CALL TO ORDER Mayor Robertson convened the meeting at 7:32pm.
ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson, Law Director Hurst, and Manager Hickman.
UNION CEMETERY BOARD MEETING Mayor Robertson convened the official annual joint meeting of Village Council and the Township Trustees. Representing the Township were Trustees Jim Havens, Eric Jones, and Lyle King; Township Clerk Norm Kennedy, and Cemetery Board member Flo Hoffman. Councilmember Lucier, referencing Section II of Resolution 00-24, asked that Council consider eliminating the stated ceiling of $91,000. Vice Mayor Wernet said he would be willing to strike the phrase, “… until those annual contributions from the Village equal $91,000….” There was general agreement and Councilmember Lucier made the change as she read the Resolution into the Minutes.
Resolution No. 00-24, 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 2000 Annual Meeting Required By Section 759.34 Has Been Conducted And To Fill A Pending Vacancy On The Union Cemetery Board Of Trustees, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Lucier. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Motion carried. Resolution No. 00-24 is adopted. [The Township Trustees then convened a brief official meeting of their own during which they passed a companion resolution to 00-24 and reappointed Flo Hoffman to the Cemetery Board for a three-year term ending 5/31/03.]
Mayor Robertson concluded the joint meting at 7:41pm.
CITIZENS’ COMMENTS Mayor Robertson opened Citizens’ Comments at 7:42pm.
Re The Colony at Bryn Du Mark Parris, 251 Bryn Du Drive. Reported that the Bryn Du residents had scheduled a meeting on Sunday, May 7th, and expected to be ready for mediation shortly thereafter.
Re Residential Parking Permits Barclay Gano, 527 Burg Street (owner of property at 453 Burg Street). Explained that he is having difficulty finding renters for his apartments because the municipal lot on Burg Street has become a de facto student parking area. His tenants are sometimes forced to park at the bottom of the hill and carry their groceries, etc. up to the house. He feels strongly that Burg Street residents should have preferential parking at the top of the hill, and asked that Council develop a means to limit Denison parking to Denison property. Mr. Gano has been working with Manager Hickman to try and find a solution acceptable to all parties, and is willing to meet further with Council if needed. [Mayor Robertson, noting the issue was on tonight’s agenda, moved it forward on the agenda and set discussion for the end of Citizens’ Comments.]
Re Truck Scales Constance Barsky, 221 East Elm Street. Expressed concerns about the appearance of the scales and asked that Council reconsider the S.R. 661 entrance instead. [Mayor Robertson noted that issue was on tonight’s agenda as well.]
Mayor Robertson closed citizens’ comments at 7:49pm.
OTHER – Permit Parking Background: There are a number of places in the Village where parking for residents of the area is consistently preempted by student cars with on-campus parking permits. The Village is proposing the issuance of parking permits for strictly defined areas, as necessary. Cars parked in such areas without the proper village permit would be ticketed. Residents could obtain temporary permits for guests through a procedure yet to be determined. (Law Director Hurst noted that though this has been discussed in the past, no regulations have been enacted.) Mayor Robertson reported that residents of West College, Burg Street, and Sheppard Place have all called the situation “intolerable.” She also clarified that this is a Village issue, not a Denison one, since there are no regulations keeping any car from parking anywhere in the village. Councilmember McGowan reported that Denison’s policy bars cars with five on-campus tickets from being parked anywhere on campus except for the remote lots at Ebaugh’s Pond; student owners of the cars almost always elect to park in the Village