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Council Minutes 8/18/99

 CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember Wernet Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Minklei Councilmember Robertson Manager Hickman Councilmember Lucier Mayor Bellman Manager Hickman Law Director Hurst

PUBLIC HEARING: Ordinance No. 27-99, 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. The Ordinance was introduced to amend budget to include appropriation for truck-weighing scales. Councilmember Wernet introduced the Ordinance and highlighted several aspects: (1) Overweight trucks cost the Village money for road maintenance; (2) there is risk to public safety; (3) Granville receives insufficient state funding for maintenance, and our taxpayers must make up the difference; (4) overweight trucks reduce property values. Vice Mayor McGowan stated he wasn’t against the purchase of truck scales he just wanted to wait two weeks to vote on it. Bernie Lukco wanted to lend support for the use of scales for safety as well as quality of life for the community. Overweight trucks cause noise and vibration, and the system will pay for itself eventually. He thinks a lot of trucks are overweight. Vivian Ashbaugh knows of another community which used scales and it has paid for itself many times over. Clifton Crais wants to see this legislation. There have been reports in the media about how much damage to roads and historic homes overweight trucks cause. They are noisy and decrease the quality of life for the community. The mayor closed the public hearing.

Ordinance 28-99, An Ordinance to Amend Section 921.07 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, Establishing Sewer Regulations and Charges. The Ordinance is a result of increasing costs to operate and maintain the Wastewater Treatment System and sewer collection. Manager Hickman said the increase would cost about $1.50 per month. He said our personnel are qualified to test the water and do so annually. We have received excellent reports from them. Mr. Wernet added that we have not had a rate increase for a long time. The mayor closed the public hearing.

Ordinance No. 29-99, An Ordinance to Amend Section 925.20(c) of the Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, Establishing Bulk Water Charges. Manager Hickman said this would not be charged to residents, but rather would be for bulk water such as swimming pools. 

 The mayor declared the public hearings closed.

CITIZENS COMMENTS: Visitors in attendance were: Clifton Crais, Judy Pierce, Vivian Ashbaugh, Bernard Lukco, Nancy Weber Sutter, Dave Richards, Paul Treece, Jack Heller, Tom Mitchell, Dee Richards, Richard R. Lutzo, Dan VanNess, Scott Rawden (Sentinel)

 Kendal Corporation desires to build a facility in Granville Township and is asking for water and sewer services. Tom Mitchell oversees design and construction and described their plans. The Kendal facility in Pennsylvania has its own Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Kendal would prefer not to be in the sewer business. The data shows there is 150-175 gallons per day per person. Nancy Weber Sutter told more about the operation of the Quaker-run retirement home and answered citizens’ questions. Although she did not know what the fees would be specifically at this time, there will be taxes paid to Granville. Councilmember Lucier asked if they had considered property that was easily annexable. They implicated they had not been successful finding something in the Village that would fit their needs as this property does. Councilmember McGowan was concerned about expansion if water and sewer is provided in that area. Keith Myers stated that extending water and sewer originally was for the school. If the Village is considering extending facilities to other developments, he wants them to consider what other development can occur in rural areas not under Village control. Councilmember Lucier asked how many local citizens would be served, and Ms. Weber said about 700 people have shown an interest already. Ms. Lucier said it would be helpful if local people would contact Council with their enthusiasm. Councilmember Wernet asked whether there might be a vehicle for an agreement between Village and developer to address some of these concerns in order to discuss concerns and proceed satisfactorily from the start. Mayor Bellman asked about fee simple ownership vs licensing and leasing, and Ms. Weber said residents are buying a contract for occupancy. Mr. Bellman asked this for purposes of checking to see if this project was eligible for JEDD. Councilmember Wernet felt this was a worthwhile community and the option of providing services needs a lot of thought. It would be up to Council to determine whether other residents along the route of the utilities could tap into the system. Tom Mitchell surmised the answers to Kendal’s request are largely legal and technical and wants to know where to go from here. Mayor Bellman said we would talk about this later. 

Borough Company - The Borough Company was not present, and their request was not discussed.

OLD BUSINESS: Ordinance No. 27-99, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance 25-98 Providing for Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1999 and Revising Sums for Operating Expenses. Reintroduced by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Mayor Bellman. Councilmember McGowan asked whether the county could provide scales or would the Mill lend them to us. He also wondered whether we have sufficient police staff to man the scales. He thought we should wait two weeks and get answers from Chief Cartnal. Councilmember Wernet said staff has looked into alternatives, and the State Highway Patrol has been helpful. There are about 70 checks that have to be made. We would spend $400,000 on maintenance. He said 70 per cent of the trucks are overweight and operated in an unsafe manner. He thinks we should not wait and wants to do this before an accident occurs. Councilmember Lucier has read Chief Cartnal’s memo and he raised a lot of questions about how the training would work out and what enforcement includes. She would be willing to wait awhile. Councilmember Robertson stated that truckers talk to each other and tell them not to go through town when there are scales, so scales themselves are a deterrent. Councilmember Minklei thought we would be telling truckers this is so important that we are willing to spend our money. It should not be the responsibility of the Mill to provide scales, and Manager Hickman said he checked with the Mill and they are not interested anyway. The State and County have scales but they are available irregularly. He added that officers would be sent to schools to learn how to operate them. The officers manning this program would be on an overtime basis. The program could begin this fall or winter. Mayor Bellman stated that by appropriating money, this will signal that we are serious and want to move forward. He has full confidence in Chief Cartnal and the officers. Route 661 is dangerous and was not made for these large trucks. Councilmember Rader added that truckers will know about scales promptly. Newark also has a problem with trucks and does not want ours, but there are few alternatives. The Roll Call vote was: Wernet yes, Lucier no, McGowan no, Bellman yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Minklei yes. By a 5 to 2 vote, Ordinance 27-99 was passed.

