Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 1/16/02

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MINUTES
January 16, 2002


CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor McGowan at 7:32pm)

ROLL CALL (7:32pm)
Those responding to the Roll Call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Hartfield, Main, and Robertson; Vice Mayor
Moore, Mayor McGowan; Manager Hickman, Law Director Crites.
Also attending was Attorney Jackie Hager, an associate of
Law Director Crites.

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:33pm)
All Topics
Eloise DeZwarte, 338 E. College Street (Village). Ms
DeZwarte asked what the Village had done so far with the
report from the OSU students. Mayor McGowan responded that
it was already on the agenda for the February 6th meeting
and that all members of Council will have copies ahead of
time. Councilmember Crais suggested that this also be added
to the agenda of the joint Council/Township meeting on
January 30th, with the intent that an “action” agenda would
be generated based on the input from those two meetings.
Ms. DeZwarte expressed support for the curb build-outs
recommended in the report. She also stated her support for
Barbara Lucier, one of the candidates for a seat on the
Planning Commission.

Jan Fackler, 123 N. Plum Street (Village). Ms. Fackler
expressed her concern about the overpopulation of turkey
vultures. The birds came to the Granville area 10-15 years
ago. At this point, about 200 birds roost in the trees
behind her house, making a “total mess” in the process. Ms.
Fackler stated that the entire community needs to get
involved and encourage the turkey vultures to nest in more
appropriate places than residential areas. She successfully
moved the flock from her yard, using noise as a deterrent,
but they are now settled at the Borishansky residence, half
a block away. Turkey vulture feces are highly acidic and
cause the rapid deterioration of finishes on cars as well
as slate and rubber roofs. She cited Denison’s continuing
problems with the birds (e.g., they pull the glazing out of
windows, causing skylights to leak, and they eat roof
flashing). Ms. Fackler noted that the USDA, with whom she
has been in contact, is willing to meet with interested
citizens and outline their program for relocation. Mayor
McGowan asked Manager Hickman to put this item on the
agenda of one of the February regular meetings of Council,
and invite representation from Denison to the session.

Betty Borishansky, 403 W. Broadway (Village). Mrs.
Borishansky reported that, according to Denison’s
statistics, there were only 10-15 birds ten years ago. Now,
there are about 1,000, ranging from Denison’s Biological
Reserve to Sugar Loaf. Growth is projected to reach 7,500
in five years and 57,000 in ten years. She stated that it
is not a question of whether or not something needs to be
done, but when.

Jurgen Pape, 403 E. Broadway (Village).  Mr. Pape expressed
his support for the proposed Broadway improvements, for the
appointment of Barbara Lucier to the Planning Commission,
and for the use of the second floor of Taylor’s new
building for office space, noting that it is consistent
with the Comprehensive Plan.
 
Hila Williams, 1836 Silver Street (Granville Township). Ms.
Williams stated she was not in favor of putting flower pots
in the middle of Broadway and suggested the light tower
currently there be painted red, white, and blue. She
expressed concern about the bike-path crossing on South
Main Street (e.g., motorists go through the yellow flashing
lights and cyclists and joggers on the path are very hard
to see at certain times of the day. She thought the money
spent on that project should have been used to close
Granville Road one lane at a time at the golf-course
culvert. She also objected to the recently installed speed
bumps and stated that the issuing of tickets for honking
horns on the bumps was “ridiculous.” Manager Hickman
responded about the culver replacement, citing cost and
potential wash-outs as strong arguments against the one-
lane-at-a-time scenario.  

S.R. 161 Widening (Comprehensive Plan Review Committee)
Keith Myers, 229 E. College Street (Village). Mr. Myers,
speaking on behalf of the committee, recommended that
Council contact ODOT about expanding their study since it
doesn’t yet take the overall traffic pattern into account.
In short, it’s always better to draw a bigger circle when
you’re planning. Also, key decisions—the kind that might
well have deleterious impacts on our community—will be made
well in advance of construction
 At this point, ODOT doesn’t have enough of a traffic study
to evaluate  potential impacts; no comprehensive study has
been done for either the Village or the Township,
especially one that evaluates the traffic both as it exists
today and as it is likely to be 10-15 years from now. Mr.
Myers also suggested that we might join forces with other
communities along the proposed route that will also be
affected.
Mayor McGowan asked that this item be added to the agenda
for the January 30th joint meeting. Councilmember Robertson
suggested it might be helpful to appeal to our State
Representative and/or Senator for help. Mr. Myers concluded
by noting that the “thoroughfare plan” being used as a
reference today originated in 1980. He added that Granville
is unusual in that its employs citizens for comprehensive
planning, with no professional involvement (i.e., no
engineering firm to provide background data and
professional opinions). That leaves us with conjecture when
what we need is to turn our opinions into verifiable data.

