Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 5/20/98

 CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to excuse Councilmember
McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Freytag.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilmember Wernet noted that the Comprehensive Plan will
be ready for presentation to Council and Township Trustees
following corrections to the document and legal review.  He
reported that the Planning Commission approved the
application for modifications to the Schnaidt’s residence at
the corner of Mulberry and Elm Streets.  He also noted, at
the request of the Planning Commission, changes are being
made to Mike Menzer’s potential development.  

Mayor Bellman noted a meeting between himself and Newark
Mayor Frank Stare regarding school boundary lines for the
Keny property.   He also indicated that he attended a Newark
City Council meeting where several members of that Council
indicated their support of Newark schools taking
responsibility for the education of children in the annexed
area.

UNION CEMETERY BOARD MEETING

Councilmember Freytag was re-appointed to the Union Cemetery
Board for a term of three years, expiring in the year 2001.

Norm Kennedy, Township Trustee Clerk, noted the Township’s
pledge of $91,000 to the restoration project of the Union
Cemetery.  He stated that to date they have paid $62,823.84.

Trustee Jim Havens thanked Council and citizens of the
Village for supporting the 4/10th mil replacement levy by
which a portion of the funds were pledged for the support of
the Old Colony Cemetery.

     Resolution No. 98-21, A Resolution To Declare With
The Granville Township Trustees That Operation And
Maintenance Of The Union Cemetery Under The Provisions Of
Section 759.34 Of The Ohio Revised Code Continue And That
the 1998 Annual Meeting Required By Section 759.34 Has Been
Conducted And To Fill A Pending Vacancy On The Union
Cemetery Board Of Trustees, was introduced and read in full
by Councilmembers Rader and Mayor Bellman.  Second by
Councilmember Freytag.  Motion carried.  Resolution No.
98-21 was adopted.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Those signing the register were:
See attached list

    Dwayne Goodman, President of Granville Kiwanis,
stated that the organization was in the process of pursuing
sponsorship for a laser light show (to replace the fireworks
display) for July 4th festivities.  He noted the need of a
corporate sponsor with a possible $7,000 - $10,000 donation.

Mr. Goodman, also the owner of DR Signs, presented Council
with plans for a sign identifying Old River Road.  He noted
that the proposed sign would be placed in the front yard of
the Granville Village Service Department, replacing their
current sign.  He stated that as the location of this sign
is in the Township, they have already met the requirements
and have been approved by the Township.  He noted that the
installation and landscape design will be of no cost to the
Village.  Along with needing permission from the Village to
place this sign on Village property, the proposed request is
that the Village be responsible for the electric bill for
ground lighting of the sign.  Mr. Goodman noted that the
size of the sign is to accommodate legibility of the sign
from the road.  

Council discussed the precedence this sign may set for
future "group" signage in the Village.  Councilmember’s
Robertson and Wernet will coordinate together with the
members of the Planning Commission for additional input and
report back to Mr. Goodman.

COMMITTEE REPORTS (cont.)

Councilmember Lucier noted that she had received the
Granville Village Audit Report for review.  She also noted
that she will begin reviewing the monthly bank statements as
requested by the auditors.

PUBLIC HEARING

    A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 06-98, An
Ordinance To Amend Section 1305.03 (c ) (1) and (2), and (d)
(1), (2), and (3) Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village
Of Granville, Ohio.  

No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 06-98.
 The public hearing on Ordinance No. 06-98 was closed at
8:10 p.m.

    A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 09-98, An
Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1171 Of The Codified Ordinances
Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio.  

No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 09-98.
 The public hearing on Ordinance No. 09-98 was closed at
8:11 p.m.

 REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

     The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of
May 6, 1998 were presented for review.  Councilmember
Robertson moved to approve the minutes as amended.  Seconded
by Councilmember Wernet.  Motion carried.    

MAYOR’S REPORT    

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

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

 OLD BUSINESS
 
    Ordinance No. 06-98, An Ordinance To Amend Section
1305.03 (c ) (1) and (2), and (d) (1), (2), and (3) Of The
Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, was
re-introduced, its title read by Councilmember Freytag.  
Second by Councilmember Wernet.
 
     Mayor Bellman suggested that in addition to the
increase of public use fees from $350 to $700, the
construction use fees should also be doubled to reflect an
increase from $800 to $1,600.

    Councilmember Freytag feels an increase of 100% is
excessive and he will not support the proposal.

    Councilmember Wernet noted his firm support of the
increase based on the Comprehensive Survey which showed
citizen support for increased taxes to benefit open space
and he feels this relates to that type of increase.  

Councilmember Wernet moved for the adoption of  Ordinance
No. 06-98.

Council continued to discuss several alternatives to
increasing the fees.  It was agreed to increase the Public
Use Fees from $350 to $500 and the Construction Use Fees
from $800 to $1,000.

Councilmember Rader made a motion to amend Ordinance No.
06-98.  Second by Councilmember Lucier.
    
