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Council Minutes June 4, 1997

June 4, 1997
Mayor Marshall convened the meeting at 7:30pm.
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember Bellman
Councilmember McGowan
Councilmember Montgomery
Councilmember Rader
Vice Mayor Freytag
Mayor Marshall
Manager Hickman
Councilmember Rader moved to excuse Councilmember Eisenberg and Law
Director Hurst. Seconded by Vice Mayor Freytag. Motion carried.
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of May 21, 1997, were presented for
review. Vice Mayor Freytag moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Seconded by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried.
Those signing the register were:
See Attached List.
Troy Reed of 123 Wildwood Drive, requested Council use priorities when spending
Village tax dollars. He feels it is necessary to make the repairs to Thresher Street that he adding felt the road in its current condition is unsafe. He recommended open space be explored more before being pursued. He feels it is unwise to use Village money to purchase the proposed green space. He suggested that the lots be purchased with private funds with the Village possibly agreeing to maintain the area. He suggested another idea for possible funding was to join together the Village and Township and possibly consider a 1 mil tax levy.
Lon Herman of 328 Mt. Parr'iassus stated his support of the green space proposal. He also thanked Frank Murphy and Dan Bellman for their attempt in working together on this proposal. He feels the green space would serve as a park areag/athering point as wtlj as a rest stop for biker riders on the path. His suggested plans for funding this project; 1) funds budgeted, 2)capital expenditures. He also suggested short term options of financing the green space such as anticipation notes, variable rate bonds, etc.
Dorothy Garrett of 445 Donald Ross Drive noted that the 1994 Council and Township set up a committee to jointly study the development of the use of green space,
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adding that this subject still seems to be in limbo. She feels the current way to go on this
subject is to develop a Joint Parks District for Granville. She feels the purchase of five lots
is unreasonable. When considering the bike path, she feels it should not be routed up
through the area 25 or 50 feet from the road. She then stated her concern with regard to
the Streets and Sidewalks Committee's consideration of a proposal to eliminate the left turn
lane on Cherry Valley Road. She feels any elimination would force travelers to use the
hazardous"intersection at Newark Granville Road and S.R. 16.
Jim Siegel of 538 Mt. Parr'iassus, chairman for the Tree and Landscape Commission
submitted a report on the activities of the Commission in 1996. He noted this is the sixth
Tree City USA award. He thanked Council and the Service Department for their
Frank Murphy 368 Longford Drive requested permission to complete his section of
bike path along Newark Granville Road as quickly as possible. He added that
Councilmember Bellman approached him with regard to purchasing lots at Erinwood.
Brenda Boyle of 133 Wicklow Drive stated her presence before Council was to
represent the Village Green residents. She noted that in her opinion trees are essential in
softening the landscape. She then made reference to the Tree City USA flag hanging in
Council Chambers noting that she hoped all the trees in the area were perceived as
valuable. She noted that the majority of citizens responding to the Comprehensive Review
Plan Survey had a willingness to pay for green space adding that as the majority of
Granville residents use Newark Granville Road, everyone would highly benefit from this green space.
Lois Rose of 103 Bantry Drive stated that Ms. Boyle does not represent all of the
residents of the Village Green. She feels that green space is already gone with the
development well underway in the area. She noted a concern over where the money will
come from to buy these proposed lots. She feels Granville needs a long term direction
which should be enforced. She questioned the amount of and feels Granville should money spend in attorneys fees look at planning as well as how money is being spent.
Steven Katz of 221 E. Elm Street feels that green space gives this town its present charm. He noted Sugarloaf, the Broadway median, etc. and encouraged Council to acquire the proposed available green space stating it was the "right thing to do".He feels this will add value to living spacesand to the quality of life in Granville.
Bernice Siefert of 103 Shannon Lane noted that years ago Council had forced a developer to put sidewalks in the Erinwood development. She is now a resident of that area daonndeisargoreuantdful for those sidewalks. She stated that she is greatful for anything that istwas Granville.
Mary Fellabaum of 310 W. Elm Street agreed with Ms. Siefert. She added that once green space is gone then we cannot change our minds. She feels the green space would cboenasnideinrvtheisstmpreonptotsoalt.he community. She added that she hoped Council would seriously
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Councilmember Montgomery noted the Planning Committee will meet on the 2nd and
z,t, Mondays of each month.
Councilmember Freytag reported he will be unable to attend the next meeting held
by both the Cemetery Board and Tree and Landscape Commission. He will communicate
with Manager Hickman with regard to a till-in on his behalf.
