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.
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.