Roll Call Vote:  Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet no, Rader
yes, Freytag yes, Bellman yes.  Five yes, one no vote.

Councilmember Freytag made a motion to adopt Ordinance No.
06-98.  Second by Councilmember Wernet.

Roll Call Vote:  Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes,
Rader yes, Freytag yes, Bellman yes.  Six yes votes.  
Ordinance No. 06-98 was adopted as amended.
    
Ordinance No. 09-98, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1171 Of
The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio.  
Councilmember Wernet made suggestions to amend  the
Ordinance.  

Law Director Hurst voiced numerous concerns about draft of
Chapter 1171.  He noted a need to indicate that the Planning
Commission will consider applications for conditional uses
using criteria set forth in Chapter 1145.03.  He feels that
it should be noted that Council’s approval will still be by
ordinance therefore subject to referendum and that Council’s
failure to approve such ordinance could initiate an appeal
by the applicant to the Common Pleas Court.   

Council wished to vote on this Ordinance this evening and
asked Law Director Hurst to  make recommended changes to the
Chapter 1171 draft.  It is noted that in addition to the
changes made tonight, Law Director Hurst will later address
additional concerns of Chapter 1171 at which time Council
could reconsider an amendment to Ordinance No. 09-98.

Councilmember Freytag moved to amend the Chapter 1171
Section of Ordinance No. 09-98 in accordance with the Law
Directors suggestions.  Second by Councilmember Robertson.

    Roll call:  Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes,
Rader yes, Freytag yes, Bellman yes.  Six yes votes.

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend (to include an
emergency clause which he read in full) and adopt Ordinance
No. 09-98.  Second by Councilmember Rader.

Roll Call Vote on Amendment:  Lucier yes, Robertson yes,
Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag yes, Bellman yes. Six yes
votes.

Councilmember Freytag moved to adopt the emergency clause of
Ordinance No. 09-98.  Second by Councilmember Wernet.

    Roll Call Vote on Emergency Clause:  Lucier yes,
Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag yes, Bellman
yes.  Six yes votes.

    Roll Call Vote on Adoption of Ordinance No. 09-98:
Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Freytag
yes, Bellman yes.  Six yes votes.  Ordinance No. 09-98 was
adopted as amended.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 98-19, A Resolution To Authorize The Village
Manager To Advertise For Bids For 1998 Street Painting, was
introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader.  Second
by Freytag.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 98-19 was
adopted.

Resolution No. 98-20, To Award The Bid For The Denison
University Stand Pipe Exterior Painting Project To American
Suncraft Construction Company And To Authorize The Village
Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefor was introduced
and read in full by Councilmember Wernet.  Second by
Councilmember Rader.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 98-20
was adopted.

Ordinance No. 10-98, 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 Freytag.  

Mayor Bellman set the Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 10-98
for June 3, 1998.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Bellman approached Council with the suggestion of
purchasing a mobile phone for mayoral use.  He noted that in
his function as the Mayor of Granville, his cellular phone
expenses have gone up.  He feels he can maximize his mayoral
duties during his commute to Columbus.  He asked for
Council’s thoughts on this issue.  He suggested Council
consider either purchasing a mobile phone, or increasing
Council expenses to accommodate phone usage.  

Councilmember Freytag noted that the Granville Village
Charter states Mayor’s authority as:  Mayor’s Court, signing
of official documents, running ceremonies and presiding over
Council sessions.   He stated that other initiatives are not
defined within the Charter of the Village.  He    feels that
the Mayor may be spending excessive time doing things not
within the scope of the Charter.  

    It was suggested that although the Mayor is trying
to effectuate the process of things in a positive manner,
this government is a Manager/Council (weak Mayor) form of
government and each member is only 1/7th of a group.   

    Councilmember Robertson suggested that Council seek
a structure of communication which would benefit all
members.

Mayor Bellman withdrew his request for a mobile phone.
 
Smith vs Granville Township -
    Council discussed the options of possibly having
this issue reconsidered as the votes of the merger issue
have been permanently impounded.  It was suggested that the
Law Director consider talks with the Township possibly
sharing legal costs for this reconsideration.  

Law Director Hurst noted that this entity has no standing to
request a reconsideration.  He did note that this Council
could aggressively lobby Townships legal counsel to pursue a
motion of reconsideration at the Ohio Supreme Court level.  
The Law Director will look into options and advise Council
of alternatives.

First Presbyterian Church -
Law Director Hurst noted to Council that there needs to be
an official form of approval for the encroachment upon the
Main Street right of way by the First Presbyterian Church.  
He asked Council if they had given all the necessary
approvals for the First Presbyterian Church to encroach upon
this right of way.

Councilmember Freytag made a motion to allow the First
Presbyterian Church to invade the right of way up to 25
inches as necessary.  Second by Councilmember Lucier.  
Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT

     Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn the meeting
at 9:50 p.m.  Councilmember Bellman second.  Motion Carried.



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