Councilmember McGowan noted the Recreation Commission sponsors the bingo
tents during the Fourth of July to benefit the ?house.
Councilmember Bellman noted the Streets and Sidewalks Committee's
recommendation to connect the bike path from Bryn Du to Cherry Valley Road assuming an
easement was obtained from Longaberger.
Erinwood Bike Path -
Councilmember Bellman showed an overhead of the Erinwood Development. He
feels that four developed lots in the Erinwood Addition would need to be purchased to save
an area for green space. He noted that he had been contacting benefactors outside the
Village for some of the financing of the purchase of these lots. He noted the advantage acquiring to the lots before the bike path goes in. He feels Council owes this to the residents
of Village Green and Erinwood Condominiums. He asked Council to think about committing the funds and if possible, find a way to acquire this land noting the four lots were a total of 3.1 acres. He suggested funds come from various budgeted accounts such as: $20,000
from service parking lot, 4$,190 from the Strategic Land Reserve Fund. He also feels it is appropriate to consider using some of the Park Land Reserve Fund. He noted
approximately 1$19,338 could be taken from the 1997 budget to purchase the Erinwood lots as proposed.
Councilmember Montgomery showed an overhead of undeveloped land in the East Side of Granville. She is concerned with the economics of buying land that has already been improved. She feels Council should be looking at unimproved land for green space. She would not feel comfortable acquiring improved land when there are other options. She noted the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee is looking into land use and should be coming forward with their recommendations. She also noted the staff spends a lot of time plouorkcihnagsaet. infrastructure and is not in favor of shifting funds to accommodate the proposed
Councilmember Rader noted the importance of the need for green space. However, he also noted the importance of staying within the course of infrastructure
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commitments. As he isn't comfortable with using budgeted money, his suggestion was to
create a committee to work on details of funding. He suggested to allow Mr. Murphy to
complete his portion of the bike path along Newark Granville Road at this time.
Vice Mayor Freytag noted several reasons he could not support this proposal: 1)
funds are not available, 2)not convinced this would be the best available lots for green
space, 3)money from Park Land Reserve Fund should be spent to improve Fanchion Lewis
property, 4)not in favor of buying premium already improved los, and 5)Bryn Du already has a reserve in the area.
Councilmember McGowan agreed with Councilmembers Montgomery, Rader and
Vice Mayor Freytag. He added he also sees Councilmember Bellmans desire to purchase
land as a positive impact on the community. He added that if creative funding could be
found, he would support Councilmember Bellman on acquiring the land.
Mayor Marshall stated his biggest objection was that the Village cannot afford to
purchase the lots at this time. He noted that $68,622 had been spent on legal fees in the
first five months of 1997. Some other concerns were 1) the General Fund already below well the minimum carryover, 2)he felt that once the money is budgeted, there should not be reshuffling of funds for other projects. He stated Council should stop this delay and allow the Murphy Group to continue as originally planned.
Mayor Marshall moved to carryout the prior agreement with the Murphy Group to
move the white fence back and continue with bike path as originally planned. Councilmember Montgomery seconded.
In favor were: Councilmembers Montgomery and Rader, Vice Mayor Freytag, Mayor Marshall. Councilmembers Bellman and McGowan opposed.
Mayor Marshall instructed Frank Murphy to continue with his portion of the bike path at Erinwood as originally planned.
Councilmember Rader noted the importance of funding for greenspace. He suggested if the Village was going to seriously consider green space, Council should possibly consider funding on the ballot.
It was noted that Council would keep the joint VillageT/ownship Parkland Reserve
Manager Hickman handed out a copy of the Easement Maintenance Agreement with
Fund Issue on the burner.
TJ Evans for Councils review.
Ordinance No. 139- 7 A"n Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 429-6 Providing For Adjustments For The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1997 And Revising Sums For
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Operating Expenses", was introduced by Vice Mayor Freytag. Mayor Marshall set the public
hearing on Ordinance No. 13-97 for June 8, 1997.
Alexandria Water -
Vice Mayor Freytag suggested the contract between Alexandria and Granville (which
is to expire in 2000)for Water Service be reviewed and considered. He noted a decision
should be made prior to the end of the current contract for proper notification.
County Tax Budaet -
Manager Hickman noted the County Tax Budget needs to be acted on at the June 18 meeting. An explanation is forthcoming.
Council unanimously agreed to cancel the meeting of July 2, 1997 fair. due to the street It was noted that there is an extra Wednesday in July if Council should need to meet.
Vice Mayor Freytag moved to adjoum the m McGowan seconded. Motion carried.

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