Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 2/3/99

 CALL TO ORDER
     Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:30pm.  
 
ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
                
Councilmember Robertson        Councilmember Minklei    
Councilmember Lucier        Mayor Bellman
Vice Mayor McGowan        Law Director Hurst
Councilmember Rader        Manager Hickman
Councilmember Wernet

PUBLIC HEARING
    A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 29-98, An
Ordinance Denying Application To Rezone Properties Located
At 130 And 138 N. Main Street, And 109 E. College Street
From The Zoning Classification Of Village Residential
District (VRD) To The Zoning Classification Of Village
Business District (VBD).

John Thornborough, owner of the property at 138 N. Main
Street and applicant, spoke against the ordinance.  He noted
the submittal of an application to the Planning Commission
for re-zoning of the three properties on the southeast
corners of College and N. Main Streets.  These are the only
properties that are still residential in that square block
as everything else is zoned commercial.  The Dunlap’s live
in the house at 109 E. College Street, and Denison students
rent the houses located at the properties of 130 and 138 N.
Main Street.  Mr. Thornborough stated that the Dunlap’s
intend to continue to live in their house located at 109 E.
College Street and Mr. Fenstermaker has no immediate plans
to use the property located at 130 N. Main Street for
anything other than residential.  Mr. Thornborough’s
preliminary plan is to restore the property at 138 N. Main
Street and put in artist’s studios and galleries, thus the
need for the commercial zoning.  

Kathryn Wimberger, Village Planner, brought to Council’s
attention the fact that the Methodist Church parking lot is
also zoned residential.  She also noted that according to
the official zoning map, the Pinkerton property is divided
into two zoning districts.  

Councilmember Rader expressed concern that the request for
rezoning does not incorporate any long term plans for these
three properties.  He also mentioned the current parking
issues of the downtown area.  

Bernie Lukco, 343 E. College Street, spoke in support of the
Ordinance to deny application.  He is concerned with the
idea of keeping College Street as residential as possible.  

    Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance
No. 29-98 at 7:43 pm.

     A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 04-99, An
Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1176 Of The Codified Ordinances
of The Village Of Granville, Ohio.     No one appeared to
speak for or against Ordinance No. 04-99.  Mayor Bellman
closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 04-99 at 7:43 pm.

A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 05-99, An
Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1161 Of The Codified Ordinances
of The Village Of Granville, Ohio.     No one appeared to
speak for or against Ordinance No. 05-99.  Mayor Bellman
closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 05-99 at 7:44 pm.

CITIZENS COMMENTS
Ben Barton, of 338 W. Maple Street, approached Council in
reference to Sugar Loaf Park.  He is the president,
treasurer, secretary, etc, of the charitable foundation for
Sugar Loaf Park that was established several years ago.  He
was told that Sugar Loaf Park is the property of the Village
and requested Council’s assistance in funding maintenance of
the park.   He noted the charitable foundation currently has
approximately $10,000 in assets which are invested in
Certificates of Deposits, adding that the interest on these
deposits are not enough to fund maintenance at the park.    

Following a discussion,  it was decided that Manager Hickman
would research the issue of park ownership.  Once a
background has been decided, Council is in agreement to the
funding of a portion of the maintenance of Sugar Loaf Park.

