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Council Minutes 12/16/98

 CALL TO ORDER Vice Mayor McGowan convened the meeting at 7:31pm. 

 ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Lucier Law Director Hurst Councilmember Wernet Manager Hickman Councilmember Wernet made a motion to excuse Councilmember Minklei. Councilmembers Lucier and Rader second. Motion carried. 

 PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 24-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 313.11 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 24-98.

 Hearing no comment, Vice Mayor McGowan closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 24-98 at 7:32pm.

A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 25-98, An 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, 1999. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 25-98. 

 Hearing no comment, Vice Mayor McGowan closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 25-98 at 7:33pm.

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 28-98, An Ordinance To Establish The Granville Village Manager’s Salary For 1999. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 28-98. Hearing no comment, Vice Mayor McGowan closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 28-98 at 7:34pm. 

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of December 2, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. 

CITIZENS COMMENTS Those signing the register were: See attached list. Kirsten Pape, of 403 E. Broadway, stated she would like to see the South Main Street project complete by the year 2000. She also stated her support for a rezoning request on North Main and College Streets. 

Councilmember Robertson and Mayor Bellman arrived at 7:35pm.

Citizens Comments closed at 7:36pm. 

MAYOR’S REPORT The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of November was presented for review. Councilmember Rader noted a jump in the number of drug abuse arrests in the last year. Vice Mayor McGowan directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes.

 MANAGER’S REPORT The Manager’s Report for the month of November was presented for review. Councilmember Rader noted an income tax revenue from this time last year.

Councilmember Wernet moved to accept the Manager’s Report. Councilmember Rader seconded. Motion carried. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS Councilmember Wernet noted that the Planning Commission made recent decisions on two applications which have been forwarded to Council. Council will introduce those Ordinance during this meeting.

 JEDD Jim Jump, JEDD Committee Member, reported on the last meeting of the JEDD Committee. There was a discussion of the need for a Planner and it was suggested that the Licking County Planner be used. It was also suggested to create a County Sewer District. This would mean the plan would now include a Transportation District, an Economic Development District and a County Sewer District. Mr. Jump feels there is a need for Regional Planning to complete this project and is concerned with a need for preservation during this project. 

It was noted the selling point of the JEDD was for industrial and commercial needs. It has since been mentioned that there is a need for residential areas as well. It was noted that this might drain service costs, increase costs of schools, and traffic. 

Mr. Jump stated that it would be hard to recommend that the Village of Granville invest serious funds into this project based on what the Village is likely to get out of it at this point. Mr. Jump will continue to report to Council.

Truck Traffic Issues Mayor Bellman noted disappointment that he hasn’t heard from Bob Howarth for two weeks with regard to thru truck traffic. 

OLD BUSINESS

 Ordinance No. 24-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 313.11 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville was re-introduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

There was a question as to whether there had been any studies done on the number of pedestrian traffic at the corner of Main Street and Broadway. It was noted that there was a safety concern for children walking to school from the west side of Granville and the posted signs are for their safety.

Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Minklei absent, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Six yes votes. Ordinance No. 24-98 is adopted.

 Ordinance No, 28-98, An Ordinance To Establish The Granville Village Manager’s Salary For 1999 was re-introduced by Mayor Bellman. Second by Councilmember Rader.

Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Minklei absent, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Six yes votes. Ordinance No. 28-98 is adopted. 

 Proposed Ordinance No.’s 19-98 & 20-98 In favor of these Ordinances, Councilmember Robertson stated these Ordinances are to create legal recourse for citizens views. She mentioned incidences in the past wherein citizens had no recourse. She feels it is possible for this body to make an illegal decision and would like to see the "ordinary" citizen have more voice over what goes on in the Village.

Jim Jump, of 143 Thresher Street, noting he has met with several members of Council and the Law Director stated this proposal offers authority to Village citizens to attack administrative decisions. He noted that by appointing an Administrative Authority to make quasi-judicial decision one is "stuck" with those decisions unless an appeal is made by a citizen who has standing or is directly effected. This proposal gives authority to the Manager to review all administrative decisions and request the Law Director take legal action should there be a need. If the Law Director has a conflict, the Manager must appoint a Special Counsel with which the Council would be responsible for funding. He feels that if the Village refuses to act on a taxpayer’s written request, the taxpayer could take the challenge based on their public right and not standing. Mr. Jump discussed several additional ideas in which he proposes in this ordinance.

Law Director Hurst hopes Council would not adopt this legislation as drafted. He feels a portion of it is ill advised and will not withstand the type of judicial review or attack that is inevitable. He stated that Mr. Jump and himself had common philosophies, concerns, and similar solutions in all sections except the section on standing. He submitted a revision to Section 1109.12 which will accomplish all components to attack or avoid which is one goal of this proposed legislation. He noted that Section 1137 has an inherent weakness in making it clear that those with standing, or directly effected, have the right to participate in administrative hearings. Mr. Hurst does not believe that the goal of expanded taxpayer actions will withstand judicial review as the law of the State of Ohio states that by simply being a citizen does not give one standing. 

Council Minutes 12/2/98

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES December 2, 1998 

CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:33pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Robertson Mayor Bellman Councilmember Minklei Law Director Hurst Councilmember Rader Manager Hickman

Councilmember Robertson made a motion to excuse Councilmember’s Wernet and Lucier. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 26-98, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1998 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 26-98. The public hearing closed at 7:34 pm.

 A public hearing was held on the 1999 Municipal Budget.

No one appeared to speak for or against the 1999 Municipal Budget. 1999 Municipal Budget Discussion (Council/Staff) Manager Hickman noted that with proposed projects, the net balance in the budget at the end of 1999 will be $321,588. He stated that he is looking forward to street improvements, storm sewer, and curb and sidewalk extensions to South Main Street. He stated that this project could be possible with the Village and area merchants working together. He stated that grant money is being requested for the area from Munson Street to Broadway. He noted that this significant project has been delayed the last two years due to the lack of grant money. He recommends that Council consider bonding this project if grant money is again not approved. Noting that this is a state route, Service Director Zarbaugh will look into the possibility of reimbursement from the State of Ohio for pavement work on this project. Mayor Bellman noted that he is not in favor of this project unless merchants in the area update signage and building facades to conform with Village zoning. Without that cooperation, he feels that only improving the road will not make things look nicer.

Manager Hickman noted that the Tree & Landscape Commission is requesting a part-time/seasonal landscape person to work under the supervision of the Service Director. As suggested, Joe will look into automatic watering systems. Council agreed this was a needed position. Manager Hickman noted that West Maple Street, one of the last Village streets to be "overhauled", needs to be re-done. He noted that the portion of Main Street to Cherry Street will be funded by the General Fund. He then added that the portion of Cherry Street to Shepardson will be funded with $175,000 from the Road Improvement Reserve. He noted that $200,000 will still be available in the Road Improvement Reserve after funding of this project. He stated that completing this project this year will put the Village ahead of schedule.

 Service Director Zarbaugh stated that the Newark Granville Road project is scheduled for completion in the year 2002 of his long range plan. 

 It was noted that E. Maple Street and Sunrise Street are the only remaining streets in the Village without curb and gutters.

Manager Hickman advised that new light poles from Holophane for the Broadway project were "lost" at the factory. These poles will not be available until the spring of ’99 of which funds have already been encumbered. He noted there have been very few special appropriations from the 1998 Budget of which he gave credit to the staff for their accurate projected estimates.

There was a discussion about the Strategic Land Reserve Fund. Councilmember Robertson stated that recent surveys, etc., reflected citizens desire to have things preserved and she would like to see this fund receive additional funding and possibly be renamed the Preservation Fund. Mayor Bellman asked Council to consider possibilities for this fund. It was noted that the Park Land Reserve Fund could not be combined with the Strategic Land Reserve Funds as the Park Land Reserve Fund has statutory considerations limiting the use of its funds.

There was some discussion of the Bennett property and the possibility of working out a temporary arrangement to close off some openings to the lot and stripe the street to accommodate more parking in that area. Mayor Bellman volunteered to explore this idea.

Manager Hickman asked if Council would approve the use of funds from the Lands and Building Funds for improvement to the Council Chambers. He noted the allotment of $10,000 for this project. Council agreed to this project and it was suggested this room could be made available as a community meeting space.

Manager Hickman also noted that Keith Myers will do a review of traffic flow and street light issues within the Village which will be funded by the Engineering Fund.

It was mentioned that there were alternatives to using funds for a wage study in 1999. It was suggested that the Personnel Committee, along with several members of Village staff do a study of their own for an agreeable solution. There was discussion about funds allocated for computers. Following a discussion, it was recommended that the staff could possibly look into a silent bidding process to dispose of discarded computers.

Councilmember McGowan also raised the question of the use of Education Funds. It was noted that conferences, seminars, tax meetings, planning meetings, Hazmat, police training, etc. is money well spent for training of Village employees.

 Mayor Bellman asked the Manager to look into the issue of a truck weighting system in the Village.

Planner Wimberger noted that the Design Review Standards Committee is looking into the completion of this project. She noted that the committee is still in the process of a legal review of which changes are needed.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of November 18, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes as submitted. Councilmember McGowan second. Motion carried. 

The minutes of the special meeting of November 23, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Robertson moved to approve the minutes. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Vice Mayor McGowan reported on the Recreation Commission. He noted that rent for the Wildwood Shelter House has been raised from $10 to $20 for Granville resident’s due to the increased usage of water and the new restroom facilities. Non-profit Granville groups may use the shelter for free with 30 days advance notice. All out of town groups are required to pay $30 whether non-profit or not. He also mentioned that the idea is being discussed to pave the old ice rink on the south side of the bike trail for skate boarding. He noted the idea was mentioned of paving an area for a basketball court on the south side of the bike path. He stated that flood plain dug outs at the new Raccoon Valley fields should completed.

 Following a discussion, Law Director Hurst noted that the Recreation Commission is required to request Council’s approval for such projects and they as a Commission cannot do anything to Village owned property without Council’s permission.

 Mayor Bellman noted his attendance at the JEDD meeting last evening. He noted the discussion related to the area being developed as residential, multi-development. He said that Charlie Greib stated that in order to make sure the property is marketable, there is a need for mixed use.

 Council discussed the fact that the original selling point for this project was that it would not be residential or retail but for commercial businesses only. Council feels the JEDD is not going it the direction as originally intended.

 Mayor Bellman noted other issues raised were contributable water capacity, police services, and maintenance services. He feels that the JEDD has had an immediate benefit in that it has forced communities to sit down together developing relationships. 

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Clifton Crais, 234 N. Pearl Street noted that Mr. Howarth has not contacted any of residents in regard to thru truck traffic meetings. He said he is in favor of regional discussions on this subject. He feels traffic issues could be better pursued in house while continuing to pursue other discussions with neighboring communities.

OLD BUSINESS

 Ordinance No. 26-98, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1998 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses, was reintroduced by Councilmember Bellman. Second by Councilmember Rader

 Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Minklei yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Five yes votes. Ordinance No. 26-98 is adopted.

 Ordinance No. 19-98 & Ordinance No. 20-98 - It was suggested that discussion of these ordinances be put off until the next meeting due to the absence of two Councilmembers.

NEW BUSINESS

 Ordinance No. 24-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 313.11 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Rader. Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for December 16, 1998.

 Ordinance No. 25-98, An 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, 1999, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Minklei. Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for December 16, 1998.

 Ordinance No. 28-98, An Ordinance To Establish The Granville Village Manager’s Salary For 1999, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for December 16, 1998. Employee Letters - Councilmember Robertson suggested Council respond to the two letters of concern from employees. She is interested in pursuing and feels these letters should not be ignored. Council made the decision to meet with Village employees in January, 1999 for a discussion regarding staff’s concerns. 

Jim Harf - Keny Annexation Mr. Harf, Granville School Board Representative, advised Council of an agreement between the Granville School District, Newark City Council, and Schottenstiens (developer for the Keny property). He noted a commitment to the School Board for 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the14.8 condominium acres. He noted the density issue was important noting 361 single family homes are projected. He noted a 5.2mil has been set on each property for a period of 20 years. He said the feeling is that the goal of covering all capital costs in the school district was met. Schottenstien predicts that the first occupancy will be late 2000 with approximately 50 homes per year. He noted that the Newark City Councilmembers have been most gracious throughout this process, having been adamant that they would address the problems and resented the fact that some people didn’t believe that. A Board will be formed consisting of four members of the County Commission and three members appointed by the Newark City Council and Granville School Board, to perform administrative functions. Councilmember Rader feels the citizens of Granville owe Mr. Harf a great deal of gratitude for his efforts. He asked if traffic issues generated by this development had been discussed. Mr. Harf stated that his perception is that the Newark City Council understands this concern but felt this discussion was not about trucks but about kids. Mr. Harf stated "when push came to shove", Mr. Schottenstien, his lawyer, and the Newark City Council acted honorably. Mayor Bellman recognized the contribution from the Newark City Council as they clearly acted honorable and feels this leaves the foundation for the communities to work together. He looks forward to the resolution of other issues. Mr. Harf stated that the School Board intends to present a resolution to Schottenstien’s, and Newark City Council to formally thank everyone involved in this resolution. Vice Mayor McGowan suggested that Village Council also entertain doing the same thing for the School Board, Newark City Council, and Schottenstien’s thanking them for their efforts over this lengthy period. 

Zoning Issues -

 Law Director Hurst noted two zoning issues that are different from mainstream and asked Council for input. He asked if Council would consider the construction and showing of prefabricated modular homes as a permitted use within the Community Service District, Section 1167.02(a)(1). He also asked if a spa was considered a permitted use in Planned 

Commercial Development District, Section 1171.02(b)(1)(a-g). He reiterated that the issues at this time are strictly on uses and not specifics. He then asked for a short Executive Session to discuss a matter based on Section 1109.12 of the Codified Ordinances. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 Councilmember Rader made a motion to enter into an Executive Session for the purpose of discussion on Section 1109.12 of the Codified Ordinances. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Minklei yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Bellman yes.

Time In: 9:50 pm

 Councilmember Rader made a motion to return to regular session at 10:15pm. Councilmember McGowan second.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Minklei yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Bellman yes.

ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:15pm. Councilmember Minklei second. Motion carried. 

Council Minutes 11/23/98

 Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:31pm.

Roll call: Councilmember Robertson Councilmember Rader Councilmember Minklei Mayor Bellman Councilmember Wernet Law Director Hurst Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse Councilmember’s Lucier and McGowan and Manager Hickman. Second by Councilmember Wernet. 

Ordinance No. 27-98, An Ordinance To Amend The Effective Date of Ordinance No. 23-98 And Declaring An Emergency, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Wernet.

Councilmember Rader moved to adopt the emergency Section II of Ordinance No. 27-98 which he read in full. Councilmember Wernet second.

Roll call vote on Emergency Clause: Robertson - yes Wernet - yes Lucier - absent Rader - yes McGowan - absent Bellman - yes Minklei - yes

Emergency Clause for Ordinance No. 27-98 is adopted.

 Roll call vote for the adoption of Ordinance No. 27-98: Robertson - yes Wernet - yes Lucier - absent Rader - yes McGowan - absent Bellman - yes Minklei - yes

Ordinance No. 27-98 is adopted.

South Cherry Valley Traffic Study - Doyle Clear It was noted that the Village has retained an attorney to look into issues regarding the Thru-Truck Ordinance No. 23-97. Council feels it is necessary to retain an expert to work with that attorney toward the study of traffic flow in the South Cherry Valley Road area. Council feels that it is necessary to authorize reimbursement as necessary. Mr. Doyle Clear of Barton-Aschman Associates, Inc. of Ohio was present as a potential expert for this process. 

 Special Council Meeting November 23, 1998 Page 2 Law Director Hurst advised that the Village should authorize that attorney which has been hired by the Village, to retain the services of an expert for the traffic study. He noted that if the Village retains the expert, all information is public information and not subject to any privilege.

 Mayor Bellman made a motion to authorize the Village Manager, as a part of the current legal services that have already been incurred, to authorize the expenditure of certain expenses in support of the legal effort as directed by the lawyer the Village has retained. Second by Councilmember Wernet.

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amended the Mayor’s motion to specify a maximum dollar limit of $9,000. Second by Mayor Bellman.

 Councilmember Rader noted his issue is that Granville Village’s involvement is only 3/10ths of a mile of this road and Granville Township and Newark are also involved. He feels it would be more appropriate to get Newark and Granville Township Trustees involved because their roads will be more affected than the Village roads. He feels these three entities should sit down together, split the costs so everyone is working toward the same goal.

 Councilmember Wernet feels the complexity of this issue is that there have been threats from a representative of Tamarack Farms and some in conjunction with the City of Newark that the Village will be sued. He feels it is appropriate that the Village have its own traffic people working for its legal counsel given those sorts of threats.

 Council voted on the amendment for the $9,000 clarification. Four ayes, 1 no (Councilmember Rader).

 Council then voted on the motion concerning authorization to retain Mr. Doyle pending input and review from the Village Manager. Four ayes, 1 no (Councilmember Rader). 

ADJOURNMENT

 Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:20pm. Councilmember Minklei second. Meeting adjourned.

 

Council Minutes 11/18/98

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:30pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Robertson Mayor Bellman Councilmember Minklei Law Director Hurst Councilmember Wernet Manager Hickman

Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse Councilmember Lucier. Councilmember’s Wernet and Robertson second. PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 19-98, An Ordinance To Amend 1137.07 And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Expand The Authority Of The Council, Law Director, And Village Manager, To Prevent Violations Of The Zoning Ordinance.

A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 20-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 1135.01, 1137.01, 1137.02, 1137.05, 1137.07, 1139.04, 1139.05, 1141.04, 1141.05, 1147.04, And 1159.05, And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Permit The Law Director And Taxpayers Of The Village To Take Action To Prevent Unlawful Decisions And Orders Issued Under The Zoning Ordinance. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 20-98. 

Clifton Crais, of 234 N. Pearl Street stated he felt that Ordinance No’s. 19-98 and 20-98 seemed like wise, well crafted Ordinances.

Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No’s 19-98 and 20-98 at 7:32pm.

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 21-98, An Ordinance To Amend Section 145 Of The Village Of Granville’s Codified Ordinances By Adopting A New Personnel Policy. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 21-98. Hearing no comment, Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 21-98 at 7:35pm.

Bob Howarth

Mr. Howarth, legal representative for Tamarack Dairy Farms, reported on the progress made with regard to the problem that Ordinance No. 23-98 is aimed to correct. He noted that he has met with several companies who currently use Cherry Valley Road as a truck route. Having made numerous phone calls which included a meeting with Elizabeth Welsh, Licking County Chamber of Commerce, he feels there is still more work to be done. He stated that due to time limitations, he was only able to contact businesses that are affected by this Ordinance. He mentioned an informal poll of the sixteen companies he met with werein it was reported that 616 trips were made on a daily basis in and out of South Cherry Valley Road. He stated that of those trips approximately 68 used S.R. 661 through Granville. He feels that Ordinance 23-98 will hurt business in the Cherry Valley Road area and still not solve Granville’s truck problem. He estimates that only 10% of truck traffic generated by the Cherry Valley access is using S.R. 661 through the Village. He referred to a willingness by those business to try to reduce truck trips through the Village and stated they are actively working on results. He feels a lawsuit would not solve the problem but only increase tension between Granville and Newark. He asked Council for an extension of Ordinance No. 23-98 so that this group can continue to work toward a non-litigating solution to this problem. Mr. Howarth stated that this Committee has agreed to provide a third party mediator to facilitate a meeting between Granville Village Council and Newark City Council. He feels that such a meeting will resolve the macro differences which will in turn take care of the smaller issue of truck access on South Cherry Valley Road.

 Following a discussion, Council agreed that Mr. Howarth’s group was making progress and that a mediated meeting with Newark would be worth the effort assuming both sides came to the table in good faith.

 Bernie Lukco, of 343 E. College Street, feels that the trucking companies have been authorized by this Council to meet without citizen input. He feels it is appropriate to have a citizens committee to study the same problem and is concerned that the citizens are being excluded.

Mayor Bellman noted that this Council had not sanctioned the formation of the Committee. He feels strongly that a citizens group would be welcome. 

Clifton Crais, experimented by driving an alternate route down West Main Street to 21st Street (noting that the lights on West Main Street are not timed), turning left on 21st Street (noting that this turn is equivalent to the turn at Broadway and Pearl St). He stated that this route was 1.2 miles longer, and added 5 minutes to the trip. He stated that his hope was that this legislation be drafted to look at the existing problem as well as the future. 

Mayor Bellman noted that there was a "no through truck" sign on 21st Street. It was noted that the Newark Advocate reported that this was not enforced. Kim West, of River Road addressed Council with her concern that the closing of Cherry Valley Road to through trucks would increase truck traffic on River Road. She noted that during the recent closing of South Cherry Valley Road for construction, truck traffic on River Road increased tremendously. She noted that a comment made during the last Council meeting that the typography and layout of River Road was not conducive to truck traffic was woefully inadequate. She feels like River Road residents have been "thrown to the wolves". She said she hoped they would get some consideration although they are in the Township. She said she had contacted Granville Police, State Highway Patrol, and the Township Office with no results.

Councilmember Robertson feels this is why these communities need to come together. She added that this Council is not causing the problem as they have not asked the trucks to use River Road as their alternative route.

Jim Jump, of 143 Thresher Street, warned Council against heading in the direction of granting exemptions from Ordinance No. 23-98 to a particular company.

