CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:37pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember Rader Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Councilmember Robertson Manager Hickman Councilmember Minklei Law Director Hurst Manager Hickman
Councilmember Rader made the motion to excuse Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried. CITIZENS COMMENTS Those signing the register were: Scott Rawdon Mark Kinney Jim Jump Matthew Brown Steve Mershon Micah Lamb Fred Ashbaugh David Moraine
Matthew Brown, a Boy Scout from Troop 12, declined to give his address and questioned the necessity of giving your address when speaking to Council during Citizens Comments. Mayor Bellman explained that addresses were requested for record purposes. Manager Hickman noted that the Boy Scouts of Troop 12 were attending tonight’s meeting as a requirement toward earning a merit badge. Jim Jump, Granville’s representative to the JEDD, noted that the JEDD was reaching the point in deliberations where a contract for ratification or rejection is necessary. The law provides that if there is a JEDD established, there will be a three year moratorium on annexations within JEDD territory. It is possible to extend that number and he asked what length of extension would suit this Council? Every participating subdivision has to give something in terms of money, property or services. What would be our contribution to the JEDD? He also reported that the Transportation Improvement District concept seems to be in disfavor. However, County Commissioners have stated that they still support the concept of a highway project and commitment to the project is still there. Mr. Jump will provide Council with a more extensive background and details regarding JEDD moratoriums before the meeting of December 1st.
Fred Ashbaugh, 121 N. Pearl Street, brought to Council’s attention errors of numerous misspelled words on the Granville Web site
David Moraine, Boy Scout Troop 12 Leader, stated that the troop is open to providing service projects in the community. Sugar Loaf and The Old Colony Cemetery were suggested as areas that have ongoing volunteer programs.
Mr. Ashbaugh suggested replacing and updating the sign area on West Broadway with a billboard type sign with brick pillars on each side. Manager Hickman noted that he had planned to review the sign area next year.
Mayor Bellman closed citizens comments at 7:56pm.
OLD BUSINESS Radon - To date, the Village Office has distributed 47 radon testing kits. December utility bills will offer a message that kits are available at this location. NEW BUSINESS Resolution No. 99-44, A Resolution To Establish The Time And Place Of A Public Hearing For The 2000 Municipal Budget As Proposed By The Village Manager was read in full and introduced by Vice Mayor McGowan. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried. Mayor Bellman scheduled a public hearing on the 2000 Municipal Budget for December 1, 1999. It was noted that a copy of the Budget is on file at the Granville Public Library for review.
Ordinance No. 37-99, 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, its title read by Councilmember Lucier. Mayor Bellman scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 37-99 for December 1, 1999.
Ordinance No. 38-99, An Ordinance To Establish The Granville Village Manager’s Salary For 2000 was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Bellman scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 38-99 for December 1, 1999.
Ordinance No. 40-99, Authorizing For The Village Of Granville To Pick Up The Statutorily Required Contribution To The Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio For The Employees Of The Village Pursuant To I.R.C. Section 414(H)(2) was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Bellman scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 40-99 for December 1, 1999. Ordinance No. 41-99, Authorizing For The Village Of Granville To Pick Up The Statutorily Required Contribution To The Police And Firemen’s Disability And Pension Fund Of Ohio For The Employees Of The Village Pursuant To I.R.C. Section 414(H)(2) was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Bellman scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 41-99 for December 1, 1999.
Ordinance No. 42-99, An Ordinance To Amend Section 1305.01 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville was introduced, its title read by Councilmember Robertson. Mayor Bellman scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 42-99 for December 1, 1999.
There was a brief discussion regarding an issue before the BZBA of a variance request by Sprint PCS to install a steeple antenna at 110 W. Broadway (First Presbyterian Church). The Law Director informed that there has been a request for execution of a contractual agreement granting authority from the Village for the installation of the tower antenna. The BZBA will only address the issue of a variance. The authority to enter into a contractual agreement will come before Council. There was discussion about the installation of a flashing light on Granger Street at the intersection of Granger and Spellman Streets and the replacement of the existing light at Granger and Summit Streets. The School Board has agreed in writing to share the cost of a new installation. Council decided that the installation of a new light at Granger and Spellman Streets might be desirable but suggested no replacement of the existing light at Granger and Summit Streets for now. Re-consideration for a new installation at that location may be addressed at a later time. MAYOR’S REPORT The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of October 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 October was presented for review. Councilmember Lucier suggested that the Police Department Report reflect time spent on training activities. Councilmember Rader made a motion to accept the Manager’s report as presented. Second by Mayor Bellman. Mayor Bellman 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 November 3, 1999, were presented for review. Councilmember Robertson moved to approve the minutes as amended. Councilmember Minklei second. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Mayor’s Court pay Mayor Bellman asked for Council’s consideration in increasing the mayors court fee from the current fee of $50 per session to $150 per session or an hourly rate of $50. The amount of time spent in session varies depending on the number of cases and trials. Mayor Bellman suggested the amount be increased to include training time, time spent during the week addressing related issues, and reviewing cases prior to court sessions. Councilmember Rader disagreed with the need to increase fees to included training time, etc. He was in agreement of increasing the Mayor’s fee to $50 per hour for time spent in court only. In addition to agreeing to an increase of $50 per hour, Vice Mayor McGowan also feels there should be some future consideration given to Councilmember fees. During this discussion, Councilmember Rader expressed a concern of the risk of someone abusing the system should there be a per hour fee. Having been asked to look into the area of law that deals with the interim compensation increase and statutory restrictions, Law Director Hurst noted the following: "The initial indication is that given the structure of our Charter and the authorities set forth relative to Mayors Court compensation, schedule of compensation can be changed for an individual who is presiding over Mayors Court at any time without running afoul of the statutory framework". Since there appears to be no time restrictions for amending the Mayor’s Court fee, it was decided that this issue would be re-considered after the new Council has come on board.
Joint Meeting There has been a joint meeting scheduled tomorrow evening, November 18th at the high school library between the Village Council and Township Trustees, to discuss SR 16 issues, and water/sewer extensions outside the Village Corporation.
Newark/Granville Communications Councilmember Robertson suggested the Newark/Granville Council communication sessions begin again. Mayor Bellman will make the contact to schedule a meeting.
OTHER Mayor Bellman presented Proclamations to Councilmember Minklei and Councilmember Rader in appreciation of their service to Council.
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS Next Village Council meeting - December 1, 1999
The Granville Solvents meeting scheduled for November 30th has been canceled.
EXECUTIVE SESSION Mayor Bellman made a motion to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel issues and compensation matters of the Village staff. Councilmember Rader second. Roll Call: Robertson yes, Rader yes, Lucier yes, Minklei yes, McGowan yes, Bellman yes.
The Law Director, Village Manager, and Clerk of Council were excused from this session.
Time in: 9:00pm
Vice Mayor McGowan made a motion to return to regular session. Councilmember Lucier second. Roll Call: Robertson yes, Rader yes, Lucier yes, Minklei yes, McGowan yes, Bellman yes.
Time out: 9:22pm
Resolution No. 99-45, A Resolution Of Appreciation And Recognition For The Village Manager was introduced by Mayor Bellman. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-45 is adopted.