Citizens comments closed at 7:51pm

OLD BUSINESS
    Ordinance No. 29-98, An Ordinance Denying
Application To Rezone Properties Located At 130 And 138 N.
Main Street, And 109 E. College Street From The Zoning
Classification Of Village Residential District (VRD) To The
Zoning Classification Of Village Business District (VBD),
was reintroduced by Councilmember Rader.  Second by
Councilmember Lucier.
Mayor Bellman noted that he had an occasional association
with one of the applicants and asked if anyone was
uncomfortable with his involvement in this decision.  
Council was not concerned with this relationship.
    Councilmember Robertson voiced a concern that she
hears the consensus that anything would be better than these
properties being occupied by Denison students.  She noted
that Denison University is working hard to get all students
living back on campus with the intent that few students will
be living off campus in the future.  She also feels students
living off campus should be held accountable for maintaining
clean yards while living in the Village.
Vice Mayor McGowan is in favor of this Ordinance as he is
not sure the community is in favor of rezoning these
properties at this time.
Councilmember Minklei feels that although the idea of having
an artists studio is appealing, there will be a burden of
parking for the houses on the north side of College Street.
 She does not feel it is fair to bare this burden to those
properties without the benefit of commercial zoning.
In addition to these concerns, Councilmember Rader again
stated he might be more comfortable with this re-zoning if
there were more of a sense of planning for these properties.
 At this time he will vote in support of the Planning
Commission’s decision.
Mayor Bellman feels this request has opened the issue of how
things are dealt with in the Village Business District.  He
is concerned with the impact of business on residential
areas and creating a separation between the two.  In
addition, he is concerned about making sure the business
district remains the center of our business community.  This
includes making sure that we have enough business mass in
the downtown area.  However, we also need to be concerned
about the parking situation downtown and until the parking
situation is addressed he is concerned about adding more
parking to the downtown. He feels it is time to look at the
Village Business District and possibly rethink zoning
classifications for this area.
Councilmember Minklei feels one of the most persuasive
issues in the community survey was against zoning additional
properties in the downtown area.  She feels the need to
respect that finding of the survey.
Noticing that there are already properties in the Village
Business District that are currently zoned VBD but have not
been converted to commercial, Councilmember Lucier raised
the question of whether we need more property that can be
converted, as we haven’t already fully utilized the area
that is zoned Village Business District.  
Councilmember Wernet noted that one of the recommendations
of the Comprehensive Plan Review was that the Village
Business District be reviewed for updates.

    Roll Call Vote:  McGowan yes,  Lucier yes, Robertson
yes, Minklei yes, Wernet abstain, Rader yes, Bellman
abstain.  Five yes votes.  Ordinance No. 29-98 is adopted.

The Economic Development Committee in conjunction with the
Planning Commission will look into the process of reviewing
the Village Business District.


Ordinance No. 04-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1176 Of
The Codified Ordinances of The Village Of Granville, Ohio,
was reintroduced by Councilmember Wernet.  Second by Mayor
Bellman.

Ordinance No. 05-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1161 Of
The Codified Ordinances of The Village Of Granville, Ohio
was reintroduced by Councilmember Wernet.   Second by Mayor
Bellman.

Manager Hickman said an attorney has not been located to do
the review for a reasonable fee.  The attorneys he has
contacted feel this review will be substantial and will be
expensive.  
    Councilmember Rader voiced a concern that the Design
Review Standards may not be enforceable.
Councilmember Wernet feels they will be enforceable in
addition to relating to the general welfare, health, and
safety of the community.  
Noting this has been "years in the making", Councilmember
Robertson feels this will be money well spent.  She said the
people of Granville have said they want Granville to stay
the same and the Design Review Standards is an attempt to do
that.
Mr. Wernet feels the goal of these standards is to reduce
the flexibility of the Planning Commission while providing
more specific information for developers and landowners.

Councilmember Wernet moved to table Ordinance No.’s 04-99
and 05-99 at this time.  Mayor Bellman second.
    
NEW BUSINESS
    Ordinance No. 07-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter
1167.02(b) Of The Codified Ordinance Of The Village Of
Granville, Ohio, was introduced, its title read by
Councilmember Rader.  Mayor Bellman set the public hearing
for February 17,1999.

    Councilmember Wernet feels additional amendments are
necessary in the Community Service District Ordinance for
conformity.   The Law Director will review the Ordinance and
make amendments to reflect more clarification for similar
uses.

    Ordinance No. 08-99, An Ordinance To Amend Section
925.13(b)(1) & (2) Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village
Of Granville, Ohio Establishing Water Regulations and
Charges, was introduced, its title read by Mayor Bellman.  
Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for February 17, 1999.

    Ordinance No. 09-99, An Ordinance To Amend Section
921.04(c)(1) Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of
Granville, Ohio Establishing Sanitary Sewer Regulations and
Charges, was introduced, its title read by Mayor Bellman.  
Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for February 17, 1999.