 There was some discussion as to the legalities of either delaying the enforcement or effectiveness of Ordinance No. 23-98. Noting that one could refuse to enforce, at this time, the Law Director expressed some concern of altering the effective date of the Ordinance. He will research this option.

 Mr. Howarth asked that a representative of this Council contact a representative of Newark Council, assuming there is a will on Newark’s part, to agree to mediation and a meeting date. He asked for help and involvement by this Council.

Bernie Lukco re-iterated that the issue to be raised during mediation is a broader issue than just Cherry Valley Road.

 It was suggested that issues be written down so they can be addressed.

Clifton Crais stated he has a problem with Council reacting to the initiatives of a representative of the people who helped make the problem. He suggested Council keep the initiative going while continuing to scrutinize the data brought forth. 

 It was decided that moving the effective date of Ordinance No. 23-98 to January 11, 1999 was appropriate. Mr. Howarth will report progress to Council during the month of December. It was also noted that if the mediation was not in the process in 60 days Council’s position would be to make Ordinance No. 23-98 effective at that time. 

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of November 4, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes as amended. Councilmember Robertson second. Motion carried. 

MAYOR’S REPORT The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of October was presented for review.

 Vice Mayor McGowan directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes. MANAGER’S REPORT The Manager’s Report for the month of October was presented for review. 

Councilmember Rader questioned the status of the water loss of several years ago.

Manager Hickman noted that although there have been many updates to the lines, the percentage of water loss is still high and is still a concern. As mentioned, he will check the water fountain on Broadway.

Councilmember Wernet moved to accept the Manager’s Report. Councilmember Ben seconded. Motion carried. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.

CITIZENS COMMENTS Those signing the register were: See attached list. Bernie Lukco thanked Council for its help in the resolution of the "Old Middle School" parking lot situation.

Jim Jump, Chairman of the JEDD noted that at their last meeting he reviewed a map for the proposed "superhighway" which run through the middle of Canyon Drive and Thornwood Drive past Cherry Valley Lodge. He added that the theory is to make the industrial and commercial development viable. He also noted a proposed plan for a S.R.16 and 36 corridor from I-77 will include a four lane highway for westbound traffic coming from northwest Ohio to Granville. He feels this is the ideal way to shunt traffic away from Granville and south to I-70. He also noted the need for information on the present water and sewer capacity which he will request from Manager Hickman. COMMITTEE REPORTS Councilmember Wernet noted that the Planning Committee lacked a quorum therefore there was no voting during the last meeting.

Councilmember McGowan noted that the Lighting Committee hopes to meet before the end of the year to address the placement of 1999 lights.

OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 19-98, An Ordinance To Amend 1137.07 And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Expand The Authority Of The Council, Law Director, And Village Manager, To Prevent Violations Of The Zoning Ordinance. TABLED.

Ordinance No. 20-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 1135.01, 1137.01, 1137.02, 1137.05, 1137.07, 1139.04, 1139.05, 1141.04, 1141.05, 1147.04, And 1159.05, And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Permit The Law Director And Taxpayers Of The Village To Take Action To Prevent Unlawful Decisions And Orders Issued Under The Zoning Ordinance. TABLED.

Law Director Hurst noted reservations about this legislation. He would like to share those with Councilmembers and Mr. Jump. It was noted that the Law Director would be in Village Offices at 2:30 on Wednesday, November 25 if anyone would like to discuss this topic at that time.

Council should come prepared for discussion on these Ordinances at the next meeting.

 Ordinance No. 21-98, An Ordinance To Amend Section 145 Of The Village Of Granville’s Codified Ordinances By Adopting A New Personnel Policy, was reintroduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Robertson.

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend Ordinance No. 21-98 by deleting the word "sex" and inserting the words "gender or sexual orientation", page 17 section d. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried.

 Councilmember McGowan voiced a few concerns; 1) vacation was changed to allow for 3 weeks after 7 years of employment and 4 weeks after 12 years of employment. He expressed a concern of allowing the payment of up to two weeks for unused vacation. 2) He would like to look at compensation packages in addition to salaries during next year’s salary review survey. 3) He noted the reduction of sick leave hours eligible for cash in value stating that his proposal was to make the cap 960 hours. He stated he would not vote for this Ordinance as it is. 

 Noting that several employees have already exceeded the sick leave limit set by this Ordinance, Law Director Hurst said that whenever there is a change in policy and someone’s level of benefit has already been vested, that employee will need to be accommodated under the old policy. He feels that a realistic cap is more successful if there is an incentive structure. For example: If you have a maximum on sick leave of 1500 hours, then there needs to be a program that says between 1000 and 1500 hours, you will allow for conversion of those hours to a formula of vacation hours. He feels this promotes honestly and wellness. He feels ceilings or caps are more successful when coupled with incentives.

 Manager Hickman suggested this Ordinance be approved this evening and amendments made after concerns are reviewed by the Personnel Committee.

 Councilmember McGowan said he would be in favor of voting for this Ordinance with the understanding that the Committee will look at the sick leave and vacation.

Roll call vote: Bellman yes, Lucier absent , Minklei yes, McGowan yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes. Six yes votes. Ordinance No. 21-98 was adopted. 

 NEW BUSINESS Ordinance No. 26-98, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1998 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Bellman set a Public Hearing for December 2, 1998. Resolution No. 98-40, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For The Sale Of A 1988 Cushman 3 Wheel Vehicle was introduced and read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Resolution No. 98-41, A Resolution To Establish The Time And Place Of A Public Hearing For The 1999 Municipal Budget As Proposed By The Village Manager, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Rader. Resolution No. 98-42, A Resolution Of Appreciation To Denison University Students, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Travis Holman, President of the Inter Fraternity Council, thanked Council for its recognition, adding they are always excited to be provided the opportunity to help out the community and look forward to working with the community in the future. Councilmember Wernet stated that Hal Jackson voiced his appreciation for the Granville police officers that were also involved during this effort. Resolution No. 98-43, A Resolution To Authorize The Manager To Enter Into Contract With Midwestern Excavating Demolition, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Resolution No. 98-44, A Resolution To Award A Traffic Study For North Cherry Valley Road For The Purpose Of Setting Impact Fees Relative To Financing Roadway Improvements, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Minklei. Second by Councilmember Wernet. 

 Resolution No. 98-46, To Award The Bid For The Purchase Of Water Treatment Chemicals, was introduced was introduced and read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Rader. 

 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS Cherry Valley Road Traffic Study Council discussed the idea of hiring a traffic engineer for a South Cherry Valley Road study. Councilmember Rader was concerned with the cost of hiring an engineer for such a project. He would like to see an estimate before supporting this expense. Following a discussion, it was noted that Keith Myers had suggested Doyle Clear of Columbus for such a review. Manager Hickman will contact Mr. Clear for an estimate. 

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to direct the Village Manager to go forth and get an estimate as promptly as possible, and then have the information regarding the estimate distributed to Councilmembers and hold a special meeting thereafter. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried.

Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 23, 1998 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers for the purpose of discussing a proposed traffic study for South Cherry Valley Road. 

 Spellman/Granger Intersection - Councilmember Wernet relayed a constituent’s concern for the need of a stop sign at the corner of Granger and Spellman Streets. Manager Hickman suggested getting additional input from other citizens of that area and suggested a notice be put in the Sentinel.

 County Commissioners - It was noted that the meeting called by the Licking County Commissioners for Thursday, November 19 has been postponed. It was noted that mediation meetings with Newark supersedes the need for such a meeting. 

 ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:45pm. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. 

 

Council Minutes 11/18/98

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:30pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Robertson Mayor Bellman Councilmember Minklei Law Director Hurst Councilmember Wernet Manager Hickman

Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse Councilmember Lucier. Councilmember’s Wernet and Robertson second. PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 19-98, An Ordinance To Amend 1137.07 And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Expand The Authority Of The Council, Law Director, And Village Manager, To Prevent Violations Of The Zoning Ordinance.

A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 20-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 1135.01, 1137.01, 1137.02, 1137.05, 1137.07, 1139.04, 1139.05, 1141.04, 1141.05, 1147.04, And 1159.05, And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Permit The Law Director And Taxpayers Of The Village To Take Action To Prevent Unlawful Decisions And Orders Issued Under The Zoning Ordinance. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 20-98. 

Clifton Crais, of 234 N. Pearl Street stated he felt that Ordinance No’s. 19-98 and 20-98 seemed like wise, well crafted Ordinances.

Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No’s 19-98 and 20-98 at 7:32pm.

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 21-98, An Ordinance To Amend Section 145 Of The Village Of Granville’s Codified Ordinances By Adopting A New Personnel Policy. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 21-98. Hearing no comment, Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 21-98 at 7:35pm.

Bob Howarth

Mr. Howarth, legal representative for Tamarack Dairy Farms, reported on the progress made with regard to the problem that Ordinance No. 23-98 is aimed to correct. He noted that he has met with several companies who currently use Cherry Valley Road as a truck route. Having made numerous phone calls which included a meeting with Elizabeth Welsh, Licking County Chamber of Commerce, he feels there is still more work to be done. He stated that due to time limitations, he was only able to contact businesses that are affected by this Ordinance. He mentioned an informal poll of the sixteen companies he met with werein it was reported that 616 trips were made on a daily basis in and out of South Cherry Valley Road. He stated that of those trips approximately 68 used S.R. 661 through Granville. He feels that Ordinance 23-98 will hurt business in the Cherry Valley Road area and still not solve Granville’s truck problem. He estimates that only 10% of truck traffic generated by the Cherry Valley access is using S.R. 661 through the Village. He referred to a willingness by those business to try to reduce truck trips through the Village and stated they are actively working on results. He feels a lawsuit would not solve the problem but only increase tension between Granville and Newark. He asked Council for an extension of Ordinance No. 23-98 so that this group can continue to work toward a non-litigating solution to this problem. Mr. Howarth stated that this Committee has agreed to provide a third party mediator to facilitate a meeting between Granville Village Council and Newark City Council. He feels that such a meeting will resolve the macro differences which will in turn take care of the smaller issue of truck access on South Cherry Valley Road.

 Following a discussion, Council agreed that Mr. Howarth’s group was making progress and that a mediated meeting with Newark would be worth the effort assuming both sides came to the table in good faith.

 Bernie Lukco, of 343 E. College Street, feels that the trucking companies have been authorized by this Council to meet without citizen input. He feels it is appropriate to have a citizens committee to study the same problem and is concerned that the citizens are being excluded.

Mayor Bellman noted that this Council had not sanctioned the formation of the Committee. He feels strongly that a citizens group would be welcome. 

Clifton Crais, experimented by driving an alternate route down West Main Street to 21st Street (noting that the lights on West Main Street are not timed), turning left on 21st Street (noting that this turn is equivalent to the turn at Broadway and Pearl St). He stated that this route was 1.2 miles longer, and added 5 minutes to the trip. He stated that his hope was that this legislation be drafted to look at the existing problem as well as the future. 

Mayor Bellman noted that there was a "no through truck" sign on 21st Street. It was noted that the Newark Advocate reported that this was not enforced. Kim West, of River Road addressed Council with her concern that the closing of Cherry Valley Road to through trucks would increase truck traffic on River Road. She noted that during the recent closing of South Cherry Valley Road for construction, truck traffic on River Road increased tremendously. She noted that a comment made during the last Council meeting that the typography and layout of River Road was not conducive to truck traffic was woefully inadequate. She feels like River Road residents have been "thrown to the wolves". She said she hoped they would get some consideration although they are in the Township. She said she had contacted Granville Police, State Highway Patrol, and the Township Office with no results.

Councilmember Robertson feels this is why these communities need to come together. She added that this Council is not causing the problem as they have not asked the trucks to use River Road as their alternative route.

Jim Jump, of 143 Thresher Street, warned Council against heading in the direction of granting exemptions from Ordinance No. 23-98 to a particular company.

 There was some discussion as to the legalities of either delaying the enforcement or effectiveness of Ordinance No. 23-98. Noting that one could refuse to enforce, at this time, the Law Director expressed some concern of altering the effective date of the Ordinance. He will research this option.

 Mr. Howarth asked that a representative of this Council contact a representative of Newark Council, assuming there is a will on Newark’s part, to agree to mediation and a meeting date. He asked for help and involvement by this Council.

Bernie Lukco re-iterated that the issue to be raised during mediation is a broader issue than just Cherry Valley Road.

 It was suggested that issues be written down so they can be addressed.

Clifton Crais stated he has a problem with Council reacting to the initiatives of a representative of the people who helped make the problem. He suggested Council keep the initiative going while continuing to scrutinize the data brought forth. 

 It was decided that moving the effective date of Ordinance No. 23-98 to January 11, 1999 was appropriate. Mr. Howarth will report progress to Council during the month of December. It was also noted that if the mediation was not in the process in 60 days Council’s position would be to make Ordinance No. 23-98 effective at that time. 

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of November 4, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes as amended. Councilmember Robertson second. Motion carried. 

MAYOR’S REPORT The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of October was presented for review.

 Vice Mayor McGowan directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes. MANAGER’S REPORT The Manager’s Report for the month of October was presented for review. 

Councilmember Rader questioned the status of the water loss of several years ago.

Manager Hickman noted that although there have been many updates to the lines, the percentage of water loss is still high and is still a concern. As mentioned, he will check the water fountain on Broadway.

Councilmember Wernet moved to accept the Manager’s Report. Councilmember Ben seconded. Motion carried. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.

CITIZENS COMMENTS Those signing the register were: See attached list. Bernie Lukco thanked Council for its help in the resolution of the "Old Middle School" parking lot situation.

Jim Jump, Chairman of the JEDD noted that at their last meeting he reviewed a map for the proposed "superhighway" which run through the middle of Canyon Drive and Thornwood Drive past Cherry Valley Lodge. He added that the theory is to make the industrial and commercial development viable. He also noted a proposed plan for a S.R.16 and 36 corridor from I-77 will include a four lane highway for westbound traffic coming from northwest Ohio to Granville. He feels this is the ideal way to shunt traffic away from Granville and south to I-70. He also noted the need for information on the present water and sewer capacity which he will request from Manager Hickman. COMMITTEE REPORTS Councilmember Wernet noted that the Planning Committee lacked a quorum therefore there was no voting during the last meeting.

Councilmember McGowan noted that the Lighting Committee hopes to meet before the end of the year to address the placement of 1999 lights.

OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 19-98, An Ordinance To Amend 1137.07 And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Expand The Authority Of The Council, Law Director, And Village Manager, To Prevent Violations Of The Zoning Ordinance. TABLED.

Ordinance No. 20-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 1135.01, 1137.01, 1137.02, 1137.05, 1137.07, 1139.04, 1139.05, 1141.04, 1141.05, 1147.04, And 1159.05, And To Enact Section 1137.09 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, To Permit The Law Director And Taxpayers Of The Village To Take Action To Prevent Unlawful Decisions And Orders Issued Under The Zoning Ordinance. TABLED.

Law Director Hurst noted reservations about this legislation. He would like to share those with Councilmembers and Mr. Jump. It was noted that the Law Director would be in Village Offices at 2:30 on Wednesday, November 25 if anyone would like to discuss this topic at that time.

Council should come prepared for discussion on these Ordinances at the next meeting.

 Ordinance No. 21-98, An Ordinance To Amend Section 145 Of The Village Of Granville’s Codified Ordinances By Adopting A New Personnel Policy, was reintroduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Robertson.

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend Ordinance No. 21-98 by deleting the word "sex" and inserting the words "gender or sexual orientation", page 17 section d. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried.

 Councilmember McGowan voiced a few concerns; 1) vacation was changed to allow for 3 weeks after 7 years of employment and 4 weeks after 12 years of employment. He expressed a concern of allowing the payment of up to two weeks for unused vacation. 2) He would like to look at compensation packages in addition to salaries during next year’s salary review survey. 3) He noted the reduction of sick leave hours eligible for cash in value stating that his proposal was to make the cap 960 hours. He stated he would not vote for this Ordinance as it is. 

 Noting that several employees have already exceeded the sick leave limit set by this Ordinance, Law Director Hurst said that whenever there is a change in policy and someone’s level of benefit has already been vested, that employee will need to be accommodated under the old policy. He feels that a realistic cap is more successful if there is an incentive structure. For example: If you have a maximum on sick leave of 1500 hours, then there needs to be a program that says between 1000 and 1500 hours, you will allow for conversion of those hours to a formula of vacation hours. He feels this promotes honestly and wellness. He feels ceilings or caps are more successful when coupled with incentives.

 Manager Hickman suggested this Ordinance be approved this evening and amendments made after concerns are reviewed by the Personnel Committee.

 Councilmember McGowan said he would be in favor of voting for this Ordinance with the understanding that the Committee will look at the sick leave and vacation.

Roll call vote: Bellman yes, Lucier absent , Minklei yes, McGowan yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes. Six yes votes. Ordinance No. 21-98 was adopted. 

 NEW BUSINESS Ordinance No. 26-98, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1998 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Bellman set a Public Hearing for December 2, 1998. Resolution No. 98-40, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For The Sale Of A 1988 Cushman 3 Wheel Vehicle was introduced and read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Resolution No. 98-41, A Resolution To Establish The Time And Place Of A Public Hearing For The 1999 Municipal Budget As Proposed By The Village Manager, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Rader. Resolution No. 98-42, A Resolution Of Appreciation To Denison University Students, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Travis Holman, President of the Inter Fraternity Council, thanked Council for its recognition, adding they are always excited to be provided the opportunity to help out the community and look forward to working with the community in the future. Councilmember Wernet stated that Hal Jackson voiced his appreciation for the Granville police officers that were also involved during this effort. Resolution No. 98-43, A Resolution To Authorize The Manager To Enter Into Contract With Midwestern Excavating Demolition, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Resolution No. 98-44, A Resolution To Award A Traffic Study For North Cherry Valley Road For The Purpose Of Setting Impact Fees Relative To Financing Roadway Improvements, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Minklei. Second by Councilmember Wernet. 

 Resolution No. 98-46, To Award The Bid For The Purchase Of Water Treatment Chemicals, was introduced was introduced and read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Rader. 

 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS Cherry Valley Road Traffic Study Council discussed the idea of hiring a traffic engineer for a South Cherry Valley Road study. Councilmember Rader was concerned with the cost of hiring an engineer for such a project. He would like to see an estimate before supporting this expense. Following a discussion, it was noted that Keith Myers had suggested Doyle Clear of Columbus for such a review. Manager Hickman will contact Mr. Clear for an estimate. 

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to direct the Village Manager to go forth and get an estimate as promptly as possible, and then have the information regarding the estimate distributed to Councilmembers and hold a special meeting thereafter. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried.

Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 23, 1998 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers for the purpose of discussing a proposed traffic study for South Cherry Valley Road. 

 Spellman/Granger Intersection - Councilmember Wernet relayed a constituent’s concern for the need of a stop sign at the corner of Granger and Spellman Streets. Manager Hickman suggested getting additional input from other citizens of that area and suggested a notice be put in the Sentinel.

 County Commissioners - It was noted that the meeting called by the Licking County Commissioners for Thursday, November 19 has been postponed. It was noted that mediation meetings with Newark supersedes the need for such a meeting. 

 ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:45pm. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. 

 

Council Minutes 11/4/98

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:34pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Wernet Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Councilmember Robertson Law Director Hurst Councilmember Minklei Manager Hickman Councilmember Rader PUBLIC HEARING Councilmember Rader made a motion to table the public hearings on Ordinances No. 19-98, 20-98 and 21-98 until the Council meeting of November 18, 1998. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion Carried. 

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 23-98, An Ordinance To Prohibit "Thru-Truck" Traffic Through The Village Of Granville.

 Mayor Bellman stated there would be a 2 minute time limit on public comments. 

It was noted that Council has a "revised draft" which draws upon Ordinances already in the Granville Codified, which has the same general effect and goals and this is intended to return the Village to a peaceful community as it is thought to be.

Councilmember Rader voiced a concern that some of the traffic traveling through the Village on S.R. 661 is originated by the access of South Cherry Valley Road but also feels an arrangement might be made for shippers to use an alternate route.

Councilmember Wernet noted that this issue was significant in the last campaign. He also stated that such issues were not already addressed as there was hope of reaching a mutual agreement with neighboring communities on infrastructure related issues. He mentioned the lack of response from neighboring communities to resolve infrastructure issues and feels that developers should also pay their fair share of infrastructure improvements.

Mayor Bellman noted that the message sent out by Newark City Council was that they will only do what is good for them and not necessarily for the entire community. Although not the preferred way, it appears Granville will need to solve its own problems in a similar fashion. 

Commenting on the disregard for infrastructure, Councilmember Wernet quoted a constituent as saying that "we don’t want to use up all our road capacity to basically benefit development which occurs in a different community." 

Bob Howarth, a Columbus attorney representing The Kroger Company, noted that Tamarack Farms Dairy has supplied milk throughout the stated of Ohio for 28 years. He stated that restricting Tamarack Dairy trucks from this ¼ mile section of South Cherry Valley Road could effectively shut down milk distribution in the state of Ohio. Adding that Kroger is a community minded company, he asked that the Council not take away its distribution system.

Clifton Crais, of 234 N. Pearl Street, stated that the voters are asking for legislation to control unwanted truck traffic. He feels this Ordinance would improve public safety by reducing the volume truck traffic on Village streets adding that these streets cannot support large tractor trailer traffic. He feels that the narrowness of Village streets poses a significant risk to Village residents. He noted that legislation enhances public health as diesel emission is responsible for much of the air pollution and disease in this country, and that the control of trucks will reduce noise, pollution, and protect historic homes which are literally being knocked off their foundations. He feels that this Ordinance would enhance the commercial vitality of the downtown area.

