Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 2/7/01

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:33pm)

ROLL CALL (7:33pm)
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, Mayor Robertson, Manager Hickman, and Law Director
Crites.   

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (opened by Mayor Robertson at 7:34pm)
Selective Extension Issue
Ed Vance, 248 Thornwood Drive. Distributed copies of his
remarks to Council.

Mark Parris, 251 Bryn Du Drive. Distributed copies of his
remarks to Council.

Doug Wagner, 11 Brecon Circle. Mr. Wagner, who chairs the
Greenspace Committee, reported he had sent a letter
containing his personal perspectives to Council, School
Board members, and Township Trustees. He said the
Greenspace Committee has not yet taken a stand on this
issue.

Jackie O’Keefe, 4 Samson Place. Ms. O’Keefe stated she
was “frightened” that the School Board might put the school
up without any serious evaluation of water issues. If the
water supply then turned out to be bad or insufficient, the
School Board might then come back to the village for a
bailout.

Patti Brown, 55 Old Farm Road. Ms. Brown expressed her
strong support for the Van Winkle site and said she had
elected the School Board to make those decisions, not
Council. She believes the School Board has reevaluated the
water and found it adequate and feels that having on-site
utilities would solve a lot of problems.

Larry Sargent, 907 Newark-Granville Road. Mr. Sargent spoke
in favor of limited extension, with no requirement of
annexation. He pointed out that the School Board and
Council are both supported by tax dollars, then said he has
the sense that the Village is looking at the school system
as a developer. He asked that both entities make sure they
are selecting the most economic way spend our tax dollars.

Mayor Robertson closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:42pm.

NEW BUSINESS (7:42pm)
A. Resolution No. 01-09, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Extend The Lease Agreement With Denison
University For Maintaining A Pathway Link Between Chapin
Place And New Burg Street, was introduced by Councilmember
Bellman. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. [No discussion.] The
motion carried.

B. Resolution No. 01-10, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For A Grounds
Maintenance Contractor, was introduced by Vice Mayor
Wernet. Second by Councilmember Bellman. [Discussion:
Manager Hickman, at the request of Councilmember Moore,
clarified that this request was to hire contract labor, in
lieu of an additional employee, to cover requested
maintenance items.] The motion carried.

C. Resolution No. 01-11, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For Towing and
Impounding, was introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by
Councilmember Bellman. [No discussion.] The motion carried.

D. Resolution No. 01-12, A Resolution To Allow For The
Donation Of Surplus Office Equipment To The Licking County
Joint Vocational School, was introduced by Councilmember
Lucier. Second by Councilmember McGowan. [Discussion:
Manager Hickman, at the request of Councilmember Bellman,
clarified that the equipment in question was old 386 and
486 computers, non-working notebook computers and the like.
He would like to donate them to the JVS instead of throwing
them away because the students can work on them.]
Councilmember Bellman moved to amend Section 2 by adding a
sentence: “To the extent that any such equipment has
something more than negligible value, Manager Hickman will
institute a silent-bid process on such equipment.” Second
by Councilmember Lucier. A voice vote on the motion-to-
amend yielded five (5) ayes, two (2) nays. The motion-to-
amend carried. The motion, as amended, carried.

NOTE: Mayor Robertson recused herself from discussion and
vote on the next two resolutions and yielded the chair to
Vice Mayor Wernet.

E. Resolution No. 01-13, A Resolution To Waive Zoning Fees
For The Granville Exempted School District For The Reese
Property Site, was introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet on
behalf of himself and Councilmember Lucier. Second by
Councilmember Crais. Vice Mayor Wernet then moved to amend
the resolution as follows: 1) change the title as
follows: “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
TO WAIVE ZONING PERMIT FEES FOR THE GRANVILLE EXEMPTED
VILLAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE REESE PROPERTY SITE”; 2)
change the first “Whereas”  as follows: “WHEREAS, a group
of people from both the Village and Township have suggested
a plan to meeting the Granville Exempted Village School
District’s (School District) needs….”; 3) change the
2nd “Whereas” as follows: “WHEREAS, the suggested plan can
accommodates purchase of….”; 4) change the 5th “Whereas” as
follows: “WHEREAS, the Village of Granville believes
meeting the educational needs of the overall community is a
very important goal for all local governmental units, its
citizens is one of several important goals it needs to
consider, and….”; 5) change Section 1 as follows: “The
Village of Granville will authorizes the Village Manager to
waive the approximately estimated $40,000 in zoning permit
fees as itemized by the school district administration
associated with the Reese property, as such time as the
Reese property is purchased by the School District and
utilized for public school purposes.”; 6) change Section 2
as follows: “The Village of Granville will help assist the
School District with the acquisition….” . Second by
Councilmember Crais.

