Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 2/21/01

 CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:31pm)

ROLL CALL (7:31pm)
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers
Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor
Robertson, Manager Hickman, and Law Director Crites.
Councilmember Bellman arrived at 7:35pm.

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (opened by Mayor Robertson at 7:32pm)
School Board and Site Selection
Kitty Consolo, 18 Samson Place. Ms. Consolo commended
Council for making its minutes and meeting notices easily
and widely available, and stated she hoped that example
would serve the School Board and other governing bodies.
She expressed dismay over the School Board meeting of 6
February, especially the discrepancy between the published
and actual agendas. She stated that the Burg Street site
looks like construction activities have already begun
though there are no EPA approvals or BZBA approvals in hand
and wondered if anything could be done about that. She
reported a number of new for-sale signs on Burg Street,
along with rumors of tract packages being assembled, the
developers of which will ask to be annexed into the
Village. In short, she said things will happen “very, very
quickly” and urged Council to think carefully about growth
and planning. Re the scheduled Village Council/Township
Trustees joint meeting, she asked if citizens could give
input to the agenda and if the Comprehensive Plan would be
on the table. [Mayor Robertson responded that “Citizens’
Comments” would be on the agenda. Councilmember Crais urged
Manager Hickman to make sure the proposed agenda, once
finalized, was posted on the Village electronic
distribution list and published in The Advocate. Mayor
Robertson agreed and specified that it be published “as
widely as possible.”]
 
Constance Barsky, 221 East Elm Street. Ms. Barsky echoed
Ms. Consolo’s concerns and urged Council to be “very
sensitive” to these issues as well as to take the time to
review the Comprehensive Plan. She asked whether the
Village would be required to provide water and sewer as a
public-health issue, if the School Board’s proposed on-site
utilities don’t work out (meaning the land might ultimately
have to be annexed). She also wondered, if the land was
annexed, if anything would constrain the Village from
keeping the “agricultural” zoning designation. If the
zoning did have to be changed, she asked that the issue
of “standing” be cleared up in advance so that citizen
input could be included in the process. In other words,
would any resident—not just an adjacent one—be considered
to have “standing” because this issue is of such magnitude
that it affects all residents of the Village and the
Township? She then asked if the joint Village/ Township
meeting would result in the appointment of a Comprehensive
Plan Review Committee. [Mayor Robertson said that item
would be added to the agenda.]

Ms. Barsky and Vice Mayor Wernet had a conversation about
the proposed school site in the context of the
Comprehensive Plan with particular emphasis on whether or
not its location complied with the Plan. Ms. Barksy
referred to the “neighborhood school” concept as well as
the fact that the northeast quadrant is the “only one left
with natural agricultural sites that have been
traditionally a part of Granville.” [Vice Mayor Wernet has
an identical recollection of the Plan.] Ms. Barsky
emphasized that the Village and Township are more alike
than different on the major issues that frame what we would
all like this community to look like. She reiterated the
need for an annual Comprehensive Plan Review Committee and
said she felt it was the lack thereof, especially
pertaining to water and sewer issues, that had helped
exacerbate the current situation. [Vice Mayor Wernet
emphasized that anyone brought in to help—i.e., an economic-
development person—should be familiar with our
Comprehensive Plan and “schooled in the same thread of
concepts as are in the Comprehensive Plan.” ] Ms. Barsky
emphasized that Council and the School Board—both elected
bodies—need to work more closely together, and added that
the School Board seems to have had no concept of the
Comprehensive Plan. Finally, she thanked Council for
consistently taking the time to listen to citizens.

[Councilmember Bellman, supporting Ms. Barksy’s idea about
annexed land retaining its agricultural zoning designation,
proposed we also designate how much of any such land would
not be developed. Vice Mayor Wernet felt there was no
obligation on Council’s part to make any commitment as to
how annexed land would be zoned. Councilmember Moore asked
if we had an “agricultural” category in the Village;
Manager Hickman said it would fall under “open space.” Vice
Mayor Wernet suggested adopting a category more closely
tied to “agricultural.” Councilmember Bellman stated any
land being annexed obviously would have to be rezoned since
it would be coming in for a specific reason; we could,
however, rezone only what was needed and reserve the rest.
Vice Mayor Wernet stated he was not positive at all on any
annexation and felt Council needed to look at whether we
want any more land. Mayor Robertson asked Law Director
Crites to review the legal issues that had been raised.]

