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. 14-99, 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. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 14-99. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 14-99 at 7:31 pm.
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 15-99, An Ordinance To Accept Application For Annexation Of 3.78 Acres, More Or Less, In Granville Township, Adjacent And Contiguous To The Village Of Granville, County Of Licking, State Of Ohio, To The Village Of Granville, Ohio. (Drew McFarland, agent for petitioners) No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 15-99. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 15-99 at 7:32 pm.
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 16-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1167 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 16-99. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 16-99 at 7:33 pm. CITIZENS COMMENTS Those attending the meeting: See Attached List
Constance Barsky, 221 E. Elm Street, a member of the Comprehensive Review Committee encouraged Council to adopt the revised Comprehensive Plan. She suggested Council consider this plan a working document requiring continual updates. Adopting the plan would provide a basis from which future work could be done.
Ed McCall, 102 Victoria, would like to see the bike path along Newark Granville Road further set back from the road. He also expressed a concern for being unable to hear the "severe weather" siren at his residence. He asked if Council would consider conducting a test and possibly extending the siren system to cover a wider area of Granville. On the issue of the bike path, Mayor Bellman explained that there has been problems in the past with acquiring necessary easements to move the bike path further from the road. Councilmember Rader noted that the siren had been an issue back in the early ‘80’s. There was a study planned at that time, however an unexpected urgent project required the use of the funds that were set aside for this study. He suggested citizens purchase a small, inexpensive radio that can be connected to the National Weather System. Vice Mayor McGowan noted that with the growth in the outer areas of the Village it may be worth while to consider a study of the siren system. Arie Janssens, 764 Newark-Granville Road, would like to see the right-turn on red sign at Broadway and Pearl Streets changed to reflect school hours only.
Trudy Knox, 168 Wildwood Drive, has an objection to the proposed annexation of the Bamford property on Thornwood Drive. Her concern is that there might be a development of some kind on this property if it is annexed into the Village. She views this as a commercial property since Mr. Bamford has recently removed and sold lumber from the property. Drew McFarland, attorney for David Bamford, stated that Mr. Bamford has cut some trees on the property however this has nothing to do with the annexation and the property is not commercial. He feels the objections to the annexation should have been addressed with the County Commissioners at the time of application for annexation with the County. He noted that this property was once a part of the Village but was de-annexed. Robert Field, 172 Wildwood Drive, asked Mr. Bamford if there were plans to build on this property. Mr. Bamford said there were no present plans but he would like to leave the option open for the possibility of building on a 1 acre parcel. There was discussion and review by Council of the survey plat map. Council discussed a concern with Lot 22 and the possibility of a house being built on this parcel. Ron Winters, 221 W. Broadway, noted that if sewer was brought west of the last connection on Broadway there would need to be a pumping station installed. Debi Thomas, also a resident of Wildwood Drive, questioned whether a sewer line installation to Bamford’s property would effect a current greenspace area. She noted that the property in question is located on a hill directly behind her house. She is concerned that any development could cause water in her home, and subsequently drop her property value. Mr. Bamford stated this was a buildable lot and there would be no development on the hillside. As the homes in this area were built in the early ‘60’s he expressed a concern that the septic systems were starting to fail and he would like the opportunity to connect to Village sewer. Councilmember Wernet mentioned that the property owner is generally required to take care of any water runoff caused by development. He noted these types of issues are considered by the Planning Commission prior to granting approval. Mayor Bellman closed Citizens Comments at 8:04pm. OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 14-99, 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 reintroduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Councilmember Rader then read the emergency clause.
Noting the "boiler plate" language of this Ordinance as drafted by ODOT, Mayor Bellman is concerned that such language could be used against the Village at some point in the future. Council mirrored Mayor Bellman’s concern. Law Director Hurst said that a concern regarding the language as written is legitimate and feels there is nothing wrong with making changes to ODOT’s suggested language. Also noting the length of time until the project is scheduled to begin, Council will make suggested changes to the language of Ordinance No. 14-99 and send a preliminary draft to ODOT. Law Director Hurst will communicate with the ODOT legal department for a solution.
Councilmember Wernet made a motion to Table Ordinance No. 14-99. Second by Councilmember Lucier.
Ordinance No. 15-99, An Ordinance To Accept Application For Annexation Of 3.78 Acres, More Or Less, In Granville Township, Adjacent And Contiguous To The Village Of Granville, County Of Licking, State Of Ohio, To The Village Of Granville, Ohio. (Drew McFarland, agent for petitioners), was re-introduced, its title read by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Minklei. Noting the original three lots in this area with a middle lot being divided between Mr. Bamford and his neighbor, Councilmember Rader expressed concern that there could possibly be four houses built on these three original lots. As Mr. Bamford has expressed an interest in possibly building on his half of the divided lot, it was suggested that he obtain a commitment from the other of the other half of the divided lot that there would not be any other development on that parcel. Councilmember Robertson suggested that Mr. Bamford consider annexing only Lot 23 and not Lot 22 (the divided lot) which seems to be creating the most concern with regard to its development. Following discussion, Council made it clear they were not comfortable with this situation and decided to table the ordinance pending resolution to Lot 22 issues.