rather than at Ebaugh’s. Vice Mayor Wernet asked if the wording in 351.17(c) suited the need in this situation. Law Director Hurst cautioned that he had not given the specifics a thorough review yet, preferring to ascertain Council’s direction first. He did note, however, that the specified parking areas can be very specific, detailing, for example, areas between designated signs, license plate numbers, which side of the street, which days of the week, etc. Restricted areas can also be color-coded to the parking permit stickers, up to and including different color coding for different linear portions of the same street. Councilmember Lucier summed it up, saying Council could make the parameters as narrow or as broad as makes sense for our circumstances. [Don Contini, 315 N. Pearl Street, asked if the block of Summit Street at the foot of the hill could be added to the proposed list. It can.] Councilmember Moore suggested the issue be referred to the Streets & Sidewalks Committee for further investigation, in conjunction with neighbors, neighborhoods, and Denison. Mayor Robertson instructed the Committee to meet before the next Council meeting so they could present a report at that time. Vice Mayor Wernet asked that Law Director Hurst review the matter and suggest any needed modifications, so that a resolution could be introduced if the Streets and Sidewalks Committee reaches consensus on the issue. Councilmember Lucier urged that special attention be paid to publicizing the Streets and Sidewalks meeting. She also noted that many Village residents also compete for on-street parking with visiting shoppers, meaning there might be many more people who would want protected parking that the current list indicates. Councilmember Bellman suggested that, if the timing of the process worked out in a way that would permit citizen notification via an enclosure in Village utility bills, that would be a very effective way to spread the word. Vice Mayor Wernet urged all due speed in consideration of the concerns expressed by Mr. Gano. Councilmember Crais emphasized the need to include Denison in the process, especially with reference to first-year students’ cars.
BANK FIRST NATIONAL LEASE Mark Gearhart, Bank First National, 222 E. Broadway. Asked Council to clarify what he called “mixed signals” received over the course of the lease (i.e., should the Bank sublease the space? does the Village want to write a new lease with a new tenant? what information does Council require in order to approve a new tenant?) He currently has expressions of interest from three parties. The first is an existing retail operation offering to pay less than market. The second, who has been talking with Manager Hickman, wants to start a retail business and would pay full price. The third is an attorney who wants to locate an office in the building. Mr. Gearhart emphasized that Bank First National wants out of the lease. They moved out per the agreement, and would like to see a new tenant in the space. He asked 1) who they should work with to get closure, 2) what the approval process would be, and 3) could they get out of their lease if they found a suitable tenant? Mayor Robertson reported that she and Manager Hickman thought the Economic Development Commission (Mayor Robertson, Councilmembers Crais and Moore) should meet with Mr. Gearhart and report back to Council. (A public meeting, to include Mr. Gearhart, was set for Friday, May 12th, at 8:00am in Council chambers.
NEW BUSINESS Ordinance No. 08-00, An Ordinance Providing For The Issuance Of $695,000 Of Notes By The Village Of Granville, Ohio, In Anticipation Of The Issuance Of Bonds For The Purpose Of Paying Part Of The Cost Of Constructing Improvements To The Municipal Sanitary Sewer System, And Declaring An Emergency, was introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember Moore. Vice Mayor Wernet then read Section XIV in its entirety, to establish an emergency. Councilmember Moore seconded the emergency section.
