Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 1/2/02

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MINUTES
January 2, 2002


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

ROLL CALL
Those responding to the Roll Call were Councilmembers
Bellman, Crais, Hartfield, Main, and Robertson; Vice Mayor
Moore, Mayor McGowan; Manager Hickman, Law Director Crites.

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS
All Topics
Skip Keyes, 329 Shannon Lane. Mr. Keyes expressed his
concerns about the two-month closure—particularly the
winter two-month closure—of Granville Road at the golf-
course culvert. He stated that his primary interest was
getting students safely to and from the schools. The
alternate routes (i.e., Cherry Valley Road/S.R.16/South
Main Street and/or Jones Road/Sharon Valley Road/Welsh
Hills Road) both present driving hazards not present on
Granville Road. He was especially concerned about the
dangerous intersections on S.R. 16 at both River Road and
Cherry Valley Road and asked if the construction could be
moved to another time in the year, when schools are not in
session.
Manager Hickman responded that there is no “good time” for
a two-month project on a heavily traveled road. However,
the funding requirements for this project specify that it
must be completed by the first of June and everything is in
place to start this project on January 7th. Moving the
project into early spring would disrupt the entire 2002
schedule of road-improvement projects, as well as subject
the project to the heavy spring rains and the subsequent
possibility of a wash-out. Advance notice has been given to
all the schools so buses can be re-routed. Mayor McGowan
asked that the Village provide more of a police presence at
the dangerous intersections during school-transport hours.
Manager Hickman added that he has already arranged with
both the Newark Police Department and the County Sheriff's
Office for additional coverage. He also noted that school
would likely be cancelled on the worst driving days.
Responding to Vice Mayor Moore, Manager Hickman confirmed
that we had investigated doing the project one lane at a
time and concluded that it would cost an additional $60,000
to do so—money which neither the Village nor ODOT could
provide. He added that the project was originally scheduled
for last year but was forced into this winter by the ODOT
delays on the South Main Street bridge since both bridges
couldn’t be out at the same time. Mayor McGowan promised
Mr. Keyes that even though Council can’t eliminate the
source of his concerns, we will be extra vigilant both
about police presence and salting of the roads. Vice Mayor
Moore suggested that the Streets & Sidewalks Committee
discuss the matter at its meeting tomorrow morning.
Mr. Keyes asked if Village officials could speak personally
with school officials to make sure they know all the
details and to encourage them to caution student drivers to
be extra careful and avoid the Jones Road route if
possible.
Mayor McGowan stated that he and Manager Hickman both would
do so. He also noted that notice of the closing would
appear in the paper and special emphasis would be given to
the role parents and the schools might play in keeping the
students safe. In short, everyone needs to work together to
get us through this two months. Councilmember Crais added
his hope that Streets & Sidewalks would pursue
this “vigorously,” and asked that Council be kept abreast
of the developments.

Mayor McGowan closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:47pm.


PUBLIC HEARINGS (none)


OLD BUSINESS (7:47pm)
Council Committee Assignments (one-year terms)
Councilmember Main volunteered to serve on the Planning
Commission. Councilmember Robertson volunteered to serve on
the Personnel Committee. Any remaining vacancies will be
filled as quickly as possibly.


NEW BUSINESS (7:49pm)
Resolution No. 02-01, A Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The
Planning Commission, was introduced by Councilmember Main.
Second by Councilmember Crais. Councilmember Main was
appointed to the Council post (motion by Moore; second by
Bellman). Since no public notices re the “citizen” vacancy
on the Commission have yet been posted, the final vote on
this resolution will occur in the meeting of January 16th
so a single vote will approve both new members.
Councilmember Main will go ahead and attend the next
meeting of the Planning Commission. Councilmember Main
moved to table the resolution; second by Councilmember
Robertson. Motion carried, 7-0.

Resolution No. 02-02, A Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The
Board Of Zoning And Building Appeals, was not introduced.
It will be considered at the meeting of January 16, after
public notices of the vacancies appear in the paper and on
e-mail.

