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