CALL TO ORDER Councilmember Rader, as Acting Mayor, convened the meeting at 7:35pm.
ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember Rader Councilmember Wernet Councilmember Robertson Law Director Hurst Councilmember Minklei
Councilmember Rader noted that Mayor Bellman would be arriving later this evening. (Note: Mayor Bellman arrived after adjournment) (Vice Mayor McGowan had previously phoned the Village Manager noting his absence would be due to another commitment)
PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 34-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1117.05 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville.
No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 34-99. Acting Mayor Councilmember Rader closed the public hearing at 7:37pm.
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 35-99, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 25-98 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1999 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses.
No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 35-99. Acting Mayor Councilmember Rader closed the public hearing at 7:38pm.
CITIZENS COMMENTS Those signing the register were: Jim Jump Mary Fellabaum Clifton Crais Scott Rawdon James Harf Ben Barton Jaqueline O’Keefe Mike Frazier Mike Frazier, Village resident, Denison employee, and member of Granville Business and Professional Association (GBPA) Board voiced GBPA’s appreciation of Council and the Village Manager for their support. Appreciation was also expressed for the opportunity of recent meetings with Council liason’s. GPBA is suggesting a joint meeting between themselves, the Village, and the Township, to collaborate a strategic plan, in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, in an effort to preserve the downtown by creating links to other areas which would make the community unified. Councilmember Wernet expressed an appreciation for GBPA’s efforts in improving the community. Councilmember Robertson suggested that Mr. Frazier coordinate scheduling of a joint meeting with the Village Manager.
Jacqueline O’Keefe again expressed her concerns that traffic on Burg Street will increase due to the Kendall Development for senior citizens. She had the following questions. · Does the Village have any say in the development of this property? · Has there been an independent study of it’s impact on Village resources? · What influence do the citizens have in the placement of this residential complex in the township. · Have there been any studies of other Kendal Developments showing impacts on surrounding areas? Councilmember Rader feels that the Kendal Group will probably address these questions. He suggested Ms. O’Keefe put them in writing to Jack Heller. Ms. O’Keefe would like to know what influence the Village has, aside from the water/sewer issue, on the development. Councilmember Wernet noted that Kendal representatives have said that unless the Village extends water/sewer to the area, they will not build this development. He feels that unless such a development is beneficial to the community, an extension will probably not be approved by Council. Council would not approve such an extension outside the Village unless there was a very high probability that it would not be used for other residential/commercial developments. Ms. O’Keefe referenced a previous development behind the Granville Golf Course of which a referendum petition was filed. Although the citizens thought they had an iron clad guarantee, the land was still developed. Councilmember Wernet noted that the Kendal Development is only in the preliminary stage.
Jim Jump, 143 Thresher St., noted that the consultant hire by the Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) is interested in interviewing community members for thoughts on JEDD related issues. He requested Council nominate citizens. Although the Transportation Improvement District (TID) is in threat of being desolved, the Licking County Planning Commission remains committed to the Thornwood project and the JEDD will remain intact.
Ben Barton, noted that Council has received a formal request for the extension of water/sewer to the Barton & Kessler property on River Road. He asked for Council’s thoughts and input with respect to the next twelve months and what direction might be taken in relation to water/sewer extension to that area.
Acting Mayor Councilmember Rader closed citizens comments at 8:00pm.
OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 34-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1117.05 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville was re-introduced by Councilmember Minklei. Second by Councilmember Rader.
Roll call vote: Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Robertson yes, Rader yes. Four yes votes. Ordinance No. 34-99 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 35-99, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 25-98 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1999 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses was re-introduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Robertson.
Roll call vote: Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Robertson yes, Rader yes. Four yes votes. Ordinance No. 35-99 was adopted.
NEW BUSINESS Resolution No. 99-41, A Resolution To Amend Pay Classifications And Salary Rates For The Several Departments Of The Village Of Granville.
Councilmember Wernet made a motion to table Resolution No. 99-41 to schedule a special meeting for the purpose of consideration of this Resolution and related personnel compensation issues. Councilmember Minklei second.