Resolution No. 02-03, A Resolution To Appoint A Member To
The Granville Tree And Landscape Commission, was not
introduced. It will be considered at the meeting of
January 16, after public notices of the vacancy appear in
the paper and on e-mail. Vice Mayor Moore reported that the
Commission wants to consider having a high-school student
as a member. Law Director Crites will research the matter
to determine if this would be a voting or non-voting member
and if the Commission’s membership would be expanded by one
person if the student were non-voting. Vice Mayor Moore
noted this Commission functions in an advisory rather than
a ruling capacity.
OTHER
Mayor McGowan noted that one of Charter amendments
specified that Council, “on or before the first meeting of
February,” must adopt rules for itself. He asked that the
matter appear on the agenda for January 16 and that copies
of the rules, as amended to date, be distributed
beforehand. Responding to Councilmember Bellman, Law
Director Crites stated that the Charter indicated that the
rules must be adopted in their entirety rather than section
by section. Once the rules are adopted, they could be
amended, section by section, if one or more of them becomes
problematic.


REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (8:08pm)
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of December 19, 2001. The
following additions and/or corrections were requested:
Councilmember Robertson: 1) page 1, “Citizens’ Comments” –
asked that future minutes include a notation of the
specific township in which commenting citizens reside. 2)
page 3, 3rd paragraph – “Councilmember Robertson reminded
everyone of a string of lawsuits when the Village was being
legally pursued for extension challenged for development….
She noted that the Village had paid those legal bills and
that is why one reason she want to be so conservative….” 3)
page 7, 2nd paragraph – “Law Director Crites asked that the
appropriate appropriation and the expenditure….  4) page
9, “MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS” – “January 72, 2002”
Councilmember Crais: page 6, Ordinance No. 39-01,
Discussion – Insert a new 3rd sentence: “Councilmember
Crais expressed concern that the Personnel Committee had
not yet completed its work.”  Continue through the 4th
sentence to an addition in the 5th: “Re personnel salary
recommendations, Manager Hickman’s plan is to implement his
current recommendations until Council can meet in February
or March. Councilmember Robertson proposed that, based on
Human Resource Solutions’ report, decisions made at that
time re salary, staff configuration….”  
Vice Mayor Moore: 1) page 5, end of 2nd paragraph – “The
motion-to-amend, including the new Section 11 proposed by
Vice Mayor Moore at the beginning of this discussion, is
carried by a vote of 6-1. Vice Mayor Moore withdrew her
earlier motion.”  2) page 6, 2nd full paragraph –
 “Councilmember Main moved Section 11 12, the Emergency
Clause….”  3) Attachment to the Minutes by Councilmember
Robertson – asked for clarification that this was a
discrete document and not part of the official Minutes.
Mayor McGowan confirmed that it was included to explain why
Councilmember Robertson was not in favor of the ordinance
as passed. Since it was not read into the record, it is not
considered part of that record.
Councilmember Bellman: 1) page 5 – “Councilmember Bellman
moved to amend the original 7th Whereas on Page 2, as
follows:….”  2) page 3, 3rd paragraph – “Law Director
Crites stated responded that the Constitution of the State
of Ohio, Section Article 18, Article Section 6, provides
that a municipality can sell surplus utilities. It is later
indicated That Article also states that a municipality….”
Mayor McGowan: page 7, 2nd paragraph, last sentence –
 “Mayor McGowan suggested adding a bike trail to River Road
section to the bike path.”

After expressing his appreciation to Deputy Clerk Ellinger
for having done a fine job on a complicated set of minutes,
Councilmember Bellman moved to accept the Minutes as
corrected. Second by Vice Mayor Moore. Motion carried, 7-0.

COMMITTEE REPORTS (8.25pm)
Economic Development Committee (Crais, Moore, Robertson)
No report

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)
No report.

Senior Citizen Committee (Moore, Robertson)
No report. Manager Hickman noted that the next meeting is
February 14.

Strategic Land Acquisition Committee (Bellman, Crais, Moore)
No report

Street Light Committee (McGowan)
No report

Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Bellman, Hartfield,
McGowan)
No report. The next meeting is January 3rd.

Tree & Landscape Committee (Moore)
No report.
Union Cemetery Board Liaison (Main)
No report.


MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
January 8, 2002    7:00pm    Tree & Landscape Committee
January 10, 2002    7:00pm    BZBA
January 14, 2002    7:30pm    Planning Commission
January 16, 2002    7:30pm    Village Council
January 28, 2002    7:30pm    Planning Commission
January 30, 2002    7:30pm    Joint Township
Trustees/Council Meeting

ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Main moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:29pm.
Second by Councilmember Hartfield. Motion carried, 7-0.
Meeting adjourned.


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