Discussion: Molly Roberts explained that this ordinance was a semi-annual renewal of a note normally renewed annually, issued for projects east of the Village. Interest rates and principal fluctuations were discussed, with Ms. Roberts noting that the Village had paid down $35,000 since last year. Responding to a question from Councilmember McGowan on the present interest rate, she noted the annual rate was 3.97%. Mayor Robertson asked the reason for the semi-annual renewal. Ms. Roberts stated that the Village hoped to roll this note into some outstanding bonds, then do a larger note at a lower percentage rate in the fall to save the Village some money in the long term. Councilmember Moore added that we have some outstanding revenue bonds at 6.5- 6.75% that will mature on November 1, 2004. We currently pay a fee of $5,000-6,000 a year to the bond trustee— approximately the amount of interest earned by the $150,000 that is required to stay in a debt-service reserve fund, held by the trustee. The Village is trying to make an adjustment on November 1st (the first date we can do an optional redemption on outstanding revenue bonds at par with no penalty) that will give us short-term interest rates of 4.8-6.5%. We will increase the size of the note by $265,000 and add the $150,000 from the debt service fund, using the latter to retire revenue bonds. Councilmember Bellman questioned whether or not interest rates would rise. Councilmember Moore said we would see no effect if anticipated interest increases stayed within expected parameters. She added that we have the option of retiring the debt early, though current plans are to continue to pay down notes at the same rate as paying down bonds. Councilmember Lucier asked if this debt was for the municipal sanitary sewer system; Ms. Roberts clarified that this is all sewer-related. Councilmember Moore reported that the Village is looking at a savings of about $50,000. Councilmember McGowan asked if that meant that the debt- service fee on Village water bills would disappear in three years. Ms. Roberts said it would and explained that the lower annual rate would appear on Village utility bills approximately six months after November 1. Councilmember Moore added that the Village would continue to look for a better rate than the 4.83%, up to and including bidding it out via the standard Request for Proposal process. A Roll Call Ordinance 08-00, Section XIV, yielded seven (7) affirmative votes: Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, and Mayor Robertson. Ordinance 08-00, Section XIV, is adopted.
A Roll Call on Ordinance 08-00 yielded seven (7) affirmative votes: Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, and Mayor Robertson. Ordinance 08-00 is adopted.
Appeal Hearing An Appeal Hearing was scheduled for May 17, 2000, for the purpose of hearing Mr. Bernard Williams’ appeal of the Planning Commission decision dated 4/10/00, application No. 00-029, by Monique Pinkerton.
Resolution No. 00-17, A Resolution To Direct The Village Manager And Law Director To Prepare Modifications To Ordinance No. 23-98, Relative To Truck Traffic, was read in full by Councilmember Bellman. Second by Councilmember Crais.
Discussion: Councilmember Bellman explained that this stems from a resolution originally passed eighteen months ago (relative to proposed plans for the Keny property) that banned through-truck traffic on Cherry Valley Road. After the ban, businesses on Tamarack Road protested and asked for a temporary reprieve, which was granted. Meetings of the Newark-Granville committee resulted in mirror ordinances having been passed by both municipalities. At this point, Councilmember Bellman feels we are moving in the right direction. Mayor Robertson reported that she and Craig Baldwin (Newark City Council) have been discussing taking the steps specified in the mirror ordinances (i.e., taking the issue to our state representatives to initiate ODOT involvement in the search for a definitive solution). Councilmember McGowan asked if Granville truck scales would affect the balance of traffic between the two communities. Vice Mayor Wernet responded that Newark is aware we are discussing the matter. He also noted that the permanent Newark scales on S.R. 13 north of Newark, which push the truck traffic over to S.R. 661, are virtually forcing us to have permanent scales of our own. The goal of the resolution on the floor is to acknowledge that the commercial enterprises using Cherry Valley Road have been making a good-faith effort to reduce their truck traffic (i.e., we ought not penalize them, even though we clearly still have a heavy highway truck problem). Councilmember Bellman noted that even though the ordinance currently in effect requires heavy trucks within the Village to confine themselves to state routes, he feels the exception for Cherry Valley Road, now in its second 6-9 month extension, should be permanent due to the unique circumstance of Cherry Valley Road being the only viable link between the industrial park and S.R. 16. The eventual goal is to obtain the active cooperation of the other governmental entities involved to solve the problem permanently. Responding to Councilmember Moore’s question about the use of a resolution rather than an ordinance, Councilmember Bellman stated that being able to enter an approved action in the minutes immediately would indicate the extent of Council’s determination to address the issue. Councilmember Moore asked when the current ordinances expired; Mayor Robertson gave the respective dates as 7/1/00 and 1/1/01. Vice Mayor Wernet noted that the current direction to Manager Hickman and Law Director Hurst addresses only heavy truck traffic on Cherry Valley Road without acknowledging that any of the proposed north/south routes will exacerbate things even further. [Note: discussion was recessed momentarily while Law Director Hurst produced copy of the ordinance for Councilmember Moore. A reading of the previous ordinance produced no additional discussion.]
