petitions to the
Board of Elections. Mr. Jump stated that he concurred with Law Director Hurst in his
opinion for the reviewing of the facial validity of the petitions. Mr. Jump individuals reported that pretending to represent the Board of Elections were questioning village citizens with regard to the validity of signatures on the referendum petitions. He stated that if Council wishes to conduct a hearing they could do so with their full cooperation.
Mayor Marshall stated that Village Council is not an investigating body.
Steve Cramer, Pastor, Granville Centenary United Methodist Church, offered to answer any questions regarding the Good Friday march.
Manager Plunkett explained to Council the group's plan to march from St. Edwards Church to Swasey Chapel, stopping at numerous locations along the way, on Good Friday, March 28 at 11:30am. They have requested a police car escort in front of and behind the procession while using one lane of traffic. Manager Plunkett stated in
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conferring with the Chief of Police, he saw no problem with the police escort, and
recommended Council approve the march.
Council approved.
Councilmember McGowan suggested putting up orange cones at intersections
and difficult areas. Manager Plunkett said he would have the cones set up along the
Mr. Cramer questioned the need for permits.
Manager Plunkett stated no formal permits were needed.
Kirk Combe, 143 Wicklow Drive thanked Village Council for their careful
consideration on the appeal of the Country Hearth Site Plan. He added that the appeal
was a co-appeal by area homeowners and not just an individual mission. Mr. Combe
made an observation that only homeowners within 200 feet were notified of the site
plan. He stated he felt this was inappropriate when involving commercial development.
He feels a wider area should be notified. He requested Council look into the idea.
Councilmember Montgomery reported that at the January 27 meeting, the
Planning Commission approved an awning and sign for the Aladdin Restaurant, and a
sandwich board and door sign for Primrose Artistans. The next meeting is scheduled
for February 24, if needed.
Vice Mayor Freytag reported the Union Cemetery Board wants to replace the
stone wall on the west side of the cemetery. An estimate of $4,400 was given to the
Village Manager for this wall. Vice Mayor Freytag felt there should be an appropriation
for this estimate. The Board is hoping to get funds of $1, 500 to replace a wooden
fence, in need of repair on the northwest side, with a stone wall to match the surrounding area.
Councilmember McGowan reported that the Granville Recreation Commission working is on a %mill replacement levy for the May ballot. He reported that 6 applicants have expressed interest in replacing the current Director position. He added there has been some discussion on recycling the old lights from the High School football field to Cligohmt mthiessbioanse. ball field. He felt the recycling effort could be funded by the Recreation
Councilmember McGowan reported that the Street Lighting Committee has said 40 new lights would be installed in the first year. The first 20 will be intersection lights with the exception of Broadway and Main, and the remaining 20 will be replacements yaesanrse.eded. He said all lights in the Village would be replaced within the next 56-
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Councilmember Montgomery added that Rick Clark of Holophane is scheduled
to attend a Planning Commission meeting to give a street light demonstration.
Councilmember Bellman reported that the Comprehensive Plan Review
Committee is reworking the current comprehensive plan to propose possible
implementation of ordinances and legislation. He reminded the group of the urgency
in having their input in place before the moratorium ends. He said the committee
comprised four groups; 1)structure a communication to interface with Council, 2)Cherry
Valley Rd study, 3)legislativep/olicy study, and 4)land use, planning and zoning study.
He expressed some concern about seeing a possible duplication of effort with the
Randall Arendt proposal.
Mayor Marshall requested the minutes of the Comprehensive Plan Review
Committee be published and distributed in Council packets in the future.
Mayor Marshall asked for Council's decision on the Kirk Combe Appeal of the
Country Hearth Inn's Site Plan. He stated that Council must come to a conclusion
Law Director Hurst stated that both sides for Counsel wished for Village Council
to make a decision tonight. He stated that tonight was simply an announcing of
Council's decision, and the formal resolution reflecting Council's decision would be
presented after findings of fact have been reviewed and approved. He advised that
Council can grant, deny, or remand the issue. He added that by remanding the issue,
council must make a finding that the facts substantially differ from the finding of facts
of the Planning Commission.
Mitch Banchersky, attorney for Country Hearth Inn, expressed concern that
Councilmember Bellman had not been present during the appeal and may not be able to make a decision tonight.
Councilmember Bellman advised that he, as well as the rest of Council, had
been provided with a transcript of the appeal and he was prepared to make a decision.
