Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 5/19/99

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:35pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember Rader Mayor Bellman Councilmember Lucier Manager Hickman Councilmember Robertson Law Director Hurst Councilmember Wernet 

Councilmember Wernet made a motion to excuse Councilmembers Minklei and McGowan. Second by Councilmember Lucier.

 PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 21-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1137.03, 1137.05 & 1137.06 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio. Hearing no comment Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 21-99 at 7:37pm.

CITIZENS COMMENTS Those signing the register were: See attached list.

Hearing no comments, Mayor Bellman closed Citizens Comments at 7:37pm.

OLD BUSINESS Bamford Annexation -

David Bamford, property owner at 298 Thornwood Drive and applicant for annexation into the Village request, addressed Council’s earlier concern of developability of the "other" half of Lot 22, which is owned by the Carroll’s. He advised that the Carroll’s, having combined Lots 21 & 22, have already added an addition onto their house. 

 Drew McFarland, 120 W. Broadway, Suite 200, petitioner for the annexation, distributed copies of a map showing neighboring Lot 21 & Lot 22 (Carroll property). He addressed Council’s concern that should these properties be annexed into the Village that set back requirements would not allow another structure to be built on Lot 22 without the demolition of the addition which has already been constructed onto the house on Lot 21. He did note that it would be possible for a structure to be built on the Bamford half of Lot 22 should it be zoned Suburban Residential District - A upon annexation into the Village.

Mr. Bamford addressed another issue related to water run-off concerns of the Wildwood Drive residents. He said that future construction on Lot 22 would be barely visible from Wildwood Drive and the drainage issues would be dealt with appropriately. He addressed erosion issues on Wildwood Drive by explaining that an existing service road was used as access while logging this portion of the property. Mr. Bamford has observed new growth in the wooded area and feels that additional moisture would be absorbed by this new growth. Noting that sewer and water could be brought up the hill next to the Ersham property no costs will be incurred by the people living on Wildwood Drive. His intention in this annexation request, is to provide sewer to his property and possibly build another home on his half of Lot 22.

Ron Winters, 820 W. Broadway, stated that something has changed the volume of water run off to his property which appears to be coming down from Wildwood Drive. He feels this is coincidental to the logging that has taken place on the Bamford property. He also mentioned a problem with erosion coming from the drainage ditch. 

Don Knox, 194 Wildwood, noted there is a considerable amount of water that pools in his back yard therefore draining down to Mr. Winters driveway. He sees the need for extra attention to the fluid dynamics in the area and requested the Village have an expert look into the issue.

Noting there were erosion bars already in place on the hill, in the past Mr. Bamford has hired an engineer to look drainage on the hillside due to water in the basement of the home owned by Trudy Knox. He then added that there is a natural tilt on Lot 22 toward Thornwood Drive.

Debbie Thomas, 140 Wildwood Drive, spoke of a meeting between Wildwood Drive residents wherein it was mentioned that during the time Wildwood Drive was regraded, civil engineers designed culverts in the area to take care of water flow from existing development. There was a $4,000 fee assessed, per homeowner, which was supposed to be a guarantee there would not be water in their homes. As most of the homes in the area are 70’s style bi-level’s, the primary concern is that water will enter the living spaces of these houses. She acknowledges Mr. Bamford’s right to build on his lot however she would like reassurance that a study will be done which will once again guarantee that there will not be water in these houses.

Ron Winters pointed out that a petition had been submitted to Council requesting a water run-off study be done in the area. 

 It is noted that a house would not be permitted on Mr. Bamford’s half of Lot 22 as long as it is in the Township as this lot does not support a septic system. However, it could be permitted if annexed into the Village, assuming the SRD-A zoning. 

 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. Councilmember Rader made a motion to remove Ordinance No. 15-99 from the table. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried. Councilmember Lucier feels that water issues need to be dealt with if the property is developed. Speaking on the issue of whether a residential development pays for itself, Mrs. Lucier stated that it seems the biggest difficulty with residential development is the impact on schools. She is not inclined to vote against the annexation considering we just voted to allow the school district to have properties rezoned, thus allowing three houses where there would have otherwise been two. The school district will probably suffer the most negative consequences by having more dense residential development. However, in fairness of the most recent decision made, she is inclined not to vote against this annexation simply because another home might be built.

 Councilmember Robertson feels that an existing problem with water run-off needs to be addressed and urged that a study be done.

 Councilmember Rader stated that the Village would be getting additional income tax, property tax, and utilities fees as a benefit from this annexation. He also feels the erosion problems should be addressed. 

Councilmember Wernet stated that studies show there does tend to be a net loss for the municipality with every residential structure. 

 Responding the Councilmember Lucier’s comments regarding a recent decision of Council, and noting the consideration of net benefit vs. net loss for the school district, Mayor Bellman stated that their lot situation is a net gain because the school district owns the lots. He added that lots in the downtown area are traditionally dense so the decision of the lot split doesn’t change anything. As there is a standard on Thornwood Drive that currently says that for a lot this size a house can’t be built. He does not see a benefit for the Village by approving this annexation. 

Roll Call Vote: Lucier yes, Wernet no, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Bellman no. Three yes - Two no. Ordinance No. 15-99 is defeated.

Mr. Winters noted that defeating this annexation does not address the problem of water erosion.

Manager Hickman stated that as the drainage problems appear to be unrelated to Village drainage, these issues need to be addressed by the property owners. These are individual property issues as long as the water is not flowing across Village easements. He will view the area during a future rain for consideration of Village input.

 Ordinance No. 21-99, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1137.03, 1137.05 & 1137.06 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio, was reintroduced, its title read by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Wernet.

 Councilmember Wernet made a motion to amend Ordinance No. 21-99 reflecting a typo and adding the language "as modified by the 1998 Granville Comprehensive Plan Update". Second by Rader.