Motion carried. Resolution No. 00-17 is adopted.
Resolution No. 00-21, A Resolution To Direct The Village Manager To Proceed With The Purchase And Construction Thereof For Truck Weighing Scales, was introduced and read in full by Councilmember Crais. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Discussion: Vice Mayor Wernet distributed Keith Myers’ rendering of the proposed scale, illustrating the extensive landscaping being proposed for the area. Councilmember Moore renewed her objection to the site, saying it seemed inconsistent for the Village to invest in major beautification improvements for the south entrance only to put a permanent truck scale in the middle of it. Vice Mayor Wernet replied that there is only so much that could be done to beautify the area given the presence of the Denison steam plant/stack and the mill/grain elevators. He also made the point that the Village is paying “a small fortune” for road improvements caused in large part by heavy trucks (based on ODOT statistics showing that 70% of road damage is caused by heavy trucks). Trucking firms—or farmers or Village salt trucks, for that matter—need to abide by posted weight limits. They should also pay their fair share of road maintenance costs. The Village cannot continue to subsidize trucking firms who intentionally violate weight restrictions. Experience has already shown that whenever the truck scales are out, heavy trucks don’t come through town. This means they should be there every day. [Constance Barsky, 221 E. Elm Street. Asked if the scales were on the same side of the road as the steam plan; they are. Also asked if cars might use the scale lane to get around cars waiting to turn left into the IGA area; Manager Hickman responded that the lane would probably be chained closed when not in use.] Councilmember McGowan noted that, in addition to enforcing weight laws and improving the safety of this area, it would be very helpful if state and county law enforcement units were called in more often since speed is a more egregious offense than excess weight. Also, the proposed location is the most congested area in the village and will only get worse. The proximity of the bike trail is a continuing concern as well. He also agreed with Councilmember Moore’s concerns about the South Main Street site. [Don Contini, 315 N. Pearl Street. Expressed disappointment that the conversation was still going back to whether or not the Village should have it own scales, wondered why our scale had anything to do with Newark, and asked Council to “get on with it!”] Councilmember Crais, citing a New York Times Magazine article about how traffic and trucks will destroy the ambience of small towns, emphasized that nothing will happen if Council doesn’t take the initiative. He proposed that the fewer trucks we have going through town, the more beautiful a community we will have (i.e., permanent truck scales would enhance both beautification and the quality of life). He also suggested we put more pressure on state government and other agencies to look for a long-term solution to the north-south traffic route. Councilmember Moore, after thanking Manager Hickman for giving her a tour of all the proposed sites for the scale, said there really isn’t a perfect spot for a permanent scale and asked if Council could revisit the idea of purchasing portable scales jointly with Newark. Such an arrangement would help foster community relationship, allow the staffs to work together, would be a more cost-effective method of sharing, and would provide further evidence to ODOT of our joint commitment to this problem. She further stated that if permanent scales win out, she still favors a site to the north. Councilmember McGowan reiterated his own preference for portable scales and his concerns about the proposed location. He reported the results of his survey: 20% of the respondents chose a location south of the bide trail; almost 50% chose the Village’s service-building property; approximately 25% chose a site north of Burg Street on S.R. 661. Responding to Councilmember Lucier’s concern about where we would line up trucks waiting to be weighed on the South Main Street site, Manager Hickman said trucks would be picked up one at a time and could be held on S.R. 16. On S.R. 661, there is no good holding spot. [Vivian Ashbaugh, 121 N. Pearl Street. Stated she has yet to hear another logical location for the scales. Since South Main Street is already a commercial area with a lot of concrete in place, additional paving won’t make it any uglier. On the other hand, the north entrance has lots of residences, lots of green space, and lots of kids coming and going to school. Putting the scales there would require stripping away green space. She has been working on this for eight years and feels this permanent scale—the “closest the Village has come to taking its own initiative””—would be an effective way