Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 3/21/01

 1. CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Wernet at 7:30 pm)

2. ROLL CALL (7:30pm)
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, and Manager Hickman. In the absence of Law Director
Crites, Attorney Jim Gorry was present to serve as
Counsel.  Councilmember Lucier moved to excuse Mayor
Robertson, who had been taken ill. Second by Councilmember
Crais. Motion carried.

3. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (opened by Vice Mayor Wernet at
7:31pm)
All Topics
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Opera House Park & Sinnett House
Manager Hickman projected slides of Sinnett House and the
properties in question to facilitate the subsequent
discussion.

Dick Daly, President of the Granville Historical Society.
Mr. Daly reiterated the Historical Society’s intent to use
the house to “enhance the Society’s facilities” providing
no other appropriate use is proposed. Mr. Daly clarified
that the Historical Society is not proposing that the house
be moved to Opera House Park, as reported in the media.
They simply want to know if that might be a possibility in
the opinion of Council so they could plan accordingly.

Bob Hill, 209 West Broadway, also representing the
Historical Society. Mr. Hill clarified that it was not the
Historical Society’s intent to dislocate the Granville
Fellowship or create a bidding war for Sinnett House. He
then set up a model of the original museum building, the
later “T” addition (creating an elongated “T” footprint),
and the two-story Sinnett House as it would be sited in the
rear courtyard of the museum. The proposed configuration
would retain Sinnett House’s identity as it exists, using
an atrium-like connector to create a unified feel while
preserving the individual integrity of the buildings. Mr.
Hill noted that adding Sinnett House to the museum would
allow the museum to expand its archival space, display
space, and storage space. He also showed an option of
making all but the original museum building two-story.

Betty Allen, 1683 Columbus Road. Mrs. Allen presented a
statement in support of moving Sinnett House to the south
end of Opera House Park, close to the former Village office
building. She suggested that in the short term the house
could still be used by the Granville Fellowship and also
perhaps serve as an information center for sidewalk
activities and/or the home to a Chamber of Commerce center
run by the GPBA. In the long run, Mrs. Allen suggested that
the Fellowship might have space at Kendal, might work with
the Rec Commission to build a community center, or might
find a lot and build a new home.

Council Questions:
Councilmembers’ questions to Mrs. Allen, Mr. Daly, and Mr.
Hill determined that the Fellowship uses the house Monday-
Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, with no evening or weekend use.
It is primarily used for small groups (card players,
discussion groups, and the like) and is not suitable for
large gatherings. The second floor has an office and arts-
and-crafts storage, and is not handicapped accessible. The
house has 826 sq.ft. on the 1st floor. Councilmember Lucier
indicated the Village currently pays the Library $6,000 per
year to rent the house so the Fellowship can use it. Mrs.
Allen said the Fellowship has not found any other suitable
facility, regardless of cost. Responding to Councilmember
Bellman’s suggestion of using church space, she said that
church buildings are heavily used weekdays. Having to share
space with no ability to lock up their things means they
are not a viable alternative.

The Historical Society museum is open Saturdays and Sundays
in the summer, 1:00-4:00pm. It currently has virtually no
room to change displays and anticipates that there would be
no excess space (i.e., space for the Fellowship to meet) if
Sinnett House were added to their lot. They also anticipate
a significant period of construction time during which the
house would be unavailable.

Council’s straw vote of two weeks ago showed that a
majority of the members were not in favor of moving the
house to the Opera House Park. They are, however, in favor
of exploring other locations and suggested that someone
from Council work with the Fellowship on locating temporary
space, which Council would pay for. All agreed that the
Fellowship should remain in the village.

Council’s consensus was 1) for Manager Hickman to work with
Mrs. Allen on finding a short-to-intermediate-term home,
and 2) for the Historical Society to proceed with plans to
relocate Sinnett House to their site.
 
Kathy Kearn, president of the Library Board. Ms. Kearn
reported that the Pyle house would be razed by the end of
May, 2001. The design process for the addition will take at
least until February 2002. The Library Board, therefore,
won’t need to know until then if the Historical Society can
or cannot do the project—meaning that unless the Historical
Society gets its funding in place to make the move at an
earlier date, the Fellowship will have a home for at least
another year.

