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Council Minutes 4/15/98

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
April 15, 1998



CALL TO ORDER
    Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:28p.m.  

ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
Mayor Bellman            Councilmember Freytag    
Vice Mayor McGowan        Law Director Hurst
Councilmember Robertson        Manager Hickman
Councilmember Wernet
Councilmember Rader            

PUBLIC HEARING
    A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 05-98, An
Ordinance Authorizing The Exchange of Real Property Between
The Village of Granville And Granville Township.  No one
appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 05-98.  The
public hearing on Ordinance No. 05-98 closed at 7:32 p.m.

 REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
     Minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of April
1, 1998 were presented for review.

Councilmember Lucier arrived.

 Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes as
amended.  Seconded by Councilmember Wernet.  Motion carried.    
 
 MANAGER’S REPORT
    The Manager’s Report for the month of March was
presented for review.   
    Mayor Bellman made note of Chief Cartnal’s plans to
require more officer foot patrol in the Village as requested
by Council.
 Councilmember Robertson noted she would be attending a
coalition meeting at Denison and questioned whether the
number of additional "complaint investigations", as reported
in the monthly Police Report, were contributed to by Denison
students?  She stated she would e-mail Chief Cartnal for his
comments.
 Mayor Bellman directed the clerk to file the report.  A
copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.
 
CITIZENS COMMENTS
Those signing the register were:
         James Jump
        Scott Rawdon
     
Mayor Bellman noted he would allow citizen comments during
the discussion of Resolution No. 98-14 under New Business on
tonights agenda.  

There were no citizen comments to record at this time.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Councilmember Wernet reported that the Planning Commission
saw a proposed plan for a development behind the Fackler
Development on Gallway Drive.  He noted that the developer
would be returning to the Commission.  He also stated the
Planning Commission approved a change of use for the
structure east of the Fackler Country Garden.  He noted some
discussion about the changes to the sign above County
Savings Bank on East Broadway.  He noted the applicant
agreed to reduce the size of the sign on the face of the
building to within limits of the sign ordinances.

Councilmember Rader reported that the Utilities Committee
discussed Impact and Use Fees.  He noted their
recommendation to raise the Use Fees from $350 to $700, and
will look at the Impact fees in relation to the Cherry
Valley Road area.  He stated the committee discussed the
design on Cherry Valley Road in connection to the Thornwood
Drive project.   
 
Councilmember McGowan reported on the Street Light
Committee.  He noted that the lights are in and money has
been appropriated for replacement of street lights from Plum
to Granger Streets.  He mentioned that hopefully this will
be done by July 4th.  He added that GBPA will make a
contribution for the funding of new poles for the downtown
area.  Manager Hickman noted that the GBPA is interested in
making a contribution to the "Granville" fixtures.

    Councilmember Freytag reporting on the Tree &
Landscape Commission noted that the Arbor Day Celebration is
scheduled for the 24th of April at which time a tree will be
planted in honor of Arbor Day.

    Councilmember McGowan noted that the Personnel
Committee met and reviewed the proposed new Personnel
Policy.  He noted that at this time the Committee’s
recommendation was to not fill the available police position
perhaps utilizing some of the current supervisors for
patrolling instead.   

    Mayor Bellman noted that he had been on Thresher
Street during a recent rain and there seems to be
improvement in that area.  He also noted that the School
Board would be addressing the Thornwood Drive issue on
Monday.  He then noted there had been a meeting between the
Village Manager, Service Director, Chief of Police and
former Mayor to discuss issues of policing in the Village.

 
OLD BUSINESS
    Ordinance No. 05-98, An Ordinance Authorizing The
Exchange of Real Property Between The Village of Granville
And Granville Township, was re-introduced and read by Mayor
Bellman.  The question was called by Councilmember Wernet.
Second by Councilmember Rader.

     Roll Call Vote:  McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson
yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag yes, Bellman yes.  
Ordinance No. 05-98 is adopted.

NEW BUSINESS
Resolution No. 98-14, A Resolution To Support The Study Of
The Thornwood Boulevard Project Providing That Licking
County Address Enumerated Concerns Over The Project’s
Impact, was introduced and read in  full by Mayor Bellman.
There was a discussion among Council with regard to changes
to the language of the proposed Resolution No. 98-14.  Mayor
Bellman then opened the discussion to public comment.