Discussion:
Vice Mayor Wernet stated that this resolution was based on
Doug Wagner’s ideas about a win-win plan.

Councilmember Crais said he hoped the current discussion
would also reflect developments re the Van Winkle site that
had taken place at Council’s last meeting. He felt this
resolution spoke to citizens’ concerns and offered a real
possibility of addressing those concerns along with the
educational goals of the School Board and of the community
as a whole. Councilmember Crais responded directly to Mr.
Sargent to clarify that Council was not seeing the School
Board as a developer but was rather concerned with the
possible development impact that the Van Winkle site might
have. He stated that studies show elementary schools tend
to drive suburbanization, adding that members of council
are expected to think about development issues in the
context of the Comprehensive Plan. He stated he fears that
a school or schools built on the Van Winkle property will
drive suburbanization in that quadrant as well as have a
secondary impact of accelerated growth that will put
additional pressure on the schools. 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
Kuntzler, author of The Geography of Nowhere. When Council-
member 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.” Councilmember Crais is
also concerned that the way things have now unfolded will
seriously jeopardize the passage of future levies and
stated that this resolution offers a very constructive way
of addressing simultaneously Council’s and the community’s
concern with development. At the same time, he expressed
hope that the School Board would reconsider its most recent
decision to have on-site utilities.

Councilmember McGowan reported that he also had had an
ordinance prepared to address concerns about the Van Winkle
site, but had withdrawn it at the request of the School
Board.

Councilmember Moore asked Vice Mayor Wernet if any part of
this resolution had been discussed with the School Board or
any member(s) of the School Board to determine if they are
interested in pursuing this. Vice Mayor Wernet stated he
had talked School Board President Mollica and Board Member
Straker about the concept. Mr. Wagner stated he had met
with the School Board yesterday and reported they are very
committed to the Van Winkle property.

Councilmember McGowan questioned the last “Whereas…”
referring to “three main governmental units working
together….” He stated he had met with Superintendent Lowery
and School Board President Mollica earlier in the day and
had asked them if the School Board had any desire to look
at the Reese property; they said no. He also had called
Township Trustee Jim Havens about spending the greenspace
money. Trustee Havens stated the Township Trustees had not
been approached by the “School Board or anyone else” about
that property but would be willing to cooperate on any
request. He added they “completely trust the School Board
in picking the Van Winkle property” and “have no desire” to
look at the Reese property.

Councilmember Lucier stated she didn’t see this as a
resolution that would influence a decision but rather saw
it as representing a possible fallback option if the School
Board were to run into trouble. She expressed support for
looking at another site, stating that  Council was asked to
make a “very narrow decision on a single site” and that
this was their first opportunity to put forth any options.
She added that Council can’t speak for the Township
Trustees re the greenspace money. She referred to Jim
Jump’s comments on “institution building” and said the
Village still has opportunities to do that on the Reese
property—the last suitable big site in the Village and a
site that needs to be used a wisely as possible. She stated
she would support “something like Kendal” on that site.
(Vice Mayor Wernet said he would do so as well.)

Councilmember Bellman clarified that the School Board is
not the only elected body involved in this. Council is,
too, and has an obligation to consider the possible impacts
of any site on traffic, water resources, and greenspace
preservation. The responsibilities of Council and the
School Board overlap in that both are responsible but not
to the exclusion of the other body. He felt the resolution
showed that Council steadfastly supports the schools but
differs from the School Board on what is best.

Councilmember Crais agreed with Councilmember Lucier’s
remarks about the resolution and added that, even if no one
on the School Board supports this resolution at this
moment, that shouldn’t stop Council from approving it. It
is reasonable to assume not everyone is happy with the
decision re Burg Street and citizens will continue to
pursue avenues to bring the School Board’s conduct into
line (e.g., their meeting of yesterday may have been
illegal and their decision itself may be subject to
referendum). Council should therefore be prepared to offer
a solution that addresses development and educational
issues and works toward building consensus and avoiding
conflict.
 