Strategic Land Acquisition Committee (Councilmember Crais)
Councilmember Crais spoke on behalf of the entire committee
(including himself, Councilmember Bellman, Vice Mayor
Moore, Sarah Goldblatt, Laura Green, and Bill Heim). He
noted that they based their work on a long-term vision of
development pressures that will be facing Granville in the
short- and long-term. They generated a series of criteria
helpful for council as it considers and then prioritizes
specific properties. Their consensus is that even though
the green-space levies have been important, Council could
and should be doing more, especially in the area of being
more proactive in trying to preserve greenspace and/or
specific properties that are dear to citizens of the
Village and the Township. The Committee, working in
executive session, has already begun to build a list of
properties (confidential to Council at this point).
The committee developed the following matrix or series of
criteria:
1.    Risk of Immediate Development and/or pressure on
infrastructure
2.    Public Acceptance
3.    Desirability
a.    Scenic properties
b.    Historic properties
c.    Community Asset
d.    Protecting agricultural land
e.    Protecting forest land
f.    Property along edges/borders/entrances
4.    Feasibility
a.    Availability and Affordability
5.    Watershed protection and environmental
considerations
6.    Adjoining existing public scenic/recreational space.

The committee’s hope is that this matrix will serve Council
by helping to shape a conversation on this issue that will
produce an action agenda. With that in mind, the committee
is prepared to stop its work and hand this over to Council
for further action on the properties on the list. He urged
Council to be proactive and creative and noted that the
committee would be willing to continue its work if so
directed. Vice Mayor Moore added that the committee had
gone as far as they felt proper under their original
direction.
At the urging of Councilmember Crais, Mayor McGowan
directed Manager Hickman to put an executive session on the
agenda for February 20th. Vice Mayor Moore asked that the
future of the committee itself be include as part of the
discussion.

Newark-Granville Road & East Broadway Improvements (Village
Staff)
Manager Hickman presented a power-point presentation
showing areas set for major improvements this year. He
discussed several alternate plans for the Broadway-Main
intersection: with/without bricked crosswalks and
with/without bump-outs at each corner. Council asked about
consideration given to trucks vs. that given to pedestrians
and how that figured into decisions on radius cuts. Keith
Myers responded that the primary purpose of bump-outs or
curb extensions—which are standard operating procedures
these days—is to protect pedestrians; they also define
parking places. The pedestrian-friendly changes for
Broadway are being requested because Broadway is so much
wider than most streets (Nationwide Boulevard, for
example). Responding to Councilmember Crais, Mr. Myers
noted that the current literature verifies that bump-outs
increase pedestrian safety.
Manager Hickman noted that the visual boundaries of the
bump-outs would be defined by the back edge of the sidewalk
tree pits. Intervals in the tree line that are now concrete
might either be bricked or left alone. The central
crosswalk will have a brick surface. The flower beds on
either side of Broadway would be reconfigured so both sides
of the crosswalk match. In the center of the street, the
yellow-lined area would be replaced with a brick median,
approximately one inch high and covering the same area as
the lines. Traffic-direction signage would be placed on the
ends of the east-west median. The brick crosswalk will
still feature a flashing-light structure in the center, but
one that is constructed to be moveable for the Fourth of
July festivities.
New street furniture (benches, trashcans, ash urns, and
bike racks) has been delivered and will be installed once
the street improvements are completed. Plaques on the
existing benches will be removed and attached to the new
ones.
On Newark-Granville Road, the 4-foot sidewalk on the north
side will be replaced with a 6-foot walk and the parking
will remain. This requires shifting the road slightly to
the south, so improvements will be made to the south side
as well. The finished road will have a 24-foot uniform
width. Manager Hickman is also considering reducing the
speed limit in the golf-course area from 35 mph to 25.

Mayor McGowan closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:51pm.

PUBLIC HEARINGS (none)

OLD BUSINESS (8:52pm)
Re Resolution No. 02-01, Mayor McGowan announced that
Richard Salvage had accepted the school board post, taking
him out of consideration for an open seat on the Planning
Commission. Keith Myers has resigned his post. It was
decided that Myers’ seat would not be filled until public
notices of the vacancy had appeared. Since Councilmembers
Main and Robertson will not be able to attend the February
6th meeting, the decision on Mr. Myers’ successor will be
made on February 20th.