Vice Mayor Wernet closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:15 pm.
4. LCATS (8:18pm)
Roger Davis, LCATS Transportation Study Director; Matthew
Hill, LCATS staff. Mr. Davis stated that he and Mr. Hill
wanted Council’s input as part of a required triennial
update of the long-range transportation plan for Licking
County. Mr. Hill presented diagrams of a “multi-modal” plan
(i.e., not confined to highways only), noting that the
rankings of various projects would probably change
drastically with new plan. Members of Council were asked to
complete a survey enclosed in the booklet provided by Mr.
Davis and Mr. Hill, and return it to LCATS; the results of
the surveys will end up as appendices to completed plan.

Mr. Hill reviewed pending short-term and long-term projects
(e.g., S.R. 79 widening, Cherry Valley Road widening and
stoplight, S.R. 161 widening; and connectors for Thornwood,
Cherry Valley Road, and River Road). He reported that, 25
years out, ODOT projects an interstate-type connector from
I-77 to I-270 running somewhere through this area. As for
the ever-discussed “Granville Bypass,” LCATS will fund a
study to look at a possible connector road between S.R. 16
and S.R. 13. The transportation plan must be completed
first, but Davis anticipates being able to address this
issue by May 2001 or so. Estimates of construction costs
will depend on more precise information as to exact route
and environmental considerations (the base price being
$1million/lane-mile). Mr. Davis reassured Council that
LCATS had considered Newark-Heath-Granville in their
deliberations, even though Newark-Heath is the official
entity. Mr. Hill urged everyone to get on the ODOT mailing
list, either by subscribing directly (mhill@lcounty.com or
rdavis@lcounty.com) or by giving a name and address to
either one of them.
 
Discussion:
Councilmember Moore asked how ODOT assigned rankings and
whether Granville could up the realignment of S.R. 661, now
8th on the list, if we provided a portion of the funding.
Vice Mayor Wernet suggested we consider combining funding
from multiple resources to accomplish this goal. Mr. Hill
clarified that ranking is a federal technicality, not an
order of priority, and suggested that if Granville were
willing to “kick in 100% of federal funds,” we could have
it done right away—even hiring our own contractor as long
as it met ODOT specifications. Councilmember Moore
suggested changing the description of the project
from “bypass around Granville” to “alternate route from 661
to 13.”

Mr. Davis thanked Manager Hickman and Council for the
opportunity to present the plan and stated that LCATS hopes
to put together a transportation plan that accurately
reflects the county’s needs. Councilmember Bellman returned
the favor, expressing his appreciation for the significant
work done by LCATS in bringing the communities together to
understand their interdependence on these transportation
issues.

Vice Mayor Wernet brought the following item forward in the
Agenda as a courtesy to Mr. Clear.

OLD BUSINESS (8:51pm)
C. Traffic Study.
Doyle Clear, Parsons Transportation Group. Mr. Clear, whose
company has been asked to investigate the placement of
schools on Burg Street, walked Council  through the
numbers:
–    The current school population is at-or-near
capacity with a total of 1850 students.
–    The projected population in 2008 is 2650 students
(800 more overall).
–    The projection influx of new students from new
construction is .65 students/new house.
–    Total cars entering and exiting all three schools
last week: high school - .37 cars /student plus 90 two-way
drop-off trips; middle school - .28 cars/student with 130
two-way drop-off trips, elementary school - .07
cars/student with 55 two way drop-offs trips. All schools
had a higher concentration of traffic in the morning than
in the  afternoon.

Mr. Clear projected that the existing schools, assuming no
additions were built, would be so squeezed by 2008 that the
elementary school would hold only grades K-3; the middle
school, grades 8-9; the high school, grades 10-12—meaning
that the new intermediate school would have to hold grades
4, 5, 6, and 7. (Several members of Council pointed out
that these divisions do not reflect Granville’s actual
arrangements. Mr. Clear reported that he still needed
information about projections from the superintendent to
verify his assumptions. Councilmember Moore expressed deep
concern about this, i.e., “If our assumptions are wrong,
the study is wrong.” ) Mr. Clear continued, saying that his
assessment of the resultant traffic generation showed the
three existing buildings to have the same or slightly less
traffic than they have now, with the new site adding 141
new two-way trips.