Abram Kaplan, 843 Burg Street. Mr. Kaplan gave a letter to
Mayor Robertson (copies to all members). He expressed his
appreciation for members of Council having been at the
School Board meeting Monday night and his sadness for the
way they all were treated by members of the School Board,
especially Councilmember Bellman.

Mayor Robertson closed the general Citizens’ Comments at
7:52pm.

Denison University
Seth Patton, VP of Finance & Management; Art Chonko,
Director of the Physical Plant. Mr. Patton expressed his
appreciation for the chance to inform Council of future
planned building projects on campus. He said he had
discussed some of these projects with the
Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Commission late last summer,
especially a proposed change to the campus entry point off
of Burg Street. Denison proposes to vacate the current
access road from Burg Street just east of Sheppard Place.
The on-campus South Road will be reconfigured to eliminate
its sharp curve and steep slope, make it two-way, and run
it along the south side of Shorney Hall to connect to the
existing on-campus road on Shorney’s west side. A new Burg
Street entrance/exit gate will be created opposite Thresher
Street. In order to accomplish this, Denison will be asking
the Village (in summer 2002 at the earliest) to relocate
portions of Burg Street slightly to the south—through the
existing parking areas on either side of Thresher Street.
Denison feels this reworking of Burg Street and South Road
will benefit both the College and the Village. No houses
are affected by the change. One or two parking spaces would
be lost from the Village lot east of Thresher Street; ten
or so would come out of the Denison lot west of Thresher.
There would still be more than 20 spaces available, as well
as some new greenspace, and Denison would be willing to
forego all student parking in that area if necessary.
[Mayor Robertson asked who would pay for all this.] Mr.
Patton responded that he assumes the Village will expect
Denison to pay for everything…though he would be open to an
alternate plan.
 
Mr. Patton then presented architect’s renderings of the
planned Campus Commons area, to the north of the present
academic quad. New construction includes the Burton D.
Morgan Center, a new life science building, and an
underground parking garage for 250-350 cars. In keeping
with the master plan developed by Graham Gund Architects,
every effort is being made to eliminate on-street parking
on the crest of the hill, as well as to make many of the
roadways two-way. The North Quad area will be reconnected
to the Academic Quad by a new road, to the north of the
existing road behind Slayter Hall.

Mr. Patton reported that site work to move utilities from
north side of Slayter and Knapp Halls to the south side has
already begun. The steam lines will be moved between March
and October so they’ll be ready for heating season next
fall. Denison is also upgrading electrical capacity on the
campus, including work on the Fine Arts Quad. Lines will
have to cross College Street a couple of times, but Denison
is planning on burying all the existing overhead lines at
the same time. As for the woods to the north of Slayter
Hall, about three acres of the 10-11 acres of woods will be
disturbed. Denison will harvest the good hardwood trees and
use the milled wood where possible. The tree work will
begin in March since Denison has been cautioned that they
have to take the trees before April 1st when the Indiana
Bats come in to roost.