Bill Englefield, Chairman of the Board of Englefield Oil Company, residing at 2352 Hankinson Road, agreed that it is commendable to try to reduce truck traffic thorough the Village, however, he feels that prohibiting this type of traffic on that section of Cherry Valley Road will only hurt local business. He feels there is another agenda behind this issue.

Allen Frye, a professional truck driver from Danville, Ohio, noted he has driven over 5 ½ years and has over 500,000 accident and ticket free miles. He voiced a concern with the closing of South Cherry Valley Road as this section is used as an access road to S.R. 16 going east and west and that this closing will not decrease the number of trucks traveling through Granville. He noted that truck traffic traveling out of their way causes more road time and therefore more pollution, adding rerouting would add an additional 1 ½ hours to his route. He also feels that law enforcement would be taken away from the Village area to enforce this ¼ mile section.

 Mayor Bellman asked Mr. Frye what route he currently took and what a alternate route might be.

 Mr. Frye said he drives out of Mt. Vernon on S.R. 661 to S.R. 16 and Cherry Valley Road. He stated another route would take him from S.R. 13 to S.R. 79 to access his terminal which is located in the area of the Air Force base.

Don Contini, 315 N. Pearl Street, referring to the speakers before him stated that he pays taxes in Granville and wants maintain the quality of life in Granville. He doesn’t want trucks coming within his historical Village. He stated he doesn’t care if trucks have to go out of their way by driving extra miles and polluting the countryside. He doesn’t want trucks going through Granville Village. He feels that Granville is becoming a truck route.

Deder Herem of Columbus, Principal Officer of Universal Veneer, voiced the same concern as Tamarack Dairy (Kroger). He stated it would be a devastating blow to have to divert truck traffic from Cherry Valley Road. He feels that Universal Veneer has been a good neighbor and can appreciate the comments of support for the Ordinance. He stated that 70% of their production is export and taxes are being paid in Licking County. He feels the economical impact will be severe.

 Councilmember Robertson questioned the economic benefit to Granville by the use of that portion of Cherry Valley Road. Mr. Herem stated he would research and provide Councilmember Robertson with a breakdown of economic benefits to Granville.

 Mr. Englefield noted that the economic value to Granville is in the numerous employees working for these companies that live in Granville and pay their share of income taxes. He stated that having a business in a community helps the whole community.

Mr. Herem stated that few Universal Veneer trucks travel S.R. 661 through Granville as the majority use the Cherry Valley Road access to S.R. 16 east or west and onto other destinations.

It was also noted that Tamarack’s incoming raw milk comes south on S.R. 661 (from farms around the county) however, no trucks exit through the Village of Granville.

Mr. Englefield stated that less than 2% of truck traffic in the Village belonged to Englefield Oil.

Jeff Wintermute, Sales Manager for Van Wey Sand and Gravel, and also a resident of Granville stated that he pays an extra 3 cents per gallon for fuel tax that goes for roads such as S.R. 661. He stated that the residents of North Pearl Street knew it was a state route before buying there. He noted that truckers aren’t using roads through this Village just because they want to. He also stated that it is not safe to travel West Main Street in Newark as there are two school zones and a hospital zone on that street. 

Steve Cramer, of 235 E. Broadway, and pastor of the Untied Methodist Church of Granville, noted that he lives in the church parsonage and had no choice where his family would live. Although he loves the Granville community he didn’t bargain for all the traffic. He feels that by closing Cherry Valley Road it would help the surrounding community see the need to address the North/South traffic issue. 

Vivian Ashbaugh, of 121 N. Pearl Street, stated that the maintenance and upkeep of Cherry Valley road is paid by the Village of Granville adding that the taxes paid by those Companies represented here this evening are paid to the City of Newark. She expressed concern with additional traffic that will be generated by the Keny development.

Patty Myers, of 229 E. College Street, finishing Mr. Crais’ statement, noted that large trucks are responsible for the wear and tear which destroys our roads. She asked any member of Council not supporting the substance of this Ordinance to explain why public safety and public health are not important. She stated that most of the truck traffic through the Village has its origin in Newark. 

Judy Handle, of River Road, noted that the last time Cherry Valley Road was closed for construction, all the trucks and traffic used River Road. She stated that there are also historical homes on River Road that should be taken into consideration as part of the same community as the Village. She asked that Council exclude this ¼ mile of S. Cherry Valley Road from this Ordinance.

 It was noted that the Ordinance allows Council to earmark truck routes.

Ted Handle, also of River Road, is concerned with the way the Keny property was annexed into Newark. He stated the intersection of Cherry Valley Road and S.R. 16 was created and paid for by the State Of Ohio and the only reason Granville has it is because it was annexed. And feels this is going to hurt all the businesses and feels Council is taking a very hard nose to this issue.

John Castle, of 216 E. College Street, expressed a concern with traffic that is diverted onto College Street from Broadway. He stated that the large amount of traffic on College Street is speeding and not stopping at stop signs. He stated that his historical home was falling apart because of traffic.

Ken Blair, of 2545 North Street, stated he had moved here in 1995 because of the school system. He is concerned with the affects of this ordinance in the access of trucks to his farm.

Maxine Montgomery, of 2450 Newark Granville Road, asked what the implementation and enforcement of this plan might be and if there would be additional costs to enforce this Ordinance?

It was noted that signs would be posted and the identifiable trucking companies would be notified along with several days of warnings issued by the Police Department. It was also noted that there would be additional costs due to increased law enforcement.

Judith Thomas, of 4 Sheppard Place, noted that although she is not affected by trucks she feels this is the right thing to do. She also feels that this is a temporary "stop gap" measure. She also feels that the general idea is to find alternative north/south routes.

Bernie Lukco, of 343 E. College Street, states that he supports this Ordinance. He then asked the trucking representatives in attendance where they have been over the years as this issue has been discussed in the past. He thinks it is time to step up and take action as these trucks are causing damage and problems within our Village.

Melanie Shot, of N. Pearl Street, also feels the truck traffic in Village is excessive and something should be done.

Carl Wildrop, 224 Fairfield in Newark, and owner of a trucking company near Cherry Valley Road, stated that the last thing his company wanted to do was cause problems for any community. He questioned the legality in closing S. Cherry Valley to truck traffic referencing an article he read that deals with trucks being allowed to travel up to one mile off of State Routes. 

Constance Barsky, 221 E. Elm Street, supports the Ordinance. She feels that as a society we have been dominated by the automobile and the increase of trucks on roads is due to the inability of the railroad to respond to new technology. She noted that until these businesses have been threatened there has been no willingness to negotiate. 

Jeff Wintermute noted that material things are made possible only by trucks. He feels this is being hard on truck drivers and is concerned that this might upset truck drivers which could cause retaliation. 

Clifiton Crais noted he found the gentlemen’s threat disturbing but not surprising. He stated that he had called Tamarak Farms and was told there were a number of alternative roads that could be used but Cherry Valley is the most convenient. He feels the argument that businesses will be destroyed is bogus.

Kevin ? , General Manager of Tamarack Farms, stated there were alternative routes however they are inconvenient. He noted that Mr. Crais may have called Tamarak Farms however he hadn’t spoke to him. He again noted that Cherry Valley Road is used by his company for access to east or west S.R. 16, and that only raw milk coming from Licking County Farmers is routed on S.R. 661, where these trucks will continue to use this route whether Cherry Valley Road is closed or not. 

Bill Englefield hopes this doesn’t turn into "you against us". He feels what the Village is trying to accomplish is good and the trucking industry should help. He also stated he has been working on S.R. 157 since 1972. He asked that Council consider passing this legislation with the exemption of S. Cherry Valley Road. He stated no one is against Granville, and the truck drivers aren’t mad at anybody.

Bob Howarth asked what Granville had to gain by closing S. Cherry Valley, and how this will help the problems Village streets.

 Mayor Bellman noted it is not the intention to hurt businesses whether they are in Newark or not. He questioned why people weren’t asking the Newark City Council why it did not consider Granville by the actions Newark has taken. Newark has said they are going to do what is good for them and that Granville will have to deal with their own problems. With this attitude by Newark, he questioned why we should be overly concerned about the impact of the current legislation on Newark.

 Deder Harram questioned how the members of this Council would justify to the River Road citizens the increased truck traffic to eliminating through trucks on S. Cherry Valley.

 Councilmember Wernet stated that he does not anticipate that a trucking firm would be reckless enough to take that sort of route. 

 Ordinance No. 23-98 Vice Mayor McGowan asked the Law Director to expand on his current knowledge of this subject.

Law Director Hurst advised that an individual with the area of expertise in transportation regulation, corridor access, etc., has been contacted. He noted that this individual has agreed to make a comprehensive listing and regulation of the streets and intersections in the areas of concern. He noted that this gentlemen should be able to report back to Council with a list of options and regulations with 2 or 3 weeks.

Vice Mayor McGowan re-iterated that he is more comfortable with getting more than one opinion before casting a vote on something that could be taking us to court on issues or addressing something that could terminate businesses severely. He is not in favor of an emergency dealing with this ordinance.

Councilmember Minklei is convinced that the right thing to do is to pass this Ordinance. She feels this needs to be the start of more discussion and is afraid that if this Ordinance is not passed, everyone will go away and not return as there would be no reason to. She made it make clear that this is not a matter of revenge for what Newark has done with Keny but it is only the ultimate frustration. She also feels there is need for a comprehensive approach to the north/south issue. 

Councilmember Robertson stated she was in agreement with Ms. Minklei, however should would like this Ordinance to pass and simultaneously create a committee to review. 

There was discussion about enacting the Ordinance and delaying the enforcement of Cherry Valley Road.

Bob Howarth committed Kroger (Tamarack Dairy) and Universal Veneer to this issue and will do his best to contact a list of companies supplied by the Village and invite them to these meetings. He asked for 30 days to put together a committee and some discussion about this issue. He said that this committee will put together a plan. He asked that anyone in attendance could sign up to be a part of an ad hoc committee. He will contact these individuals and to effectuate a plan and return to Council in 2 weeks with a report.

It was noted that the ordinance will not take affect for 30 days. Within that time if a solution to the truck traffic problem is going well the grace period could be extended. It was noted that the need for an emergency clause has been eliminated. Councilmember Robertson moved the question.

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend Ordinance No. 23-98 as follows: Delete the title and insert "An Ordinance To Amend Sections 301.38, 301.44 through 301.53, 303.99, 305.02, And 339.02, And To Enact Section 331.44 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio. To Provide Uniform Regulation Of Truck Traffic In The Village Of Granville", make insertion into the Section I to conform with the title, and remove the emergency clause. Second by Councilmember Minklei. All ayes. Motion carried.

Roll call vote to adopt Ordinance No. 23-98: Robertson yes, Minklei yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 23-98 is adopted. 

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Bernie Lukco, of 343 E. College Street, reported to Council on the "Old Middle School" parking issue. He noted that the neighbors have no objection to using this lot as a parking lot but that the area should be defined, graveled so there is no run-off, and that posts with a chain connection be put at the entrance with School Administration responsible for making sure it is locked. He noted that the Board of Education has given the impression that they are not interested in working with this group.

Rochelle Steinberg, of 425 E. College Street, read a letter with concerns. She stated that the site plan approval was given to the School Board by the Planning Commission and the BZBA and that the School Board has not complied to date. She mentioned a "temporary" arrangement which had been agreed to and expressed concern of such an agreement. She feels there is no legal basis to vary from the approved plan which she feels sets a risky precedent for the Village. She asked that until property drainage and proper screening was provided that parking on the lot not be permitted. She also asked that the Police Department be authorized to enforce the no parking policy and ticket/tow vehicles on the lot.

Robin Bartlett, of 410 E. Broadway, also reading a statement to Council, stated she is the most directly affected by a temporary parking lot. She stated that headlights, noise of engines, car doors, and people conversing will be an undue burden to her. She asked that the Village Council visit her property and investigate how important screening is in this situation. 

Clifton Crais stated he feels it is a good idea that the Village hire an expert to research traffic issues. He asked that this expert speak with the community for input but be directed to not participate in the ad hoc committee.

Law Director Hurst Rufus stated that this person was not a consultant. He noted that this is a lawyer who will define for only this Council what its regulatory options are, notwithstanding what the various parties wishes may be. He will tell this Council what the law says it can do.

 John Castle, of 216 E. College Street, feels other things need to be done in regard to the traffic. He again stated his concern with the amount of traffic on College Street. He suggested signs saying all through traffic must use state routes.

Jim Jump, of 143 Thresher Street, explained that the Manager had asked for his input on Ordinance No. 23-98. He stated he does support consulting a true motor vehicle lawyer. He also reminded that the Licking County Planning Commission has offered to donate $10,000 for a traffic study with regard to the Thornwood project.

Don Contini, of 315 N. Pearl Street, feels this Council should sit down with the School Board to address the Old Middle School parking lot issues.

Jim Harf, a member of the School Board, stated that he was unaware of the magnitude of this problem. He stated that there were things being done, like putting railing up on the entrance, grading, putting cement barriers to define the parking, posts and a chain. He mentioned the possibility of using a snow fence to deter parking. He feels the School Board has acted in good faith in working with the Village Manager and Planner. He noted that Village Police do not have authority to tow vehicles illegally parked in the parking lot. He noted that the Board had instructed the Superintendent that all violators are to be towed. He noted that the lots are to be put up for sale as soon as possible.

Manager Hickman noted that a permit has been issued to allow for a temporary lot with a chain. He suggested that the snow fence be added and they need to be responsible for towing.

 David Bussan, of 420 E. Broadway, stated he has 128 ft of property line that is contiguous to where the Middle School used to be. He noted that since the demolition the ground has not been graded away from his property and water drains into the back of his lot. He voiced a concern that the permit allows 2 years before the parking lot must be complete and asked who will be responsible for drainage problems on these lots if they are sold in the mean time.

Jim Harf stated that the School Board would solve the drainage problem to the satisfaction of the Village. He stated that future property owners will be responsible for solving the water drainage on their property. He said the school board is trying to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.

 Councilmember Robertson remarked that the lights on the side of the new elementary school were too bright and suggested they be adjusted. She also asked if the new railing was temporary and if it had been approved.

 Mr. Harf stated that he would look into the bright light issue. He does not remember whether there was a railing approved.

Don Contini suggested that volunteers put up concrete posts with chains around the lot as a temporary measure to block traffic from parking in the lot. He suggested that the School Board pay for the supplies.

 Jim Havens committed to talking to the School Board to get a clearer idea of what is to happen on a temporary basis and work on the problems from that point.

 David Bussan, of 420 E. Broadway, noted that the speed limit is not being enforced along E. Broadway.

 It was suggested that the Manager get a report from the Chief of Police with regard to E. Broadway enforcement.

Maxine Montgomery also reminded Council and Citizens to remember that there has been a shuffling of responsibilities in the Village Offices. She hopes that Council evaluates that situation closely because if people are spread too thin, money may be saved but productivity is reduced. She then asked if the Law Director had given an opinion on Ordinances No. 19 and 20-98. 

 Councilmember Wernet noted that Council would take into consideration the Law Directors thoughts on these Ordinances. He also stated that this Council was very please with what the staff has been able to accomplish with reduced cost. He stated that was one of the factors that led to the 1.52% "bonus" to Village employees. He stated that the Personnel Committee has been looking very carefully to make sure things aren’t stretched too thin.

CHERRY VALLEY ROAD

 Mayor Bellman questioned why the Village was putting in five lanes on S. Cherry Valley Road if it is going to be consumed by another community. He noted that this section of road was under construction and Council needs to make a decision. He questioned why Granville would build five lanes for other community’s to benefit. He feels that if we’re concerned about overburdening our schools why are we facilitating the sale of those lots (Keny) by improving the road that leads to them.

 Councilmember Rader noted that this road improvement was approved by the Planning Commission during the Bob Evans site plan approval. It was noted that it is too late to change that plan.

Manager Hickman noted a provision had been made in next years budget to work with Keith Myers, and others, in the review of traffic patterns and parking. COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilmember Lucier reported that the Union Cemetery Board met with legal advisers today and are moving ahead on the Cemetery boundary dispute.

She also thanked Manager Hickman for his efforts in organizing the Council picnic, and congratulated Jim Jump for his appointment as chairman of the Joint Economic Development District Committee.

ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember Lucier moved to adjourn the meeting at 11:30pm. Councilmember Wernet second. Motion carried. 

Council Minutes 10/21/98

 Thru Truck Traffic Ordinance - Councilmember Wernet requested an Ordinance with an emergency clause be drafted to prohibit thru truck traffic within Village boundaries.

Councilmembers Rader, Lucier, and Vice Mayor McGowan were in favor of introducing an Ordinance relating to thru truck traffic, however they would not support an emergency clause. The feeling is that the public deserves the opportunity for review and input of this Ordinance.

Councilmembers Wernet and Minklei stated they had heard significant input for some time and support the emergency clause based on what the public has requested this evening.

Councilmember Robertson stated she would like to see Ordinance language before making a decision on the support of an emergency clause.

Mayor Bellman feels that all governments in Licking County need to take a community wide approach to these problems. However, in light of Newark City Council’s failure to take a community wide approach on other recent issues, perhaps Granville is justified in taking a similar approach here and look at what is good for Granville. He volunteered to draft an Ordinance this evening. He then asked citizens in attendance for additional comments based on this topic.

George Wickler, 223 E. College Street, a tractor/trailer driver, feels Council should act promptly. He also feels there is no common ground between Newark and Granville. He noted that truck sizes are increasing and have outgrown the intersections.

Clifton Crais feels consideration should be given to delivery trucks doing legitimate business in the Village and asked how this Ordinance will be enforced. He noted that he had been personally working on this problem for five years.

Bernie Lukco also feels the Ordinance should be passed as soon as possible and feels signs should be posted and strictly enforced. Don Contini stated he had been complaining about this problem for years. He feels it is time this Council help the citizens protect their homes in this Village.

 Rusty Fletcher, 201 N. Pearl Street, stated he is new to this community and is shocked that this problem has been put off for so long. 

There was discussion with regard to the timetable of enforcement if this Ordinance is adopted. It was decided that announcements in local papers and letters to area carriers would be needed. It was also suggested that warnings be issued for several days after posted.

Councilmember Rader stated he would prefer that this type of legislation be done in a more calculated manner, such as identifying major truck traffic offenders and sending notification for cooperation.

 Manager Hickman made note that enforcement would more than likely take more police time.

At this time Vice Mayor McGowan presided over the Council meeting as Mayor Bellman excused himself from Council Chambers to work on a draft for Ordinance No. 23-98.

Village Brewing Company Jerry Martin, owner of Village Brewing Company (Brews) addressed Council with regard to his request of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for an extension of hours. He implied that there were certain nights of the week which he would like to remain open until 2:30am. He noted this idea was based on patron’s frequent requests. He noted that this was considered an addendum to the his present D-3 liquor license and was an extension of privileges. He added that the establishment would remain open until 2:30am based on demand.

Councilmember Rader stated that with this day and age of alcohol abuse, underage drinking, DWI’s, and the crackdown on alcohol offenses, he feels the State Department of Liquor Control is remiss in not reducing hours. He expressed concern that this establishment is in a residential area and cautioned that there are some obligations on the part of the owner to make sure that there are no problems in the neighborhood. He stated this was a privilege that could be taken away. 

Councilmember Wernet, citing problems with another establishment of this type in the downtown area, voiced a concern that this would allow for a greater volume of incidents at 2:30am, noting that there would now be two locations requiring police patrol at 2:30am. He asked that the interest of the overall community be considered.

There was discussion about the steps being taken to discourage underage drinking and false identification. Mr. Martin noted that his employees are required to check identification adding that he was also looking at purchasing a bar encoder which is a more error proof way for checking ID’s. He also stated that he had been notified by Chief Cartnal that there had been no complaints against this establishment and assured Council that a year from now this would remain the same.

 Councilmember Rader stated that should there be an increase in the need for law enforcement during the 2:30pm closing, Council may ask Mr. Martin to reciprocate.

 Council thanked Mr. Martin for his time.

 REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the special meeting of September 24, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. 

The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of October 7, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Robertson moved to approve the minutes as amended. Councilmember Lucier second. Motion carried. 

The minutes of the special meeting of October 20, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes. Councilmember Robertson second. Motion carried. 

MAYORS REPORT The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of September was presented for review.

 Vice Mayor McGowan directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes. MANAGER’S REPORT The Manager’s Report for the month of September was presented for review. 

Councilmember Rader brought up the question of Alexandria water usage. Manager Hickman will report to Mr. Rader. There was some question about the hours worked on Elm Street. Following a question by Councilmember Robertson with regard to the number of hours spent sealing cracks, it was noted that as there are two to three employees working on such a project, hours quickly add up.

Councilmember Robertson moved to accept the Manager’s Report. Councilmember Wernet seconded. Motion carried. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS Vice Mayor McGowan announced that the GBPA is sponsoring a parade and costume contest downtown on trick or treat night.

Councilmember Wernet noted that during discussion of the Comprehensive Plan at a recent GBPA meeting, Gib Blackstone voiced a concern about the lack of parking in the village. Mr. Blackstone also spoke of Taylor’s proposed plan to relocate to a building where they would have more parking. He is concerned with how many businesses will remain in the downtown area without sufficient parking.