Councilmember McGowan expressed concern about certain words
being used repeatedly, e.g. “conduct” –Council should
not “throw stones” at the School Board; and “blindly
accepting”—the Township Trustees did not know that this
resolution would be introduced. He suggested Council table
the resolution until public input could be obtained and
asked how anything could be “win-win” if neither the
Township Trustees nor the School Board knew about it in
advance.

Vice Mayor Wernet reiterated that he had spoken with “a
couple of School Board members.” [Councilmember McGowan
reiterated that School Board President Mollica was not in
favor of this.] Vice Mayor Wernet stated that the School
Board should not have to spend their dollars to provide
green space; that is the responsibility of the Township
and/or the Village. He felt this resolution would allow
Council to give the School Board the flexibility to
purchase the Reese property without having to pay for
greenspace. He stated that the Township Trustees were at
least aware of Mr. Wagner’s letter—the basis for the
resolution. He also said he had talked with a group of
parents who suggested  getting together to have a
facilitated negotiation. School Board President Mollica
said the Board would be willing to do so, but only about
the Burg Street site. [Councilmember McGowan reiterated his
belief that they are not in favor of this.]

Councilmember Moore asked Law Director Crites whether the
amendments to this resolution, proposed earlier, were his
or Vice Mayor Wernet’s suggestions. Law Director Crites
said he has proposed the change in caption and changes to
the first “Whereas;” the rest of the changes were proposed
by Vice Mayor Wernet. Councilmember Moore asked if
approving a waiver of zoning-permit fees would set a
precedent for other similar requests. Law Director Crites
said it might do so but, because of certain language
included, would not establish a “controlling” precedent.
[Councilmember Lucier noted that the Township Trustees had
indicated their willingness to waive zoning fees for
construction in the Township.] Councilmember Moore stated
she felt this resolution was premature, in that the School
Board had made a decision and wanted to move on,
putting “conflict and rancor” behind them. By putting
something else on the table, Council would be creating and
encouraging conflict to continue—something she was not sure
was best for the community at this time. She added that she
had problems with some of the other language in the
resolution as well, and felt it would only be appropriate
to consider it if the School Board brought it up.
 
Councilmember Lucier stated that, while she didn’t object
to a vote on the proposed resolution and felt that the
current discussion, as reported in the Minutes, would
signal Council’s willingness to be flexible, she agreed
about not prolonging rancor. Both the School Board and
Council have other business to address.

Councilmember Crais pointed out that the greenspace money,
even though it is a Township fund, is also comprised of
Village taxpayer money.

Councilmember Bellman spoke briefly about traffic concerns
and the comparative advantages and disadvantages of
residential versus non-residential uses of land, stating
his belief that the best use for the Reese property was
something non-residential.

Vice Mayor Wernet stated he doesn’t feel this resolution
would prolong conflict but would rather give an option. He
added that the concept had been introduced “over a period
of time by different people in different conversations.” He
emphasized that Doug Wagner didn’t want to prolong
conflict; he wanted the best solution.
 
Councilmember Crais seconded that, saying that what would
prolong conflict would be to not pass this resolution and
thereby let wounds fester. He felt the resolution provided
a real possibility to move forward and would do much more
than simply record Council’s conversation in the Minutes.

Councilmember Moore reiterated her position that Council
has had its debate and the entity that had to make the
decision has made it. They are ready to put it behind them
and Council should let them do so.

Councilmember Crais strongly disagreed, stating that
the “tragedy” of how things unfolded was that Council had
never been able to have an open discussion—having been
given a demand, followed by a series of threats that made
open discussion quite impossible. He urged that Council
should pride itself on making sure that meeting
announcements are well publicized and that there is no hint
of secrecy of operation. He felt the resolution
was “enabling,” without committing anyone to extraordinary
action. It offered an olive branch to the School Board in a
radically different way than an ordinance would.