to send a message to ODOT that we have a problem here.] Councilmember Crais stated that sharing a portable scale with Newark would defeat the purpose since the strongest argument for permanent scales is that they offer a permanent deterrent. Councilmember Moore asked if the purchase of the scales had to be bid out since it was over $15,000; Manager Hickman acknowledged that it did. Law Director Hurst urged Council to direct Manager Hickman to send the matter out to bid (as opposed to treating it as a change order to the South Main Street project). Vice Mayor Wernet raised the question of whether Layton would be able to do it at a significantly lower cost since his crews and equipment are already on site and urged that the bid process be done in as timely a manner as possible to avoid any unnecessary increases in the price. Law Director Hurst assured him we could proceed expeditiously in getting back to Council with bid numbers. He urged Council to direct Manager Hickman to proceed with the preparation and submittal of bids for purchase and construction of truck lanes. Mayor Robertson and Councilmember Crais noted the need for amending the resolution on the floor, and Vice Mayor Wernet made a motion to modify the title to read, “A Resolution To Direct The Village Manager To Proceed With The Bid Preparation And Submittal Of Bids For Truck Weighing Scales” and modify Section III to read, “The Village Manager is directed to proceed with the bid preparation and submittal of bids.” Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion to amend carried. [Paul, Jacob, 115 West College Street. Asked if there was any more technologically advanced method of weighing trucks that might eliminate the scales as proposed. Manager Hickman said there was not. Motion carried (five affirmative votes, two negative votes). Resolution No. 00-21 is adopted.
PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 07-00, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 43-99 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 2000 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 07-00. Mayor Robertson closed the public hearing at 9:28pm.
OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 07-00, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 43- 99 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 2000 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses, was re-introduced by Councilmember Crais. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Discussion: Manager Hickman reported a discussion of the South Main Street crosswalk by the Streets and Sidewalks Committee re making substantial safety improvements to it, as follows: •$12,000 – brick pavers (10’ wide) with a concrete trough and miscellaneous curbing added as a visual barrier to pedestrian and vehicular traffic; •$13,000 – recessed lighting in brick pavers and pedestrian signals 100’ north and south of the crosswalk. (Responding to questions from Councilmember Lucier, Manager Hickman noted that the crosswalk would be virtually the same as the Broadway crosswalk, including the fact that traffic is required to yield rather than stop. There will, however, be pedestrian-activated signals on either side of the road that will enable the yellow flashing lights); and •$14,000 – improvements to existing path including the access to the wastewater plant, pursuant to an agreement with the Evans Foundation that we would do so. The total requested expenditure should be $39,000, not the $45,000 shown. Responding to a number of concerns that the traffic might not actually yield, Manager Hickman stated “Stop” signs would be installed on the bike path. Councilmember Bellman suggested they be placed right next to button; Councilmember Lucier suggested they read, “Push button, wait for traffic to stop.” Law Director Hurst suggested the Village put up road signs on either side of the path indicating “traffic must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.” The language could be softened to “yield” if necessary. Vice Mayor Wernet asked if similar signs could be used at the Broadway crosswalk. Law Director Hurst indicated they could be tried there as well. Councilmember Lucier recommended that Manager Hickman check out funding for bike path improvements available through June from the Ohio EPA; he will do so. Councilmember Moore asked if the Evans Foundation had been kept informed of proposed improvements; they have.
Vice Mayor Wernet proposed an amendment to change “$45,000” to “$39,000” and “$64,000” to “$65,000.” Second by Councilmember Lucier. The Motion to Amend carried.
Council instructed Manager Hickman to handle the question of yellow vs. red lights at the path crosswalk “as strictly as possible.”
A Roll Call yielded seven (7) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Crais, Lucier, McGowan, Moore and Bellman; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson).
