Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 4/4/01

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
April 4, 2001



1.  CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Wernet at 7:31pm)

2.  ROLL CALL (7:31pm)
Those responding to the Roll Call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor
Wernet, Mayor Robertson; Manager Hickman, Law Director
Crites.

Mayor Robertson amended the Agenda to add an Executive
Session after “Other.”

3.    CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:33pm)
 None.

4.    PUBLIC HEARING (7:33pm)
A. Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1147
Of The Codified Ordinances of Granville, Ohio. No one
appeared to speak for or against the Ordinance.

5.    NEW BUSINESS (7:34pm)
A. Resolution No. 01-26, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
Grounds Maintenance, As Per Specifications, To Fackler
Country Gardens And To Authorize The Village Manager To
Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced by Vice
Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember Crais. [Manager
Hickman reminded Council that this proposal is in lieu of
replacing a retiring employee. Other employees who formerly
did this work will be reassigned. Grass will be cut at the
direction of the Manager, not on a pre-set schedule.]
Motion carried.

B. Resolution No. 01-28, A Resolution To Authorize The Non-
Permanent Installation Of A Sidewalk Café On The Public
Sidewalk At 134 East Broadway In Front Of The Business
Known As “Victoria’s Parlour,” Subject To Restrictions, was
introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet. Second by Councilmember
McGowan. No discussion. Motion carried.

C. Resolution No. 01-29, A Resolution To Award The Bid For
2001 Street Painting, As Per Specifications, To Griffin
Pavement Striping And To Authorize The Village Manager To
Enter Into An Agreement Therefore, was introduced by
Councilmember McGowan. Second by Vice Mayor Wernet.
[Manager Hickman verified that this is not the same company
who did the striping last year; he will also provide
supervision. He added that the striping price is dropping
due to more thermoplastic installations as well as the
deletion of some areas previously striped.] Motion carried.

D. Ordinance 08-01, An Ordinance To Create A Sugar Loaf
Preservation Fund, was  introduced by Vice Mayor Wernet;
second by Councilmember Moore. Mayor Robertson set the
hearing for April 18, 2001.

6.    OLD BUSINESS (7:41pm)
A. Ordinance No. 07-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1147
Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, was re-
introduced by Councilmember Lucier. Second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. [Manager Hickman verified that the requested
language changes are meant simply to make the Code more
user-friendly by reiterating applicable sections each time
they are referenced.] A Roll Call vote yield seven (7)
affirmative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier,
McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor Robertson).
Ordinance No. 07-01 is adopted.

B. 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 re-introduced by
Councilmember Lucier, who then moved that it be taken off
the table. Second by Councilmember Bellman. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Manager Hickman reported that the Superintendent of Schools
has approved placement of one siren near the Middle School
to cover the north areas of the Village. The second siren
will be installed at the water plant to cover the south
areas. The specific site for the third siren to cover the
east areas has yet to be identified, though Manager Hickman
suggested that the best location would be on Newark-
Granville Road near its intersection with Jones Road. Each
siren will be installed on a 40-foot pole. Manager Hickman
will proceed with the installation of the first two sirens
while getting public input on the placement of the third.
He noted that the sirens are battery-operated and can be
tested silently. Council has budgeted $40,000 for equipment
and installations. Manager Hickman reported that he might
need an additional appropriation to complete the
installation of the third siren. Motion carried.

C. 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 re-introduced by Councilmember Crais, who then
moved that it be taken off the table. Second by Vice Mayor
Wernet. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Councilmember Crais reported that he had revised the
resolution per discussions with, and recommendations from,
members of Council and the Law Director. He accepted three
friendly amendments: 1) amending the title to include “…
members of Council and citizens…;” 2) adjusting the section
lettering as needed; and 3) changing “Township residents”
to “other Township residents.”