Councilmember McGowan reiterated his strong suggestion that
Council wait two weeks to allow time for citizen input on
this issue before voting. Seeing no support for that
suggestion, he requested a roll-call vote on the Vice Mayor
Wernet’s motion-to-amend.  The Roll Call vote yielded five
(5) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais,
Lucier, and McGowan; Vice Mayor Wernet) and one (1)
negative vote (Councilmember McGowan). The motion-to-amend
carried.

Councilmember Moore moved to amend the resolution by
deleting the 6th and 7th “Whereases.”  Second by
Councilmember Bellman. A Roll Call vote yielded two (2)
affirmative votes (Councilmembers McGowan and Moore) and
four (4) negative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, and
Lucier; Vice Mayor Wernet). The motion-to-amend was
defeated.

Councilmember Moore moved to table Resolution 01-13. Second
by Councilmember McGowan. [Discussion: Councilmember Moore
stated that her desire to allow citizens an opportunity to
discuss this outweighed any concerns about prolonging
conflict.] A Roll Call vote on the motion-to-amend yielded
three (3) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Lucier,
McGowan, and Moore) and three (3) negative votes
(Councilmembers Bellman and Crais; Vice Mayor Wernet). The
motion-to-table failed to yield a majority vote.

Councilmember McGowan called the question. A Roll Call vote
on Resolution 01-13, as amended, yielded four (4)
affirmative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, and
Lucier; Vice Mayor Wernet) and two (2) negative votes
(Councilmembers McGowan and Moore). The motion carries.
Resolution No. 01-13 is adopted.

F. Ordinance No. 02-01, An Ordinance Authorizing The
Village Of Granville To Extend Water And Sewer Services To
The Granville Exempted Village School District’s New School
Site And Authorizing The Village To Sell Its Surplus
Utilities, was not introduced.

Vice Mayor Wernet yielded the chair back to Mayor Robertson.


OLD BUSINESS
None.

MAYOR'S REPORT (8:50pm)
The Mayor's Court Report for the month of December was
presented for review.                  Vice Mayor Wernet
made a motion to accept the report; second by
Councilmember   Crais. 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 (8:50pm)
The Manager's Report for the month of December was
presented for review. Vice Mayor Wernet made a motion to
accept the report; second by Councilmember Crais.  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 (8:51pm)    
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of January 3, 2001. These
minutes were not reviewed on January 17 due to time
constraints and not reviewed at this meeting due to not
enough members having brought their copies. The review will
be held at the next meeting.

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of January 17, 2001. The
following amendments were requested: 1) Councilmember
Lucier, p. 15, last paragraph – revise second sentence to
read: “Mr. Crites said it is not, because the authorization
by ordinance to sell water qualifies as a revenue-raising
ordinance; therefore the ordinance is non-referendable.” 2)
Law Director Crites, p. 1, second paragraph – add wording
as follows: “Council-member Crais made a motion to enter
into Executive Session to discuss with legal counsel
imminent court action….” 3) Councilmember Moore, p. 3,
third line – change “Superintendent Lowery” to “School
Board President Mollica.” 4) Council-member Moore, p. 10,
third paragraph under OLD BUSINESS – revise the end of the
first sentence to read: “…others could not force additional
tap-ins.” 5) Councilmember Moore, p. 11, 6th line –
insert “]” at the end of the sentence to close the remarks
by Mr. Stype. 6) Councilmember Moore, p. 14, 4th line of
3rd full paragraph – change “Mr. Public Opinion” to “Mr.
Public Law” and change “would dare challenge…” to “would
dare change….”  7) Councilmember Moore, p. 17, Item ”B” –
delete the references to Councilmember McGowan having
recused himself; he did not. 8) Councilmember Crais, p. 13,
last sentence of the beginning paragraph – change wording
to: “Mr. Smith said, “I don’t want to go there.” 9)
Councilmember Bellman, p. 11, last sentence of 3rd
paragraph – change wording to read: “Mr. Bellman asked if
the School Board initiated litigation, could the School
Board could force the Village to extend utilities.”
10) Councilmember Bellman, p. 14, beginning of the 2nd
paragraph – combine the first two sentences as
follows: “Councilmember Bellman stated he saw some of the
recent discussions re litigation as being relevant in a
prospective way. He believes the Village needs….” 11) Vice
Mayor Wernet, p. 2, under Opening Statement – change
wording as follows on the 3rd line: “He then had a further
meeting which also included Mayor Robertson…” and beginning
with the 8th line: “…Wernet, at School Board President
Mollica’s request, followed up with that property owner….
Vice Mayor Wernet reported to School Board President
Mollica on Friday that he believed there were potential
lines of agreement available. Vice Mayor Wernet and Mr.
Mollica conversed again on Friday with Mr. Mollica School
Board President Mollica then reported on an executive
session….  He then detailed a number of things that had
happened since the School Board announced their site
selection to provide….”  12) Vice Mayor Wernet, p. 3, line
26 – insert the following: “Vice Mayor Wernet stated he did
not feel that Rodger Kessler would be interested in being
involved in such a project. Mr. Smith then asked Jim King
if he would organize a group to call for a recall of all
Council members who voted “no” on the ordinance. Mr. King
said, “No.” 13) Vice Mayor Wernet, p. 4, 2nd paragraph –
add the following: “Vice Mayor Wernet reiterated his belief
that Mr. Kessler would not be involved in such an effort.”
14) Vice Mayor Wernet, p. 9, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence –
change “were” to “would.” 15) Vice Mayor Wernet, p. 12. 3rd
paragraph, 2nd sentence – change wording as follows: Mr.
Smith indicated that he felt better about the chances given
the properties Vice Mayor Wernet pointed out on the map.”
Councilmember Moore made a motion to accept the Minutes as
amended; second by Councilmember McGowan. The motion
carried.