    Resolution No. 99-06, A Resolution Of Appreciation
From The Village Of Granville For A Gift Of Three Dogwood
Trees In Memory Of Bob Daganhardt, was introduced and read
in full by Councilmember Rader.  Second by Councilmember
McGowan.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 99-06 is adopted.

    Resolution No. 99-07, A Resolution To Fill A Vacancy
On The Planning Commission, was introduced, read in full by
Councilmember Wernet.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Brian VanWinkle, resident of 126 Glyn Tawel, noted his
interest in the Planning Commission vacancy.  Mr. VanWinkle,
a Senior Invest Consultant with BankOne spoke of his
background in the area of zoning which consists of
accompanying his father in the real estate area and a brief
study of Urban Development at Ohio State.  Mr. VanWinkle, a
registered investment advisor with the FCC, also has a
background in underwriting of Municipal Bonds, etc.  When
asked how he would respond to issues such as re-zoning, he
noted that he would echo the wishes of the Granville
citizens when considering such decision.
    
    It was noted that Bernie Lukco, the other candidate
for the Planning Commission vacancy, was in attendance
earlier this evening, however, he was no longer present.

    Councilmember Rader feels that Mr. VanWinkle has
shown interest and supports his candidacy for this position.
 
A ballot vote was taken:

Brian VanWinkle - Two votes.
Bernie Lukco - Five votes.

    Bernie Lukco is appointed to the Planning Commission
vacancy.

Motion Carried.  Resolution No. 99-07 is adopted.

    Resolution No. 99-08, Licking County’s Partnership
For Disaster Mitigation, Education And Recovery.  (Community
Partner Agreement), was introduced and read in full by Mayor
Bellman.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend "Attachment A"
and insert the amount of $200 at the bottom bullet of the
attachment.  Mayor Bellman second.  Motion carried.  
Resolution No. 99-08 is adopted.

    Manager Hickman extended an invitation to the
February 12 Project Impact Meeting at the Cherry Valley
Lodge.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of January
20, 1999, were presented for review.  Councilmember Lucier
moved to approve the minutes.  Councilmember Wernet second.
 Motion carried.    

COMMITTEE REPORTS
     Vice Mayor McGowan noted that the first Concert On
The Green would be May 30, 1999.  He also noted that the
Recreation Commission has included T-ball for five and six
years olds this year.  He advised Council of a discussion by
the Recreation Commission for the allocation of funds to
repave the former ice skating rink located on the south side
of Wildwood Park to be used for skateboarding.  There is
also discussion of putting basketball and volleyball courts
at the park.
Councilmember Minklei questioned who gives authority to the
Recreation Commission to pave in an area which has been
designated greenspace and a conservation area.
Manager Hickman noted the ice skating rink is on Village
property and this project consists of re-paving over
existing asphalt which seems to be appropriate.  He noted
that the Recreation Commission is required to notify the
Village before making adjustments on Village property.
    As there is more awareness of greenspace and
conservation, Councilmember Minklei feels this open space
needs to be monitored.  She is concerned that this area may
become a "hangout" for teenagers.

Councilmember Robertson noted that the Economic
Committee had met with GBPA representatives.  There was
discussion about GBPA using an office in the Village Office
building, web site, entrances to the Village, etc.  She
recognized that most of the discussion was spent on downtown
parking issues.  There will be another meeting February
18th.  
Mayor Bellman said there was also discussion of leasing the
Bennett Property for temporary parking in the Village and
other special uses - ie, Fall Antiques Fair, Farmers Market,
public restroom facilities, etc.
Councilmember Robertson clarified that this discussion was
not for the sole purpose of parking.
    Councilmember Wernet feels this affirms support for
the use of this property in a public way.  He feels this
further indication that a number of business people feel
this makes sense.
Manager Hickman is working on an agreement with Kevin
Bennett regarding temporary blocking of entrances to the
Bennett lot which will provide extra parking spaces along
Broadway.

    Councilmember Wernet noted that the Planning
Commission was approached by a hotel to discuss a possible
site at a Galway Drive location.  He noted concerns related
to square footage of the structure.