Councilmember Rader made a motion to Table Ordinance No. 15-99. Second by Councilmember Robertson.
Law Director Hurst advised Council that Ohio Revised Code 709.04 which states that if Council does not act within 120 days after receipt of annexation (March 17, 1999) the annexation is considered rejected.
Ordinance No. 16-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1167 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, was reintroduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan.
Mayor Bellman asked why the Village has a Community Service District when the uses are the same as the Suburban Business District. He feels these two areas need looked at for better definition with regard to zoning. He also feels that as this area is tied so closely to the Village, possibly its zoning should compare more to Village Business District than Suburban Business District. Council agreed that though zoning issues for the area are in need of review, they do not want to delay this applicant (Mr. Abraham) and wish to approve this Ordinance this evening. Addressing an issue of the Planning Commission in terms of office and commercial retail development, Councilmember Wernet suggested a change to the Ordinance and made a motion to amend Attachment A of Ordinance No. 16-99. Second by Councilmember Minklei.
Roll call vote on amendment: Rader yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Amendment is adopted.
Roll call vote on adoption: Rader yes, Minklei yes, Wernet yes, McGowan yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes, Bellman yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance is adopted.
Comprehensive Plan Stating that the Comprehensive Plan has been introduced and a public hearing held some time ago, Councilmember Wernet feels Council should adopt the Comprehensive Plan as submitted. The philosophy is to get the plan in place and review it once a year. He suggests a committee be selected of a combination of Village and Township citizens to periodically review the plan.
Law Director Hurst reported that no Ordinance or Resolution has been introduced or acted upon by this Council for the consideration of the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. An Ordinance will be prepared and scheduled for introduction and a public hearing for the regularly scheduled meeting of April 21, 1999.
NEW BUSINESS Ordinance No. 17-99, 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 McGowan. Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 17-99 for April 21, 1999. Resolution No. 99-14, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For 1999 Street Painting was introduced and read in full by Vice Mayor McGowan. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-14 is adopted.
Resolution No. 99-15, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For 1999 Street Maintenance was introduced and read in full by Vice Mayor McGowan. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-15 is adopted.
Resolution No. 99-16, A Resolution To Authorize The Demolition And Removal Of A Dilapidated Barn Located Within The Fanchion Robb And Raymond J. Lewis Ty Tawel Farm Memorial Park was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-16 is adopted. Resolution No. 99-17, A Resolution To Award The Bid For West Maple Street Improvements As Per Specifications, To L.E. King And Son Excavating, Inc. And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore was introduced and read in full by Vice Mayor McGowan. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-17 is adopted. Resolution No. 99-18, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager to Submit An Application For Transportation Enhancement Activity (TEA) Funds was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-18 is adopted. Manager Hickman noted the pathwork would begin at the Cherry Valley Road section and cross Newark-Granville Road at Welsh Hills School. The Village’s portion of funds will be budgeted in 2000.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of March 17, 1999, as submitted by Betty Allen, were presented for review. Councilmember Rader moved to approve the minutes as amended. Councilmember Minklei second. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Noting that the Evans Foundation has given approval, Vice Mayor McGowan reported that the Recreation Commission will attend the next Council meeting to request Council’s approval for the construction of the skateboarding facility at Wildwood Park. For the time being, the Commission has abandoned plans for a volleyball and basketball court at the park.
The Street Light Committee is scheduled to meet prior to the next Council meeting.
Kiwanis will also be attending the next Council meeting to discuss the parade route during the July 4th festivities.
Manager Hickman reported that the Police Department has put together a plan to administer a Police Bicycle Patrol for the Village which is scheduled to start within the next several weeks.
Following a brief discussion with regard to the Council Retreat previously scheduled for February, Council will meet at 7:00pm, June 2 (prior to the regularly scheduled meeting) to discuss topics of interest.
Jim Jump, JEDD Representative, reported on the most recent meeting of the JEDD. He reported that a land use plan is still being considered pending advice from the County Prosecutor. The Committee also voted to create three sub committees - Boundaries, Land Use, and Zoning; Sewer and Water; and Finance/Service. Each political sub division may volunteer a member for each sub-committee. Following further discussion by Council, the following individuals were suggested to represent these committees: Kathryn Wimberger and/or Keith Myers - Boundaries, Land Use, and Zoning Joe Hickman - Sewer and Water Ben Rader - Finance/Services
OTHER A zoning permit non-compliance was briefly brought up at which time Law Director Hurst suggested that Council temporarily defer discussion of this issue as the issue is working its way through administrative steps and will be addressed accordingly.
Lewis Park clean-up weekend is April 24th and 25th.
ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:40pm. Councilmember Robertson second. Motion carried.