Roll Call on Amendment: Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Five yes votes. Amendment is adopted.

Roll Call on Adoption: Lucier yes, Robertson yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Bellman yes. Five yes votes. Ordinance No. 21-99 is adopted. 

Union Cemetery Board Meeting

 Resolution No. 99-23, A Resolution To Declare With The Granville Township Trustees That Operation And Maintenance Of The Union Cemetery Under The Provisions Of Section 759.34 Of The Ohio Revised Code Continue And That The 1998 Annual Meeting Required By Section 759.34 Has Been Conducted And To Fill A Pending Vacancy On The Union Cemetery Board Of Trustees. Introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet and Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-23 is adopted. 

NEW BUSINESS Resolution No. 99-20, A Resolution Of Appreciation To Granville Community Members For Participating In The Clean-up-Fix-up Weekend At Lewis Park was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Robertson and Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-20 is adopted. Resolution No. 99-21, A Resolution To Award The Bid For 1999 Granville Village Street Painting, As Per Specifications, To The Barbour Company And To Authorize The Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-21 is adopted. Resolution No. 99-22, A Resolution To Award The Bid For 1999 Milling And Paving Improvements, As Per Specifications, To The Shelly Company And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-22 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 99-24, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For West Maple Street And West Broadway Street Roadway Improvements (Phase II), was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Bellman. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-24 is adopted. Resolution No. 99-25, A Resolution To Approve The 1999 Revised Licking County Emergency 911 Plan, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Bellman. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-25 was adopted. 

MAYOR’S REPORT The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of April 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 April was presented for review. 

 Council noted that the parking tickets had increased substantially. Chief Cartnal concluded that this could be related to temporary "no parking" signs posted on College Street.

 Councilmember Lucier requested that bicycle patrol activities be reported on the Police Report and that the term "manhours" be changed to "staffhours" on the Police Report.

 Chief Cartnal also advised that there were anonymous donors within the Village who wish to purchase bicycles and equipment for the Police Bicycle Patrol.

Councilmember Robertson made a motion to accept the Manager’s report as presented. Second by Councilmember Rader. Motion carried. 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 May 5, 1999, were presented for review. Councilmember Robertson moved to approve the minutes. Councilmember Lucier second. Motion carried. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS Manager Hickman reported that the Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee discussed the following issues: · Requests for reduced speed limits on W. Broadway and Newark Granville Road. At this time the Committee recommends more police presence in those areas. · Discussion of installing a temporary Crosswalk on Newark Granville Road in front of the Mt. Parnassus Office/Residential Condominiums. The Committee recommends the pedestrian walk be installed. · Fifteen minute parking signs in front of Taylor’s Drug store. It was concluded that the GBPA should make this request to the Planning Commission. · Discussion of a de-annexation request wherein Village services have not been supplied in the past but will be from here on out. · Review of residential water requests of the Burtridge area. The Committee feels this is a reasonable request and received Council’s approval to proceed. It was noted that these requests are granted on a case by case basis. · The Borough Company’s request for services outside the corporation limits on River/Lancaster Road. The Committee decided those properties should request annexation into the Village for water/sewer service. · The First Presbyterian Church issue was re-visited at which time Council gave approval for an amendment to the description map. · The Alexandria Water contract was discussed considering 3 - five year renewals. Mayor Bellman feels this would be a good time to address bike path easement issues. Council did not agree that the water contract should be connected to discussion regarding the bike path. It was commented that there are areas in Granville that are more obtrusive on the bike path than anything in the Alexandria area. A sub committee will be formed, in addition to input from the Village Manager, for consideration of the contract. A draft of the contract will then be reviewed by Manager Hickman and Law Director Hurst, then forwarded to the Alexandria’s legal advisor. · Discussion related to the stop sign at North Granger and Spellman Streets. Manager Hickman is trying to coordinate with the elementary school for the installation of a flashing light at this intersection. · The Committee discussed a concept for the South Main Street construction. Manager Hickman noted that this plan will need more review. Consideration was mentioned for a possible tunnel under South Main Street to accommodate the bike path. Manager Hickman will need to check elevations. · A proposal is being considered to change the east/west traffic signals on Broadway to flashing caution between the hours of10:00pm to 6:00am. A petition needs to be filed with ODOT should this be a consideration.

 Councilmember Robertson reported that the Newark-Granville Committee met and discussed the ideas of connecting of area bike paths by the year 2001.


 High School Traffic - There was discussion of traffic problems on Burg Street during morning and afternoon hours. The request was made for more police presence in the area as available.

 Truck Weighing Issues - Chief Cartnal praised Trooper Ray Joseph and his knowledge of commercial vehicle enforcement. Mr. Joseph conducts a seminar on commercial vehicle enforcement and of which Chief Cartnal is considering sending Granville officers. Councilmember Wernet requested that the Village consider purchasing its own set of weighting scales. Chief Cartnal noted that the Sherriff’s office was in the process of purchasing scales and it may be easier to utilize their scales. An estimated cost for scales: $3,500 per scale, one for every wheel on the truck (at least 18) and the purchase of a trailer for hauling said scales.

 Dispatching - Central dispatching was discussed. Chief Cartnal noted that as area law enforcement agencies already have their own dispatchers they aren’t looking at this concept as favorably. He noted that Granville’s dispatchers additional duties include record clerks, receptionists, witnesses for officers, and Clerk of Courts assistants. Chief Cartnal mentioned concern that central dispatching would take away from the personal service our officers and community get by having its own dispatcher. It was also mentioned that it may not be necessary to employee 24-hour dispatching in the Village but possibly downsize to one or two shifts only. This issue is still a few years away. 

ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:41pm. Councilmember Wernet second. Motion carried. 

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