Vice Mayor McGowan mentioned some consideration might be given to 30 minute parking in some areas of downtown.

Councilmember Robertson noted a discussion with the Streets & Sidewalks Committee wherein it has been suggested that an aerial photograph might be beneficial to reconfigure areas for parking efficiency. Manager Hickman will coordinate an aerial photograph with Keith Myers.

 There was a brief discussion on the idea of a bus-type service making periodic trips around the Village to provide accessible transportation.

Councilmember Minklei again mentioned the idea of a handicapped parking space at the crosswalk to provide access for some citizens.

 The Streets and Sidewalks Committee will address these issues and make a recommendation to Council.

 Ordinance No. 23-98

 Mayor Bellman returned to the table with a draft of Ordinance No. 23-98

 Following a discussion and amendments to the draft, Councilmember Wernet introduced Ordinance No. 23-98, An Ordinance To Prohibit "Thru-Truck" Traffic Through The Village of Granville, by reading its title. Councilmember Wernet then moved to introduce the emergency section which he read in full. Councilmember Minklei second.

 Several Councilmembers continued to discuss the need to pass this Ordinance with an emergency clause stating that amending and "fine tuning" could be done at a later date.

 Following discussion among Council, it was decided that the emergency clause of Ordinance No. 23-98 did not have enough affirmative votes to be adopted.

 Law Director Hurst advised that after an Ordinance is introduced with an emergency clause, but not passed by emergency measure, the Charter takes over and the Ordinance is to be scheduled for a public hearing in two weeks. He noted that the Ordinance could be reintroduced at that time with an emergency clause thus allowing for the Ordinance to become effective immediately if the emergency clause is adopted at that time.

 Council asked that Manager Hickman order appropriate signs in preparation for the passage of this Ordinance.

 Law Director Hurst suggested that Ordinance No. 23-98 be put into final form to include an emergency clause, and scheduled for a public hearing and action at the November 4, Council meeting. Councilmember Wernet moved the motion. Councilmember Rader second.

 A Public Hearing is scheduled for Ordinance No. 23-98 on November 4, 1998.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing pending litigation. Councilmember Rader second.

Roll call vote: Robertson yes, Lucier yes, McGowan yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Motion Carried.

Council took a 3 minute recess.

Time in: 9:50pm

 Councilmember Lucier made a motion to return to regular session. Vice Mayor McGowan seconded. 

 Roll call vote: Robertson yes, Lucier yes, McGowan yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Motion Carried.

Time out: 10:05pm 

 ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:05pm. Councilmember Minklei second. Motion carried. 

Council Minutes 10/20/98

 Special Council Meeting Tuesday, October 20, 1998 

 Mayor Bellman called the meeting to order at 9:05pm.

Roll call vote: Bellman yes Minklei no Lucier yes Rader yes McGowan no Robertson yes Wernet yes

 Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse Councilmember’s McGowan and Minklei. Motion carried.

9:35pm - Councilmember Minklei arrived

Recent Events

 Council discussed the impact of recent events over the last few days and entertained any ideas. No decisions were made.

 Councilmember Rader made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:45pm. Councilmember Lucier seconded. Motion carried.

 

Council Minutes 10/7/98

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Mayor Bellman, Councilmember Lucier, Vice Mayor McGowan, Councilmember Minklei, Councilmember Rader, Councilmember Robertson, Councilmember Wernet Also Present Manager Hickman, Law Director Hurst Visitors Present Bernard Lukco, Maureen Severson, Carol Philipps, Kathryn Wimberger, Mary Fellabaum, Jim Jump, Scott Rawdon (Sentinel)

PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 17-98, An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing for Adjustments of the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 1998 and Revising Sums for Operating Expenses. (Robertson). Having received no comments, Mayor Bellman declared the public hearing closed.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES September 16, 1998. Councilmember Robertson moved to approve Minutes as corrected. Vice Mayor McGowan seconded, and motion was unanimously approved.

 Special Meeting, September 24, 1998. Approval of these minutes is postponed.

 Special Meeting, September 30, 1998. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve minutes as submitted; Councilmember Rader seconded, and minutes were unanimously approved.

CITIZENS COMMENTS Bernard Lukco, 343 East College, is confused and concerned about some of the parking issues at the old middle school. Con-struc-tion has not begun on the lot, and people are parking there haphazardly and without authorization. Steve Cartnal told him he could not ticket cars because that was a private lot, and the Acting Superintendent of Schools is not familiar with all the issues. There should be a way to enforce the parking restrictions. and erect a sign. It will be a worse problem with rain and snow, and the School Board ought to expedite construction. Manager Hickman said this was new to him and he wanted time to study the situation. Vehicles parking on the sidewalk have been ticketed, and the school is responsible if cars need to be towed. The Acting Superintendent should be informed of the background here. Mr. Lukco will keep an eye on this.

 Mary Fellabaum, 310 West Elm, would like to thank Village Manager for his help in making the Antique Show a success in spite of the rain. They had 41 wet dealers; it was well attended and the new location was successful. Councilmember Lucier did receive a call from an upset resident and she will come and speak for herself later.

 Bob Kent, 100 Pinehurst, on behalf of his family, who own 100± acres on 16/661, wants to develop this area. It's in the township but involves the Village also. He is asking Council to appoint one or more people to an ad hoc committee to discuss the best way to approach this. Mayor Bellman thought this matter raised a lot of concerns that go beyond this property and may involve water and sewer issues. He thought this was a big enough situation to seek involve-ment of the Comprehensive Plan group and our whole game plan for the future. Others wanted representatives from Township Trustees, Village Council, the Comprehensive Plan group, Township Zoning, and School Board. Mr. Kent preferred a small group just to offer guidance at this time. 

 Three members were selected for Mr. Kent's group: Councilmembers Minklei, Rader, and Wernet

COMMITTEE REPORTS Personnel Committee. The committee would be glad to answer questions from the Council. They did not vote on anything.

 Recreation Commission. They did plant grass at the new park in the Village by the driving range. The Rec. Commission is offering basketball from Grade one up.

 Cemetery Board. Councilmember Lucier requests clarification from Council and Law Director as to who is our legal counsel. This is still pending.

 Granville Planning Commission. Councilmember Wernet said that Kobunski was going to be on the agenda again but Mr. Hersam requested tabling until the next meeting.

 John Thornborough brought up a rezoning question for NW corner of Main and College. Members wanted to postpone any discussion until they saw an application. GPC wants a public hearing for rezoning, and Council wants its own public hearings. 

 Streets and Sidewalks. Councilman Rader presented priorities for next year's budget: 1. South Main Street, with Ameriflora added, and a welcome sign. Mayor Bellman likes the idea of involving property owners in a partnership and getting some money from them. Councilmember McGowan stated that the South Main project was approved by a former Council and one suggestion was a turn lane at the IGA. Dan Freytag opposed this idea. Some people want the current Council to re-visit this thought. Mayor Bellman wondered whether traffic was of real concern at this point. Do we really want to make it easier for visitors to go through town? Maybe it's good to stop instead. Mr. Wernet wondered why pay for something that may not have real benefit. Councilmember Rader said Streets and Sidewalks Committee wanted to recommend a turn lane, and Councilmember Wernet thought there was to be discussion with property owners first. Council-member Rader added that a grant would affect Munson to Broadway, 80/20, and a turn lane would be in the non-grant area. 2. West Maple to Cherry, with curbs and work with residents about parking. 3. Engineering on east side of Village in relation to impact fees on new building in that area to help pay for Cherry Valley Road improvements. Manager Hickman will give us a resolution to have improvements done. 4. David Longaberger has the driveway cut in. They will make a pathway also. 5. Pathway on Newark/Granville Road. It will be an 8' bike-path going from western drive of the church to Bryn Du and a 6' path from the Catholic Church to Clear Run. Mayor Bellman said that where a sidewalk is close to houses, the style is concrete, but the disadvantage is that it would only be 6' and would be more costly. Members agreed to use asphalt instead of concrete.

PUBLIC HEARING AND OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 17-98, an Ordinance to Amend 22-97 Providing for Adjustments of the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 1998 and Revising Sums for Operating Expenses, as introduced by Councilmember Robertson during the September 16th meeting. By roll call, every member voted for the Ordinance.

NEW BUSINESS ORDINANCE NO. 18-98, An Ordinance to Revise the Codified Ordinances by Adopting Current Replacement Pages and Declaring an Emergency. Manager Hickman said this ordinance needs to be intro-duced and have further discussion. It does not need to be an emergency basis. Councilmember Rader introduced this Ordinance, and there will be a public hearing October 21.

 RESOLUTION NO. 98-34, a Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Advertise for Bids for the Sale of a 1986 Ford 350 Truck, which has already been replaced through the state bid process and is now surplus that needs to be sold. Councilmember McGowan introduced this Resolution and Councilman Rader seconded. Manager Hickman said there is another vehicle to add to this as sealed bid. The Law Director said this could be amended or add to it later. It's a 1987 Chrysler LeBaron acquired through court order on a forfeiture. The Village does not want it and it is accumulating storage fees at M and P in addition to the original $600 fee. In a contract the Law Director could state that the Village is not responsible for the $600. Mayor Bellman moved to amend this by saying: "The Manager is authorized to dispose of another vehicle, namely a 1987 LeBaron notwithstanding provisions of 125.11. The amendment was unanimously approved. The Resolution was unanimously approved.

 {As an aside, Mr. Hickman wants Ms. Wimberger to look at the new River Road sign.} RESOLUTION NO. 98-35, a Resolution to Approve Submittal of an Update of the District Solid Waste Management Plan. Carol Philipps, District Coordinator of the Solid Waste District, stated this was to reduce landfills, encourage recycling, and discourage littering. This plan needs to be updated every five years and look toward 15 years ahead. You recently received information from her group and will get more. She wants to add to recycling sites. Councilmember Robertson asked what assurances there were that the recycling actually gets to the plant, and Ms. Philipps said monitoring was impossible. Councilman Rader moved to introduce this Resolution and Vice Mayor McGowan seconded. It was approved by majority with one Abstention vote (Mayor Bellman).

 RESOLUTION NO. 98-36, Resolution Accepting the Amounts and Rates as Determined by the Budget Commission and Authorizing the Necessary Tax Levies and Certifying Them to the County Auditor. Manager Hickman explained that these are funds we will receive from the County for 1999. Mayor Bellman moved to introduce this Resolution and read the Resolution to the group. Councilmember Wernet seconded and it was unanimously approved. Councilmember Wernet thought these forms could be updated, and members agreed that the penned-in figures with "strikeovers" obscured the correct figures.

MATTERS OF INTEREST Jim Jump has proposed an ordinance and explained it to the group. He asked what would happen if a bad error of law occurs and nobody follows up. What could the Village do to prevent this. His proposal has three main points: (1) the municipality may not attack or void decisions of its own authority unless it gives itself authority to do so. (2) Finding a procedure to allow this. What you are looking for is where the decision clearly constitutes abuse of power, corruption, or misrepresentation. (3) Let the citizens send a letter to the Law Director voicing their complaints. Some say the SuperAmerica decision represents an abuse of corporate power and a clear disregard of law. The Law Director said we already have a procedure in existence {1139.07 and 1109.12}. He has serious reservations about this proposal. Councilmember Wernet suggested that the Law Director and Jim Jump get together and give us results of that discussion. Councilmember Robertson introduced both proposals, 19-98, An Ordinance to Amend 1137.07 and to Enact Section 1137.09 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, Ohio, to Expand the Authority of the Council, Law Director, and Village Manager, to prevent Violations of the Zoning Ordinance, and 20-98, An Ordinance to Amend Sections 1135.01, 1137.01, 1137.02, 1137.05, 1137.07, 1139.04, 1139.05, 1141.04, 1141.05, 1147.04, and 1159.05, and to Enact Section 1137.09 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, Ohio, to Permit the Law Director and Taxpayers of the Village to Take Action to Prevent Unlawful Decisions and Orders Issued under the Zoning Ordinance. Councilmember Rader seconded. Councilmember Robertson wants a public hearing November 4. The Law Director said this will take a lot of time to study.

 Comments from the Mayor. The Mayor noticed it was unusually quiet down-town when Cherry Valley was closed. Chief Cartnal was going to check on Westerville, etc., to see how they managed to control noise. Mayor Bellman also stated that other towns have restric-tions on JAK brakes and wondered whether Granville could also. Manager Hickman will work out some language.

 A letter from a resident on South Main complains about speed-ing traffic. There are also violations on College between Granger and Broadway. Should we look at other areas to see how they control speed through the village?

 He has also received comments about skateboards. Manager Hickman said if they are a nuisance, they will be cited. Officers do patrols. Councilmember Robertson valued the idea of interaction between police and young people. Councilmember Rader recommended calling parents on the phone. Manager Hickman will talk to Chief Cartnal about this.

 The idea of Alexandria and water agreement raises a possible opportunity: Acquire Land Conservancy easements along the bike path. We want understanding about development. See about alter-nate truck routes. The ODOT says if you want trucks out of the village, give them an alternate truck route.

 Liquor Permit. Law Director Hurst needs to be advised whether or not Council requests hearings before Ohio Liquor Control regard-ing Village Brewing Company's request for a new permit for D-3-A, an extension of issued permit privileges until 2:30 a.m. in addition to its other permissions already received. Councilmember Wernet said neighboring residents and merchants might not like that idea, and Councilmember Rader said this is in a residential area and 2:30 is absurd and not community-minded. Vice Mayor McGowan said it is easier to revoke a license than to deny it originally. The deadline is October 31. Hurdles are remarkable. ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn at 10 p.m. Councilmember Lucier seconded.

 Respectfully submitted, Betty Allen, acting secretary 

Council Minutes 9/30/98

 Special Council Meeting Wednesday - September 30, 1998 

Roll call vote: Bellman Minklei Lucier Rader McGowan Robertson Wernet 

Councilmember Rader made a motion to enter into Executive Session for the discussion of personnel issues, land acquisition, and legal matters. Councilmember Wernet seconded the motion. 

Roll call vote: Bellman - yes Minklei - yes Lucier - yes Rader - yes McGowan - yes Robertson - yes Wernet - yes 

Time in: 9:00 pm

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to return to regular session. Councilmember Rader seconded the motion. 

Roll call vote: Bellman - yes Minklei - yes Lucier - yes Rader - yes McGowan - yes Robertson - yes Wernet - yes

Time out: 10:35 pm 

Councilmember Rader made a motion to adjourn from the Special Meeting. Councilmember Wernet seconded the motion.

Meeting adjourned at: 10:36 pm 

Council Minutes 9/24/98

 Special Council Meeting Thursday - September 24, 1998

Roll call vote: Bellman Minklei Lucier Rader McGowan Robertson Wernet

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing litigation. Councilmember Rader seconded.

Roll call vote: Bellman - yes Minklei - yes Lucier - yes Rader - yes McGowan - yes Robertson - yes Wernet - yes

Time in: 7:03pm 

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to adjourn from Executive Session and return to Regular Session. Councilmember Rader seconded.

Roll call vote: Bellman - yes Minklei - yes Lucier - yes Rader - yes McGowan - yes Robertson - yes Wernet - yes

Time out: 9:35pm

Councilmember Wernet made the motion to hereby authorize the Law Director to cooperate with, assist, participate in, and pursue those efforts in support of Granville Township as discussed herein tonight. Councilmember Rader seconded.

Roll call vote: Bellman - abstain Minklei - yes Lucier - yes Rader - yes McGowan - yes Robertson - yes Wernet - yes 

 Councilmember Rader made a motion to adjourn. Councilmember Wernet seconded.

 Meeting adjourned at: 11:00pm 

Council Minutes 9/16/98

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Wernet Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Councilmember Robertson Law Director Hurst Councilmember Minklei Manager Hickman Councilmember Lucier made a motion to excuse Councilmember Rader. Councilmember McGowan second. Motion Carried.

 PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 16-98, An Ordinance Authorizing The Approval Of An Offer To Purchase Real Property Commonly Know as 200 East Broadway by the Village of Granville.

 Pete Marshall, 115 W. College Street, stated that as a taxpayer he has a problem with the $120,000 "swing" in the proposed final payment for the Bennett property. He asked where funding will be coming from and what the purpose of this purchase was. He feels that unless Council can tell the citizens exactly what it will cost the Village taxpayers, how it will be paid for, and what it will be used for, it would be irresponsible for Council to pass this ordinance.

Ed McCaul, 112 Victoria Drive, pointed out that the Village has zoning laws to protect this property if it were to be purchased by someone other than Village government. He also expressed his opinion that unless this property is used for municipal purposes, he is firmly against any government agency going into "Commercial Enterprise".

Maxine Montgomery, 2415 Newark Granville Road, expressed some of the same concerns and questions as Mr. Marshall and Mr. McCaul. She also questioned why this ordinance was introduced during the last meeting when she had previously been told that this ordinance was not on the agenda. She expressed concern that the public did not know this Ordinance was set for Public Hearing this evenings adding that she was aware of several citizens who would liked to have attended this public hearing but were unaware that it would be this evening.

Joanne Morey, 326 E. College Street, noted a letter she had written to Council regarding her opposition to the purchase of the Bennett property. She also stated she was in agreement with Ms. Montgomery and feels this whole procedure has been kept very quiet. She mentioned a rumor that the reason this Council is interested in this property is to protect its use. She added that there is adequate zoning in place to protect this use. She then noted that this property has been on the market for two years and feels that if this property were marketable it would have been sold. She asked why this Council feels it is smarter than the general public noting that, as a licensed Realtor, she has had serious buyers who could not find it economically feasible to purchase this property. She then asked Council why it was pursuing this property at the Village’s expense.

Bob Kent, 100 Pinehurst Drive and owner of The Granville Inn, stated he did not agree. He mentioned a flyer that has circulated representing area merchants who feel there should be more retail in the downtown area. He also mentioned the problem with parking and would like to see more parking in the downtown area. He believes it is farsighted for the Council to consider buying this "piece of ground". He alluded that given the benefit of additional parking, area merchants should pay for part of this expense.

Greg Ream, 79 Victoria Drive and owner of Taylor Drug, noted he was of the same opinion as Mr. Kent. He also feels that parking is the number one problem for downtown Granville, and also believes that area merchants should help pay for it. He noted that it takes higher numbers through the door for businesses to survive, and more feet require more cars which require more parking. He also feels it is farsighted that Council is thinking in this direction.

Joanne Morey argued that with the exception of July 4th and those types of occurrences, there is available parking within 2 blocks of downtown.

Pete Marshall asked Council if it had a licensed Commercial Real Estate Appraiser do a review of this property.

Mayor Bellman noted that the Village hired Ron Davis to do an appraisal on this property.

James Jump, 143 Thresher St. stated he had been in favor of the Village getting involved with the purchase of this property even before it was a reality, however he doesn’t know what the best use is for this property. He questioned tonight’s comments with regard to this property being used as a parking facility stating he was not aware that this was a specific use intended for this property.

Keith Myers, 229 E. College St. noted he was in favor of this acquisition and he also feels it shows foresight on the Council’s part. He pointed out that other communities have been successful in acquiring properties within Village boundaries noting Dublin was successful in acquiring one of its key intersections at S.R. 161 and S.R. 257. 

Judy Guenther, 71 Donald Ross Drive and owner of Hare Hollow, stated though she is in favor of the Village purchasing this property, however, she would still like to see a task force established to review parking situations. She feels there is a need for more parking in the downtown are but is not convinced that the Bennett property is the only option. 

Ed McCaul questioned whether Council had a plan for this property adding that he disagrees with purchasing this property until there is a plan.

Mayor Bellman discussed several reasons this would be an important purchase for the Village. He explained that the consensus among Council was that this was a key piece of property, and the common interest was in keeping and maintaining the economic viability of downtown Granville. He stated that negotiations would have been difficult if done in a public setting, noting that the Ohio Revised Code - Sunshine Law allows that discussions for the purchase of property be done in Executive Session for this very purpose. He also reminded that the use of this property would be reviewed with input from the public.

Vice Mayor McGowan remarked that during an Executive Session relating to this purchase, his vote was for the public to have input before a final decision was made. He recounted that he had questioned what the Village’s intention was for this property and was told it would be decided later. He stated he would not do that with his own money and therefore he is not in favor of this purchase.

Councilmember Lucier referencing one Councilmember’s interest in making this property a parking lot, stated she is opposed to this use. She feels that the goal is in keeping the vitality of downtown Granville the commercial, cultural and recreational center and feels it is Council’s task to acquire the property thereby giving the public a chance to pursue its possibilities.

Councilmember Robertson explained the reason for Council’s inability to speak publicly about possible use of this property was because Council was unable to publically speak about the purchase. She believes that downtown Granville is the glue for the community. She stated she favors acquiring the land and then deciding, as a community, what should be done with it.

Councilmember Minklei stated it is her belief that this is an incredible opportunity to retain control over one of the Village’s prime commercial spots. She feels this purchase is in line with the Comprehensive Plan and its goal of keeping the downtown a viable, healthy, and economic center. She also would not endorse using the property exclusively as a parking lot. She would like to see it used as retail. 