 Dan VanNess added that farmers have no way to weigh trucks in the field and have to go through town to the mill. Maybe an exception for farmers could be enacted.

 Ordinance 28-99, An Ordinance to Amend Section 921.07 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, Establishing Sewer Regulations and Charges was reintroduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan

 By Roll Call vote, the Ordinance passed unanimously.

 Ordinance No. 29-99, An Ordinance To Amend Section 925.20(c) of the Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, Establishing Bulk Water Charges was reintroduced by Councilmember Rader. Second by Councilmember Robertson.

 By Roll Call vote, the Ordinance passed unanimously.

Discussion on Kendal Corporation: Councilmember McGowan stated a concern was what would happen in the future if water and sewer were run out there. Councilmember Wernet said that if Village Council thinks it makes sense, we should pursue how to make this mutually beneficial. Mayor Bellman had concerns: (1) We should consider the situation on balance--is it good for the school and the whole community; (2) this is a valuable resource for the Village and on balance we need to consider benefits for the Village; (3) we should work with the Township on the appearance, etc.; (4) consider annexation; (5) consult with LCPC and JEDD. He thought a special meeting with the Township and JEDD could brainstorm this matter further. Councilmember Minklei reminded the group to go back to the Master Plan for guidance on the matter. She added that we need to have a clear picture of where we need to be. Tom Mitchell said they talked with the Township and they are of the same frame of mind as is Village Council.

NEW BUSINESS: Resolution No. 99-32 , A Resolution Of Appreciation was reintroduced by Councilmember Wernet. Second by Vice Mayor McGowan. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-32 was adopted. 

 Resolution No. 99-33, Consent Resolution Authorizing The Assignment Of The Cable Television Franchise. Judy Pierce from FrontierVision said they are requesting a Resolution approving transfer from Cox Communication through FrontierVision to Adelphia. She went on to explain the healthy financial state of the company. Councilmember Wernet suggested changing, in Section II, "on February 16, 2004" to "as stated in the agreement". Councilmember Rader read in full and moved to accept the Resolution. Councilmember McGowan seconded. Roll Call vote was as follows: Wernet yes, Bellman yes, McGowan yes, Rader yes, Robertson yes, Lucier no, Minklei no. Resolution was approved by a 5 to 2 vote. Resolution No. 99-33 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 99-34, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For Roof Replacement Of The Village Office Building Located At 141 & 143 East Broadway. Councilmember McGowan read in full and introduced the Resolution. Councilmember Rader seconded. Motion carried. Resolution No. 99-34 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 99-35, A Resolution To Amend Insurance Coverage As Provided in Section 145.22 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville. Councilmember Lucier read in full and introduced the Resolution. Councilmember Wernet seconded. In Section I, Councilmember Lucier changed the "50%" to 70% and "$300.00" to $250.00. Councilmember Wernet changed, in the third line, "seems" to seem. Manager Hickman stated that they will be considering the amounts for employees. There are many different policies out there, and our policy premiums are still less. The Personnel Committee will examine these rates further. Councilmember Lucier proposes that this be tabled. Councilmember McGowan seconded. 

Mayor Bellman suggested and introduced Resolution 99-36, A Resolution to provide a two-month moratorium on any increase in the premium paid by the employees. Mayor Bellman drafted said Resolution. Second by Councilmember Wernet. Motion Carried. Resolution No. 99-36 is adopted. Ordinance No. 31-99, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 03-99 and To Extend The Enforcement Date of Ordinance No. 23-98, was introduced by Mayor Bellman and scheduled for Public Hearing September l, 1999.

 Ordinance No. 30-99, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 1139.05, 1141.04, 1141.05, 1159.03, 1159.05, 1175.05, And 1177.04 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Ohio To Revise The Administrative Appeal Process In The Zoning Ordinance, Revise The Administrative Procedure For Applications For Approval Of Development Plans In Planned Development Districts, And Make Related Changes In The Administration Of The Zoning Ordinance, was introduced by Mayor Bellman and scheduled for Public Hearing September 1, 1999. Law Director Hurst said this is to hopefully to take care of those items the Legislative Subcommittee shared with Kathryn Wimberger.

MAYOR’S REPORT: The Mayor’s Report was accepted as presented.

MANAGER’S REPORT: The Manager’s Report was accepted as presented.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The Minutes of August 4, 1999, were approved as presented.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: Councilmember Wernet reported that progress is being made on the Sign Ordinance at the Planning Commission.

 Councilmember McGowan reported that the Personnel Committee got information on salaries this evening and Council has not looked at it yet. They will get together soon.

OTHER: Manager Hickman called Kim Miles and she did not return his call nor anyone else, so he has nothing to report on Mt. Parnassus.

 Manager Hickman said they will be going to GPC for roofing materials for Village Hall exterior improvements. He is getting prices and will see about double hung windows to replace the picture windows.

 Regarding South Main Improvements, Manager Hickman has permission from ODOT to take the bike path under the bridge running it south of the IGA. He met with the Evans Foundation to talk about abandoning the existing path. The problem now is money.

ADJOURNMENT: It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Betty Allen, Secretary pro tem

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