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Council Minutes 9/1/99

 CALL TO ORDER Mayor Bellman convened the meeting at 7:33pm. ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were: Councilmember Wernet Vice Mayor McGowan Councilmember Rader Councilmember Minklei Councilmember Robertson Mayor Bellman Councilmember Lucier Law Director Hurst Manager Hickman PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on 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. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 30-99. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing at 7:34 pm.

 A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 31-99, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 03-99 And To Extend The Enforcement Date Of Ordinance No. 23-98.

No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 31-99. Mayor Bellman closed the public hearing at 7:35 pm.

CITIZENS COMMENTS Those attending the meeting were: See Attached List Susan Shulman Eugene Agan Scott Rawdon Kim Miles Ed Vance C. K. Barsky

Susan Shulman, 6 Parnassus Village Drive, said the residents and business community of Mt. Parnassus are interested in Council’s involvement in their lift station concerns. Councilmember Wernet recussed himself. Ms. Shulman re-stated that the current owners believe they were a part of Village utilities when purchasing their residences. Most have been taxpayers within the Village for many years and believe that the Village should participate in discussions regarding a connection into the Newark- Granville Road lift station. 

Kim Miles stated she is concerned that communication has been blurred on this topic. She thought that after previously approaching Council there would already be a report and/or some type of action. She finds it confusing that this issue is once again on the agenda. She stated that Mt. Parnassus businesses and residents would appreciate any participation the Village can give in resolving this situation. She feels this is a community problem with possible EPA concerns if not rectified in the near future.

Gene Agan, 2 Mt. Parnassus Village Drive, also thought they were further along in their relationship with Village Council. Mr. Agan referenced paragraph #10 of the Covenant between McClain/Parr and the Village of Granville. He noted at that time there wasn’t any choice except to install a lift station as there was no sewer line along Newark-Granville Road when Mt. Parnassus was developed. He feels the lift station was installed with full approval and certification from the Village. There has since been a sewer/water line installed along Newark-Granville Road, however, to the best of his knowledge, he does not believe any of the residents or businesses were given the opportunity to connect to the Village system. Realizing that everyone currently involved in this matter was not involved at the time of development, Mayor Bellman read a file letter from then Village Manager Doug Plunkett to Larry Parr explaining that a 3h.p. motor was not adequate for Village service and therefore the Village would not accept it as a municipal installation. However, as the sewer lift station was to remain the property of the Mt. Parnassus Condominium Association, the size of the pump was not a Village concern.

Mr. Agan again stated he feels that the system had been accepted and approved by the Village engineer. 

 Referencing a letter from the engineer, Manager Hickman said it was clearly stated that the system was approved except for the pump station. He feels the Village did not accept this station as it wasn’t up to Village standards.

 Ms. Shulman stated that the sewer line came down Newark-Granville Road long before she bought her property. She has talked with every resident and businesses at Mt. Parnassus and no one remembers having been given the opportunity to tie into the Village system.

 Councilmember Minklei questioned whether the property owners would have tied into the Village system had they been given the opportunity to do so at that time.

 Since there were no problems with the lift station Councilmember Rader feels the previous residents probably would not have connected to the Village system anyway.

Mr. Agan questioned whether there would have been an exchange of paperwork had the property owners been given the opportunity to connect.

 Manager Hickman noted that there generally would be an exchange of paperwork. He again noted that this happened before any of us and he is unable to find paperwork detailing such an opportunity.

 Following discussion, it was requested group specify what they were asking from the Village.

 Ms. Miles stated that the Condominium Association and the Homeowners Association have not been able to agree on the need to hire an engineer for a study. Therefore there is no official projected cost. She stated that at this point they are looking for guidance on how to proceed.

 Manager Hickman estimated that the cost to create a lift station that would meet Village standards is probably comparable to the cost of connecting to the Village system.

 Having heard all comments related to the Mt. Parnassus lift station, Mayor Bellman closed Citizens Comments at 8:30pm.

Councilmember Wernet returned to the Council table.

OLD BUSINESS 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 reintroduced, its title read, by Mayor Bellman. Second by Councilmember Wernet.

 Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Minklei yes, Bellman yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 30-99 was 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 reintroduced, its title read by Mayor Bellman. Second by Councilmember Wernet. 

Roll call vote: McGowan yes, Wernet yes, Rader yes, Minklei yes, Bellman yes, Robertson yes, Lucier yes. Seven yes votes. Ordinance No. 31-99 was adopted.

NEW BUSINESS Ordinance No. 32-99, An Ordinance Approving A Revision To The Site Development Plan For Spring Hills Baptist Church’s Grace Haven Academy was introduced by Councilmember Lucier. Mayor Bellman set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 32-99 for September 15, 1999. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of August 18, 1999, were presented for review. Councilmember Wernet moved to approve the minutes as amended. Vice Mayor McGowan second. Motion carried. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS Vice Mayor McGowan reported that a Personnel Committee Meeting will be held on September 9th at 6:30pm. The Committee should have recommendations for Council shortly thereafter.

 With regard to the Street Lighting Committee, Manager Hickman noted that in addition to getting the arms fixed, there have once again been scheduling problems with the new lights. However, 23 new lights should be going up in the Village shortly. It was also noted that next year the Committee will look at putting a light in the library park area.

 Vice Mayor McGowan requested the South Main Street plans be added to the agenda for Council discussion before the process gets too far and the plan is finalized. Manager Hickman stated that the regular Council meeting of September 15th will include a discussion on the South Main Street plan. 

 Councilmember Wernet distributed a "draft" of Resolution No. 99-37 to Council. The Resolution is intended to address taxing issues related to future developments in Granville and surrounding communities. This Resolution is to be introduced during the meeting of September 15, 1999. Mr. Wernet requested input from Council prior to introduction.

OTHER Reporting on the Downtown Task Force, Councilmember Minklei feels this committee should disband and concentrate all efforts toward finding a group to implement the Comprehensive Plan. Since there is already great enthusiasm being shown toward the Downtown Ohio, Inc., creating another body to review Downtown issues might take away from that group. As the Comprehensive Plan group represents individuals who have been chosen by elected officials, it was suggested that in order for continuity some representation from the original group is necessary.

Mt. Parnassus Councilmember Wernet recussed himself. Vice Mayor McGowan suggested the group find out a cost for this project so Council will know what participation is expected.

 It is estimated that the cost for connecting to the Village system is approximately $70,000. In addition, $5,000 is approximated for engineering. Ms. Miles noted that it has been a problem getting the neighbors to agree to spend the approximate $75,000 together and asked Council to participate in some type of mediation between the neighbors.

 Councilmember Lucier feels it is not the Village’s responsibility to facilitate a situation between the neighbors of Mt. Parnassus. 

 There were again questions with respect to what is expected from the Village at this time.

 Following discussion, it was agreed by Ms. Shulman that the Association would return to the Utilities Committee with a written proposal. Councilmember Wernet returned to the table.

ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Rader moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:30pm. Councilmember Wernet second. Motion carried. 

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