CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:35pm. 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. 10-99, 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. 10-99. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 10-99 at 7:35 pm. CITIZENS COMMENTS Those attending the meeting: See Attached List
Jim Jump, 143 Thresher Street, referencing his proposal for the Bennett property, noted he had presented the idea of an auditorium to the School District and was met with no reaction. However, he requested Council continue to consider his ideas for the Bennett Property. Law Director Hurst requested and Council agreed that the Legislative Drafting Committee will review Chapter 1171 for restructure and review.
Fred Abraham, 1901 James Road, referenced the proposed plan to remodel his property located on South Main Street. He noted his request had already been made to the Zoning Department and was acceptable under the guidelines of the Community Service District. Since the recent amendment in the Community Service District Ordinance, he is concerned where this leaves his project.
Greg Ream, 79 Victoria Drive, and owner of Taylor Drug Store, reiterated that Mr. Abraham has designed his property based on the previous Community Service District zoning allowances. He is concerned that these projects, already in the process, may be caught "mid stream" as the amendment to the Community Service District Ordinance removed the language "included but not limited to". The uses of a shoe store, drug store, etc. are no longer acceptable based on the Zoning Ordinance as amended. Councilmember Wernet noted that the amendment to the CSD Ordinance was not intended to single out this project. The goal of this amendment was to specifically lay out uses which are permitted. At this time, the amendment was made to strictly address the issue of retail sales of modular homes. Mayor Bellman added that the intent was to narrow the categories to avoid disputes which the language of "such as" in these Ordinance has created. He suggested Mr. Ream propose language of uses intended for this project and present to Manager Hickman for review by Council during its next session. Council apologized for any anxiety which was created by this amendment. Councilmember Wernet said there was support for Mr. Abraham’s proposed project.
Mayor Bellman closed Citizens Comments at 7:49pm.
OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 10-99, 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 reintroduced by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 10-99 is adopted. NEW BUSINESS Ordinance No. 12-99, An Emergency Ordinance Enacted By The Village Of Granville, Licking County, Ohio, In The Matter Of The Hereinafter Described Improvement, And To Request Cooperation By The Director Of Transportation was introduced, its title and the emergency clause read by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Rader.
Roll Call on Emergency Clause: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Emergency Clause for Ordinance No. 12-99 is adopted.
Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 12-99 is adopted.
Ordinance No. 13-99, An Emergency Ordinance Enacted By The Village Of Granville, Licking County, Ohio, In The Matter Of The Hereinafter Described Improvement, And To Request Cooperation By The Director Of Transportation was introduced, its title and the emergency clause read by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Rader.
Roll Call on Emergency Clause: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Emergency Clause for Ordinance No. 13-99 is adopted.
Roll Call Vote: McGowan yes, Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 13-99 is adopted.
Resolution No. 99-09, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For The Sale of A 1986 Chevrolet S-10 Compact Pickup Truck was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-09 is adopted.
Resolution No. 99-10, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For West Maple Street Improvements was introduced, read in full by Vice Mayor McGowan. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-10 is adopted.
Resolution No. 99-11, A Resolution Of Intent To Cooperate With The Licking County Engineer Regarding Reconstruction Of The Cherry Street Bridge was introduced, read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-11 is adopted. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of February 17, 1999, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes. Councilmember Minklei second. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Councilmember Rader reported on the Utilities Committee Meeting of March 1, 1999. Items discussed were: Alexandria Water Contract - 5yr. agreement w/two 5yr. Options. Donald Ross Sewer Lift Station - Neither public or private lift station is appropriate. Although more expensive, the option of gravity sewer exists for the developer to pursue. AEP Meter Reading - Recommend continued agreement. Water/Sewer Rates - In an effort to raise additional revenue for capital improvements, an increase has been suggested. Late Fees for Water/Sewer - Late fee will be determined by administrative costs required for billing and shut off notifications. Suggested modifications to the Ordinance will follow. First Presbyterian Church - The Village will not participate in cost for improvements to the system for the purpose of improvements to the church. Cherry Street Bridge - Agreed to fund $45,000 toward a shared fee with the County for reconstruction of bridge in the year 2003. SR 661 Signals - The Committee recommends that signal analysis for the entrances of IGA and New Burg Street and SR 661 be at the expense of inquiring parties. West Maple Street - The Committee recommends seeking bids for completion of this project in two phases with parking changes determined by the staff in cooperation with W. Maple Street residents. South Main Street - The Village will receive 0% interest loans for these improvements which extend from Broadway to Raccoon Creek. There is the need to coordinate driveway locations, landscaping, signage, sidewalks, additional lanes, etc. with the business owners. The staff will obtain an architectural rendering of such a proposal before presenting to business owners and Council. Councilmember Robertson stated the committee is not ready to move on the Storm Water Utility as presented by Service Director Mark Zarbaugh.