Mr. Clear then projected a total number of potential new
homes in all quadrants of the Township (on agricultural and
neighborhood residential lands only) as 3520. Using the
figure of .65 students/new house, he concluded that a build-
out of 3500 new homes could yield around 2300 new students
in the school district—about three times what’s in the
DeJong study.

He then projected percentages of new construction for the
four quadrants of the Township (20% of new households in
the northwest quadrant, 5% in southwest quadrant, 40% in
the northeast quadrant, and 35% in southeast quadrant). His
conclusion was that 75% of new households may well be in
the eastern half of township, with the proposed new school
complex on the northwestern side. Mr. Clear added that he
has also has yet to receive current living patterns from
the superintendent’s office (though Manager Hickman does
have the bus routes). We should also remember that houses
themselves, not just the schools, generate traffic.
 
Mr. Clear reported on counted volumes at stated
intersections (done in 15-minute increments, with the peak
15 minutes identified). Intersections are graded A-F,
with “A” being the best, “C” average, “E” at capacity,
and “F” failing.” “D,” “E,” and “F” systems are already
stressed. Both Pearl at New Burg and Pearl at College are
graded “C” normal times of the day, “F” at peak times (when
you would have to wait more than 60 seconds to enter the
intersection). Virtually all the school traffic—and new
school traffic—goes through those two intersections.

Mr. Clear noted that there are very few east-west roads in
this area of the Township and suggested that new roads
would be needed to handle the traffic if the schools were
to be built where planned. He suggested four possibilities:
1) starting on Burg Street north of the school site and
running east to 661, then on across to the intersection of
Sharon Valley and Welsh Hills Roads; 2) connecting Loudon
to Burg, then running on east to 661 at its intersection
with Cambria Mill Road; 3) connecting Loudon to Burg across
from New Burg; and 4) connecting Loudon to 161. He
cautioned that all of these new roads should be classified
at connectors, not open to subdivision development.
 
Mr. Clear, reiterating that all this information is
preliminary, asked Council if he should pursue the issue
any further.

Discussion:
Councilmember Moore clarified with Mr. Clear that his
numbers on new students/house and projected new homes
represented a worst-case scenario that assumed an 80% build-
out of the entire Township. Vice Mayor Wernet noted that,
sooner or later, that would be the case and the east-west
roads would be needed to help create a roadway pattern
around the Village in lieu of widening Pearl Street.
Councilmember Moore asked if, even assuming no new schools,
it would still be helpful to add some new east-west roads
to get residents to and from work, especially those who
live in the northeast quadrant and need to get to 161. Mr.
Clear said it would. Councilmember Lucier suggested it
would be helpful to know how many Village and Township
residents commute to Franklin County. Manager Hickman said
he would review the Village tax records for income tax
being withheld in Franklin County.

Councilmember Bellman noted that the Village had no control
over the east-west roads being discussed and asked Mr.
Clear suggested that we get the County Engineer involved,
then adopt a Township Transportation Plan that includes
those roads so it can go into the County plan and be
adopted by LCATS as part of the long-range plan. Since the
Village can’t control its own destiny, it has to partner
with the Township and the school district, as well as with
Newark and Heath. Mr. Clear also proposed that we may need
to reconsider our preference for one central school of each
level. Councilmember McGowan felt the School Board and
community members had to discuss school issues; it was not
up to Council or Mr. Clear to determine this.

Councilmember Crais stated that he would be providing
everyone on council with a large packet of
materials “showing convincingly that estimates of optimal
school size in terms of education are far lower than what
is typically used.” In short, “the evidence is very
convincing that we don’t want high schools of 1500
students.”

Vice Mayor Wernet asked how long it would take to get from
Broadway and Main to the new schools, in peak time, if we
don’t do any new roads and go ahead with new schools out on
Burg Street. Mr. Clear said he would do that calculation,
as well as refine his model of what grades are in what
locations. Vice Mayor Wernet responded that he was hopeful
that getting to these specifics would “help iron out some
of the problems.”