Resolution No. 02-01, A Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The
Planning Commission, was introduced by Councilmember Main;
second by Councilmember Crais.

Discussion:
Several candidates came forward to introduce themselves:
Tim Riffle, 135 Thresher Street (Village); Barbara Lucier,
216 South Pearl Street (Village); Bill Heim, 133 E. College
Street (Village); and Mark Parris, 251 Bryn Du Drive
(Village).
Mayor McGowan clarified that Council was voting for one
slot only, with a term expiring 1/1/2005. Councilmember
Crais moved to vote to fill both positions at this meeting;
second by Councilmember Bellman. A Roll Call Vote yielded
two (2) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Crais and
Bellman) and five (5) negative votes (Councilmembers
Hartfield, Main, and Robertson; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor
McGowan). Motion not carried, 2-5.
Councilmember Bellman moved that Council delay voting at
all until both slots could be filled at the same time;
second by Councilmember Crais. Discussion: Mayor McGowan
expressed concern that that would leave the Planning
Commission with only three members for a full month. Mr.
Salvage added that the Commission must have three votes to
pass anything; their next meeting is February 4th. A Roll
Call vote yielded three (3) affirmative votes
(Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, and Robertson) and four (4)
negative votes (Councilmembers Hartfield and Main; Vice
Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan). Motion not carried, 3-4.
By written ballot, Mark Parris was selected to fill the
open position, with a term expiring 1/1/2005.
Vice Mayor Moore moved to amend Resolution 02-01by deleting
Section II and renumbering the subsequent sections
accordingly. Second by Councilmember Hartfield. A Roll Call
vote on the motion-to-amend yielded seven (7) affirmative
votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Hartfield, Main, and
Robertson; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor Robertson). Motion-to-
amend carried, 7-0. A Roll Call vote on the motion, as
amended, yielded seven (7) affirmative votes
(Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, Hartfield, Main, and
Robertson; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor Robertson). Motion, as
amended, carried, 7-0.

Resolution No. 02-02, A Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The
Board Of Zoning And Building Appeals, was introduced by
Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember Robertson.
Trudy Knox came forward to express her candidacy. Mayor
McGowan clarified that Council was Voting to fill three
slots. By written ballot, Lon Herman, Trudy Knox, and Greg
Sharkey were selected. Motion carried, 7-0

Resolution No. 02-03, A Resolution To Appoint A Member To
The Granville Tree And Landscape Commission, was not
introduced. Manager Hickman announced that no one had
volunteered to be a candidate. Vice Mayor Moore clarified
with Law Director Crites that any appointee would need to
be an elector at least 18 years of age, and asked if anyone
had any objections to her proceeding to work on creating a
new position for the high-school member (i.e., expanding
the commission by one member to allow for a non-voting, one-
year term). There was no objection. Vice Mayor Moore will
take the matter back to the commission for discussion and a
recommendation. Law Director Crites noted that such a
change would require amending the original resolution that
created the commission. He will draft the appropriate
language in time for the next meeting after Vice Mayor
Moore notifies him of the commission recommendation,
including a more clear definition of the commission’s
duties.

NEW BUSINESS (9:33pm)
Resolution No. 02-04, A Resolution To Authorize The Village
Manager To Seek Bids For Newark-Granville Road
Improvements, was introduced by Councilmember Bellman.
Second by Councilmember Crais.  Discussion: Manager Hickman
clarified that the resolution includes milling and paving
from the golf-course culvert to the Newark corporation
limit. Motion carried, 7-0.

Resolution No. 02-05, A Resolution To Authorize The Village
Manager To Seek Bids For East Broadway Improvements, was
introduced by Councilmember Crais. Second by Councilmember
Bellman.

Discussion:
Councilmember Hartfield requested that Manager Hickman ask
the bidders to split out the costs for bricked corner
crosswalks and bump-outs. Councilmember Robertson asked if
the bidders could simply itemize each piece. Councilmember
Bellman stated that Council should give Manager Hickman a
more clear direction of exactly it wants. Councilmember
Crais maintained that all options are possibilities at this
point, but that beautification, per se, is the third most
important piece of this issue. First, we must be sure that
any changes are in agreement with the Comprehensive Plan,
especially as they concern making things more pedestrian-
friendly. Second, any changes should be in agreement with
the OSU report, insofar as they bear on the economic
vitality, or the lack thereof, of the Village core (i.e.,
would changes better integrate the south side of
Broadway?). He emphasized that it is incumbent on Council
to keep all these criteria in mind as they make these
decisions.
Council reached consensus on the north-south piece of the
center crosswalk: it will be brick.
In the face of continued dissension about the details—and
the degree of detail—of the RFP, Councilmember Crais asked
Council to try and come to some conclusion at this meeting,
at least on principle, so Manager Hickman could construct a
specific enough RFP for Council to see some numbers
associated with this project. He emphasized that a
statement of principle is not a commitment of money.
Mayor McGowan emphatically asked members to stick to the
issue at hand. Discussion continued on whether Council
should try to simplify the specifics of the bid or let the
contractor figure it out. Manager Hickman stated that he
wanted as much direction as Council would give and he would
take it from there.
A Roll Call vote on Resolution No. 02-05 yielded five (5)
affirmative votes (Councilmembers Councilmembers Hartfield,
Main, and Robertson; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan) and
two (2) negative votes (Councilmembers Bellman and Crais).
Motion carried, 5-2.