Ordinance 07-00 is adopted. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of April 5, 2000 were presented for review. Mayor Robertson complimented the Deputy Clerk on having captured the marathon meeting. Three changes were requested: p.1 – amend the “Roll Call” paragraph to indicated that the two negative votes were “in the case of Councilmember Bellman” and change “later in the meeting” to “within a few minutes;” p. 4 – in the detail of the Roll Call vote on Ordinance 03-00, insert Councilmember Bellman as an affirmative vote and delete Councilmember Lucier; p. 6 – in “Web Site Update,” 15th line, change “suggested” to “endorsed.” Vice Mayor Wernet moved the minutes be approved as amended. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of April 19, 2000 were presented for review. Two changes were requested: p. 1 – “Citizens’ Comments,” change “The Colony” to “The Colony at Bryn Du;” p. 5 – “Planning Committee” report, change the second sentence to read, “In addition, Councilmember Lucier has met with Kathryn Wimberger….” Vice Mayor Wernet moved to approve the minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember Moore. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Recreation Commission (Councilmember McGowan) The gate is on order, the lights are in, and the arms are being painted. All will be completed by July 4th.
Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier) The Commission is waiting to find out what procedures need to be followed by whom re the request to build a house on the corner of College and Granger Streets, on the property purchased from the school district. Attorney Robert Erhard submitted a legal opinion indicating that the easement was part of the original agreement. The people who wish to build on the site would like to have that changed. Councilmember Lucier inquired whether the request had been transferred to the Law Director. He responded that it had not, though Ms. Wimberger may talk with him. Councilmember Lucier also reported that the Commission has yet to receive a new application for the garage on Maple Street. In closing, speaking as a Trustee of the Old Colony Burying Ground, she thanked Council for its renewal. Tree and landscape Commission (Councilmember Moore) No report. Streets & Sidewalks Committee (Vice Mayor Wernet) In addition to discussing the truck scales, the Committee determined they wish to propose to Council that crosswalk lights (yellow, mounted in the street) be installed at the intersections of Elm/Main and College/Pearl. Manager Hickman reported the Village was considering recessed lighting at both intersections. Vice Mayor Wernet reported that the reports from the Downtown Granville task forces contained many positive aspects; he especially appreciated the proposal for combined signage. Re the Land of Legend Transit proposal, the Committee felt that while this particular plan might not be the right one for us, some kind of shuttle-bus service between Newark and Granville might make sense at some point. Councilmember Bellman added it might be helpful to shuttle between the Cherry Valley Road office-park area and downtown Granville. Councilmember Lucier, after confirmation by Vice Mayor Wernet that the Committee had responded “non-positively” to the Land of Legend Transit proposal, asked that the matter be placed the next meeting’s agenda for further review. Manager Hickman offered to have Loretta Frenton, general manager of Land of Legend Transit, come to the meeting; Council agreed that would be helpful. Councilmember Bellman reported that the former ODOT member at the Committee meeting had raised the possibility of a stoplight at the entrance to the IGA area, noting that if this light were tied to the light at Broadway and Main, it could create gaps in the traffic for easier egress from all areas along South Main Street. Councilmember Lucier noted that would help crossing traffic on the bike path as well. Councilmember Bellman also noted that Keith Myers had suggested a slight rise in the bike- path crosswalk, a “small traffic bump, six or seven feet long.” The Committee also suggested that GBPA signage could start at IGA.
