VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES September 5, 2001
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:34pm)
ROLL CALL (7:34pm) Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Mayor Robertson; Manager Hickman. Attorney Jim Gorry was present in lieu of Law Director Crites. Councilmember Lucier moved to excuse Vice Mayor Wernet; second by Councilmember Crais. Motion carried.
CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (opened by Mayor Robertson at 7:35pm) All Topics None
Mayor Robertson closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:35pm.
PUBLIC HEARINGS (7:36pm) Ordinance No. 30-01, 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. No one appeared to speak for or against the Ordinance. Mayor Robertson closed the public hearing at 7:37pm.
OLD BUSINESS (7:37pm) Ordinance No. 30-01, 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 Councilmember Crais. Second by Councilmember Moore. Discussion: Manager Hickman clarified that the present vote is to make the funds available for the purchase so things may proceed, pending the survey (if it is determined that one is needed). He noted that the primary reason for the property’s “strategic value” is its location near the water treatment plant. A Roll Call vote yielded six (6) affirmative votes: Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Lucier, McGowan, and Moore; Mayor Robertson. Ordinance No. 30-01is adopted.
NEW BUSINESS (7:42pm) No. 31-01, 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 Councilmember Crais. Second by Councilmember Bellman. Mayor Robertson set the Public Hearing for September 19, 2001. [Manager Hickman responded to questions about the need for a new chipper and the emergency water-line replacement on East College Street.]
Resolution No. 01-57, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Seek Bids For Crosswalk Improvements At East Broadway, Main Street, and North Pearl Street, was introduced by Councilmember Crais. Second by Councilmember Lucier. Discussion: Manager Hickman showed a number of slides to illustrate the proposed crosswalk/boulevard options. He suggested that Council approve this resolution and thereby proceed to bid (without actually awarding the bid) so they can make their design decision with costs in mind. At 8:15pm, Council took a “field trip” outside to look at the existing crosswalk area; the meeting resumed in chambers at 8:32pm. Manager Hickman noted that design work is already done for the crosswalk and boulevards and said he will continue to solicit public comment on the design components of the project (e.g., curbing) as well as specs for milling-and-paving. Motion carried.
OTHER (8:35pm) Ordinance No. 17-01, An Ordinance To Amend Chapter 1189 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio, was not introduced due to the absence of Law Director Crites. It will appear on the agenda for the next regular meeting.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (8:31pm) Special Meeting of July 25, 2001. The following additions/corrections were requested: 1) Vice Mayor Wernet, p. 1, Roll Call - he was not present at the meeting and asked that his name be deleted in both places where it appears. 2) Councilmember Moore, p.2, Citizens’ Comments – asked that an exchange between her and Mayor Robertson be included after the first set of comments by Stanley Wrzyzczynski, as follows: “Councilmember Moore asked Mayor Robertson if the ad hoc community center committee would be doing a facility inventory or a community survey. Mayor Robertson said the committee had discussed it and decided not to do so. Lesa Miller, representing the Rec Commission, confirmed the point.” Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the Minutes as amended; second by Councilmember Moore. Motion Carried.
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of August 1, 2001. The following additions/corrections were requested: 1) Councilmember McGowan, p. 2, “Kendal,” 1st paragraph – add a sentence at the end, as follows: “Councilmember McGowan asked Mr. Drake if Kendal could provide their own water cheaper than getting it from the Village. Mr. Drake said they could but the Kendal Board preferred to get Village water.” 2) Councilmember Moore, p. 3, 1st paragraph – change “August 29th” to “August 22nd.” 3) Councilmember Moore, p. 4, “NEW BUSINESS/Kendal” – change “$10,000” to “approximately $150,000.” 4) Councilmember Moore, p. 5, approximately 1/3 of the way down the page – add an “l” to “Kendal’’s.” 5) Councilmember Moore, p. 9,”Strategic Land Acquisition” – add “Crais” to the list of committee members; change “Councilmember Moore reported…” to ”Councilmember Crais reported…” 6) Mayor Robertson, p. 4, “Kitty Consolo” remarks – change “…support for extension” to “…support for Kendal and the Village selling water to Kendal.” Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the Minutes as amended; second by Councilmember Moore. Motion carried.
Joint Meeting of August 8, 2001. Councilmember Bellman moved to accept the Minutes as submitted; second by Councilmember Crais. Motion carried.
Special Meeting of August 8, 2001. The following additions/corrections were requested: 1) Councilmember McGowan, p. 4, 1st paragraph – change “Councilmember McGowan” to “Councilmember Crais.” 2) Councilmember McGowan, p. 1 “NEW BUSINESS, Discussion” – add a new 1st sentence: “Councilmember McGowan reiterated his support for selling water to Kendal but emphasized that, if we agree to sell water to a private enterprise, we should revisit selling water to the school.” 3) Councilmember Bellman submitted an “Addendum to Minutes” and asked that it be included. Attorney Gorry stated that Council could decide, by a majority vote, whether or not to include it. Councilmembers Moore, Crais, and Lucier, along with Mayor Robertson, objected to calling the statement an “addendum.” Councilmember Lucier suggested “Memo to the Clerk,” which was moved by Councilmember Bellman and seconded by Councilmember Crais. Motion to include the “Memo to the Clerk” carried. [“Note: See Memo to the Clerk.” will be inserted immediately following “Motion-as-amended carried” at the bottom of page 3.] Councilmember Bellman moved to approved the Minutes as amended; second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of August 15, 2001. The following additions/corrections were requested: 1) Councilmember Moore, p. 9, “Review and Approval of Minutes” – change the paragraph re the Special Meeting of July 25, 2001 to reflect the final disposition of these minutes, above. Councilmember Crais moved to approved the Minutes as amended; second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of August 22, 2001. The following additions/corrections were requested: 1) Councilmember Crais, p. 4, last paragraph – change “…might save us later on” to “…might save us from conflict later on.” 2) Mayor Robertson, headers – change from “August 8, 2001” to “August 22, 2001.” Councilmember Crais moved to accept the Minutes as amended; second by Councilmember Moore. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS (8:59pm) Economic Development Committee (Councilmembers Crais, Moore; Mayor Robertson). Councilmember Crais noted the Committee will meet in two weeks.