COMMITTEE REPORTS (9:26pm)
Development Committee (Councilmember Crais).  
Councilmember Crais reported that, over many months, the
Committee has implemented a number of initiatives to help
support the business community in the Village (e.g., the
revised web site and the new brochure for prospective
business owners). They are now in the process of discussing
the possibility of putting together an economic council.
Councilmember Crais and Mayor Robertson are bringing to
Council a proposal for a part-time Economic Liaison Officer—
a person who would work to attract appropriate businesses
to the community, especially since a number of business
have closed and there is currently a fair amount of vacant
commercial space. They propose to take advantage of the
depth of talent in the community, perhaps by hiring someone
retired who has professional or academic expertise. Manager
Hickman will craft the job advertisement, though Mayor
Robertson suggested that Council take a few weeks to think
about it. Councilmember Crais asked that the proposal be
entered formally into Council’s process as an agenda item
for the next meeting. He said suggestions for revisions
were welcome and urged that Council, having had numerous
discussions about the “economic fragility of the Village,”
take steps to act. Mayor Robertson seconded that idea,
adding that the Village is in a time of great transition,
as a number of shopkeepers will be retiring and a new GBPA
director will be taking over. She also suggested Council
should be in conversation with Denison to ensure that we
try as much as possible to meet the needs of students who
are interested in being able to be part of this community
(i.e., having places of business to frequent). In short,
this is a transitional chance we ought not to ignore.
Councilmember Crais reminded other Council members of the
initiatives taken by Council to place Reader’s Garden where
it is—a small example of what Council could be doing to
help out and enrich the Village. [Councilmember Lucier
asked Eloise DeZwarte to comment. Ms. DeZwarte emphasized
that the position of GBPA director is highly specialized
and felt the current part-time position (25 hours per week)
may not be the best set-up. She volunteered to be involved
in the search process, hoping to ensure that we retain
a “real professional.”] Councilmember Bellman pointed out
that we are blest with a lot of people in the community who
have run sophisticated businesses and would be able to
approach individual business owners with confidence.

Finance Committee (Councilmember Moore).  
Councilmember Moore had no report, other than to gratefully
acknowledge Molly Roberts’ “very helpful” memo detailing
property-tax information from the Township. Mayor Robertson
noted that a substantial portion of Township receipts come
from the Village—especially in the instance of greenspace
monies, where the Village contributes more than the
Township.
 


Newark-Granville Joint Committee (Mayor Robertson)
Councilmember Bellman expressed regret that Craig Baldwin
is thinking of not running again since he has been an
important person in building the relationship between
Granville and Newark.

Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan).  
No report.

Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).   
Councilmember Lucier reported that the Commission had
received an application for signs from the Village—which
they unanimously turned down. Manager Hickman responded
that the Village had known it would be difficult to “hit
it” on the first shot but needed to get the process under
way. The issue now rests with the Planning Commission as to
how to help the Village to proceed.