[Councilmember Lucier asked Mr. Kaplan to comment on the
process and his involvement. Mr. Kaplan said he had not
been involved as much as he would like. He added that he
would prefer the hillside be left alone and was concerned
about the architectural firm’s “lack of knowledge” about
environmental issues.] Mr. Patton stated he disagrees with
Mr. Kaplan’s assessment, adding that the architects had met
with a number of Environmental Studies students as well as
members of the Biology Department. [Councilmember Lucier
asked if all this would be coming before the Planning
Commission.] It will. [Mayor Robertson asked about the
overall schedule.] Mr. Patton said the construction will
begin in earnest this summer, with the intention of
finishing by the summer of 2003. It is a complicated
project and there may be as many as 200 workers on the site
at any given time—all while classes are going on and
everyone has to be fed and have a place to park. [Mayor
Robertson noted that the feeding and parking issues could
have quite an impact on the Village, meaning that Denison
and Granville need to work carefully together to make sure
neither entity is inconvenienced any more than necessary.
Councilmember Moore asked if there would be a net gain of
parking places.] Mr. Patton said there would be a gain of
about 100 places if the garage is built for 350 cars. Even
if it’s built for 250 cars, there would be a net gain in
the critical area near the academic quad. [Manager Hickman
asked about Commencement.] Mr. Patton responded that it
will be moved to the Fine Arts Quad, adding that Denison
will need Village cooperation for a number of things,
including closing parts of College Street and Broadway on
that morning. Mr. Patton, responding to a question from Ms.
Consolo about how much of a tree barrier would be left,
stated that there would still be a “pretty good barrier,”
though the width of it varies along the line of the road.
Responding to Ms. O’Keefe, he stated that the new entrance
would take much of the pressure off of the Burg Street hill
because the natural exit routes from behind Slayter would
take almost everyone out to Pearl Street on the north side
or College Street on the south. Mr. Chonko, responding to
Councilmember Lucier, said that Denison will approach the
Planning Commission once they are at the construction-
drawings phase.

Mayor Robertson closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:20pm.

OLD BUSINESS
None.

NEW BUSINESS (8:20pm)
A. Economic Liaison Officer
Councilmember Crais expressed appreciation for
Councilmember Lucier’s memo recommending that the wage-and-
salary survey be addressed in the larger context of the
Village’s employee structure in general. He cautioned,
however, that one caveat is any delay that might result
since there are lots of empty storefronts. Council-member
Lucier noted that, if we feel we can let a little time go
by, Eloise DeZwarte is optimistic about arranging an
internship or consulting arrangement through Ohio State to
help us in this effort. This would be in lieu of an
economic liaison officer and, therefore, a relationship
with the Village rather than the GBPA—a stepping stone of
sorts, while we decide whether or not to create a paid
position. Manager Hickman saw no problem with hiring a
consultant on a contract basis until the OSU person became
available.

Vice Mayor Wernet felt we might be talking about two
different categories—an outside consultant at the
beginning, to get a sense of what would work best to
accomplish our goals, followed by a long-term employee,
perhaps with different training than the original person.
He sees the need for “someone with significant consulting
experience with business.” Councilmember Crais concurred,
saying it was not in our interests to hire someone whose
specialty is not business, even if they are from an
academic background. He reiterated the time pressure,
stating that Council needs to “move deliberately but as
quickly as we can.” Councilmember McGowan urged that this
person not work just for the Village but serve also as a
liaison with the GBPA. Councilmember Crais affirmed that
that was the precise intention of their proposal—to have a
person who could provide the missing “connective tissue”
between various groups and constituencies.

Mayor Robertson, noting that these discussions had started
between her and Councilmember Bellman three years ago, said
they were, and are, driven by a concern that downtown
maintain and improve its vitality so as to stay the center
of the community. Councilmember Crais felt there is not
sufficient policy to enable this. Councilmember Moore
echoed Councilmember Crais’ appreciation of the Lucier memo
and said she also agreed with the memo’s conclusions. She
stated she would like to hear more from Ms. DeZwarte about
what we can do in the interim. She urged Council to be more
proactive about what’s happening with our business
community. Since reacting sometimes gives us things we
don’t want, it is important how we select and who we select
to reach out goals. Mayor Robertson said she felt there was
general agreement to have the study and make interim plans
as quickly as possible. Councilmember Moore agreed that we
need a “prompt” solution but reiterated her desire to have
more details. Councilmember Bellman suggested that Council
take advantage of the expertise within the community in
this process. He also suggested that, since Council only
meets every two weeks (which sometimes slows down the
decision-making process), that it would be wise to delegate
authority to the Economic Development Committee to move
forward on this. Vice Mayor Wernet agreed, adding that we
should generally empower our committees more as a way to
get things done faster. Councilmember Crais clarified that
this is considered a transitional situation and will be
revisited at a later meeting. Manager Hickman will proceed
with an evaluation of staff configuration. Councilmember
Crais will convene the committee to pursue the consultancy
issue with Ms. DeZwarte as a bridge between the current
situation and some future arrangement.
B.    Resolution No. 01-14, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For 2001 Street
Painting, was introduced by Councilmember McGowan. Second
by Vice Mayor Wernet. No discussion. Motion carried.