Councilmember Moore asked if there were any other suggested
improvements to help relieve some of the problems. Mr.
Clear stated that we had two choices: to improve the
transportation infrastructure itself, or carefully control
the influence land-use patterns i.e., put schools where the
residential growth is. He cautioned, however, that while
land-use changes would help, they would not eliminate other
transportation issues. He urged a “full-blown
transportation study” for this area and reiterated the need
for the “live pattern” information. Manager Hickman will
pursue this with the superintendent’s office.

Councilmember McGowan acknowledged that traffic
considerations are important but reiterated his contention
that Council is spending a lot of time talking about school
issues. Mr. Clear responded that the stated purpose of the
traffic study is to investigate the projected impact on the
Village, i.e., if the school goes on Burg Street, the
Village will be inundated with significant new volumes of
traffic that would center on four streets and their
intersections (Pearl, Burg, New Burg, and College Streets).
 
Manager Hickman asked Council for direction on whether or
not to 1) allocate additional monies to continue the study,
2) attend the Township Zoning Board (TZB) meeting tomorrow
night, and 3) gather any other information. Mr. Clear added
that it might be good for the Village to make its voice
known with respect to how the choice of the Burg Street
site will affect it. [Councilmember Lucier pointed out that
road issues are very much within the Township’s
jurisdiction and it would make sense to raise the issue at
tomorrow’s meeting since the TZB would then be in a
position to take the Village concerns to the Township
Trustees. Vice Mayor Wernet agreed on the importance of
presenting the infrastructure needs required to support
additional schools in the Burg/New Burg area. Councilmember
Moore suggested giving Mr. Clear’s report to both the
School Board and the Township Trustees for their review,
evaluation, and comment; Vice Mayor Wernet agreed with the
concept but thought the report was too preliminary at this
point. Councilmember Moore urged continued dialog with both
bodies in the hope that they would be able to add to the
information as well as correct any inaccurate assumptions.

Councilmember Crais said the TZB needed to be provided with
as much information as possible and, without being an
advocate, Council should do just that (with the caveat that
this is a work in progress). The TZB can then decide
whether it’s useful or not. Vice Mayor Wernet said it was
important to be talking at some level and thought Mr. Clear
might help serve as an advocate for the wider community,
including the school district and the Township.
Councilmember Crais urged Mr. Clear to “be an advocate for
the truth as best [he] see[s] it.” Councilmember Bellman
agreed, stating that this issue of whether roads and
infrastructure can handle added use has a direct bearing on
a conditional-use application and the TZB should have this
information. He also agreed with Councilmember Moore that
the focus should be broader but strongly disagreed about
withholding the information from tomorrow’s meeting.
Councilmember Moore responded that the traffic issue is
bigger than the schools. Whether they get their conditional-
use permit or not, the traffic will continue to grow since
it’s tied to the growth of the community. Councilmember
Lucier asked that Council give direction to Mr. Clear and
move on with the agenda of the meeting.

Councilmembers Crais and Lucier, along with Vice Mayor
Wernet, thought the information should go to the TZB.
Councilmembers Moore and McGowan preferred that it go to
the Township Trustees and the School Board. Councilmember
Bellman thought it should be presented to both bodies. Vice
Mayor Wernet felt it should go to all bodies (i.e., TZB,
Township Trustees, and School Board). Council directed Mr.
Clear to present his initial results, including basic
assumptions and caveats, to the TZB tomorrow. He is then to
continue to refine the study with input from additional
reports.  

5. NEW BUSINESS (10:25pm)
A.    Resolution No. 01-24, A Resolution Authorizing
Staff Of The Village Of Granville To Investigate Tax Relief
Plans And Other Assistance For Retired Residents Of The
Village Living On Fixed Incomes, was introduced by
Councilmember Crais. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
Councilmember Crais then moved to table the resolution.
Second by Councilmember Moore. Motion-to-table carried.

B.    Resolution No. 01-25, A Resolution To Authorize The
Village Manager To Advertise For Bids For The Sale Of
Surplus Equipment, was introduced by Councilmember Bellman.
Second by Councilmember Wernet. No discussion. Motion
carried.