Finance Committee (Councilmember Moore). Councilmember Moore reported they would see something shortly on rolling over the sewer note.
Newark-Granville Joint Committee (Mayor Robertson, Councilmember Bellman) No report.
Personnel Committee (Councilmember McGowan). Since Councilmember McGowan was unable to attend the meeting earlier today, Mayor Robertson reported that the committee had met with Human Resource Solutions and received their “preliminary final report.” Results from the only outstanding survey are due back by the end of September, after which the full report will be brought to Council. Planning Commission (Councilmember Lucier). Since Councilmember Lucier was unable to attend the last meeting, Manager Hickman reported the commission would see the new “Welcome to Granville” sign at next week’s meeting. Councilmember Lucier displayed the proposed sign—with a choice between green-on-white and white-on-green—so Council could express an opinion. She reported that the commission had had a “very lengthy” discussion on color. Councilmember McGowan (and others) thought it looked very big. The majority of members preferred the white-on-green version. Mayor Robertson asked if the mock-up of the sign could be put at the South Main Street offices to try it out for color and size. Manager Hickman said he thought it could, perhaps even this coming weekend.
Rec Commission (Councilmember McGowan). Councilmember McGowan reported that the fall programs would be out soon; the soccer sign-up yesterday had been a big success; and the Commission would have a .5 mil replacement levy for existing programs on the next ballot.
Street Light Committee (Councilmember McGowan). Councilmember McGowan reported that approximately six more lights were to be installed this year. The full replacement program should be completed next year, after which the maintenance program (i.e., replacement of light bulbs) would begin. He also reported that Certified had mentioned they would be willing to reduce their lighting if a street light were positioned there.
Streets, Sidewalks & Utilities Committee (Vice Mayor Wernet; Councilmembers Bellman, Crais). The committee will meet as soon as schedules can be worked out. Councilmember Crais said he regretted that Granger Street hadn’t been done earlier to avoid the school-year start up. Mayor Robertson reported that one of the construction workers had been very rude to her earlier in the evening and asked Manager Hickman to speak with the contractors so other residents would not have that same experience. She also noted that Council still has to respond to the request from Art Morrow and the IGA wherein the IGA offered to have village take over their parking lot entrance. Councilmember Mcgowan noted that the IGA’s goal might well be to have an eventual stoplight at that intersection to deal with proposed congestion.
Tree & Landscape Committee (Councilmember Moore). No report.
Union Cemetery Board (Councilmember Lucier). No report.
Strategic Land Acquisition Committee (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Moore). Councilmember Crais said the committee plans to meet next Monday.
JEDD Mayor Robertson reminded everyone of the agreement reached at the August 8th joint meeting with the Township Trustees to talk at the October joint meeting about establishing a JEDD re Kendal. Council still needs the names of the Trustees’ proposed representatives for the preliminary discussion; Manager Hickman will talk to Norm Kennedy tomorrow. Council also needs to its own members. Councilmembers Bellman and Crais volunteered and were declared appointed by Mayor Robertson. Councilmember Lucier suggested Council formally express its gratitude to Jim Jump for his extensive technical help on this issue as well the sharing his personal views. Mayor Robertson will work with Manager Hickman on language for a formal proclamation. OTHER (9:18pm) Mayor Robertson reported that she and Manager Hickman had attended a meeting last week, called by Marcia Phelps, with small-community officials in Licking County. The subject was water service for the western portion of the county— already discussed at a previous meeting during which Commissioner Phelps presented the idea of Newark extending water to that area. At this meeting, she distributed a map detailing an agreement between Columbus and New Albany as to which community/ township areas each could attempt to annex. Columbus can come all the way to the east border of Jersey Township, leaving only St. Albans Township between us. The County Commissioners are interested in options to protect Licking County, wanting to keep services internal to the County while still acknowledging property owners’ right to annex to Columbus. She also noted that all unincorporated areas were set in a sewer-and-water district in 1976. The Commissioners have commissioned a study in which individual discussions with various entities in the county, particularly the western ones, are being asked what their capabilities and capacities are and what their level of interest is in participating. This will allow the Commissioners to figure out costs and availability in their efforts to forestall any desires to annex into Columbus. They are also deeply concerned about the integrity of the watershed. The study should be done by October 8th and the next meeting of this group would be called shortly after that. Mayor Robertson said we all need to be thinking about the implications of this, especially with the plans for S.R. 161 at hand. Her hope is that the Village and the Township will present a unified front and that the Township Trustees will come on board and attend the next meeting.
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS September 10, 2001 – Lewis Park Committee (7:00pm) September 10, 2001 – Planning Commission (7:30pm) September 11, 2001 – Tree & Landscape Committee (7:00pm) September 12, 2001 – Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (7:00pm) September 19, 2001 – Council Meeting (7:30pm) September 20, 2001 – BZBA (7:00pm) September 24, 2001 – Planning Commission (7:30pm)
ADJOURNMENT McGowan moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:24pm. Second by Councilmember Crais. Meeting adjourned.