C.    Resolution No. 01-15, A Resolution To Amend
Resolution No. 00-45 And To Modify The 2001 Wage And Salary
Schedule, was introduced by Councilmember Bellman. Second
by Councilmember Lucier. Discussion: Vice Mayor Wernet felt
this was a reasonable amount of money, given the top
quality of the minutes. Mayor Robertson moved to amend the
Resolution to be retroactive to the first of the year.
Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. Motion-to-amend carried.
Motion-as-Amended carried.
    
D.    Resolution No. 01-16, A Resolution Requesting The
School Board Of The Granville Exempted School District To
Hold A Properly Constituted Meeting To Discuss The Purchase
Of Property And The Location Of Schools, was withdrawn by
Councilmember Crais, who then read a prepared statement
into the Minutes.

    “When I began drafting the resolution I was
reminded of something James Madison wrote over two
centuries ago. “If men were angels,” Madison observed, “no
government would be necessary. If angels were to govern
men, neither external nor internal controls on government
would be necessary.” One of the wonderful and enduring
consequences of the work of Madison and others was the
system of checks and balances and the tradition that
legislative bodies have a duty not simply to make laws but,
importantly, an obligation to provide information to the
public and to call to the public’s attention the action and
conduct of our elected officials to whom we have entrusted
our faith, our monies, and our community’s future. This
tradition indeed has shaped our own Charter.
    “However, there seem to be precious few angels in
Granville of late. What I have seen instead is a politics
of hubris, a culture of intimidation and intolerance, and a
political body—the Board of Education, the chief
representatives of our educational system—that has, at
best, skirted with the law. This sets a bad example for our
community and a bad example for the students enrolled in
our public schools who are receiving a message that the
ends justify the means.
    “The board began the process of establishing
priorities with a system that paraded itself as democratic
but which was manufactured with an end already in mind. The
meeting to decide the site selection was an exercise in
pretense, a grand fait accompli where board members
listened but did not hear. The board’s request for water
and sewer began—and ended—with intimidation, from a
litigious demand for records to threats of ‘imminent
litigation’ to suggestions for recall of those who might
dare to disagree.
    “On February 6 the board held a special meeting
that included an executive session. No reasonable person
would have known about this meeting, of the board’s
decision to enter into executive session and, particularly,
their intention to decide to use our tax dollars for the
purchase of the Van Winkle property. Quite the opposite.
Indeed, a communication from Superintendent Kathleen D.
Lowery to Village Manager Joe Hickman on 8 February 2001—
that is, two days after the meeting—stated that the intent
of the meeting was to hold ‘a work session to discuss
private treatment systems.’ In addition, the school board
staff assured one interested citizen that the School Board
would not be making its decision to purchase property at
its special meeting of 6 February.
    “The State of Ohio’s Sunshine Law makes it clear
that public bodies such as the board must provide ‘a
reasonable method whereby any person could determine the
time, place and purpose’ of meetings. The Attorney General
of the State of Ohio has stated that ‘if a public body
wants to adjourn into executive session during a special
meeting, the topic of the executive session should directly
relate to some matter expressly included in the notice,’
and that ‘[t]he notice requirement for a special meeting is
that public bodies must establish by rule a reasonable
method that allows the public to determine the time and
place of a special meeting.’ Moreover, the law states
that, “A resolution, rule or formal action adopted in an
open meeting that results from deliberations in a meeting
not open to the public is invalid unless deliberations were
for a purpose specifically authorized.’
    “It is, I think, fair to say that many have seen
the process by which the board has made its decisions to be
reckless and, ultimately, to cloud the transparency that we
expect and deserve from our publicly elected officials who
bear an important fiduciary responsibility. Unfortunately,
I have been struck by a process that is systemically
flawed, by an attitude that subverts democratic principle,
and by a shutting-down of conversation on crucial issues.
Indeed, at its February 19 meeting the board initially
intended on yet again entering into executive session in a
manner that would have contravened the Sunshine Law.
Equally troubling, the board rushed to judgement at the
very moment when individuals of daring and creativity and
generosity have begun to offer exciting possibilities about
the future of our educational system that would be in
keeping with our Comprehensive Plan and that would renew
ever more strongly our commitment to educational excellence.
    “This exercise in expediency, which has
unnecessarily created so much strife in our community,
raises precisely the issues Madison spoke to at the
founding of our republic. He reminds us, or at least he
reminded me, of the importance of vigilance and our
obligation as a Council to provide even a soft check on
other public bodies.
    “Finally, I would ask this council and the school
board to join together in repudiating acts of cowardice
such as anonymous notes or letters or other obnoxious
conduct that seeks to intimidate or to harass those who
disagree.
    “Thank you for your patience.”
 