Councilmember Wernet feels it is important that Village Offices be removed from potential retail space, and feels it is unfortunate that prime retail space is being used as Council Chambers. He suggested the possibility of a two or three story structure being erected on this site with the Village Offices being located on either the second or third floors. He feels the issue is to remove the Village Offices from first floor retail space, provide some additional parking and provide enough retail to defer some of the cost. He feels that with retail on the main level, there would be revenue for the structure in terms of taxes and rent. He then pointed out that a small portion of the funds to purchase this property would be needed at this time, noting that some of the money isn’t paid for 15 years from the date of purchase. Thus, the present value is less than the total payout over those 15 years. He noted that this meets the sellers needs as well as being beneficial to the Village.

 Mayor Bellman feels that the economic vitality of the downtown commercial district is critical to our quality of life and our sense of identity to the community. He feels that everyone owning real estate in Granville gets a premium based on the viability of the downtown. He feels it is also important that this piece of property remain aesthetically pleasing. Noting his thoughts on the construction of a building on this property, he would like to see a building which would compliment the businesses by bringing people downtown on Friday and Saturday night. 

 In response to Ms. Montgomery, Law Director Hurst noted that Ordinance No. 16-98 was not on the tentative agenda for the meeting of September 2. He added that as there were a number of drafts and revisions to this purchase contract, unless the ordinance was introduced and a public hearing set at that time, given the timing restrictions, the contract would fail by its own terms. He noted there is a full 30 days from the date of passage before an ordinance becomes effective, therefore the need for introduction of this legislation during the meeting of September 2.

 Mayor Bellman, explaining the finance process of this contract noted the desire of the seller was to get a type of pension. He feels this was a perfect match between the family selling the property and the Village adding this arrangement allowed the Village to take advantage of its tax free status and use money from its current balance without any bonding or additional costs. 

In explaining several ideas for this property, Councilmember Wernet also mentioned the possible need for the Village to consider selling some of its current property in downtown Granville to offset future expenses. Vice Mayor McGowan suggested Council add Section IV to this ordinance which would read "the lot may not be used permanently as a parking lot but would be developed to insure the vitality of this lot and enhance the downtown as a business, cultural, social hub for Granville". He feels this would guarantee that the lot would not be used as a parking lot. Mayor Bellman asked whether Vice Mayor McGowan would be voting for the ordinance if this language were adopted. Vice Mayor McGowan then stated he was trying to add the language to improve the ordinance but that he still would not be voting for it.

There was a question as to what Council’s plans were for the building that currently resides on this property and if there was a projected cost to remove said building.

 It was noted at this time that this had not been discussed.

It was also suggested that the lot be used for parking until a decision had been made as to its use. Some of the many ideas for this property were: a visitors center, an ice skating rink (during winter), public restrooms, etc.

Ed McCaul, speaking as an engineer, feels as there is no plan implemented for this property he is against this purchase based on speculation of its use. He also noted by renting space for retail, will increase the amount of parking more. 

Jim Jump asked Council if any consideration had been made to the possibility of underground parking with a multi-use structure on top. He also asked if anyone had considered Community Improvement Corporation as noted under ORC 1710 to handle this kind of multiple use.

Pete Marshall, noting that this plan is being entered into with a cost estimate between $400,000 - $520,000, and there is no estimate for the cost of demolition; suggested if this were a discussion at a Board of Directors meeting of a Corporation, it would be considered insane. He feels Council is irresponsible if they continue with this acquisition.

Mary Fellabaum, 310 W. Elm Street, asked if the EPA was ever consulted. She also feels that buying a piece of property without a plan seems a bit "off cuff". She stated she hoped the funds used to purchase this property were not coming from the Green Space Fund. Councilmember Lucier responded by stating that an environmental study was being done as part of the contract. Mayor Bellman responded that Green Space money was not and could not be used for this purpose.

Kevin Bennett, 172 Mill Race, and representing his mother’s interest in this matter stated he understood the concerns voiced this evening. He noted that having had an appraisal that was significantly higher, the Bennetts don’t feel this is an overly generous price. He explained that his dad had originally listed the property at a price he knew would never sell as he was not in a hurry to sell the property. He also noted the love his parents had for this Village stating that his mother wished a party would purchase the property that would preserve the simple quality of downtown Granville. He added that this is why his mother accepted these below fair market value terms. He did note that it was not the wish of the Bennett family to sell to a Commercial Enterprise for fear of causing division in the community.

 Councilmember Minklei feels the benefit of having a vibrant stretch of stores will outweigh any additional parking demands. She noted that she lives 1½ blocks from downtown Granville and stated there is always parking available in front of her house. She also suggested handicapped parking near the crosswalk in front of Taylor’s.

It was noted that ORC 1710 had not been considered.

 It was noted that a provision in the purchase agreement states that the seller is required to review EPA issues at the seller’s expense. It was also noted that the EPA review is near completion. 

Vice Mayor McGowan voiced a concern that more money is needed in addition to the purchase price. He feels the public should have more input. He then stated he is representing the taxpayers and does not support this deal.

Jennetta Pyle, 122 S. Prospect Street, stated she also has reservations about this purchase. She noted that in addition to a possible $100,000 needed for demolition, there is also talk of constructing a three story building with underground parking. She feels it is not proper to invest the funds to purchase the property not knowing how the Village will get a return.

Hal Jackson, owner of Victoria’s Parlour, asked if a task force or committee would be set up to review possible uses. It was noted that a task force would be considered. 

 Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 16-98 at 8:56pm. Council took a 5 minute recess 

Council Minutes 9/16/98

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Wernet Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Councilmember Robertson Law Director Hurst Councilmember Minklei Manager Hickman Councilmember Lucier made a motion to excuse Councilmember Rader. Councilmember McGowan second. Motion Carried.

 PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 16-98, An Ordinance Authorizing The Approval Of An Offer To Purchase Real Property Commonly Know as 200 East Broadway by the Village of Granville.

 Pete Marshall, 115 W. College Street, stated that as a taxpayer he has a problem with the $120,000 "swing" in the proposed final payment for the Bennett property. He asked where funding will be coming from and what the purpose of this purchase was. He feels that unless Council can tell the citizens exactly what it will cost the Village taxpayers, how it will be paid for, and what it will be used for, it would be irresponsible for Council to pass this ordinance.

Ed McCaul, 112 Victoria Drive, pointed out that the Village has zoning laws to protect this property if it were to be purchased by someone other than Village government. He also expressed his opinion that unless this property is used for municipal purposes, he is firmly against any government agency going into "Commercial Enterprise".

Maxine Montgomery, 2415 Newark Granville Road, expressed some of the same concerns and questions as Mr. Marshall and Mr. McCaul. She also questioned why this ordinance was introduced during the last meeting when she had previously been told that this ordinance was not on the agenda. She expressed concern that the public did not know this Ordinance was set for Public Hearing this evenings adding that she was aware of several citizens who would liked to have attended this public hearing but were unaware that it would be this evening.

Joanne Morey, 326 E. College Street, noted a letter she had written to Council regarding her opposition to the purchase of the Bennett property. She also stated she was in agreement with Ms. Montgomery and feels this whole procedure has been kept very quiet. She mentioned a rumor that the reason this Council is interested in this property is to protect its use. She added that there is adequate zoning in place to protect this use. She then noted that this property has been on the market for two years and feels that if this property were marketable it would have been sold. She asked why this Council feels it is smarter than the general public noting that, as a licensed Realtor, she has had serious buyers who could not find it economically feasible to purchase this property. She then asked Council why it was pursuing this property at the Village’s expense.

Bob Kent, 100 Pinehurst Drive and owner of The Granville Inn, stated he did not agree. He mentioned a flyer that has circulated representing area merchants who feel there should be more retail in the downtown area. He also mentioned the problem with parking and would like to see more parking in the downtown area. He believes it is farsighted for the Council to consider buying this "piece of ground". He alluded that given the benefit of additional parking, area merchants should pay for part of this expense.

Greg Ream, 79 Victoria Drive and owner of Taylor Drug, noted he was of the same opinion as Mr. Kent. He also feels that parking is the number one problem for downtown Granville, and also believes that area merchants should help pay for it. He noted that it takes higher numbers through the door for businesses to survive, and more feet require more cars which require more parking. He also feels it is farsighted that Council is thinking in this direction.

Joanne Morey argued that with the exception of July 4th and those types of occurrences, there is available parking within 2 blocks of downtown.

Pete Marshall asked Council if it had a licensed Commercial Real Estate Appraiser do a review of this property.

Mayor Bellman noted that the Village hired Ron Davis to do an appraisal on this property.

James Jump, 143 Thresher St. stated he had been in favor of the Village getting involved with the purchase of this property even before it was a reality, however he doesn’t know what the best use is for this property. He questioned tonight’s comments with regard to this property being used as a parking facility stating he was not aware that this was a specific use intended for this property.

Keith Myers, 229 E. College St. noted he was in favor of this acquisition and he also feels it shows foresight on the Council’s part. He pointed out that other communities have been successful in acquiring properties within Village boundaries noting Dublin was successful in acquiring one of its key intersections at S.R. 161 and S.R. 257. 

Judy Guenther, 71 Donald Ross Drive and owner of Hare Hollow, stated though she is in favor of the Village purchasing this property, however, she would still like to see a task force established to review parking situations. She feels there is a need for more parking in the downtown are but is not convinced that the Bennett property is the only option. 

Ed McCaul questioned whether Council had a plan for this property adding that he disagrees with purchasing this property until there is a plan.

Mayor Bellman discussed several reasons this would be an important purchase for the Village. He explained that the consensus among Council was that this was a key piece of property, and the common interest was in keeping and maintaining the economic viability of downtown Granville. He stated that negotiations would have been difficult if done in a public setting, noting that the Ohio Revised Code - Sunshine Law allows that discussions for the purchase of property be done in Executive Session for this very purpose. He also reminded that the use of this property would be reviewed with input from the public.

Vice Mayor McGowan remarked that during an Executive Session relating to this purchase, his vote was for the public to have input before a final decision was made. He recounted that he had questioned what the Village’s intention was for this property and was told it would be decided later. He stated he would not do that with his own money and therefore he is not in favor of this purchase.

Councilmember Lucier referencing one Councilmember’s interest in making this property a parking lot, stated she is opposed to this use. She feels that the goal is in keeping the vitality of downtown Granville the commercial, cultural and recreational center and feels it is Council’s task to acquire the property thereby giving the public a chance to pursue its possibilities.

Councilmember Robertson explained the reason for Council’s inability to speak publicly about possible use of this property was because Council was unable to publically speak about the purchase. She believes that downtown Granville is the glue for the community. She stated she favors acquiring the land and then deciding, as a community, what should be done with it.

Councilmember Minklei stated it is her belief that this is an incredible opportunity to retain control over one of the Village’s prime commercial spots. She feels this purchase is in line with the Comprehensive Plan and its goal of keeping the downtown a viable, healthy, and economic center. She also would not endorse using the property exclusively as a parking lot. She would like to see it used as retail. 

Councilmember Wernet feels it is important that Village Offices be removed from potential retail space, and feels it is unfortunate that prime retail space is being used as Council Chambers. He suggested the possibility of a two or three story structure being erected on this site with the Village Offices being located on either the second or third floors. He feels the issue is to remove the Village Offices from first floor retail space, provide some additional parking and provide enough retail to defer some of the cost. He feels that with retail on the main level, there would be revenue for the structure in terms of taxes and rent. He then pointed out that a small portion of the funds to purchase this property would be needed at this time, noting that some of the money isn’t paid for 15 years from the date of purchase. Thus, the present value is less than the total payout over those 15 years. He noted that this meets the sellers needs as well as being beneficial to the Village.

 Mayor Bellman feels that the economic vitality of the downtown commercial district is critical to our quality of life and our sense of identity to the community. He feels that everyone owning real estate in Granville gets a premium based on the viability of the downtown. He feels it is also important that this piece of property remain aesthetically pleasing. Noting his thoughts on the construction of a building on this property, he would like to see a building which would compliment the businesses by bringing people downtown on Friday and Saturday night. 

 In response to Ms. Montgomery, Law Director Hurst noted that Ordinance No. 16-98 was not on the tentative agenda for the meeting of September 2. He added that as there were a number of drafts and revisions to this purchase contract, unless the ordinance was introduced and a public hearing set at that time, given the timing restrictions, the contract would fail by its own terms. He noted there is a full 30 days from the date of passage before an ordinance becomes effective, therefore the need for introduction of this legislation during the meeting of September 2.

 Mayor Bellman, explaining the finance process of this contract noted the desire of the seller was to get a type of pension. He feels this was a perfect match between the family selling the property and the Village adding this arrangement allowed the Village to take advantage of its tax free status and use money from its current balance without any bonding or additional costs. 

In explaining several ideas for this property, Councilmember Wernet also mentioned the possible need for the Village to consider selling some of its current property in downtown Granville to offset future expenses. Vice Mayor McGowan suggested Council add Section IV to this ordinance which would read "the lot may not be used permanently as a parking lot but would be developed to insure the vitality of this lot and enhance the downtown as a business, cultural, social hub for Granville". He feels this would guarantee that the lot would not be used as a parking lot. Mayor Bellman asked whether Vice Mayor McGowan would be voting for the ordinance if this language were adopted. Vice Mayor McGowan then stated he was trying to add the language to improve the ordinance but that he still would not be voting for it.

There was a question as to what Council’s plans were for the building that currently resides on this property and if there was a projected cost to remove said building.

 It was noted at this time that this had not been discussed.

It was also suggested that the lot be used for parking until a decision had been made as to its use. Some of the many ideas for this property were: a visitors center, an ice skating rink (during winter), public restrooms, etc.

Ed McCaul, speaking as an engineer, feels as there is no plan implemented for this property he is against this purchase based on speculation of its use. He also noted by renting space for retail, will increase the amount of parking more. 

Jim Jump asked Council if any consideration had been made to the possibility of underground parking with a multi-use structure on top. He also asked if anyone had considered Community Improvement Corporation as noted under ORC 1710 to handle this kind of multiple use.

Pete Marshall, noting that this plan is being entered into with a cost estimate between $400,000 - $520,000, and there is no estimate for the cost of demolition; suggested if this were a discussion at a Board of Directors meeting of a Corporation, it would be considered insane. He feels Council is irresponsible if they continue with this acquisition.

Mary Fellabaum, 310 W. Elm Street, asked if the EPA was ever consulted. She also feels that buying a piece of property without a plan seems a bit "off cuff". She stated she hoped the funds used to purchase this property were not coming from the Green Space Fund. Councilmember Lucier responded by stating that an environmental study was being done as part of the contract. Mayor Bellman responded that Green Space money was not and could not be used for this purpose.

Kevin Bennett, 172 Mill Race, and representing his mother’s interest in this matter stated he understood the concerns voiced this evening. He noted that having had an appraisal that was significantly higher, the Bennetts don’t feel this is an overly generous price. He explained that his dad had originally listed the property at a price he knew would never sell as he was not in a hurry to sell the property. He also noted the love his parents had for this Village stating that his mother wished a party would purchase the property that would preserve the simple quality of downtown Granville. He added that this is why his mother accepted these below fair market value terms. He did note that it was not the wish of the Bennett family to sell to a Commercial Enterprise for fear of causing division in the community.

 Councilmember Minklei feels the benefit of having a vibrant stretch of stores will outweigh any additional parking demands. She noted that she lives 1½ blocks from downtown Granville and stated there is always parking available in front of her house. She also suggested handicapped parking near the crosswalk in front of Taylor’s.

It was noted that ORC 1710 had not been considered.

 It was noted that a provision in the purchase agreement states that the seller is required to review EPA issues at the seller’s expense. It was also noted that the EPA review is near completion. 

Vice Mayor McGowan voiced a concern that more money is needed in addition to the purchase price. He feels the public should have more input. He then stated he is representing the taxpayers and does not support this deal.

Jennetta Pyle, 122 S. Prospect Street, stated she also has reservations about this purchase. She noted that in addition to a possible $100,000 needed for demolition, there is also talk of constructing a three story building with underground parking. She feels it is not proper to invest the funds to purchase the property not knowing how the Village will get a return.

Hal Jackson, owner of Victoria’s Parlour, asked if a task force or committee would be set up to review possible uses. It was noted that a task force would be considered. 

 Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 16-98 at 8:56pm. Council took a 5 minute recess 

Council Minutes 9/2/98

 CALL TO ORDER

 Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32pm. ROLL CALL

Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Lucier Councilmember Minklei Mayor Bellman Councilmember Wernet Law Director Hurst Councilmember Rader Manager Hickman

 Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse Councilmember Robertson. Councilmember Wernet second. Motion carried.

 At this time, Mayor Bellman requested a change in the agenda order to accommodate several citizens in attendance.

First Presbyterian Church 

Bill Acklin, Chairperson for the First Presbyterian Church noted that the First Presbyterian Church is ready to "break ground". However, a few details need worked out and the church is asking for a favor from the Village. He then noted that the church is in need of a mortgage to complete their project. He also stated that the Lender has a problem using the church as collateral as the church does not own the land of which it stands. He then outlined four ways the Village could possibly help the church in this process.

1. The Village could deed the land to the Church as the church has sat on this piece of property for over 100 years. 2. The Village could deed the land to the Church with a reversionary clause which states the land would revert back to the Village if the purpose which the land is used should cease to be for church purposes. 3. The least favorable, from the Lenders perspective, is for the Village to grant consent for the church to mortgage the property. 4. The most favorable would be for the Village to lease the land for $1 a year to the church for as long as it’s used for church purposes.

Mr. Acklin stated that the Church would need to borrow approximately $2,000,000. He also stated their intention to pay the 20 year loan off in 15 years or sooner. He noted that the Church is adding a substantial investment to downtown Granville and will add a significant impact to the Village. He then reiterated the request that the Village grant a lease to the First Presbyterian Church for $1 a year.

 Council asked for direction from the Law Director. Law Director Hurst suggested that should Council decide to "go down that road" he is reasonably confident that this could be conquered. He did state that there could be some serious intanglement questions with some of the options. He also noted that the cleanest situation for any municipality was to not own the land upon which the churches sit. Although he questioned the security of the Lender in the lease hold interest, he stated that under the authority of the Ordinances, the Village has the ability to dispose of municipal property and that leasing capabilities are in place. He stated he would like to look into leasing entanglement issues. 

 Council concluded that it was their wish to find a solution to this situation. Upon Council’s direction, Law Director Hurst will look into possible considerations and make a recommendation to Council before the next meeting.

 Mayor Bellman commented that at some time in the future Council should possibly consider whether the Village should continue to "own" the four corners also know as the public square.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of August 19, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Lucier expressed some concern with the section relating to the Council vacancy appointment. There will be another draft of said minutes for Council to review for approval prior to the next meeting. 

OLD BUSINESS

Union Cemetery Board Appointment -

 Resolution No. 98-31, A Resolution To fill A Vacancy On The Union Cemetery Board Of Trustees was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion Carried. Resolution No. 98-31 was adopted. Councilmember Lucier was appointed to the Union Cemetery Board position.

At this time Mayor Bellman opened the floor for citizen comments regarding Ordinance No. 11-98 and South Plum Street.

Virginia Sharkey of 117 South Plum stated she was in favor of 15mph speed limit. She noted that there is a blind hill coming from West Elm Street to South Plum. She then noted her three (soon to be four) children, as well as others, play together, cross the street, and walk to the end of the street to catch the school bus. She noted that in a conversation with the Police Department, that the police agreed that 25 MPH speed limit is too high for the area. She feels a 15mph speed limit posted on this street would be enforceable. 

Mary Rose O’Brien Berninie of the corner of West Elm and South Plum stated that she had a hidden driveway. She added that vehicles often do not see her nor is she able to see them. She agrees with the need for a 15 mph speed limit and fears for the safety of the children in the area. She then recommended that the speed sign be posted at the top of W. Elm Street so that it is read before turning onto South Plum.

Sandy Meadow Smith of 125 South Plum Street stated her surprise that this has turned into such a big issue. She feels given the factors of many children, narrow roads, and hidden drives, she feels that 15mph speed limit makes sense as it will be more feasible to enforce. 

Ruth Lyle of 116 South Plum stated that she adores the children that are her neighbors and is in agreement with the need of a 15mph speed limit.

Councilmember Wernet stated he had lived in that area at one time and concurred with everything that has been said this evening. He does not feel this is an unreasonable request given the slope of the hill.

Vice Mayor McGowan stated he is not sure that a speed limit of 15mph will solve the problem. He suggested possibly a speed bump may be more effective. He also noted that any speed changes should be at the discretion of Council upon the recommendation of the Manager and Chief of Police, therefore public input is guaranteed. He requested a change in the ordinance as introduced to reflect this change request.

Ms. Sharkey stated that the Police Department has also suggested a speed bump as a speed deterant.

 Following discussion by Council it was decided to change the ordinance.

 Councilmember Wernet requested that Ordinance No. 11-98 be removed from the table at which time he re-read the title in full. Second by Councilmember Rader. Motion Carried.

 Councilmember Wernet then proposed changes to Ordinance No. 11-98 to reflect the changes as recommended by Council which specified 15 MPH speed limit on S. Plum Street. And change Section 333.03 (b) (6) to state "Fifteen miles per hour on alleys within the Municipality, and on South Plum Street".

 Councilmember Wernet suggested for future amending that change bars be added to the Ordinances. He suggested this might benefit Councilmembers and audience members follow along.

 Councilmember Rader seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson absent, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Six yes votes. Ordinance No. 11-98 was adopted.

There was a brief discussion for the need of a speed bump on S. Plum Street. Manager Hickman noted the problems that are created by speed bumps during snow removal. He noted the large dollar that has already been invested in concrete work on S. Plum Street and recommended only speed limit changes at this time.

