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Council Minutes 10/6/99


CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:34pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember Wernet Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Minklei Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Law Director Hurst Manager Hickman PUBLIC HEARING Councilmember Robertson arrived.

A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 33-99, An Ordinance To Amend Section 521.08 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 33-99. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing at 7:35pm.

 CITIZENS COMMENTS Those attending the meeting were: See Attached List Jackie O’Keefe, 4 Sampson Place, spoke of a concern about the quality of life in her community. Specifically, bringing water and sewer to Burg Street for the proposed Kendal Development may affect the development of the other land on Burg Street. Burg Street is a narrow road and she is concerned that it will not sustain increased traffic. She does not want her community to turn into a Pataskala or Reynoldsburg wherein the car has taken over and people can’t be in touch with their neighbors because of the traffic congestion. 

Hearing no further comment, Mayor Bellman closed citizens comments at 7:37pm.

OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 33-99, An Ordinance To Amend Section 521.08 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville was reintroduced, its title read, by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Minklei yes, Bellman yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 33-99 was adopted.

NEW BUSINESS Resolution No. 99-37, A Resolution Related To Accepting Application Of The Newark/Granville Community Authority To The M/I Schottenstein Development On The Former Keny Property and To Prevent Higher Taxes On Licking County Residents And Businesses was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Minklei.

Jim Harf, Granville School Board Representative, thanked Council for its extraordinarily insightful Resolution. Having attended a meeting earlier this evening with Realtors of Granville, he noted that in their opinion the principal variable for people moving into this community is the school system. Nothing can be done about the increase in school age children on resale homes. However, something needs to be done to prevent what has recently happened. The Resolution does not celebrate a success. He pledged that the School District is going to work toward the most viable way to stop this kind of growth by insuring that future annexations take the kids with them. The School Board is on the same wave length as Council with regard to this Resolution.

Councilmember Wernet, on behalf of Council, extended their appreciation to Jim and the other members of the School Board and Administration for their work in trying to resolve this situation.

Councilmember Rader read the following statement. "Tonight we are being asked to pass Resolution No. 99-37. This Resolution is the end product of the tireless efforts of Mr. Jim Harf who represents the School Board for the Granville community. Jim is to be commended for his dedication. Many people contributed to the effort to make a very untenable situation into one that could be accepted by the Granville community. However, accepting the Granville Community Authority doesn’t mean approval for resignation by the Granville community for further encroachment by other political bodies. I do not challenge the right of every property owner to choose its own destiny. However, when the annexing authority refused to educate the children of their citizens and asks us to do that for them then it is wrong. Not only is it wrong, it is a shameful aborgation of duty by the offending school boards and political bodies to provide for their children’s education. I would urge our School Board, Township Trustees, Village Council and our elected state officials to do everything in their power to correct this grave injustice."

Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-37 was adopted.

Resolution No. 99-40, A Resolution Accepting The Amounts And Rates As Determined By The Budget Commission And Authorizing The Necessary Tax Levies And Certifying Them To The County Auditor was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-40 is adopted.

Ordinance No. 34-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1117.05 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, was introduced by Councilmember Minklei. Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 34-99 for October 20, 1999.

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 introduced by Councilmember Rader. Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 35-99 for October 20, 1999. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of September 15, 1999, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes as amended. Councilmember Robertson second. Motion carried. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS Vice Mayor McGowan reported that the Recreation Commission has arranged for the installation of a pay phone at Wildwood Park. Half of the fencing for the ball field at Raccoon Park will be put in this fall with the other half to be completed next spring. A storage shed will also be build at Raccoon Park. The Fall programs are underway. 

 Manager Hickman stated that AEP has Granville on their schedule and a Street Light Committee meeting will be held later this month.