Councilmember McGowan stated he was glad that Councilmember
Crais had withdrawn the resolution since he felt it would
cause some conflict in the community. He then stated
that “whether we agree or disagree with the School Board
decision on the site and their decision to go with on-site
water and sewer,” he hoped the members of Council
could “put some of [their] differences behind and work on
improving [their] relationships with all other elected
officials, especially the Granville Township and School
Board members. As this community will be faced with
numerous serious issues in the future,” Council will need
to have open dialog among its own members as well as
with “other government entities.”

Vice Mayor Wernet felt Councilmember Crais’ point was well
taken, adding that the issue here is one of people of good
will coming together. He felt Councilmember McGowan’s
comments echoed the essence of Councilmember Crais’
statement, but cautioned that this is a two-way street.
Mayor Robertson asserted that the level of discourse from
Council has been “quite high” in the last several months.
Individual members of Council have made numerous attempts
to accomplish exactly what Councilmembers McGowan and Crais
and Vice Mayor Wernet are asking for. She concluded by
saying she hopes we can all move forward.

E.    Resolution No. 01-17, A Resolution To Award The Bid
For Public Warning System Installation, As Per
Specifications, To B&C Communications And To Authorize The
Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was
introduced by Council-member Lucier. Second by Vice Mayor
Wernet.

Discussion: Manager Hickman explained that the Fire
Department had decided to take down their siren—formerly
also used as a tornado siren. He has therefore tried to
determine a reasonable way to erect a system that would
alert all areas of the village. The proposal on the table
calls for a three-siren installation—one at the middle
school, a second near the water treatment plant, and a
third somewhere near Jones Road. While the Resolution was
mentioned at Rotary and appeared “briefly” in the paper,
eliciting a little bit of public comment, Manager Hickman
thought it might be better to wait two more weeks for
additional comment before voting.

Mayor Robertson asked if this plan would cover the whole
village area. Manager Hickman said the “throw pattern”
indicates that it would, and added that Denison should be
able to pick up the sirens’ sound from either the water
treatment plant or the middle school. If that proves not to
be the case, Denison could piggyback on the system and
install a smaller system on the hill. The Township could do
the same for outlying areas. There is a $250-or-so annual
maintenance fee, the system can be tested silently, and may
be activated either by Licking County Disaster Services or
the Village. Manager Hickman, responding to a question from
Councilmember Crais about the expense of the system and
whether any grant money might be available, explained that
the quoted price included purchase and installation, and
that there is grant money through the Licking County
Disaster Services but it carries a lot of restrictions.
Councilmember McGowan, after confirming that Manager
Hickman would prefer to wait another two weeks before
voting on this Resolution, asked what the turn-around time
on the order would be. Manager Hickman said there was an 8-
week delivery time, and assured Council that the existing
fire siren would stay in place and operable until the new
system is ready. Councilmember Moore moved to table the
Resolution until the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Second by Councilmember Lucier. Motion-to-table carried.

E.   Ordinance No. 03-01, An Ordinance To Amend Section
925.08(d) Of The Codified Ordinance Of Granville, Ohio, was
introduced by Councilmember Bellman.  Mayor Robertson set
the public hearing for March 7, 2001.
F.    Ordinance No. 04-01, An Ordinance To Revise The
Codified Ordinances By Adopting Current Replacement Pages,
was introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Mayor Robertson set
the public hearing for March 7, 2001.
    