Rec Commission (Councilmember McGowan).   
Councilmember McGowan reported that the Spring brochures
will be out soon. There is a busy year coming.

Street Light Committee (Councilmember McGowan).   
Councilmember McGowan reported the placement of new lights
has been identified; they will hopefully be installed by
July 4th.

Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities Committee (Vice Mayor
Wernet).
No report. Mayor Robertson asked about the status of the
truck scales. Manager Hickman said the scale itself is set
and we are waiting for the weather to break before the
balance of the concrete can be poured.

Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore).
Councilmember Moore reported that Mr. Leary had resigned.
Manager Hickman added that his reasons were many and
varied, going back to a number of things that happened last
year (e.g., the fact that the Committee doesn’t have much
authority, that we have a new planner, confusion over the
Broadway Boulevards, and the like). He will speak with Mr.
Leary, including the Mayor in the meeting. Manager Hickman
observed that the length of Mr. Leary’s letter of
resignation is a clear indication that he’s trying to tell
us something and we need to understand what that is.

Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).  
No report.

OTHER (9:48pm)
Sensibilities’ Sublease
[Councilmember Crais recused himself from the discussion
because of membership at St. Luke’s, one of the interested
parties.]

Manager Hickman reported that Mr. Vance had approached the
village to indicate that St. Luke’s would be interested in
subleasing Sensibilities’ space. Law Director Crites
confirmed that they are allowed to do so, adding that
Council has the ability to decide if this would be
an “appropriate” use. Councilmember McGowan asked, since
Mr. Vance leases from the Village, if any taxes were being
paid on the building. Manager Hickman said they were not;
the receipts consisted solely of monthly rent.
Councilmember Lucier asked if Sensibilities, now in their
second 5-year renewal but not occupying the space, was
eligible for another 5-year lease when this one expires.
She also asked if a sub-lessor could expect to be able to
renew the lease for another five years. Law Director Crites
responded that Council needs to instruct Manager Hickman as
to their intent; he will then verify the legalities. For
the moment, his reading of the issue is that unless Council
wants to agree to automatic-renewal language, certain
things would happen in 2004, at the end of the current
lease period. Councilmember Lucier suggested, in view of
impending loss of Sinnett House as a “Senior” activity
venue, that the Sensibilities space might be suitable
(i.e., tying it up until 2009 might be counterproductive).
Law Director  Crites noted that Council could instruct
Manager Hickman that any sublease would only continue until
2004. Councilmember Bellman supported putting somebody into
the space, leaving for another day the issue of long-term
outcomes. He added that he prefers to see retail operations
in the downtown space. Vice Mayor Wernet cautioned that
there aren’t many retail entities that require that big a
space. Manager Hickman, emphasizing that any tenant must
fall within a permitted use as well, noted that the St.
Luke’s proposal is marginal as a permitted use and “not
even close” as a conditional use. He then proposed that it
might qualify as “Village Square” and said he would have an
answer by the next meeting. Law Director Crites reiterated
the fact that Council must give written consent, setting
out sublease limitations (including options for renewals).
He then asked if Council would rather simply pursue a lease
with the church. Councilmember Bellman responded that
Sensibilities’ owners had rehabbed the building and needed
to recover their investment. Mayor Robertson restated the
two questions on the table: 1) Would any renewal go past
2004? and 2) Is the building in the Village Square? Manager
Hickman told Council that, per Law Director Crites, they
would have to pass an ordinance to accomplish the sublease,
then added that he is looking for an answer to give Mr.
Vance by April 1st.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
February 12, 2001 – Charter Review Commission Meeting
February 21, 2001 – Village Council Meeting
February 28, 2001 – Joint Village Council/Township Meeting
Councilmembers McGowan and Moore noted that they may not be
able to attend the Joint Meeting. Mayor Robertson reported
that the draft agenda for the Joint Meeting has yet to be
returned by Trustee Havens and asked Managerd Hickman to
call Trustee Havens so the final agenda can be agreed to.

Councilmember Moore announced that the Greenspace Levy
Committee would be having a public forum on February 15th
at 7:30pm at the Middle School to obtain community input on
their ideas for how to spend the proceeds of the second
greenspace levy.

ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Crais made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
10:03pm. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. Meeting adjourned.
            

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