Councilmember Lucier recognized Chris Kenah is willing to be Granville’s representative during the South Fork Licking River Watershed study.
Mayor Bellman, reporting on the Newark/Granville Committee meeting, noted that there was discussion about the Keny property and terms of overall issues, specifically traffic as the development relates to River Road and access to SR 16. There was also discussion of restructuring of Cherry Valley Road. Councilmember Lucier questioned whether the Committee had addressed the larger issue of truck route alternatives as this was the main reason the Committee was created. Although on the agenda, Mayor Bellman noted that the Committee had not addressed this issue yet.
Mayor Bellman also reported on the recent meeting of the JEDD, noting that area Communities are continuing to look at costs, numbers, etc. as it related to this project. He suggested anyone interested should attend the next JEDD meeting on March 16th. Councilmember Lucier asked if there had been any reaction among the JEDD with regard to recent reports and actions by Granville Village Council. Mayor Bellman responded that there had been one remark made during the meeting by someone other than a JEDD Committee member to which Mayor Bellman related the need for all discussions to remain positive, ignoring the negatives of this situation. Councilmember Wernet was concerned that recent reports had planted the idea that Granville Village Council, as a whole, was against this project. He reiterated that this Council, as a whole, was interested in continuing communication in relation to an agreeable, working solution to this project. The anonymity of this Council is to continue the evolution of this plan. Councilmember Rader feels it is important for someone to sit outside the parameters of this project for a different view/perspective.
Councilmember Robertson noted that the Council Retreat needs to be rescheduled. She also noted that $304 + was raised by Councilmembers for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl-a-thon.
OTHER Wildwood Park Manager Hickman asked that Council address this issue during their next regular session. Fanchion Lewis Park It was noted that Council was in support of the Conservation agreement. Law Director Hurst will review language of the deed to determine whether there are restrictions related to tearing down the "loafing barn" as suggested.
Councilmember Robertson will not be attending the March 17th Council meeting.
Councilmember Wernet made a motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss Personnel Issues. Councilmember Rader second.
It was noted that the issues at hand may not be permitted under the rules of Executive Session. Council took a recess to determine the legalities of the motion to enter Executive Session.
Recess - 8:25pm
Reconvened - 8:35pm
Following review by the Law Director it was noted that the intended discussion as it relates to Personnel Issues was not permitted. Councilmember Wernet withdrew his motion.
Personnel Issues Following discussion, as further information is needed, Council recommended that the Personnel Committee review further information for the best way to approach a study proposal. Law Director Hurst noted the State Employee Relations Board has a tremendous amount of information on public employee salary, benefits, etc. which may be helpful in this review. Councilmember Rader asked the Manager to extract the same type of information from the Chamber of Commerce based on all Licking County employment and not just public employees, and add this information to the review. Councilmember Wernet stated that based on his perception of the meeting between several Councilmembers and the Village staff, there may be some confusion that these decisions are made by Council. He feels it is important that it be noted that a bigger part of these decisions are administrative and such issues should be addressed by the Village Manager. It was noted the Personnel Committee meetings are open if anyone wishes to attend. ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:49pm. Councilmember Wernet second. Motion carried.