    Jim Jump of 143 Thresher Street stated he felt one
citizens (his) concern is how much influence Granville will
have in the Joint Economics Development District’s creation.
 He stated he had looked at the statute and written a memo
to Council explaining his views.   He noted that the Joint
Economics Development Committees are made of Municipalities
and Townships.  He feels that a major concern expressed by
Village Citizens is that there are no plans for reivew of
traffic impact after S.R.157 meets S.R.16.  He expressed
concern that all parties be represented in the Joint
Economics Development District.  He added it was his feeling
that Joint Economic  Development means suburbanization.

    Councilmember Lucier thanked Mr. Jump for his
efforts in clarifying this subject.  

Charlie Greib, Director of the Licking County Planning
Commission, stated that suburbanization is significant since
it has already begun and he hopes this opportunity will
offer a plan that will be supportive.  He said it will give
communities control to the area in a way that is most
suitable to that community by allowing them to choose the
types of plans they are interested in.  Mr. Greib stated our
school districts are forced to provide increased education
services at a time when everyone suffers great duress for
finances.  He then elaborated on the Joint Economic reform
of the districts.  He noted that it is conceivable that
multiple Joint Economic Development Districts will form in
each community adding that it is an association between a
municipality and a township.  He stated that the legislature
institutes this legislation such that the municipalities
that have services such as water and sewer can work with the
township.  He also noted it is a defining document that
allows negotiations on many issues of annexation.  He stated
that depending on the community it is likely that multiple
Joint Economic Development Districts throughout this
corridor could exist.  He then stated that the JEDD Boards
come out of this process only after the agreement is
approved by municipalities and townships and would only be
responsible for the operations not the design of the JEDD.  
 He then added that the Transportation Improvement District
Board members are Tim Lollo, County Engineer, Albert
Ashbrook, County Commissioner,  Nelson Craig, County
Superintendent of Schools, Ben Whitehead, State Farm
Agent, and Dan Delawder, President of Park National Band.  
Mr. Greib stated his desire is that there be properly
planned areas of residential development.  He noted that the
control of the things closest to us is up to each community.
He noted that this resolution is only a request for
community support to make it possible to go to ODOT and
secure funding for this project.  He stated that at this
time this is not a request for endorsement.   He noted that
the advocation for the northend of this project is for
commercial, not retail commercial development and that there
are no abatements on commercial development in Licking
County, adding that this device is to protect the revenue
streams going to the school systems.

    Jeff ? of Welsh Hills Road questioned the urgency
for Council to make this decision and asked if there was a
time limit?

Mayor Bellman noted his urgency is related to this Council
having the opportunity to input into this matter before the
school board addresses this issue on Monday.  

    Vice Mayor McGowan feels the public needs more time
to address unanswered questions and is in favor of voting on
this resolution at another time.
 
Mr. Greib stated there was no urgency.  On behalf of the
citizens who still have questions he urged Council not to
rush the passage of this resolution.

Councilmember Robertson is concerned about how many members
of this community would be involved in the study and hopes
all communities will be equally represented.

Councilmember Lucier stated that the language has been
changed considerably this evening she is inclined to wait on
the passage of this resolution.

Councilmember Freytag stated his position has not changed as
he feels this is a bad idea for the Village of Granville.  
He feels this road would put traffic at our doorstep.  He
stated this is a poor idea and he will not support using
taxpayer money for this type of study.

Councilmember Rader stated he feels this is out of our hands
and supports the study.

    Councilmember Wernet stated his view is that the
original plan was to have a solution for the north/south
problem which has been on the books for over 30 years.  He
will agree to go forward with the study.  He suggested going
ahead with the vote tonight and allow for amendments to the
resolution as needed.
 
Councilmember Freytag moved to table Resolution No. 98-14.  
Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Yeas 3 - Opposed 4.  
Motion denied.

     Mayor Bellman made a motion for the passage of
Resolution No. 98-14 and read a revised version to Council.
 Second by Councilmember Wernet.
 