C.    Resolution No. 01-27, A Resolution To Amend The
Village Of Granville Rules Of The Village Council, was
introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember
Crais. Councilmember Bellman moved to table the resolution.
Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion-to-table carried.
D.    Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter
1157 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, was
introduced by Councilmember Lucier. Vice Mayor Wernet set
the public hearing for April 4, 2001.

E.    Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. By written
ballot, the following members were seated: Jim Jump, Abram
Kaplan, Mike Myers, Lisa Minklei, and Jurgen Pape.
Councilmember Lucier nominated Vice Mayor Wernet to be the
Council representative; second by Councilmember Crais.
Motion carried.
 
NOTE: During the counting of the ballots, Carl Frazier (554
North Pearl Street) was permitted to make a Citizen’s
Comment re Sinnett House. Speaking as the Executive
Director of the Granville Foundation, Mr. Frazier
distributed its 2000 financial report. He relayed the
Foundation’s willingness to pay for relocating Sinnett
House to the Opera House Park, including installation of a
foundation and connection of utilities. Council, by a straw
vote of 4-2, reaffirmed their earlier earlier decision not
to move the house to the Opera House Park, but unanimously
expressed appreciation to the Foundation for making such a
generous offer.

6. OLD BUSINESS (10:47pm)
A.    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
not removed from the table.

B.    Resolution No. 01-20, a Resolution Creating A
strategic Land Acquisition And Smart Development Committee
Composed Of Members Of Council To Pursue Acquisition Of
Strategic Land, was not introduced.

7. MAYOR'S REPORT (10:49pm)
The Mayor's Court Report for the month of February was
presented for review. Councilmember Crais moved to accept
the report; second by Councilmember Bellman. Motion
carried. Vice Mayor Wernet directed the report be filed
with the Clerk. A copy of said report is attached as part
of these minutes.

8. MANAGER'S REPORT (10:49pm)
The Manager's Report for the month of February was
presented for review. Councilmember Crais moved to accept
the report; second by Councilmember Bellman.  Vice Mayor
Wernet directed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy
of said report is attached as part of these minutes.



9. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (10:49pm)
Joint Council/Township Meeting of February 28, 2001.
Members of Council will submit their corrections and/or
additions to the Deputy Clerk in writing. A corrected copy
of the minutes will be filed with the Clerk once they are
approved by Council.

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of March 7, 2001. Members of
Council will submit their corrections and/or additions to
the Deputy Clerk in writing. A corrected copy of the
minutes will be filed with the Clerk once they are approved
by Council.
 
10. COMMITTEE REPORTS (10:50pm)
Development Committee (Councilmember Crais).  
Councilmember Crais reported a “helpful session” with Jerry
Martin of Brews, who raised the fact that there are a lot
of fire hazards in the old buildings along Broadway,
specifically a lack of sprinkler systems. Since Broadway is
being torn up anyway, the committee is proposing that
Manager Hickman look into running taps into the basement of
the buildings so the owners could install sprinkler
systems. Councilmember Crais also reported that their
meeting on April 12th will be a working session with
Kathryn Wimberger.

The balance of the Committee Reports were tabled due to the
lateness of the hour.

Finance Committee (Councilmember Moore).  
Newark-Granville Joint Committee (Mayor Robertson)
Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan).  
Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).   
Rec Commission (Councilmember McGowan).   
Street Light Committee (Councilmember McGowan).   
Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities Committee (Vice Mayor
Wernet).
Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore).
Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).  
 

11. OTHER (10:53pm)
Councilmember Crais, at the suggestion of a citizen, asked
if it was advisable to publish committee-meeting agendas in
advance. Vice Mayor Wernet suggested that might be
incorporated into the Rules of Council currently being
considered.

Councilmember Moore reported that the Greenspace Committee
would be discussing specific sites at their meeting (7:30pm
next Monday) and would be going into executive session as
needed.

12. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 4, 2001 – Village Council Meeting

 
13. ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Crais made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
10:55pm. Second by Councilmember Bellman. Meeting adjourned.

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