Resolution No. 02-06, A Resolution To Amend The Village Of
Granville Rules Of The Village Council, was not introduced.
A committee of Vice Mayor Moore and Councilmembers
Robertson and Bellman was appointed to work with Manager
Hickman and Law Director Crites to review the rules and
return to Council on the 6th of February, at which time
their recommendations will discussed, then voted on.

Note: Vice Mayor Moore left the meeting at this point, due
to illness.

OTHER (10:24pm)
Adelphia Franchise Agreement
No action needed.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (10:25pm)
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of January 2, 2002. The
following addition/correction was requested: 1)
Councilmember Robertson, page 2, OLD BUSINESS –
 “Councilmember Main volunteered to service serve on the
Planning Commission.” Councilmember Robertson moved to
accept the Minutes as corrected; second by Councilmember
Hartfield. Motion carried, 6-0.

MAYOR’S COURT REPORT – December  (10:27pm)
The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of December was
presented for review. Councilmember Crais moved to accept
the report; second by Councilmember Hartfield. Mayor
McGowan reported that he will begin presiding at Mayor’s
Court the last week of January. Mayor McGowan instructed
the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of said report
is included as part of these Minutes. Motion carried, 6-0.

MANAGER’S REPORT – December  (10:29pm)
The Manager’s Report for the month of December was
presented for review. Councilmember Main moved to accept
the report; second by Councilmember Robertson. Mayor
McGowan instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A
copy of said report is included as part of these Minutes.
Motion carried, 6-0.

COMMITTEE REPORTS (10:29pm)
Economic Development Committee (Crais, Moore, Robertson)
Councilmember Crais reiterated the plan to discuss the
committee’s report at both the joint Council/Trustees
meeting on January 30th and the Council meeting of February
6th. Everyone involved in these meetings will be given a
report ahead of time. Mayor McGowan reviewed the proposed
agenda for the joint meeting: Economic Development
Committee rpoert, JEDD, Union Cemetery appointment, and any
others items that might benefit from mutual consideration.

Finance Liaison (Moore)
No report.

Granville Foundation Liaison (Main)
No report.

JEDD Liaison (Bellman)
No report.

Newark/Granville Relations (Bellman, Main)
No report.

Personnel Committee (Hartfield, McGowan, Robertson)
No report.

Planning Commission (Main)
No report.

Recreation Commission Liaison (McGowan)
Mayor McGowan reported that the Spring schedule will be out
soon.

Senior Citizen Committee (Moore, Robertson)
No report. Next meeting: February 14th.

Strategic Land Acquisition Committee (Bellman, Crais, Moore)
Report given earlier in the meeting.

Street Light Committee (McGowan)
Mayor McGowan reported that streetlight replacement is on
schedule.

Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Bellman, Hartfield,
McGowan)
Councilmember Bellman reported the committee is
concentrating on the Newark-Granville Road project, water
contracts, the Granville Shopping Center, and Cherry Valley
Road (mainly from Galway Drive to S.R. 16, where Manager
Hickman is working of signal improvements).

Tree & Landscape Committee (Moore)
No report.

Union Cemetery Board Liaison (Main)
No report.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
January 28, 2002    7:30pm    Planning Commission
January 30, 2002    7:00pm    Joint Meeting
(w/ two representatives each from the School Board, the
Township Trustees, and the Village Council)

Councilmembers Robertson and Crais objected to the fact
that all members of Council had not been notified of this
meeting. Mayor McGowan responded that the 7:00pm meeting
has nothing to do with the 7:30pm meeting.

January 30, 2002    7:30pm    Joint Township
Trustees/Council Meeting
February 6, 2002    7:30pm    Village Council

ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Crais moved to adjourn the meeting at
10:42pm; second by Councilmember Hartfield. Motion carried,
6-0. Meeting adjourned.




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