Councilmember Bellman moved to delete the eighth “Whereas”
and add a Section IV(e), as follows: The committee will
discuss and present to Council criteria for a policy for
determining whether to purchase land outside the village
which is contiguous or non-contiguous, or to purchase land
only within the village.” Second by Councilmember Lucier.
Motion not carried.

Councilmember Crais moved to withdraw the eighth “Whereas”
as well as remove the second “Whereas.” Second by Vice
Mayor Wernet. Councilmember Crais explained that he wanted
the committee to “think outside the box,” and therefore
wanted to eliminate the location restrictions specified in
the second “Whereas.” Motion carried. Vice Mayor Wernet
called the question on the amended resolution. Motion-as-
amended carried.

Mayor Robertson instructed Hickman to advertise for
interested citizens expeditiously and try to fill the
committee position at the meeting after next.

D. 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 re-introduced by Councilmember
Crais, who then moved that it be taken off the table.
Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.

Discussion:
Councilmember Crais accepted a friendly amendment to change
the reporting date from July 1 to September 1.

Councilmember Lucier clarified that Councilmember Crais’
intent was to encourage empty-nesters to stay in the
Village, then noted that the Village cannot affect either
state or school-district taxes, and retirement income is
not subject to Village income tax. Councilmember Crais
acknowledged that, but still felt it would be a good idea
to know who is affected and who is not. Vice Mayor Wernet
stated that, even though the Village cannot effect any tax-
relief measures, we might be able to encourage those who
can to do so. Council-member Lucier agreed but felt that we
could do that without requiring the staff to complete such
detailed and complicated research. Councilmember Moore
suggested referring to “other incentives” rather
than “other assistance” since the intent is to offer such
things as recreational activities and organizations that
would make the village appeal to retired people. She also
asked that “citizens” in Section 1 be changed to “Village
residents.” Councilmember Lucier moved to amend the
Resolution by modifying Section 2, as follows: “Council
instructs the Village Manager and his staff to explore
incentives to retain retired citizens in the Village.”
Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion carried.
Councilmember Lucier moved to strike Section 1. Second by
Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried. Councilmember Moore
moved to amend the Resolution’s heading to correspond with
the previous amendments. Second by Councilmember Crais.
Motion carried. Motion-as-amended carried.
 
E. Resolution No. 01-27, A Resolution To Amend The Village
Of Granville Rules Of The Village Council, remained on the
table (from 3/21/01).

7.  REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (8:05pm)
A. Joint Township/Council Meeting, 28 February 2001.
Councilmember Lucier request the following addition to p2,
line 17 – After “Absolutely.”, insert: Councilmember Lucier
asked if the Township budgeted money for this purpose or if
decisions were made on a case-by-case basis. Mr. Havens
reported funds were not budgeted for this purpose.

B. Regularly Scheduled Meeting, 7 March 2001. Councilmember
Moore requested the following corrections: 1) p. 1,
Citizens’ Comments, #2, 6th line – change “…something
note…” to “something note….”; 2) p. 4, 10th line –
delete “, Moore”.

C. Regularly Scheduled Meeting, 21 March 2001. The
following corrections/ additions were requested: 1)
Councilmember McGowan, p. 6 – change the first full
sentence to read: “Councilmember McGowan agreed with the
concept, but felt we were not yet big enough to split felt
the school board and community members had to discuss
school issues; it was not up to Council or Mr. Clear to
determine this.” 2) Councilmember Moore, p.5, “Discussion” –
 correct the wording as follows: Councilmember Moore said
asked if, even assuming no new schools, would it it would
still be helpful to add some new east-west roads…. Mr.
Clear said it would.” 3) Councilmember Moore, p. 7, last
paragraph before “New Business” – correct the wording as
follows: “Councilmembers Moore and McGowan preferred that
it go to the Township Trustees and the School Board.” 4)
Councilmember Lucier, p. 2, “Council Questions,” 6th line –
insert “Councilmember Lucier indicated the Village pays
$6,000 per year….”  5) Vice Mayor Wernet, p7, last
paragraph before “New Business” – insert after the second
sentence: “Vice Mayor Wernet felt it should go to all
bodies (i.e., TZB, Township Trustees, and School Board).