Mr. Banchersky also expressed concern with the lack of a court recorder's presence for this decision.
Law Director Hurst stated that he understood Mr. Banchersky's concern, and duly noted same. However, he stated the court recorder is present to record verbatim testimony in the appeal; recording isn't necessary for rendering of the decision.
After a discussion by Council, Mayor Marshall moved that Council deny the appeal of the Country Hearth Inn Site Plan. Councilmember Montgomery seconded.
Roll call: Marshall yes, McGowan no, Bellman yes, Montgomery yes, Freytag no. Three yes votes. Appeal denied.
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Council asked the Law Director to be responsible for the finding of facts.
Law Director Hurst stated that he is not sure the findings will be completed by
the February 19 Council meeting however, they will be complete in time for the March 5
Council meeting.
Resolution No. 97-05, A Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The Planning
Commission was introduced, read in full, and moved for adoption by Councilmember
Montgomery. Seconded by Mayor Marshall. Motion carried.
Vice Mayor Freytag suggested a secret ballot vote be taken to elect new
members of the Planning Commission.
1 secret ballot was taken: Wilkenfeld 2, Robertson 5, Salvage 2, abstain 1.
2 secret ballot was taken: Wilkenfeld 3, Salvage 2.
Roll call vote: Marshall no, McGowan yes, Bellman yes, Montgomery no, Freytag
yes. Three yes votes. Resolution No. 97-05 was adopted.
Law Director Hurst reminded that any member of a board which Council has
appointed can be removed at the discretion of Council.
Resolution No. 97-06, A Resolution to Fill Vacancies On The Board Of Zoning
And Building Appeals was introduced, read in full, and moved for adoption by
Councilmember McGowan. Seconded by Mayor Marshall. Motion carried.
Roll call vote: Marshall yes, McGowan yes, Bellman yes, Montgomery Freytag yes, yes. Five yes votes. Resolution No. 97-06 was adopted.
Resolution No. 97-11, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To
Invoke A Mercy Rule Due To Unusual Circumstances Resulting In Extraordinarily High Water And Sewer Bills was introduced, read in full, and moved for adoption by Vice Mayor Freytag. Seconded by Councilmember McGowan.
After a discussion by Council, Vice Mayor Freytag made a motion to adopt Resolution 97-11 as amended. Motion carried. Resolution No. 97-11 was adopted.
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Randall Arendt Proposal
Following a discussion by Council, it was agreed that Manager Plunkett was to sign
the proposal from Randall Arendt and proceed with the contract for his limited scope of
Tour of Ohio Bike Race
Manager Plunkett notified Council of a request by Tym Tyler to change the Sunday
afternoon bike race to Friday evening this year.
After a brief discussion on traffic issues on Friday evenings in Granville, it was
preferred by Council to continue the bike race on Sunday afternoon. Council advised
Manager Plunkett to negotiate the Sunday afternoon with Saturday being a second
option over Friday evening.
Sunrise Street Alley
Manager Plunkett was advised by Council to proceed with the closing of the Sunrise
Street alley. Manager Plunkett stated it is his intent that the signatures be gathered by
the residents.
Food Drive-Thru
Manager Plunkett informed council of his intent to bring an ordinance before
council for a discussion on eliminating drive-thru food services. It was added that the
ordinance should consider both food and beverage.
Mayor Marshall recommended Manager Plunkett to continue going to the County
Health District Advisory Board meetings.
It was recommended to recognize the Garden Club for its successful memorial tree
program by Resolution.
After last year's controversy, Mayor Marshall asked if there were objections keeping with to tradition by Kiwanis tapping a few trees and putting up about a dozen maple syrup buckets in the village. There were no objections by Council.
Vice Mayor Freytag inquired as to what was being done to look at Village employee wages and salaries.
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Manager Plunkett informed Council that a report was due March 1 from Assistant
Manager Hickman and Assistant Finance Director Roberts.
It was agreed that Manager Plunkett would turn over this report to Council so they
could pursue further review.
Councilmember McGowan stated he had already completed a study on his own and
would present that to Council for comparison to staff report, but wouldn't share his
results until the staff work was complete.
Law Director Hurst encouraged council members to invest the time to read Frank
Elmer's deposition in the Schumaker case.
Clerk of Council Beverly Adzic will supply a copy of the Frank Elmer's deposition to
Councilmember Bellman, and a copy will be routed to the remaining Councilmembers.
Vice Mayor Freytag moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:45. Motion carried.

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