 Councilmember Lucier asked if there had been any feedback to the Recreation Commission regarding the skateboarding facility. Vice Mayor McGowan noted that everything has been going well and there are no complaints. The Recreation Commission will be writing a letter to Council later this month. Vice Mayor McGowan reported that the Personnel Committee’s recommendation is to eliminate grade level 3 and move those employees to grade 4. The other recommendation was to give a longevity bonus of 2% for employees who are at the top of the pay scale. Councilmember Wernet asked if the Committee unanimously agrees that this recommendation will competitively compensate appropriate levels for all job classifications. The answer was yes. Councilmember Rader stated that the Committee struggled with their proposal. He noted that the Manager has also put together a proposal for Council to review and requested Council give this proposal a fair hearing. It was decided that the rest of Council will consider the Personnel Committees recommendations in addition to the Manager’s proposal during the next meeting. Councilmember Lucier will not be in attendance during the next meeting therefore she wished to make a statement this evening. She stated that the current pay schedule gives every employee, who is not at the top of the pay scale, between a 4 ½ and 5 ½ % pay increase. She feels this is an adequate increase when inflation has been as low as it has been. The alternative recommendation from the Manager is to shift the schedule up another 2% so that every employee who is not at the top would get a 6 ½ to 7% raise. If the Manager’s proposal is adopted, then the people at the top would automatically get a 2% raise. Manager Hickman noted that a 2% pay adjustments would represent $45,000 of the overall budget, including benefits. Twenty percent of that comes from Utilities and not the General Fund. He added that this is a one time adjustment to the wage scale. Councilmember Lucier noted that this does permanently increase the pay scale by 2% although it doesn’t change the increments. Manager Hickman feels that when taking into consideration the comparable communities, a 2% increase is not out of place. Councilmember Wernet asked when the last alteration was made to the pay schedule. It was noted that the last increase to the pay scale was two years ago. Vice Mayor McGowan said that in eight of the last ten years there has been an adjustment of some sort to the pay scale. Councilmember Robertson noted that in 1993 an adjustment was made to the pay schedule because the salary review study showed that Granville was paying substantially less than other comparable communities. This increase was not for inflation but to bring the pay scale in line with other comparable communities. She also stated that it is her understanding that portions of our pay scale are still not close to some of the comparable communities to which we compared ourselves. It was decided that Council would review the recommendations and be prepared for discussion at the October 20th meeting. 

 Councilmember Robertson stated that the Economic Development Committee continues to meet with the GBPA.

 Councilmember Wernet noted that the Planning Commission is alternating meetings this month to accommodate regular meetings and sign ordinance planning.


 LCATS Council is interested in a special meeting between LCATS and Granville Township to discuss the recommendations for the intersection of River Road and S.R. 16. Manager Hickman will arrange a meeting. Councilmember Rader noted that it is his hope that the taxpayers are not left to fund this project.

 RADON Mayor Bellman noted that 80% of the homes in Licking County are over the Radon levels. He feels this is an important health issue. Representatives from Ohio Department of Health will be in attendance during the meeting of October 20th.

 305 Burtridge There has been a request for water to 305 Burtridge. The water assessment fee has been paid, however the water tap fee has not. Manager Hickman was given approval to proceed. Councilmember Lucier suggested legislation be passed to handle these types of request for citizens in that area that have paid their assessments. Councilmember Rader is more comfortable with reviewing these on a case by case basis. As there are only a handful of residents that are affected, it was suggested these addresses be included in the legislation. It was also suggested that the legislation state specifically that this applies only to existing structures. This type of Resolution would give the Manager authority to act as needed. 

 Councilmember Wernet noted that there would probably be a public meeting with Kendal Group for community input.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS Next Village Council Meeting - October 20, 1999

EXECUTIVE SESSION Councilmember Lucier moved to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of property issues and potential legal matters. Second by Councilmember Rader.

 Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Lucier yes, Minklei yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes.

Time In: 8:26pm

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to return to Regular Session. Councilmember Robertson second.

 Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Lucier yes, Minklei yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes.

Time Out: 9:02pm

 ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Wernet moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:03pm. Councilmember McGowan second. Motion carried. 

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