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept all three sets of
Minutes, as amended. Second by Councilmember Crais. Motion
carried.

8.     COMMITTEE REPORTS (8:15pm)
A. Economic Development Committee (Councilmembers Crais,
Moore; Mayor Robertson).  Councilmember Crais reported that
the committee would meet April 5th at 8:30am in the Village
offices, with a professor from OSU and Kathryn Wimberger,
to devise a strategy to maintain an economically vital
downtown.

B. Finance Liaison (Councilmember Moore). No report.

C. Newark-Granville Committee (Councilmember Bellman, Mayor
Robertson). No report.

D. Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan). No report.

E. Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier).
Councilmember Lucier reported that the Commission approved
a proposal by the Presbyterian Church to reconstruct Locust
Place to the originally approved 16-foot width. They also
held a work session with Lark and Joe Recchie re the 92-
acre parcel of land the Recchies want to donate to the
schools or, if the schools are not interested, to another
public body that might wish to develop some kind of senior
housing. There was also a work session with Ross IGA about
a proposed rear addition. Finally, they are working on
updating chapters in the zoning code and expect to act on
them at their meeting of April 23rd, after which they will
bring the proposals to Council.

F. Recreation Commission (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan reported that spring activities are
under way and going well.

G. Streetlight Committee (Councilmember McGowan).
Councilmember McGowan reported that he will identify lights
for replacement within the next two weeks.

H. Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Councilmembers
Bellman and Crais, Vice Mayor Wernet). No report.

I. Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore). No
report.

J. Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier).
Councilmember Lucier reported that the summer work schedule
is set. The Board would like to have its books audited and
is therefore looking for recommendations for an appropriate
person. They are also investigating the cost of either a
stone wall or iron fence and will present any proposal
before the Planning Commission.

9.  OTHER (8:25pm)
A. Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. Manager Hickman and
Vice Mayor Wernet will discuss the next step needed.

B. Census Status. Mayor Robertson asked where this stood.
Manager Hickman reported that the Village had just received
the documentation from the Census Bureau and can now
proceed through the State to determine the “real number.”
The report shows total population of 3,167.

C. Resolution for the Denison Women’s Swimming & Diving
Team. Councilmember McGowan suggested Council do such a
resolution. Mayor Robertson reported that, due to time
constraints around the scheduling of a celebration on
campus, a resolution had already been prepared and
presented. She thanked Manager Hickman and Bev Adzic for
their help in getting it done so quickly.

D. Proclamation for Twig Thrift Shop 50th Year. Mayor
Robertson asked that a proclamation be prepared for this
anniversary coming up in May and noted that four of the
original members of the Twig were still working in the shop.

E. Proclamation for Ruth Owen. Councilmember McGowan asked
that a proclamation for Ruth Owen, who is retiring from her
post as Director of the Granville Business & Professional
Association, be prepared.

10. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS (8:34pm)
April 21, 2001 – Village Council Meeting (7:30pm)

11. EXECUTIVE SESSION (8:35pm)
Councilmember Crais moved to enter into Executive Session
to discuss consideration of  the purchase of property.
Second by Vice Mayor Wernet. A Roll Call vote yielded seven
(7) affirmative votes: Councilmembers Bellman, Crais,
Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor
Robertson. Motion carried.

Upon the completion of the stated item of business,
_________________ moved to adjourn the Executive Session.
Second by _______________. A Roll Call vote yielded seven
(7) affirmative votes: Council-members Bellman, Crais,
Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Vice Mayor Wernet, Mayor
Robertson.

12. ADJOURNMENT
_______________ moved to adjourn the meeting at _____pm.
Second by _______________. Meeting adjourned.


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