    Mr. Greib noted that as it stands #7, 8, and 9 of
this resolution are unacceptable as written
and should this pass it is likely the Board of the TID will
not find this basis for a good working relationship.

There was discussion with regard to the idea that this
Resolution is only support for a study and nothing more.  
There was also discussion of the different definitions of a
study.  It was noted that a study would happen whether this
Council voted for this resolution or not.

There was continued discussion with regard to including
support for community representatives and various government
entities to discuss this study.

    Council amended the proposed resolution so that it
supported a forum of the communities involved to discuss the
impact of the Thornwood proposal, rather than this study
being drafted by the TID.  In general Council also expressed
concern about a complete north/south routing not being
addressed.  Several other issues were addressed in
comparison of the original resolution.  See attached.

Councilmember McGowan stated he objected to this resolution
as it has changed dramatically since first introduced this
evening.  Councilmember Freytag agreed.

Mayor Bellman feels the School Board has the most leverage
in this study and feels it is important to express this
Councils concerns to that entity before they vote on Monday.

Roll Call Vote:  Bellman yes, McGowan no, Lucier no,
Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag no.  4 yes
votes, 3 no votes.  Resolution No. 98-14 is adopted as
amended.

Resolution No. 98-15, A Resolution Setting Forth The
Conditions For Zoning Permit Approval For Multi-Use
Development At 1960 Newark Granville Road, was introduced
and read in full by Councilmember Rader and Mayor Bellman.  

 Law Director Hurst noted that this resolution only reflects
the Findings and Conditions.   

There was discussion with regard to the right of way
provisions.  It was noted that Mr. Fackler had already
granted the required right of way for storm sewers and due
access.  It is noted that Mr. Fackler has already given an
additional 5 feet to the existing 30 feet of right of way
with and agreement to reflect that he would accommodate
further discussion if the need arises to acquire additional
right of way.

There was a discussion with regard to acquiring additional
right of way

Law Director Hurst stated that the Findings of Fact state
that the extent of right of way will be determined by
Council.  He noted that the Planning Commission cannot
commit to right of way because Council has the legislative
authority.
 
Village Planner Reyazi stated that at the time the Planning
Commission reviewed the site plan, they struggled with the
fact that there was no adopted plan for Cherry Valley Road.
 Since it was determined that it was ultimately Council’s
decision, the Planning Commission felt uncomfortable making
a recommendation not knowing what Council may choose for
Cherry Valley Road.

Mr. Fackler stated that this issue was one of the twenty
nine issues discussed during the hearing on this plan.  He
stated that only five feet additional right of way was
discussed, and this is what was agreed to by him and the
Planning Commission.

Mr. Wernet stated that there was a discussion later on in
that Planning Commission meeting which reflected the fact
that the right of way issue would be a Council decision.

The Law Director stated that the legislative authority
clearly has the final say and it is to be  noted that no
matter what the Findings of Fact state, Council has the
authority to determine what the right of way will be.

Councilmember Wernet feels the Planning Commission did not
attempt to misuse that authority and in fact deferred that
authority on to Council noting that it is clear from the
Finding of fact that they did not make the decision
regarding right of way.

Mr. Fackler requested that this resolution be tabled until
the next meeting.

Law Director Hurst recommended that this matter be tabled.  
At this time Council decided they were not ready to vote on
this Resolution.
      
Councilmember Rader made a motion to table Resolution No.
98-15.  Second by Mayor Bellman.  Motion Carried.

Resolution No. 98-16, A Resolution To Authorize The Village
Manager To Advertise For Bids For The Painting Of The
250,000 Gallon Water Tank, was read in full by Mayor
Bellman.  Second by Councilmember Freytag.  Motion Carried.
 Resolution No. 98-16 is adopted.

Liquor License Request -
    Manager Hickman noted his receipt for a change to
the Village Brewing Company’s Liquor License.  He noted the
change reflects the addition of hard liquor to the license.

    Council agreed that a hearing should be requested
which would give local citizens the right to comment on this
change request.

Mayor Bellman made a motion that a hearing be requested.  
Second by Lucier.  Motion Carried.
 

ADJOURNMENT
    Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at
11:31 p.m.  Councilmember McGowan second.  Motion Carried.
 

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