This Special Meeting was tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 1999 - 8:00pm. Ordinance No. 36-99, An Ordinance To Amend Section 1175.02 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio was introduced by Councilmember Rader. Acting Mayor Councilmember Rader set the Public Hearing on Ordinance No. 36-99 for November 3, 1999.
MAYOR’S REPORT The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of September was presented for review. Councilmember Rader noted there were thirty one citations for parking too far from the curb. Acting Mayor Councilmember Rader 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 Wernet made a motion to accept the Manager’s report as presented. Second by Councilmember Minklei. Acting Mayor Councilmember Rader directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of said report is attached as part of these minutes.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of October 6, 1999, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes as amended. Councilmember Robertson second. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS There were no committee reports at this time.
OTHER Councilmember Minklei noted that the minutes from the last meeting indicated there would be someone attending this meeting from the Ohio Department of Health to discuss radon issues in Granville. It was noted that there was no one in attendance to speak on this topic.
Councilmember Wernet noted a letter of compliment to Kathryn Wimberger, the Village Planner, for her assistance with Bank First National’s improvements to their building. A copy of said letter was supplied to the clerk for filing.
River Road - Water/Sewer Extension Request -Councilmember Minklei thought that Council had previously discussed the need for a comprehensive policy related to extending water and sewer outside the Village limits. It was suggested that the Village Manager coordinate a meeting of Council to address this issue. Currently the policy is that there are no service extensions outside of Village limits without annexation. There have, however, been individual cases wherein it was sensible to offer service. The goal of a meeting is to address the appropriate way of handling these types of requests and possibly apply specific issues to be addressed when such a request is made.
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS Next Village Council meeting - November 3, 1999
ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:18pm. Councilmember Robertson second. Motion carried. COUNCIL WORKSESSION
CALL TO ORDER Councilmember Wernet called the meeting to order.
ROLL CALL Councilmember Rader Councilmember Lucier Councilmember Wernet Vice Mayor McGowan - Absent Councilmember Robertson Mayor Bellman - Absent Councilmember Minklei
It was noted that Mayor Bellman should be arriving around 7:00pm. (It was also later noted that Vice Mayor McGowan informed the Village Manager that he would be unable to attend this session due to prior commitments). Councilmember Rader was hoping that the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, Vice Mayor McGowan, would be in attendance this evening. As Mr. McGowan had concerns with the current wage scale, it is important to include him during these discussions. Mr. Rader suggested that consideration of Resolution No. 99-41 (dealing with the wage scale) be postponed until the next regularly scheduled meeting. Noting that the Personnel Committee had given its recommendation during the previous meeting, Councilmember Lucier stated that she would personally like to continue this discussion this evening. She is unable to attend the next regularly scheduled Council meeting and she made a special effort to attend this meeting. Councilmember Wernet feels Mr. McGowan’s attendance and input is important as there has been some confusion as to where he stands on these issues. Councilmember Robertson feels that the discussion should continue as there are five out of seven Councilmembers present this evening. She also expressed the obligation of Council members to make meeting attendance a priority. Disappointment was expressed that Mr. McGowan has chosen to avoid the previous Council session, and this meeting, which was primarily scheduled to discuss an issue of which he had previously taken a serious stand. Councilmember Robertson feels that since Mr. McGowan hasn’t been available to express his ideas he has lost his voice in this case. Council made the decision to continue with this meeting as a work session for discussion of the issue at hand.
WORK SESSION Resolution No. 99-41 Personnel Committee has recommended: -Pay grade 3 be merged with pay grade 4. -Increasing Step I salaries by a 2% one-time longevity bonus for this year.
A discussion ensued relative to the benefits of merging pay grade’s 3 and 4. Everyone agreed that a merge of the two grades was the best solution for addressing the need to bring that portion of the pay scale up to a comparable range with other communities. It was also noted that there may possibly be a need to increase the Police Sargents and Utility Plant Supervisor’s position from pay grade 8 to the currently unused pay grade 9. For the most part, Council was in agreement that 2% would be a sufficient one-time increase to Step I. Manager Hickman is to provide Council with a summary of how this would impact the budget. Councilmember Wernet also noted the need to consider the Manager’s salary during discussions at the next Council meeting.
ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Minklei made a motion to adjourn at 7:30pm. Councilmember Rader second. Motion carried.