Councilmember Wernet suggested the Police Department check with the citizens of S. Plum Street for specific times when speed limits are being broken in the area.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Those signing the register were: See attached list.

Scott Rawdon of the Granville Sentinel noted his surprise that the Comprehensive Review Plan meeting of September 8 had been moved from Council chambers to the High School Library. He stated that the Sentinel had not been informed of this change.

 Manager Hickman noted that another group was responsible for advertising the change in location.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

Vice Mayor McGowan noted the Recreation Commission has made the decision to build another soccer and baseball field yet this year. He also noted that the rest rooms at Wildwood were to be made handicap accessible by next spring. 

Councilmember Wernet noted that the Planning Commission meeting went well.

Councilmember Rader noted that Mike Mentzer has decided not to build the Paramount project on South Galway Drive. He stated that it is reported that Mr. Mentzer is looking into purchasing the Dow Site. . 

NEW BUSINESS

 Ordinance No. 16-98, An Ordinance Authorizing The Approval Of An Offer To Purchase Real Property By The Village Of Granville Commonly Known As 200 East Broadway was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Rader. Mayor Bellman set a Public Hearing on Ordinance No. 16-98 for September 16, 1998. It was noted that the seller has executed the contract.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Trick or Treat Council set a trick or treat date for October 29, 1998 from 5:30 - 7:00pm. Manager Hickman noted that the Granville Business and Professional Association would be sponsoring a parade in the downtown area to discourage mischievous shaving cream escapades.

Vice Mayor McGowan noted that he had a request from a resident to have Halloween on the 30th. He also suggested that a letter be sent to area businesses asking that they not sell shaving cream during this time. 

 Bike Path Manager Hickman noted that the bike path has been paved from S. Pearl Street to the Wastewater Plant. There was discussion regarding the dangers of a drop off along this path. Manager Hickman stated he will get pricing for split rail fence and report to Council for approval. It was noted that the landscaping looks a lot better next to the boiler.

Antique Fair Manager Hickman noted the change in location for this years Antique Fair. He stated there would only be one lane open from Main Street to South Mulberry.

 Council Chambers Manager Hickman noted some ideas for Council Chambers remodeling. He asked Council to consider possible changes. Vice Mayor McGowan suggested the possibility of a wall mural depicting Granville by a local artist. 

Personnel Committee A Personnel Committee meeting with all Councilmembers was scheduled for September 30, 1998 at 7:30pm. 

ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:35pm. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. 

Council Minutes 8/19/98

 CALL TO ORDER

 Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:33p.m. 

ROLL CALL

Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Councilmember Robertson Law Director Hurst Councilmember Wernet Manager Hickman COUNCIL VACANCY APPOINTMENT

 Vote #1 - Carl Wilkenfeld - 3 votes Lisa Minklei - 3 votes

 Vote #2 - Carl Wilkenfeld - 3 votes Lisa Minklei - 3 votes

 Vote #3 - Carl Wilkenfeld - 3 votes Lisa Minklei - 3 votes

 Voice Vote : Lucier - Carl Wilkenfeld Robertson - Carl Wilkenfeld Wernet - Lisa Minklei Rader - Lisa Minklei McGowan - Carl Wilkenfeld Bellman - Lisa Minklei Vice Mayor McGowan made a motion to have one more vote and, if unsuccessful, choose a candidate at a later date. Councilmember Lucier second. Motion carried.

 Voice Vote: Lucier - Carl Wilkenfeld Robertson - Carl Wilkenfeld Wernet - Lisa Minklei Rader - Lisa Minklei McGowan - Carl Wilkenfeld Bellman - Lisa Minklei

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to vote again tonight, first by narrowing the candidate list down to two, then voting for one candidate. Councilmember Lucier second. Motion carried.

 Voice Vote: Bellman - Lisa Minklei McGowan - James Jump Rader - Lisa Minklei Wernet - Lisa Minklei Robertson - Lisa Minklei Lucier - Lisa Minklei

############# Following is a Transcript of: Granville Village Council Meeting August 19, 1998 Portion of meeting pertaining to appointment of Council Vacancy. ___________________ Bellman: Okay, well the first item on the agenda tonight is the council vacancy appointment. As all of you know, Dan Freytag had resigned two or three weeks ago and this is the last meeting of which, at least the last regularly scheduled meeting in which we could make this appointment. The appointment has to be made within 30 days and uh first of all I just want to make sure everybody new at least who was on the list. Uh we have Jim Jump, Lisa Minklei, Maxine Montgomery, Candi Moore, uh Brian Van Winkle is on this ballot but Joe you told me that he has called in since and….

Hickman: He withdrew this afternoon.

Bellman: He withdrew his name I suppose he, uh, whatever reason, uh, Carl Wilkenfeld, and one that’s not on the ballot it is Troy Reed but I know all of us have received a letter but Troy I don’t believe you sent a letter to Joe, uh, uh, that, that, we, we can certainly write that name in and ???????? the ballots. Tonight, you know, there certainly isn’t any need for anybody to any of the candidates to say anything but I think certainly we’d give anybody that opportunity if you would like to say something and don’t feel pressured or don’t feel like you know it gets too long or anything like that (laughter). The shorter the better (laughter), you’d probably get more votes (laughter) but anyway and then also I would think that if anybody in the audience has comments before our voting then that we’d certainly take those too. But first I will open it up to any of the candidates Do you want to say anything, but again you don’t have too. Don’t feel pressured. Would any of the candidates like to say anything? No, okay anybody else? No other comments? Yes sir, oh I’m sorry, and Charlie and everybody else, for Bev’s sake and she’s looking down and if you say your name clearly and your address I think that’s appropriate.

Charlie Metzger: 81 Maplewood Drive, one of those township people. So but I just noticed that Lisa I just heard her name was up for consideration. As a co-worker on the Comprehensive Plan Review, we’ve spent oh a couple years together (laughter)

Wernet: that was the best five years of our lives, wasn’t it Charlie (laughter).

Metzger: And I, I’d just like report that I have seen uh with Lisa and the others, I found her to be very bright, efficient person with a strong attitude toward the principles and ideas that she uh, sponsors, but she’s reasonable and will listen to evaluate the inaudible……, so it’s my evaluation of my co-worker.

Bellman: Thank you Charlie. Any body else? No other comments. Okay, uh what we’ll do is that since we have so many candidates, uh, I thought what we would do is uh do an initial vote simply to target and kind of limit the list to those that are most likely too uh receive, we need four votes right? Rufus at least four.

Rufus: Correct.

Bellman: And so in that regard what I’d ask everybody to do is uh, you have your ballots here, of course write Troy’s name down and everybody choose their top three candidates. We’ll tally this up and whoever gets at least four or more votes, whether that’s one or two or three or four, however we look out, uh those would be the ones that we would go to the next round and actually do the voting. Yes, Matt.

McGowan: I would like to make a comment before I vote. Again, I think all the candidates are probably strong candidates and would do a excellent job, uh, I’ve been in one of the positions one of the candidates has, is in tonight where the person ran in the election, uh less than a year ago, and in this particular case actually received more votes than I did and I didn’t get the appointment when I applied and I was the next vote getter. However for the 633 people who voted for Carl who came within the 11 votes of getting elected and from my understanding won three of the four precincts as a council person, I think I owe it to the public to cast my vote for Carl in the first choice because again so many people in the community did vote for him when he did run for that position.

Bellman: Okay.

Lucier: I just have a clarification question, do you want us to rank people or simply check mark next to people.

Bellman: You can just check, because it really doesn’t matter because we are just kind of focusing on the ???? we are going to be choosing from. And then in the next vote everybody does their first vote.

Lucier: Okay, thank you. *************

Bellman: Okay. People uh it was really pretty well spread out, uh there are two people that have received at least four votes and that would be Lisa Minklei and Carl Wilkenfeld so I guess right now we would be focusing on those two candidates.

McGowan: Just out of curiosity do you want to say the other votes or…

Bellman: Well, uh you know for anybody that wants to come up afterwards I’d be happy to, but, uh again I think it’s important just to show who, who placed the most in the four or more right now. Okay, so I guess we enter the second round now, and this would be the one vote.

************* Bellman: Okay, well that makes it difficult now doesn’t it? Uh, what we have is actually a uh a three, three tie for Carl and for Lisa uh, do you want to do another round or do you want to, how do you want to handle this? Do you want to talk, do you want to break for a second and think about it or what?

Lucier: Maybe we could ask each of the of these two candidates to make a statement or is that, would you be willing, Lisa would you feel comfortable? Would that help?

Bellman: Oh that’s fine, that’s fine. Carl?

Wilkenfeld: I have no flaming desire to go first. But if you’d like me to I will.

Bellman: I don’t want to put anyone on the spot, I know Barb’s suggestion if you had a comment…

Lucier: I don’t care who goes first, go ahead.

Wernet: I don’t have a coin or I’d toss it…

Wilkenfeld: It’s okay, I’ll go first. First let me thank you folks for bringing me this far. We’ve come a long way. Uh, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Uh, I’d like to crack the system by saying that Lisa is an excellent candidate. She is highly intelligent, she’s talented, she’s sincere, we share a lot of the same concerns. So, um, I don’t think that anything’s going to fall off the face of the earth inaudible. There are two things that I, I believe that I bring that um are unique., um and these are very real work kinds of things. I struggle with this decision to bring myself to this point desperately. Um, I was very torn about doing this. Um, I uh, was, I took time to think about it, to try to understand how I felt about it, and I reached down to a lot of people who were close to me and um to a person and to my surprise they told me, "Carl you have no choice". And the two reasons they gave me was, were, you are the most experienced, you’ve got time in as an accurate citizen, you’ve got time in on the Rapid Response, uh the Suburban Business District, which I worked in on that whole process, and you’ve got time on the Planning Commission, and um, I’ve been doing that for about two years, and people tell me, a lot of you folks right here tell me that I’m doing a good job, and I appreciate that. The other thing that was said to me was, the thing that really made a difference was, they said "Carl you have the responsibility to the 633 people that voted for you to continue what they wanted. Now we had a situation here where we have the same kind of seat that we had, when Ben and I ran, and we ran a, I thought really good clean campaign, we were kind to each other all the time, and Ben knows the day after the election, I called him, I congratulated him, and I thank him, didn’t I Ben for that campaign. Um, not only do I think I have the responsibility, I think that in light of what’s been said and in light of (inaudible) most of the people sitting here, is that we want to be a council above and for and by the people, and, if you put me in the seat, what you are saying to the other half of the 1277 people who voted, is yes, we accept you too. We are going to follow your wishes also, and that choice is not mine to make. But I wanted to, I wanted to bring you to that point on how I got to that point. And what you actions here today are going to say to the other half of the people who voted in the election and I think it’s critical to respond to those people in a positive way, if you really believe you want to help mend this community. So, that’s all I’m want to say.

Bellman: Lisa?

Minklei: Uh, I guess, you know, I agree Carl would be person for council and he was involved in some of the Comprehensive Plan plus we worked together um, I guess I didn’t realize or remember all this history about the last election or appointment. Um, my own interest in doing this is that I, actually had a great time doing the Comprehensive Plan, it was very satisfying, uh, I learned a lot about the community and learned a lot about people that I was (inaudible) and ways that we could work together. On the Open Space Committee, I worked with the Township and found that was really very helpful, and you know, working the Township and Village together (inaudible), and discovered how much we could really accomplish working together. Um, I have a real passion to see the Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives carried out after working so hard on it, meeting all the people in open meetings when we talked about the Suburban Business District and the Planned Commercial District, uh, you know there are a lot of good ideas that got thrown out in those meetings that you know didn’t make it in the plan but they are still floating around out there and there are still people who want to be heard that I would just like to see all that come to some kind of, you know, after process put into ordinances or try to work together to, the Village and Township work together to figure out some of the problems that are facing us right now. Uh, and I think Carl’s right, you know you’re not going to do wrong whoever you pick, but I would like to have the opportunity to keep on working for the community.

(continued) 

 

 (8/19/98 Meeting Minutes continued- page 2)

Bellman: Okay, thank you. Does anybody have any questions for the candidates? I suppose do another round? Okay.

****************** Bellman: Okay, we’re back to three votes, three votes. Um, do you want to do one more vote then…

McGowan: Could I just ask a question for each candidate? Carl would you stay on Planning Commission if you did not get this..position I mean cause right now your still on Planning Commission, cause I would ask Lisa the same question, if she did not get this and you got it, would she be interested in, you know, the Planning Commission, in Carl’s seat, cause if Carl would get it, there is an open seat on Planning Commission. I mean, so you know both individuals could be involved in the community and I’m not trying to say, you know, one is different than the other, but I mean there is two seats that we’re talking about tonight, because if Carl gets this seat, uh then there’s a planning opening. If Carl doesn’t get it then I would assume you still would be on the Planning Commission. Correct, Carl?

Wilkenfeld: At this point I might be ( inaudible)

McGowan: An I didn’t know if Lisa had an opinion, if you didn’t get this seat would you be interested in being on the Planning Commission, in replacing Carl’s open seat, which again, Council would appoint that person. And you don’t have to answer if you don’t want, I just was curious if there would be another possibility to be involved in the community.

Minklei: Well, I hadn’t thought about it. Um, you know, I would think about it.

Wernet: So are we going to have another vote or what?

Bellman: Yeah, why don’t we do one more vote and uh hopefully we’ll have a direction here and if not we’ll take a short recess here.

************** Bellman: Okay, uh we’re back to three, three, and what I’m going to do is I’m going to recommend that we take a short five or ten minute recess. Just take a little time to think amongst ourselves and if anybody has any thoughts, uh when we get back, of how to resolve it or if we want to hear anything more from the candidates, or anybody else or anything else, and uh, yeah maybe we could ….. So why don’t we take a five or ten minute recess and come back and see where it goes. 

Return from recess: 

Note: prior to tape being turned on, Councilmember Lucier requested a voice vote so that everyone’s vote would be recorded for the record. 

Havens: (tape begins) relationships more educated like Newark for instance, maybe this Keny problem wouldn’t have hit us in the head had we had a better working relationship with Newark at the time. Same thing with our school board, think about ourselves interacting with the Township, think of the struggle we went through trying to debate the merger and those kinds of things. So, that would be my two cents worth, and I’m asking you to keep an open mind about naming that type of a person to Council at least from the Trustees perspective. Thank you.

Bellman: Okay, let’s.

I’ll say that I think there was an election…

Bellman: I’m sorry…

Childers: My name is Donna Childers, I live on N. Granger Street, and um there are a lot of people including me that have followed Councils work over time and the last election was a very important election to this community. Those of us, many of us had been quite upset with the lack of responsiveness to the citizenry. And I think that uh that so many people turning out to vote and the kind of vote that took place last time was representative of the people, not just the people here, um, and a lot of issues are on our agenda, obviously a lot of things related to that development being a major issue, but other things as well, and we’re very interested about that and, and there were very find candidates nominated. I, you know, obviously it puts all of you in a very difficult position but you’re down to two candidates, both have done a great service, but Carl was and in my view Carl was the person that put himself out earlier to be elected. He went around talking to a lot of people. I think he has the right skills of being open to different ideas, and being the kind of person that can work with lots of people. But he also is a person that has a certain position on making Granville open to business communities but also helping to preserve what we love about Granville. And I think that that should be also a major consideration. The kind of families we want to raise here and the kinds of life we want to live, and I wholeheartedly wanted, I know many other people support Carl, and, and, you know, six hundred and… inaudible.

Bellman: Okay. Eloise. State you name and….

DeZwarte: Yes, Eloise DeZwarte, 338 College Street, I have a concern that is not just now but was with the former Village Council. Is there an inherent conflict of interest between being a Realtor and being, working with developers on the Village Council.

Bellman: I’m not sure…. Well just a second…. We’re looking for comments… I’m sorry are you asking a question…

DeZwarte: I am.

Bellman: And who are you asking that question of? The general audience, or…, anybody who wants to answer that? I’m not understanding.

DeZwarte: Anyone who wants to answer that.

Bellman: Okay, and this is, is, your done with those comments then or was there another… okay. I’ll open it up now to anybody that would want to answer that or have a comment.

Minklei: I guess my answer would be um, as a Realtor I have to abide by a strict code of professional ethics to prepare to, you know, dealing on behalf of clients and not dealing with myself. As an attorney, I have taken the oath for the state of Ohio that I have to do right by my clients and my personal loyalties is to my clients, that I don’t use information that I’ve learned from my clients to, you know, ???? profit. Um, and work I’ve done for colleges as a fund-raiser, I acquire so much confidential information about people, of all beings of wealth and all that, that, you know, I understand, you know, I would never use for my own self or my own gain, and you know, as a member of council, Granville would be my client, I am working on behalf of Granville. I mean it’s just ?????, I would not use anything ??????? for my own gain. I feel that very strongly and, you know, I’ve taken I don’t know how many oaths swearing to that and I mean I believe in it myself.

Bellman: Sure, Rufus.

Hurst: The direct answer to your question as to whether or not there is an inherent conflict, is that there is not. That does not suggest for one moment that whether you are a Realtor or not that on occasion, because everyone sitting at this table has other uh, business or professional interests. That does not mean for one moment that there aren’t occasionally issues that come before this body where an individual sitting on this council does not feel obliged or obligated to refrain from discussion on that issue, either because of an actual conflict of interest or because of a perceived conflict of interest or impropriety. But is there an inherent conflict because of ones status as a um, real estate professional, and also a Councilmember - no. This council has had that type of person before and they have done marvelous jobs with no conflicts.

Bellman: Okay, anybody other… Carl had his hand up I think before Connie…Carl.

Wilkenfeld: Yeah, I’m, I’m, surprised. I’m shocked. I put my name into the Village Council. Not to the Township Council. I’m shocked. I didn’t put my name in for the Township Council, I ran for the Village Council, I put up my name to the Village Council. And I, I also I, I, feel uh, attacked. Um, the idea that I can’t work with people I’ve worked with almost every single one of you here, every single one of you, some of you I’ve worked hard with to get elected. Some of you I’ve worked as a citizen sitting here when you were sitting un, un, unprotected, and didn’t have any citizens coming into help you with your issues. This is not about the Township, this is about the Village. And I would ask Keith Myers whom I’ve worked with for nearly two years on the Planning Commission, if I’ve every acted in one iota, in one way, in one incident, in appropriately or unfairly, or even unkindly to a single person that I’ve (inaudible). And, and, and, I’m, I’m, I’m really shocked.

Bellman: Okay. Connie.

Barsky: What I wanted to say was that I think there are two areas…

Bellman: Oh, I’m sorry, I’m making everybody…

Barsky: Constance Barsky. I think there are two candidates. 22 E. Elm. Um, Lisa worked very hard on the Comprehensive Review Plan and is very committed to that, and Carl has worked very committed to the Planning Commission. And I think, in spite of the huge perspectives, I think there is a degree of emotion, uh, as Carl just said I give you an example of his great commitment to the Village and it may be, it may be more of a voice of um, in some ways confrontation when there are issues that need to be felt strongly about, that the Council needs to address. And Lisa provides an example of someone who’s worked also on the Comprehensive Plan and also feels very strongly and uh, I think the question may come down to your consideration from the way the voters may have stood before and where we stand now. Because I think both candidates are exceptional.

Bellman: Okay, anybody else. Jim.

Jump: Yeah, I’d like….

Bellman: Jim could you…

Jump: Oh Jim Jump, 143 Thresher Street. I’m not much of a diplomat so it’s just as well that I’m not in the running. I would just suggest you look at these candidates on their basis of their records and their strengths and forget about public relations. Yeah it’s nice to have good relations with the township and the school board and everybody else, but, uh, in my minds that’s definitely secondary. Both of these people have done good service over the past couple of years and ???? for all I know, but I know at least that (inaudible).

Bellman: Okay. Dorothy. You have to state your name and your address.

Garrett: Dorothy Garrett, 45 Donald Ross Drive. This is more of a question and I have no opinion one way or the other about either of the candidates. I’m not for or against either of them. Uh, but it was mentioned that Carl garnered six hundred and some votes which ?????, but wasn’t he running against, in the two man race, and therefore in the other race which included uh Barb and Lyn, uh, he was not garnered that race.

Correct.

Garrett: It’s my understanding that maybe Maxine came in third if your talking about ???? one, two, three, so if your wondering about who ran forth in the larger four year term, then Maxine was involved because it sounds like, uh to somebody sitting uninitiated that Carl came in forth in the bigger race. As it was he came in second….

McGowan: I will somewhat clarify that. Carl came within eleven votes when he ran one on one against Ben. Maxine was almost 200 votes behind the forth. She wasn’t a close, you know.

Garrett: Yeah, I know there was a big discrepancy and I’m not here promoting that you should have considered Maxine or I would have spoken earlier, but I’m just saying, you know, let’s get this in perspective when your dealing with, with five or six people running for three offices, you distribution is going to be quite different than it is (inaudible)

McGowan: Statistically, usually it would be. I’m just going to interject there, but they get to vote for three candidates too, so that when there’s five candidates or six, so you’ve got three votes compared to one vote, so I mean there’s a lot of, there’s a lot of, you know, you can’t really…

Garrett: That’s what I’m saying…

Bellman: Matt, Matt, why don’t you let Dorothy talk and then you can make your point. We don’t want to get into….