G.    Ordinance No. 05-01, An Ordinance To Amend
Ordinance No. 25-00 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual
Budget For The Fiscal Year 2001 And Revising Sums For
Operating Expenses, was introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Mayor Robertson set the public hearing for March 7, 2001.
    
    H.   Ordinance No. 06-01, An Ordinance To Amend
Section 921.07 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville,
Ohio Establishing Sewer Regulations And Charges, was
introduce by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Robertson set the
public hearing for March 7, 2001.

MAYOR'S REPORT (9:00pm)
The Mayor's Court Report for the month of January was
presented for review. Vice Mayor Wernet moved to accept the
report; second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.
Mayor Robertson directed the report be filed with the
Clerk.  A copy of said report is attached as part of these
minutes.

MANAGER'S REPORT (9:00pm)
The Manager's Report for the month of January was presented
for review. Vice Mayor Wernet moved to accept the report;
second by Councilmember Moore.  Mayor Robertson directed
the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of said report
is attached as part of these minutes.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (9:00pm)
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of January 3, 2001. The
following additions/corrections were requested: 1)
Councilmember Moore, p. 3, add at the end of the first full
sentence – “…ramifications of extension of utilities
generally.” 2) Councilmember Bellman, page headers –
correct the date to January 3, 2001.” 3) Councilmember
Bellman, title page – indicate that the meeting was held at
Burke Hall. 4) Councilmember Bellman, p. 6 – divide the
page into paragraphs (see corrected copy for specific
division-points).          5) Councilmember Bellman asked
that a note of clarification be included in the minutes of
the current meeting to clarify a statement recorded in the
3 January 2001 minutes, p. 7, Council Discussion of Water &
Sewer Extension Request, second paragraph, second
sentence: “He emphasized that the Comprehensive Plan sets a
high priority on protecting agricultural land, specifically
highlighting preservation of open space and the rural
atmosphere as one of only five stated goals of the
Comprehensive Plan (see p. 5 of the Plan).” 6)
Councilmember Moore, p. 8, third paragraph, 14th line –
insert “…thought she cautioned Council not to heed the
model of Columbus….” Vice Mayor Wernet moved to accept the
Minutes as amended; second by Councilmember Moore. Motion
carried.  

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of February 7, 2001. The
following additions/corrections were requested: 1)
Councilmember Crais, p. 3, Council discussion of Resolution
01-13, second paragraph – “…that the Van Winkle placement
site might have.” 2) op cit. – “…a school or schools built
on the Van Winkle property, they will drive
suburbanization….”  3) op cit. – add, “In short, we’ll have
another crisis—in much shorter time than we now anticipate.
Councilmember Crais reported that he and Mayor Robertson
had attended a lecture the previous evening by James
Kuntsler, author of The Geography of Nowhere. When
Councilmember Crais described the School Board’s plan to
locate the schools at the Van Winkle site, Mr. Kuntzler
described the plan as a ‘recipe for
disaster.’”              4) Councilmember Moore, p. 12,
first sentence – “Councilmembers McGowan and Moore noted
that he they may not be able to attend….” Vice Mayor Wernet
moved to accept the Minutes as amended; Second by
Councilmember Moore. Motion carried.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS (9:10pm)
Development Committee (Councilmember Crais).  
As noted earlier in the meeting, Councilmember Crais will
schedule a meeting with Eloise DeZwarte as soon as
possible. Councilmember Moore will chair a meeting of the
committee to discuss Cherry Valley Road issues.

Finance Committee (Councilmember Moore).  
Councilmember Moore informed Council that the Annual
Financial Report for 2000 has been completed. Copies are
available on request.  

Newark-Granville Joint Committee (Mayor Robertson)
No Report.

Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan).  
No report.

Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).   
Councilmember Lucier reported the Commission had held a
second work session with the Methodist Church re their
expansion plan. Seth Dorman will be discussing some issues
with Law Director Crites, the answers to which need to be
available by their next meeting. The Historical Society
held a work session to discuss the possibility of making an
addition to the current Historical Society building, as
well as moving Sinnett House and attaching it to the back
of the renovated structure.

Rec Commission (Councilmember McGowan).   
No report.
 
Street Light Committee (Councilmember McGowan).   
No report.

Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities Committee (Vice Mayor
Wernet).
Councilmember Bellman offered some background on two of the
Ordinances set for public hearings on March 7th. Ordinance
03-01concerns water shut-offs for non-payment; Ordinance 06-
01 will result in a net savings of approximately $1/month
for sewer customers after an increase in operating rates
and a decrease in debt-service charges.

Councilmember Bellman reported that the Alexandria contract
renewal needs to be addressed. Manager Hickman added that
Streets & Sidewalks & Utilities had revised the agreement
18 months ago; Alexandria never responded, so the revisions
have never been finalized. Councilmember Bellman
expressed “grave concern” about Alexandria’s desire to
increase their maximum capacity, now set at 40,000
gallons/day, due to a new subdivision that was annexed into
the village. There was general concern expressed that
acceding to their request would be using Granville water to
encourage development elsewhere even as we discourage it in
our own area. Manager Hickman noted that their current
usage is approximately 32,000 gallons/day; the amount of
the requested increase in the daily-usage limit has not yet
been specified. Councilmember Lucier asked if our contract
with them had a provision about not adding users. Manager
Hickman responded that Law Director Crites had reviewed the
contract and determined there is nothing there to prohibit
adding customers within corporation limits—hence the
annexation. Councilmember Crais emphasized that this is
a “cautionary tale!” Council-member Bellman noted that the
committee had wanted to eliminate the $5,000 non-payment
bond and also had to decide on rates. The Streets &
Sidewalks & Utilities Committee will meet to discuss this
issue and bring their ideas to Council so it can be fully
discussed before anyone meets with Alexandria.
Councilmember Crais asked if the delay would complicate the
issue; Manager Hickman responded we would simply continue
with the same rate as in the original contract, on a month-
to-month extension.

Councilmember Bellman then addressed the issue of speed
tables at critical intersections to delineate pedestrian-
crossing areas and slow traffic, stating the committee
would like to install one table as a test, using the
College/Sunrise intersection. Councilmember Crais suggested
that “raised crosswalks” might be a more accurate term to
use. Councilmember Lucier said she thought Council had
agreed to start with the Elm/Main intersection. Manager
Hickman responded that, because that area has so much
traffic, a decision had been made to try the raised
crosswalk on a side street to make sure it accomplishes its
goal. Contributing to that decision was the fact that South
Main Street still needs the brick crosswalk and recessed
lighting for the bike path. He added that he will be in a
meeting next week to formalize grant money received from
the State for the bike-path rerouting.

Finally, Councilmember Bellman raised the issue of a
traffic study, to get an idea of volumes that might be
produced by the school wherever it goes. The committee is
not ready to bring the issue to Council since they are
still checking on the cost involved. Mayor Robertson stated
that some other entity—the School Board and/or the Township—
should help pay for it and said she would put the item on
the agenda for the joint meeting. Councilmember Bellman
suggested the Village front the money so as not to delay
the process. In any case, Council cannot act until a
proposal is brought forward from the committee. Manager
Hickman said he would have the required information by the
next regularly scheduled meeting.

Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore).
No report

Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).  
No report.

OTHER (9:38pm)
Councilmember Crais brought to Council’s attention a
conference to be held at Denison May 24-27, on “Farming,
People, Land, and Community.” He suggested it might well be
very interesting and helpful and that Council might benefit
from having someone attend. Manager Hickman said it was
reasonable for the Village to underwrite an attendee and
that he would take care of the reservation, payment, and
paperwork. Councilmember Crais also urged Council to
support the new farmland preservation group. Council-member
Moore suggested we invite a representative to come to a
Council meeting and talk about the group. Manager Hickman
will set it up.

Manager Hickman reminded Council about the Ohio Municipal
League Legislative Luncheon on March 14th and asked anyone
interested in attending to let him know.
 
Councilmember Crais noted that he is “increasingly
impressed” by the work Bev Adzic is doing in getting
messages out on the electronic distribution system and
asked Manager Hickman to convey his thanks to her.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
February 28, 2001 – Joint Village Council/Township Meeting
March 7, 2001 – Village Council Meeting

 

ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Bellman made a motion to adjourn the meeting
at 9:43pm. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Meeting
adjourned.

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