Economic Committee (Councilmember Crais) The business community expressed their gratitude for Council’s efforts with the web page. They also feel this is a Council that listens to their concerns and works with them in a “surprising and good way,” which bodes well for the future. The Committee began work on a major topic first raised by Councilmember Moore—forming an economic council. The Committee made some progress on the issue of creating a booklet that would contain coordinated procedures and advice for people trying to establish businesses in Granville (e.g., regulations, ordinances, the master plan, contact people, how to navigate the system, etc.) and will continue to move toward assembling that data. On the issue of the county bed tax, discussion centered on the fact that the great majority of the tax monies from Granville establishments ends up in the coffers of the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCCVB), characterized by Councilmember Crais as a “less than helpful institution for Granville.” The Committee is investigating ways in which we might be able to bring more of the bed tax back home. Vice Mayor Wernet noted that the LCCVB video of Licking County has a high percentage of scenes of Granville. Councilmember Moore will cover the meetings of the Economic Committee in the absence of Councilmember Crais.
Bicentennial Planning Session (Mayor Robertson) Having represented Council at the session, she reported that many exciting ideas were presented, e.g., putting original street names on the signs with current ones, all of which would be tied together with the consistent-signage project. Another idea was to raise money from the sale of commemorative items.
OTHER JEDD (Councilmember Bellman) In the context of an overall lack of direction by the JEDD, Councilmember Bellman asked Council to decide on its own goal for the project. They are beginning to write a detailed contract but the lack of agreement on some of the major points will quickly become an issue. Two meetings ago, a small group met to draft a reduced plan (a two- lane, “ Super Two” proposal) that involves buying easements to do the Thornwood portion of the plan, stopping at River Road or Cherry Valley Road. They would then depend on ODOT to fund the connector to S.R. 16. The cost for the Super Two version is $6 million; cost on the original plan was $45 million. They then presented a second version that took the Super Two all the way to S.R. 16, at a cost $10 million (obviously without the original cloverleaf connector). Even so, Councilmember Bellman expressed some reservations about the costing of the proposals. He does support the idea of buying easements, however, since it’s also obvious that a two-lane S.R. 37 as the main connector to I-70 will be totally overloaded in five-to-fifteen years. Even though the funding is still lacking, he and Jim Jump want to proceed with writing detailed parts of the contracts. A procedural understanding has been reached with Heath and Newark on annexation issues, including a test period of one- to-three years. He emphasized that would not protect us against other annexation. He also underlined one other aspect of the entire north-south project (the traffic that will be dumped onto S.R. 16) and urged that we get a commitment up front from ODOT to address this issue; otherwise, we’ll have solved one problem and created another. Finally, after informing Council that his experience with JEDD has been a wonderful exercise in cooperation, he asked Council to affirm that unless we deal with the north/south route as well as the annexation issue, there is no point in continuing the JEDD association. Public Restrooms (Councilmember Lucier) Asked that this issue be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.
Cell Phone Usage (Mayor Robertson) Asked if Council would be interested in making it illegal within the Village to use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Vice Mayor Wernet asked Law Director Hurst to research possible federal and/or state preemptions; he responded he would but could not research the federal issue by the next meeting. Vice Mayor Wernet noted that this is a preliminary-stage inquiry, meant to reveal any determinative evidence of risk. [Scott Rawdon, Sentinel reporter, asked if Council would differentiate between hands-on and hands-off phones. Mayor Robertson said the question would be addressed.] Council’s consensus was to place the matter on a future agenda.
Personnel Committee (Mayor Robertson) Noted that Council has yet to establish a personnel committee. There are matters that need to be attended to in June and July, as per Manager Hickman’s information. Councilmember McGowan, Mayor Robertson, and Vice Mayor Wernet were designated as members.
Sensibilities Lease (Councilmember Crais) The sub-lease issue is still pending. Vice Mayor Wernet asked for a dollar figure for the renovations done by Mr. Vance; Manager Hickman will get it.
South Main Street Update (Manager Hickman) The project is 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule. He has notified The Village Baker that they will be able to determine the dates on which their driveway will be done. The detour will stay intact, with flaggers during the day and local traffic in the evenings. Everything is still on schedule for completion by the end of June.
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS Next Village Council meeting – May 17, 2000
ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Wernet made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:27pm. Councilmember Lucier second. Meeting adjourned.