Garrett: I guess what the point was, really should that be a consideration. And I know we’ve gone through this before in previous times when we have had to appoint somebody, we did the person who came third, the vote getter, but I really, what I really would like to say is I don’t think that should be a consideration. I mean I’ve seen it happen over the last twenty years a number of times the person who was the next runner-up, so to speak, was the one that got appointed the next time there was a vacancy. I question whether that always was the ideal thing to do.

Wernet: Mr. Mayor

Bellman: Just a second Bill. I think I understand your point….your done in terms of….. yeah, Matt did you….

McGowan: My comments from before, I do think it’s important, I was in Carl’s shoes before when Dorothy was up here and I didn’t get her vote for the open seat, however, I’ve always made the comment if I was ever in that position, if someone came that close in an election, I owe it to the remaining people who voted in that election for that person. And I think Lisa would be a great person for that seat, but again, I would hope I’d do the same thing if Maxine came within 20 votes I would vote for her. I don’t know if I would but I would hope I would do that because again, that many people in the community did vote for her, or for him, and so that’s how I’d vote, and that’s how, you know, so I mean that’s what I would do, unless we’re here and perhaps the mayor would have to pick a candidate again like in the past.

Wernet: Yeah, I guess Dorothy, I feel that that is one element of things that are, is to be considered. And clearly Carl has had a uh, very significant amount of support in the community. I don’t think it’s the only element that applies but I think it is one of the, one of the many ingredients that go into the mix. Uh and um, so you know, I feel comfortable with people using that I personally don’t want to use that as the only criteria because I think there are all sorts of elements that need to go into the decision. Um, because unlike Matt, I’ll be real candid, and say that, that uh, I, as highly as I think of the per, the individual that he mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t vote for that individual for the place, even if she was in Carl’s position and had the next vote. I mean, I think there are elements other than that that go into the mix, and, and part of it, and part of it has to do with the mix of people and um, the mix of uh perspectives, um, there was concern mentioned about the uh, the township, uh, uh, sort of issues, and I guess uh, you know, the village is part of the township and um, I think um without speaking either way as to whether either candidate would be uh, better at working with the township, I think that that is a relevant consideration. Uh, I, I think its relevant to what extent people feel that individuals can work, uh, not only within this group, but with uh, with our surrounding communities, including the township. Um, so, uh, the only other remark that I’d like to make is that this is a very difficult uh decision for uh, I’ll just speak for myself, I believe it is for a number of , uh for myself, and uh, uh, uh, it’s one of those things that, I guess I asked for the position and so I’m stuck with it. Uh, but it is, it is an extremely difficult, uh, uh, discussion and decision because we have that ????? candidates, um including some that aren’t being considered and were being considered before, so uh, in any event, thank you Mr. Mayor.

Bellman: Any other comments from the audience. Okay. With that I suppose we vote but this time we’ll do a couple of things. Is that what we do?

Lucier: I would like to do a roll call.

Bellman: Okay. You want to do the roll call…..

(continued) 

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**************** Adzic: Lucier - Carl Wilkenfeld Robertson - Carl Wilkenfeld Wernet - Lisa Minklei Rader - Lisa Minklei McGowan - Carl Wilkenfeld Bellman - Lisa Minklei

Bellman: Thanks, so we’re down to the three, three. Um, I mean we could go in and discuss our positions or we could, another way to do it is we could just instead open it up for all the candidates again and try another vote. Do you think that would do something? I’m open for ideas. (several comments inaudible) One other idea was just to put this off, go into the other business and see if we can you know, put this, get back to this at the end of the…..

McGowan: I could go with that and I could also point out to Council that uh we have until the end of the month to appoint someone to this seat too. So we do not have to do that tonight.

Bellman: When was Dan’s resignation……

Lucier: It was the last day of July.

McGowan: So we have until the 30th of this month.

Bellman: Is that right? My letter is dated the 31st, I don’t know when it was delivered but the letter was dated the 31st. 

Hurst: Okay, so you’ve got thirty…. it was effective that date, you have thirty days from it…...

McGowan: Previously I think when we a deadlock vote, we had to make a decision the next day. I remember we voted forty seven times, uh, however, uh,

Lucier: Forty seven?

McGowan: Correct, I think it was forty some.

Hickman: I think they were out of time basically.

McGowan: We had to go to midnight, and the mayor appointed. So we do have, I mean, it does not have to be decided tonight, if we would have a special meeting and decide it at a later time.

Hurst: You can call a special meeting. There’s a couple of different ways you could….

Wernet: Mr. Mayor, when you get a chance I’d like to say something.

Bellman: Sure, just give me a second. I’m just trying to figure out the days here. So we’re on the nineteenth now, if we were looking that way Matt, uh, that would give us basically next week, uh, you know, through Sunday the thirtieth, uh, one problem for someone who might not be available everyday, but I mean that certainly, uh, okay I’m sorry Bill.

Wernet: Yeah, I, I just uh. What strikes me is that we want, I think what we want is an individual who would be capable, clearly both individuals are very capable individuals. I think we also want an individual who is going to um, have the confidence of as many, other members of council as is possible. And um, all other things being, if one assumes that all other things are relatively equal, I think that a consensus candidate trumps a non consensus candidate. And that is said with um, uh, as I say this is a very difficult decision process from my perspective, as I related to, to Carl yesterday evening, um, I uh it was when Carl was saying, well gee, I don’t know if I want to be a council candidate, that I encouraged Lisa to join the, the uh fray. And so uh I have felt sort of like I have countervailing sorts of uh feelings about it. But uh, in any event, I think that it is important that we um, drive towards consensus rather than division and uh, I think that when you have uh, the two really superb candidates that we have, and again several others who are not in the running right now but were, were superb, I think that one needs to look to those other aspects to see who can uh, uh, pull, help pull things together, uh rather than uh, uh, rather than not. Um, so, thank you Mr. Mayor.

Bellman: Any other thoughts.

McGowan: I think if we did what Bill was suggesting, we open it back up to the public and anyone else who might be interested could also apply. I don’t, you know, if we’re going to continue the discussion, we actually ????????? the month and I’m not going to be in a position to come up with a compromise candidate tonight, cause we can’t decide on two of the candidates that were either our first or second choices.

Wernet: Well I guess what I’m saying, I think if you took a poll of this entire group.

Lucier: The council?

Wernet: The council, I think you wouldn’t find one member not one member who would vote against one of the people in front of us, but you would find at least one member who would vote against the other one. And these two individuals are both firmly committed, both Carl and Lisa I believe are firmly committed to doing the right think for Granville. One of the individuals involved, let’s face, let’s be candid, carries more baggage into the process. He’s a fine, fine person, but there is that reality, and that’s going to impact the way people feel that they are being treated. And, like it or not, that is the reality. And so um, I’m concerned about the impact that that will have. I’m concerned whether, and I think that that’s a, a concern that disappears with time. I personally think Carl has done a wonderful job on the Planning Commission. Really, really very good. But I think that there are still some, some things out there that cause people some distress. And some uh concern. And there are different ways of, of handling situations, and different times for those different ways. And uh, so I, I, when looking at, I mean it would be easy if there were just one of them in front of us. But looking at the relative choice, I think that um, uh that’s one of the things that I think, one of the elements I think we should consider. Um, in terms of uh, it was suggested that we, well we can, you know, wait and open it up for a bunch of other people and everything, I don’t, I don’t think that necessarily gains us anything. I think we’re a, a, we’re talking about two folks who are very similar here in many ways, uh, and uh, um, I guess I’m not confident that if Lisa had been running in the last election she wouldn’t have trumped all of us. I don’t think we know. Um, I don’t think we know what the votes for Carl necessarily meant either. Some of them were against Mr. Rader here, some of the votes for, well some of the votes were against Mr. Rader, and some of the votes for Mr. Rader were against Carl. So we really don’t know what totally that vote means. Um, I think it means that both Carl and Mr. Rader…..

Lucier: (inaudible)

Wernet: Excuse me…

Lucier: Excuse me.

Wernet: I’m talking if you don’t mind. I think it means that both Carl and Ben Rader had significant support amongst the public but I don’t think that means that Lisa Minklei does not. So those are my thoughts.

Bellman: Any other, Barb……

Lucier: I certainly don’t wish to engage in this. Thank you.

Bellman: Okay. Okay. Um, I’m open to ideas here. You know, one thing I’d like to do is, uh, a bit of an embarrassing situation to be in and, I’m, I’m sure everyone of us would like to avoid that. But things are flushed out, positions are stated, and uh, and so, I feel I need to address this. Uh, you know I (inaudible) for Lisa right now, but I want to make it clear that, that this says nothing about how I feel about Carl as a person. I like Carl. I think that Carl and I identify on many, many issues. Uh, I think that I’ve heard very good things from Carl from many sources, as I’ve told you privately, of how well you’ve done on the Planning Commission. So again, I have very high regard for you Carl. Um, I’ve weighed a lot of things. I’ve weighed the elections. I’ve weighed other things. And uh, over the last uh, uh, maybe of the last three to four days as some of you know I’ve been distracted with other events, personal events. But really focused on this over the last three days and I’ve weighed all of them, and I think you’re a great person, Carl, I really identify with you, I think you’re a wonderful, warm person, and, and, my position here, I hope you don’t, I know you’re taking it personally with the way your reacting, but I hope you wouldn’t because it’s not reflective of how I feel about you. Uh, what it is reflective of is, is, um how I feel about the community, and how I feel about a movement that many of you in the audience are part of. I’ve always felt that it’s important for that movement to do well, to work well, and uh to survive, to assure that uh, the majority that we have here carries on in the future. Uh, and so I’m looking at a lot of different factors right now. Uh, I know for myself in the past I’ve had discussions with people I felt on a personal level, if I ever needed to step aside or do something for the good of what I see a lot of people put time and effort in over the last uh, several months and couple years, that I’d be willing to do that. And I’m making my decision tonight not on a personal level but really more focused on who I think the best person with a lot of different factors, and a lot of different skills, weighing benefits and some other factors, weighting that all together I simply think Lisa is best for this position. And secondly, I’ve been very happy with you on the Planning Commission. So I think, you know, I’m not, I would be unhappy losing you there so I guess I like that mix where Lisa would probably come in here and use you on the Planning Commission. So I’m doing that more as a public explanation, you know we’ve had some private discussions and you know, uh, you know some of those, more specifically some of those factors. But I want to make it clear that this isn’t, this isn’t a personal statement on you. I mean, I don’t see this as, I’m not opposed to you, I like you, I’m simply choosing uh, you know, in this instance who I think would be better for that position. So if anybody else has any comments.

Robertson: Yeah, I want to say something. Um, much of the reason that Bill and Barb and I were elected to the Council does directly have to do with the roughly seventy percent of the people who keep responding to surveys saying, uh, we don’t want uncontrolled development in Granville. Um, we’ve had survey’s back to the 1960’s. One of my students last summer dug all of this out. The people in Granville don’t want uncontrolled development, and that’s why we’re sitting here. Um, when I was on the Planning Commission and became um, increasingly concerned that we are heading down the road toward uncontrolled development, I started calling my friends, I started calling people and saying, please start coming to meetings, start speaking, start getting involved here because if you don’t, we’re going to have uncontrolled development here. And let me assure you, uncontrolled is what I’m focusing on. Development is okay, but uncontrolled development is not. Um, at that time, I didn’t know Carl Wilkenfeld at all and when I called one of my friends he said, "you ought to talk, you ought to meet Carl Wilkenfeld. He’s really concerned about this and he doesn’t know what to do about it. And so he’s the kind of person who you probably need to get involved". And so Carl started getting involved, and he got more and more involved. Carl, even when he didn’t have a job, was willing to put up bond money for something that he believed in. That was, and he believed that that was going to help Granville. Now how many of us in that position would take our savings that’s, you know that we’re trying to fall back on, uh and put it towards something that we really love. Maybe we’d all be more practical. Um, that impresses me though that Carl has that kind of commitment to this town. Um, and I’m really glad that he’s done what he’s been able to do in the last few years. I, I would also say that I think, you will never know how, why people vote the way they do, precisely. Um, I suppose we could go and do exit poles, interviews, whatever, and try to figure it out. We don’t know, we could cast a scenario of six hundred thirty three votes in a variety of ways, but I would like to think, um having happily been the first the person who got the most votes the last time around and having been a person who spoke very strongly and worked very hard on the Planning Commission against uncontrolled development, I would like to think that those six hundred and thirty three votes represent people who also don’t want that. And I think you’ve got a lot of evidence that the people in Granville don’t want it and that’s how I read the election. Um, and that’s why I’m supporting Carl.

Bellman: Okay

Wernet: Mr. Mayor, I’d like, just real quickly, I’d like to ????? concur with a lot of elements of Lyn’s analysis. Um, you know all I’m saying is I think um, I think um, Lisa shares those same concerns and visions. Um admittedly not to, I don’t know, I can’t say, but I think Carl, you are right, Carl’s contribution has been singular in nature. Uh with respect to certain developments. And for that, the Village ought be forever indebted and is forever indebted to Carl. Um, I also believe that, that Carl worked um, to try to help me um, get elected. Um, and uh, so it’s like the, the mayor, this is not a no vote on Carl, it’s more of a feeling that the, uh Carl’s, Carl’s laughing, um that’s exactly the kind of, sort of thing that concerns me. Uh, in any event, I think that uh, um, that the uh, I, I feel very strongly that Lisa would be equally aggressive and uh, in trying to uh, uh, limit growth to a both a sensible ??????? and a sensible nature. But I certainly agree with you that the Village owes a great uh debt to Carl and under no circumstances would want the Village to lose his, his uh talents.

Bellman: Any other comments?

McGowan: I’d like to make a motion that we have one more vote and if we do not pick a candidate on this vote that we uh go away from voting the rest of the night, open it back up and pick a date and reconvene and try to pick a candidate at a later date.

Lucier: I’ll second that motion.

Bellman: Okay. All those in favor.

Aye.

Bellman: Okay, we’ll do one more voice vote.

*************** Adzic: Lucier - Carl Wilkenfeld Robertson - Carl Wilkenfeld Wernet - Lisa Minklei Rader - Lisa Minklei McGowan - Carl Wilkenfeld Bellman - Lisa Minklei

(continued) 

 

 

 (8/19/98 Meeting Minutes continued- page 4) Bellman: Okay.

McGowan: ???? meeting when we could pick a time we could have a special meeting when we could vote again…. unless we have time later on to do it but I’d like …

Bellman: Um, the rest of the week for me is shot. And um next week….. the only day I could really, for myself that I could commit too would be this next Wednesday, the 26th. I mean I could be available other days but there’s a lot of things I’ve got to move.

Rader: I am.

McGowan: Wednesday would be find with me.

Bellman: Is that okay with you - Lyn, Barb?

Robertson: I don’t know, I don’t have my calendar with me.

Bellman: The twenty-sixth.

Lucier: I don’t think it works for me. Sorry.

Bellman: Okay. I don’t know if there’s another day. It’s just………

Rader: We could do a Saturday.

Lucier: Saturday would work for me.

Bellman: Saturday the 29th?….

Wilkenfeld: Could I make a statement?

Bellman: Sure.

Wilkenfeld: I, I, deeply appreciate (inaudible). Obviously, a person with great feelings is something (inaudible). A person who really says what they believe and who they are (inaudible). I can live with that. It’s also saying I do not want to see this community torn apart. I’m withdrawing my name, and so you don’t have to go through this. I thank you all.. (Inaudible) the Planning Commission.

Bellman: Rufus, where does that put us?

Hurst: Well you already passed a motion that says you aren’t going to vote again. So unless somebody wants to present another motion to open it back up let’s get on with this agenda.

Bellman: Do you, do you…..

Wernet: We want to recess for….

Bellman: You want a recess…

Wernet: Yeah, I think that makes sense.

Bellman: Five minutes. ____________________________ Bellman: We have had a motion which passed before our last vote that said we’d take one more vote, which we did and that would be it for the night. And then, additional events, of course transpired, uh, so I guess I’m open to hear what people want to do and it certainly (inaudible) another motion before we could vote again. Does anybody have any thoughts, where we go from here? Barb your smiling, do you have any thoughts?

Lucier: Yes, I, I would really like us to start in again with the original slate minus the people who have withdrawn.

Bellman: The, the whole slate? Okay, so when we say that, that means Mr. Van Winkle would be off….

Lucier: Well since he withdrew….. 

Bellman: Right…

Lucier: Yeah, and Carl….

Bellman: Withdrawal Carl too….

Lucier: Yeah. 

Bellman: And so then we would be down to, uh, Jim Jump, Lisa Minklei, Maxine Montgomery, Candi Moore and Troy Reed.

Lucier: Of course I only have one ballot left.

McGowan, Robertson: I’ve got some.

Bellman: We’re doing it by voice, I’m mean we could just mark it down.

Rader: Does everybody agree to that?

????: Agree to what?

Rader: Start all over again.

Wernet: Whatever people want to do is fine with me. I’m pretty flexible.

Lucier: Well it’s just an idea…..

Bellman: Well, I’m (inaudible) any idea that gives us a different approach.

Rader: Well I think we’ve narrowed it down to two candidates and one has withdrawn…..

McGowan: I think we’ve got three options here. We can either go with the one remaining candidate, we can open it back up or we can reconvene at a later date and pick from a new slate of candidates. Those are the three options we have in front of us.

Wernet: My preference is for one of the first two…

Bellman: What would you prefer…..?

McGowan: Well, I mean, I, I don’t have a preference towards any but I,I don’t think it’s fair for the other candidates if one person withdraws then we just go ahead and say okay your the person that got three votes is automatically in, I mean….

Hurst: It takes four votes.

McGowan: …….I mean, you know, what Ben was saying is that we only have one person left so what are we voting for.

Bellman: Okay. Now.

Wernet: I have no expressed preference. And I have no preference - whichever way people want to go is fine with me.

Robertson: I’m in favor of going back to the original slate minus the people who’ve withdrawn.

Bellman: Okay. And, and is everybody in agreement that we do it voice, without the ballot, is that what we’re doing from now on …

McGowan: Or do you want to do whatever we did originally and rank two. Or whatever we did originally and rank three…..

Bellman: Uh, I’m really open to any ideas anybody had……

Wernet: We can do it just the way we did it before… I mean I don’t care..

Lucier: Just narrow it down?

Wernet: Yeah.

Bellman: Okay.

Hurst: We need a motion.

Bellman: Just a second, we’re just talking to see what we want to do first. ????? do the ballot and there are two and then we go to the regular voice vote? Okay. Okay, now we need a motion to open this up for voting again.

McGowan: I, I like my motion I had before, so if someone else wants to change it, I’ll let them change it.

Bellman: What was the motion?

McGowan: My motion before was to vote at another later date. That was my motion, so I’m not going, I’m not going to change the motion. I can live with what I had motioned before. If someone else wants to vote at tonight, I’ll go along with that. But I’m not amending the motion.

Wernet: I’d like to move that we vote tonight. First, uh narrowing down two votes, and then uh, to one.

Bellman: Okay so approved……

Lucier: I second the motion.

Bellman: Okay.

Rader: How many do we vote for?

Bellman: Two is what we were saying.

Robertson: Vote for two?

McGowan: We voted for three the first time.

Bellman: ….but you were saying two.

McGowan: Well, I don’t care what the number is.

Bellman: What’s your motion Bill?

Wernet: Uh, two

Bellman: Two, then… Barb is that what your seconding?

Lucier: It’s fine. Yes.

Bellman: Okay, uh….

Robertson: Should we vote on that?

Bellman: All those in favor?

Aye….

**************** Bellman: Okay. Uh, those having more than four or more would be Jim Jump or Lisa Minklei. So is that what we want to do is vote from their. Okay. I, I, uh, this puts me in a little bit more of an uncomfortable position. At this point, uh, as you know Jim and I are somewhat related, uh…. So

Wernet: Just wait till I tell Fran how you phrased that. (laughter)

Bellman: But anyway, I think very highly of Jim, and uh, I would feel uncomfortable voting for you Jim, under these circumstances, and I explained that to you earlier. And if all things were equal I think I would very seriously consider you.

Jump: I don’t think you should vote for me under any scenario. (Laughter) I don’t ???? but it certainly gives the appearance of (inaudible)….

Lucier: Which of you would be the nephew? (Laughter)

Bellman: Okay, well then we go to our voice then, voice votes for, for….

Lucier: Do you think it would be possible to stagger how we vote and not always have my vote be the first one.

Bellman: Let’s do it in reverse.

***************** Adzic: Bellman - um, I suppose Lisa Minklei McGowan - Jim Jump Rader - Lisa Minklei Wernet - um, um a difficult decision but Lisa Minklei Robertson - Lisa Minklei Lucier - Lisa Minklei

Bellman: Okay. Well it looks like we made a decision then. Lisa. 

 (Applause)

Wernet: Mr. Mayor, Mr. Mayor real quickly. I’d just like to ask Lisa if she’s reconsidered. (Laughter).

Bellman: Lisa, would you like to come up and join us?

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PUBLIC HEARING

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 13-98, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1167.02 (b) Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 13-98. The public hearing on Ordinance No. 13-98 was closed at 9:08 p.m.

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 14-98, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1171.04 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio.

Law Director Hurst stated that he will recommend this ordinance be either tabled indefinitely or defeated.

Public hearing on Ordinance No. 14-98 was closed at 9:09p.m. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of August 5, 1998 were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes. Seconded by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried. 

 The record of the special meeting of August 1, 1998 was presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve this record. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried. MAYOR’S REPORT 

 The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of July was presented for review.

