Granville Community Calendar

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.


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. 

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