Mayor Bellman reported on the most recent meeting of the
JEDD Committee.
There was a lengthy discussion on the plan of the new
Thornwood Drive.  There was also great concern by Council
that the price of this project had doubled to $45,000,000.  
Councilmember Wernet stated that during original discussions
of this plan it was reported that there would be no state
funding.  As it would pay for itself, communities were asked
to provide assistance in the funding of this project.  Now
it seems that it will not pay for itself and is reported to
cost more than twice Mr. Greib’s original estimate.  In
addition, it is now being said that there are state funds
available.  Mr. Wernet feels this will now drain money from
surrounding communities.  He feels this project is poorly
planned and is concerned with the time and effort that is
being wasted on this project.
    Councilmember Minklei again expressed concern of the
lack of a plan to get businesses interested in moving to a
location along this road.  How are they going to attract
businesses?  
    Councilmember Lucier questioned whether
consideration had been made to the loss of employment in
other areas by drawing businesses from these other areas.  
This adds to the risk of abandoned areas as these businesses
move to new areas.     
Councilmember Robertson noted that this Council voted to
support a Resolution to address and look into the issues of
this project and not for the project itself.
After lengthy discussion, Council made it clear that they
were not "on board" with this project.
    Mayor Bellman feels he has benefited from this
project noting that this has forced different
representatives from different communities to sit down
together and talk on a "planning" level.   He feels
relationships are being developed and would like to continue
these relationships as the process of regional planning is
being communicated.
Following more discussion, Council proposed a straw vote be
taken.  "With what has been presented to us tonight, we do
not feel comfortable or feel it is feasible to continue
backing  this project."  "We would like to continue working
with neighboring communities, however, we do not support
this project at this time."
    There was a show of hands for the straw vote.  Mayor
Bellman abstained.  Motion carried.

Councilmember Robertson suggested a Council Retreat on
Saturday, February 27, 1999, 10am - 2pm, at Slayter Hall on
the Denison University Campus.  She noted that there would
not be any Village Business conducted and requested the
public be notified for their participation.  Possible
matters proposed for the agenda are: procedures for
meetings, Granville downtown, and agenda layout for the
calendar year.  


OTHER
    Big Brothers/Big Sisters bowling - Manager Hickman
will organize registration for this even and notify
Councilmembers.
     
    GBPA - Unlimited lease term.  Council does not wish
to extend an unlimited lease for office space in Village
Hall but would consider possibly a year to year lease.  
Manager Hickman will pass this information on to Ruth Owen
of the Granville Business and Professional Association.

    Council/Employee Meeting - It was noted that there
is a meeting planned for Friday, February 5, 1999, 3:00pm
for a general discussion between Council and Village
Employees.   Mayor Bellman noted that himself, and
Councilmember’s Robertson and Wernet will be meeting with
the employees.  
    During discussion with regard to when this meeting
was scheduled, Councilmember Lucier expressed concern that
there was no representation from the Personnel Committee
scheduled to attend this meeting.  She feels, as the
Personnel Committee spent a lot of time on these issues, it
is odd that the Personnel Committee had not been consulted
first.
    Mayor Bellman said that more than three
Councilmembers in attendance would make this a public
meeting, which he felt would intimidate the employees.  
Councilmember Lucier will replace Mayor Bellman’s
representation at this meeting.    

    Chamber Renovation - Manager Hickman noted the
estimate for Council Renovation is $20,000.  He stated that
the Municipal Building Reserve Fund was healthy enough to
fund this project.  Council supports this project.  Manager
Hickman will pursue.

Council took a recess at 10:00pm.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
    Councilmember Wernet made a motion to enter into
Executive Session for the discussion of pending litigation,
imminent litigation and related issues.

    Roll call:  McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes,
Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes.  Mayor Bellman recussed
himself from the Executive Session and exited Council
Chambers.  
    
    Vice Mayor McGowan chaired the Executive Session.

Time in:  10:08pm

    Councilmember Wernet made a motion to return to
regular session.  Second by Councilmember Minklei.

    Roll call:  McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes,
Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes.

Time out:    11:00pm  

ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at 11:00pm.
 Councilmember Wernet second.  Motion carried.
 

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