 Mayor Bellman directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes. MANAGER’S REPORT

 The Manager’s Report for the month of July was presented for review. 

Councilmember Robertson inquired about the drop in police foot patrol hours.

Councilmember Wernet moved to accept the Manager’s Report. Councilmember lyn seconded. Motion carried. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.

 CITIZENS COMMENTS

Those signing the register were: See attached list.

Dorothy Garrett of 45 Donald Ross Drive voiced a concern about the proposed purchase of the Bennett property on the corner of N. Prospect and Broadway. She also questioned whether, as rumored, this particular piece of property was an appropriate site for a parking lot. She feels that if the village is concerned about the future of that site, the Village should rely on zoning laws for limitations.

James Jump of 143 Thresher Street stated he was also opposed to a parking lot. However he does feel this is a premier piece of property which could be put to good use for the future life of the Village.

Keith Myers of 229 E. College Street stated he was pleased to read that the Village Council was considering the purchase of the Bennett lot. He noted that it is not unprecedented as Dublin has undergone similar acquisitions of "critical corner’s" in their community. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS Vice Mayor McGowan noted that the Personnel Committee is recommending a work session be scheduled with Council for the purpose of discussing several issues (such as reimbursement for college tuition, cost of living, etc.). A work session is tentatively planned for September.

Manager Hickman noted a meeting of the Fanchion Lewis Committee is scheduled for September 1, 1998 - 7:00pm in Village Council Chambers.

Mayor Bellman noted that the first JEDD meeting is scheduled for September 9, 1998 - 7:00pm at the Licking County Administration Building. 

OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 13-98, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1167.02 (b) Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio was re-introduced, its title read and moved for adoption by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

 Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Minklei yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 13-98 was adopted.

Ordinance No. 14-98, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1171.04 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio was re-introduced, its title read by Vice Mayor McGowan. Second by Councilmember Lucier. 

Law Director Hurst noted that due to the most recent action by the Fifth District Court of Appeals his recommendation is to defeat or indefinitely table this ordinance. He also noted that the Village PUD has been restructured under the assumption that it is an administrative act. 

Roll Call Vote: McGowan no, Lucier no, Robertson no, Wernet no, Rader no, Minklei no, Bellman no. Ordinance No. 14-98 was defeated. 

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 98-30, A Resolution Of Appreciation To Daniel Freytag, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Bellman on behalf of all councilmembers. Second by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-30 was adopted. Comprehensive Review Plan Charles Metzger, Co-chair of the Comprehensive Review Committee and speaking on behalf of the Committee noted they were please with the cooperation from the Village staff during this review. He also thanked the Police Department for their cooperation in the use of the Village Building during non-office hours.

 Keith Myers, Co-chair of the Comprehensive Review Committee also noted the pleasurable experience with the group, trustees, etc. He stated that this plan was the product of a group of different people and ideas. He noted there had been attention given to the Neighborhood Residential District, and Agricultural District with changes now being seen as a potential opportunity to enhance open space. He noted there was an error on Page 17 of the proposed plan on the location map pertaining to the extension of Louden Street. He then thanked everyone for their cooperation.

Councilmember Wernet compliment Charlie Metzger, John Downing, and Keith Myers for the quality of the final draft.

Mayor Bellman requested Manager Hickman coordinate a Work Session for September between the Village Council, Township, and School for the review of the plan.

 Bennett Property Law Director Hurst noted that the previous legislation adopted by Council authorized and directed for the preparation and submittal of the proposal for the Bennett property. He advised that this document be executed as directed. If this contract is accepted, under the terms and conditions set for an ordinance will be prepared and set for public hearing.

 There was some discussion about "earnest" money as listed in the proposal. As no one on Council could remember this being discussed, Law Director Hurst stated he would inquire as to this purpose of this condition.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 ADJOURNMENT

 Full Council made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:50p.m. Full council seconded. Motion carried. 

 

Council Minutes 8/5/98

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Councilmember Robertson Law Director Hurst Councilmember Rader Manager Hickman Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse Councilmember Wernet. Councilmember Robertson second.

 PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 11-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 333.03(b)(6), Establishing A 15 MPH Speed Limit On Roadways, Other Than Alleys, At The Discretion Of The Village Manager.

 Mary Fellabaum of 310 W. Elm Street stated she had the impression that this Ordinance was to address the area of N. South Plum St. She noted that she lived near that area and was unaware of a problem.

Manager Hickman noted that a written request was received from four residents of N. South Plum Street noting their concern about speed and the lack of proper signs in the area.

 Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 11-98 at 7:33pm. 

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 12-98, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1998 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 12-98 at 7:34pm. 

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of July 15, 1998, were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes. Councilmember Lucier second. Motion carried. 

CITIZENS COMMENTS Those signing the register were: See attached list.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

 Vice Mayor McGowan stated that the Recreation Commission met and discussed working on the field at Raccoon Valley. He noted that $130,000 will be spent on grading and seeding the Babe Ruth, Little League, and soccer fields this year. He then noted that the Lighting Committee met to discuss moving a light on College Street closer to the Main Street intersection.

Manager Hickman noted that the light poles for the downtown area have been ordered and should be here within eight weeks.

Mayor Bellman noted a meeting with the Vice Mayor and a representative of Denison University with regard to Village sentencing guidelines. 

OLD BUSINESS

Ordinance No. 11-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 333.03(b)(6), Establishing A 15 MPH Speed Limit On Roadways, Other Than Alleys, At The Discretion Of The Village Manager was reintroduced by Councilmember Robertson. Second by Councilmember Bellman.

Vice Mayor McGowan expressed a concern that the according to this Ordinance theoretically the Village Manager and Police Chief could change the speed limit of any road in the Village without a Public Hearing. He would like this Ordinance to state that the decision would be at the discretion of the Village Council which would allow the public an opportunity for input.

Manager Hickman noted the speed on N. South Plum Street was posted at 25mph but was much too fast for that area.

Councilmember Rader stated that his understanding from the citizen complaints was in regard to vehicles traveling the wrong way on N. South Plum. He questioned the need for a change from 25 to 15mph.

It was noted that in addition to the request for a speed change, there has been signage added to the area as a result of this request.

Council decided to table this ordinance and give the citizens of N. South Plum the opportunity to voice their concerns to Council with regard to changing the speed limit on that section of road. Manager Hickman will notify residents. Councilmember Rader moved to table Ordinance No. 11-98. Councilmember Lucier second. Motion carried.

 Ordinance No. 11-98 was tabled. 

Ordinance No. 12-98, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1998 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses was re-introduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Manager Hickman noted that this would improve sidewalks from Clear Run to Bryn Du Drive and extend a sidewalk across the front of the Longaberger property thus creating a completed pathway on the north side of Newark Granville Road to Cherry Valley Road. 

 Vice Mayor McGowan noted his concern that the sidewalk be elevated for proper drainage. Manager Hickman stated this was part of the plan.

Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes, Wernet absent. Five yes votes. Ordinance No. 12-98 was adopted. 

 Bryn Du Emergency Access Dennis Mansfield of 418 Bryn Du Drive referenced the proposed Ordinance No. 11-98 pertaining to the changing of some 25mph speed limits to 15mph. He noted that the emergency access road at Bryn Du could not hold a car at the 25mph speed limit. He also noted, in reference to the possibility of opening the access road, that many pedestrians walk in that area and expressed a concern of the steep incline and possible "blind" spots. He noted that he lives at the top of the hill and does not feel there is a need to open the access road. He noted he is very much against the idea of opening the street.

 Following a brief discussion, it was noted that the original request for opening the gate at the emergency access road had been eliminated and the access road would remain closed in lieu of greater police presence in the area.

 Mr. Mansfield again expressed a concern for the speed limit in the Bryn Du area. Manager Hickman requested a proposal from the Bryn Du Homeowners Association for solutions to this problem.

NEW BUSINESS

 Ordinance No. 13-98, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1167.02 (b) Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Mayor Bellman set a Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 13-98 for August 19, 1998.

 Ordinance No. 14-98, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1171.04 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio was introduced and read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Mayor Bellman set a Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 14-98 for August 19, 1998.

 Resolution No. 98-29, A Resolution To Award The Bid For Sidewalk Improvements To Newark Granville Road, As Per Specifications, To Layton Excavating, Inc. And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Lucier. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-29 was adopted.

 Councilmember Freytag Resignation Vice Mayor McGowan noted the resignation of Councilmember Freytag and requested a resolution in appreciation of Mr. Freytag’s service to this community. It was also noted that anyone interested in the unexpired seat should submit a letter of interest to the Village Manager by noon, August 14, 1998.

 Altrusa International, Inc. Manager Hickman noted a request from the Newark-Granville Altrusa requesting the display of a sign at the entrance of the Village and S.R. 37. Council approved the request.

 Village Planner Manager Hickman introduced Kathryn Wimberger as the new Village Planner. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 Mayor Bellman made a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing purchase of property. Law Director Hurst requested the motion be amended to allow for the discussion of pending litigation. Second by Councilmember Lucier.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Council took a 5 minute recess before entering into Executive Session.

Time In: 8:14pm

 Councilmember McGowan made a motion to return to regular session. Councilmember Rader second.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes.

Time out: 9:00pm

 Ordinance No. 15-98, An Ordinance Authorizing The Presentation Of An Offer To Purchase Certain Real Property And Declaring An Emergency, was introduced and read in full by Mayor Bellman. Councilmember Rader second.

 Mayor Bellman made a motion to accept the emergency clause of Ordinance No. 15-98 which he read in full. Councilmember Lucier second.

 Roll call on emergency clause: McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Five yes votes. Emergency clause was adopted.

 Vice Mayor McGowan stated that he was not for or against this purchase at this time but would vote with the majority to allow for the passage of this ordinance. He stated he would not commit to voting for the purchase of this property until after the public had an opportunity for input. Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 15-98: McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Five yes vote. Ordinance No. 15-98 is adopted. 

 ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:07pm. Councilmember Lucier second. Motion carried. 

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 CALL TO ORDER Vice Mayor McGowan called the meeting to order at 11:30am.

ROLL CALL Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Lucier Law Director Hurst Councilmember Robertson Manager Hickman Councilmember Wernet

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to excuse Mayor Bellman and Councilmember Freytag. Councilmember Lucier second.

EXECUTIVE SESSION Councilmember Wernet made a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing pending legal issues and land acquisition.

 Councilmember Lucier second.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag absent, Bellman absent.

 Time in: 11: 31 am

 Councilmember Rader made a motion to return to regular session. Councilmember Lucier second. 

 Time out: 12:07 pm

 Councilmember Robertson made a motion to enter and invite James Jump into Executive Session for the for the purpose of discussing legal issues. 

 Councilmember Rader second.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag absent, Bellman absent.

 Time in: 12:10pm

 Vice Mayor McGowan made a motion to return to regular session and adjourn. Councilmember Rader second. 

 Time out: 1:42pm 

Council Minutes 7/15/98

 CALL TO ORDER

 Vice Mayor McGowan convened the meeting at 7:30p.m. 

ROLL CALL

Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember Robertson Councilmember Wernet Councilmember Lucier Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Law Director Hurst Councilmember Freytag Manager Hickman Councilmember Freytag made a motion to excuse Mayor Bellman. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan. Motion carried.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of June 17, 1998 were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried. The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of July 1, 1998 were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes as amended. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried.

MAYOR’S REPORT 

 The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of June was presented for review.

It was noted that traffic citations have decreased more than half in the last year, and that drug abuse and paraphernalia have dramatically increased since this time last year.

Vice Mayor McGowan directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes. MANAGER’S REPORT

 The Manager’s Report for the month of June was presented for review. 

It was noted that according to the Police Department report, foot patrol is up 13 hours from last year at this time. Manager Hickman will provide a breakdown of the time of day for those increases.

Councilmember Freytag moved to accept the Manager’s Report. Councilmember Rader seconded. Motion carried. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Those signing the register were: Katherine Wernet Scott Rawdon Mark Zarbaugh

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilmember Wernet noted there was no Planning Commission meeting on July 13th due to the lack of a quorum. He noted that the meeting was re-scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 1998.

Councilmember Lucier questioned the outcome of the "Paramount" parking lot. Manager Hickman noted that Paramount has agreed to make a joint access road on the eastern section of this lot. This will allow additional connections, per Village code, eliminating additional costs to the Village.

Vice Mayor McGowan noted that the Lighting Committee will meet later in July. He also noted that the Personnel Committee will also meet at a later date.

OLD BUSINESS TID Appointment It was noted that there could be two representatives from Granville Village appointed the the JEDD Committee. Council decided to appoint a Council member and a citizen to serve as representatives from Granville. Mayor Bellman was appointed as the Councilmember representative. Councilmember Lucier nominated Jim Jump be appointed as the citizen representative. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Councilmember Rader nominated Maxine Montgomery be appointed as the citizen representative. Second by Councilmember Freytag. Following a ballot vote of 4 - 2, Jim Jump was appointed as the citizen representative for the Village of Granville to serve on the JEDD Committee.

Community Service District - (Westgate Drive) Law Director Hurst noted that an individual had inquired about the possibility of a day care facility in the Westgate Drive location. He noted that current Community Service District zoning does not permit this as a conditional use. He asked Council if the ordinance should be amended to permit this type of conditional use. 

Council agreed and the Law Director was directed to prepare a revision to this Ordinance which will be introduced at the next meeting.

Dow Site - Southwest Licking Water & Sewer Councilmember Freytag asked for clarification of Mr. Ridgeway’s (of Southwest Licking Water & Sewer) statement with regard to entering Granville Township without invitation. Manager Hickman noted Mr. Ridgeway’s statement was in reference to being asked by the township. He also noted that it was insinuated that this was the policy of the board of Southwest Licking Water & Sewer District.

Fackler Development Councilmember Rader inquired as to the status of a permit for the northwest corner of Cherry Valley and Newark Granville Road. Manager Hickman noted that in addition to unpaid fees, a permit had not been requested. 

NEW BUSINESS

 Ordinance No. 11-98, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 333.03 (b)6),Establishing A 15 MPH Speed Limit On Roadways, Other Than Alleys, At The Discretion Of The Village Manager was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Wernet. Vice Mayor McGowan set a Public Hearing on Ordinance No. 11-98 for August 5, 1998. Ordinance No. 12-98, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 22-97 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1998 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses, was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Rader. Vice Mayor McGowan set a Public Hearing on Ordinance No. 12-98 for August 5, 1998. Manager Hickman noted the expenditures for Newark Granville Road’s sidewalk project. He explained several alternates and adjustments which have been made to the plans. He stated that this project will account for the majority of the projects for this year. He projected the year end budget balance to be well above $250,000. Resolution No. 98-26, A Resolution To Award The Bid For Street Painting, As Per Specifications, To Kneisel Contracting Corporation, And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Council discussed the possibility of using higher grade paint in the future to eliminate the need for annual painting. Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-26 was adopted. Resolution No. 98-27, A Resolution To Award The Bid For Water Main Improvements To West Maple Street And Munson Street, As Per Specifications, To Layton Excavating, Inc. And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmembers Robertson and Rader. Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-27 was adopted. Resolution No. 98-28, A Resolution To Award The Base Bid For Storm And Sanitary Improvements To East Broadway And Wildwood Drive And East Elm Street Repaving, As Per Specifications, To Layton Excavating, Inc. And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Robertson. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-28 was adopted

Elm Street Curb Councilmember Lucier questioned the time frame for the current curb project being done on East Elm Street. 

 Service Director Zarbaugh stated that the project was scheduled to be done around the first of September. He also noted that this project was being done in house to decrease cost and increase the ability for area homeowners to access their driveways. 

 Councilmember Lucier requested a cost comparison from the Service Director to compare the in-house procedure with the cost of using an outside vendor for the procedure.

 Bryn Du Emergency Access An inquiry was made as to the opening of the emergency access at Bryn Du. It was suggested that there be appropriate signage placed at the hill crest to accommodate the opening of this road. It was also mentioned that this was never intended to be anything other than emergency access and was not road grade quality.

Councilmember’s Freytag, Rader and Wernet were in favor of opening the road on a trial basis with proper signage.

Councilmember Lucier, Robertson and Vice Mayor McGowan were not in favor of opening access to the road.

Following a brief discussion, it was requested that this be put on the agenda for the next meeting. ADJOURNMENT

 Councilmember Freytag made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 pm. Vice Mayor McGowan second. Motion carried. 

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 CALL TO ORDER

 Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:33pm. ROLL CALL

Those responding to the roll call were: Vice Mayor McGowan Mayor Bellman Councilmember Lucier Manager Hickman Councilmember Wernet Councilmember Rader 

 Councilmember McGowan moved to excuse Councilmember Robertson. Second by Councilmember Lucier. EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to move to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing land acquisition within the Village. Second by Councilmember Lucier.

Roll Call Lucier yes, McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes.

Time in: 7:35pm

 Councilmember Freytag arrived.

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to return to Regular Session. Councilmember Rader second.

Roll Call Lucier yes, McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag yes.

Time out: 8:05pm

ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember Freytag moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:06pm. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried. 

Council Minutes 6/17/98

 CALL TO ORDER

 Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32p.m. 

ROLL CALL

Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember McGowan Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Councilmember Rader Law Director Hurst Councilmember Freytag Manager Hickman Councilmember Rader made a motion to excuse Councilmembers Robertson and Wernet. Second by Councilmember Freytag.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of June 3, 1998 were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried. MAYOR’S REPORT 

 The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of May was presented for review.

Mayor Bellman directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes. MANAGER’S REPORT

 The Manager’s Report for the month of May was presented for review. 

Councilmember Rader moved to accept the Manager’s Report. Vice Mayor McGowan seconded. Motion carried. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Those signing the register were: Kent Mallot Scott Rawdon Eloise DeZwarte

Bethany McLeish, a reporter from WNKO, announced that this would be her last Council meeting. She expressed her appreciation and thanked Council for their respect and kindness. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilmember McGowan advised that the Personnel Committee would meet in Village Hall on June 30th, 1998 at 9:00am.

Councilmember Freytag reported that the Cemetery Board is trying to work out an agreement with Ladd Michael regarding cemetery lot lines adjacent to his property. Mr. Freytag noted that a survey is needed before an agreement can be considered. Manager Hickman advised that a survey was in the process. Mr. Freytag added that as there are several issues involved in the situation and the Board would welcome input for resolution to this situation.

 Councilmember McGowan noted that a meeting of the Lighting Committee was intended for early July to consider using replaced lights in other areas of the Village which are in need of additional street lighting.

OLD BUSINESS There was no Old Business to discuss. NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 98-22, A Resolution To Adopt The 1999 County Tax Budget As Proposed And To Direct The Village Manager To Submit It To The County Auditor, was introduced read in full by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Rader. Manager Hickman briefly explained the changes to the budget for 1999. He noted a possible combination of bonding and reapplying for grant funding to finance improvements to Cherry Valley Road and South Main Street. He advised that the proposed budget for 1999 does not reflect these figures.

Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-22 was adopted.

Resolution No. 98-24, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into A Contract With General Insurance Agency For Property, Casualty, And Liability Insurance For the Period of June 30, 1998 To July 1, 2001, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-24 was adopted.

Resolution No. 98-25, A Resolution To Appoint A Member To Fill An Unexpired Term On The Granville Tree And Landscape Commission, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Bellman. Second by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried. Resolution No. 98-25 was adopted. ANNOUNCEMENTS

Due to the July 4th festivities in the Village, it was decided that there would not be a Council meeting scheduled for July 1, 1998 unless otherwise noted by the manager.

Mayor Bellman noted he would not be attending the July 15, 1998 meeting.

Dow Location

 Council discussed the water situation at the Dow location. It was noted that there is a potential tenant that would like the Village to operate the water treatment plant at that location. There were several issues of concern: 1) Who is potential buyer? 2) The deal is only for the purchase of one building on this site. What would happen if other purchasers did not wish to use a water facility operated by the Village? 3) Capital costs. What will happen when/if the tenant leaves? 4) Environmental liability. Who covers the cost? 

Councilmember Freytag feels that Southwest Licking Water District should be contacted to discuss their intentions and whether they plan to run water lines within the Granville School District boundaries.

 Manager Hickman will initiate contact with Southwest Licking Water District in an effort to communicate Granville’s concerns and needs at the Dow location.

Transportation Improvement District

 It was suggested that consideration be made for the appointment of one councilmember and one citizen to the TID Board. This will be further discussed at the July 15th meeting.

Community Service District Law Director Hurst addressed the issue of the Community Service District ordinance, noting that this particular ordinance does not "spell out" the uses. He added the fact that this ordinance had not been reviewed for some time and may need to be updated to make it coincide with the rest of the ordinances. He noted that in the past Council has been adament about what is to be permitted and what is to be excluded. He noted for instance that a day care center is not specified in this section. He noted that as development has increased in the Community Service District it may be time to review this section to consider and suggest changes.

 Vice Mayor McGowan asked Manager Hickman to make note of the uncut grass situation at the "Old Middle School".

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Councilmember Rader made a motion to move to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing land acquisition issues. Second by Councilmember Freytag.

Roll call vote: Mcgowan yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, Freyag yes, Bellman yes.

Time in: 8:28p.m. Councilmember Freytag made a motion to adjourn from Executive Session. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan.

Roll call vote: Mcgowan yes, Lucier yes, Rader yes, Freyag yes, Bellman yes.

 Time out: 9:00p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

 Councilmember Freytag moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:00p.m. Councilmember Rader second. Motion Carried. 

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