VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES June 5, 2002
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor McGowan at 7:32am) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL – Those responding to the Roll Call were Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, and Main; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan; Manager Hickman, Law Director Crites. Councilmember Bellman moved to excuse Councilmembers Hartfield and Robertson; second by Councilmember Crais. Motion carried, 5-0.
CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:34pm) All Topics Arie Janssens, 764 Newark-Granville Road (Village). Mr. Janssens expressed concern about the depth of the drop-off at the edges of the new paving on Newark-Granville Road. [Manager Hickman noted that once the work was completed the low spots would be filled with dirt, seed, and straw.] Mr. Janssens then reported that the gutter on the southwest side of the shelter house at Wildwood Park is plugged up; the resulting run-off is washing away the dirt supporting the concrete floor. [Manager Hickman will address this.] Mr. Janssens complimented the Village on the neatness of the section of the bike path between Granville Milling and Prospect Street—a big improvement over its previous state.
Pam Walczak, 89 Spring Hill Road, Mill Race (Granville Township). Ms. Walczak expressed deep concern about the effects of the possible closure of the median at S.R. 16 and River Road. She cited the increasing lag time in emergency services, the potential losses to Granville merchants once residents of the River Road area can get to Newark faster than they can get to Granville, and the increased traffic on S.R. 37 and Cherry Valley Road. [Councilmember Bellman said ODOT has emphasized that an overpass is highly unlikely. Manager Hickman suggested that Ms. Walczak’s best recourse would be to contact our state representatives (Evans and Hottinger), the Township Trustees, and/or the County Commissioners. Vice Mayor Moore added that Representative Tiberi had told her that he would only take this up if all the political leaders involved were to come out against the closure.] PUBLIC HEARING (7:46pm) None
NEW BUSINESS (7:46pm) 2003 County Tax Budget The budget was introduced by Councilmember Crais moved to acknowledge receipt of the 2003 County Tax Budget and to set the Public Hearing for June 19, 2002. Second by Councilmember Main. Motion carried, 5-0.
Ordinance No. 07-02, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 39- 01 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 2002 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses. Motion by Councilmember Main; second by Councilmember Crais. Mayor McGowan set the Public Hearing for June 19, 2002.
OLD BUSINESS (7:49pm) None
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (7:49pm) The following additions/corrections were requested: 1) Vice Mayor Moore, p. 5, “Economic Development Committee,” 6th line – “…a marketing strategy for downtown Granville.” Councilmember Crais moved to approve the minutes as corrected; second by Councilmember Main. Motion carried, 5- 0.
COMMITTEE REPORTS (7:51pm) Economic Development Committee (Crais, Moore, Robertson) Meeting this Friday at 7:30am.
Finance Liaison (Moore) No report.
Granville Foundation (Main) Councilmember Main reported the Foundation was pleased to announce it had hired former Village Manager, Doug Plunkett, as its new Executive Director. Plunkett succeeds long-time Director, Carl Frazier.
JEDD (Bellman, Crais) Councilmember Bellman noted that Kendal will be asking for sewer extension and distributed, then reviewed, a summary he had prepared reflecting his own impressions of the committee’s consensus; the committee has not yet signed off on anything. Newark/Granville Committee (Bellman, Main) No report.
Personnel Committee (Hartfield, McGowan, Robertson) No report.
Planning Commission (Main) No report.
Recreation Commission (McGowan) Mayor McGowan reported that summer sports are underway (weather permitting!).
Senior Citizen Committee (Robertson) Manager Hickman noted the Senior Survey will be out within the week. Strategic Land Acquisition Committee (Bellman, Crais, Moore) No report.
Street Light Committee (McGowan) Mayor McGowan noted there are new lights by IGA. We have one more year to complete the cycle of replacement lights.
Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Bellman, Hartfield, McGowan) Councilmember Bellman continued the discussion of sewer extension to Kendal, focusing on the particular route that might be used (Weaver Drive?) and the particular system that might be installed (forced main v. gravity-feed). At this point, the Village would prefer the latter, Kendal the former. Councilmember Bellman a JEDD would not work for Kendal since JEDDs are primarily concerned with commercial enterprise and they do not permit the presence of electors. If Kendal were to create a CEDA, the issue of an income tax would need to be discussed and agreed to. Law Director Crites is researching the issue. Mayor McGowan noted Kendal is operating in a time frame that requires them to have an answer from Council by July 31st and suggested a special meeting to deal with this topic. Manager Hickman will check on everyone’s availability on June 26th and July 10th, then set a meeting date.
Tree & Landscape Committee (Moore) No report.
Union Cemetery Board (Main) No report.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS (8:24pm) BZBA Appointment. Manager Hickman reported the notice of this vacancy had appeared twice in the newspaper as well as being communicated to the e-mail list. One response has been received. Council agreed to hold the appointment over to the June 19th meeting. MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS (8:25pm) Jun 4, 2002 7:30pm Granville Recreation Commission Jun 7, 2002 7:30am Economic Development Commission (@ Granville Coffee House) Jun 10, 2002 7:30pm Planning Commission Jun 11, 2002 7:00pm Tree & Landscape Committee Jun 13, 2002 7:00pm Board of Zoning & Building Appeals Jun 19, 2002 7:30pm Village Council Jun 24, 2002 7:30pm Planning Commission Jun 25, 2002 5:30pm Personnel Committee
EXECUTIVE SESSION (8:25pm) Councilmember Crais moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss possible land acquisition. Second by Vice Mayor Moore. A Roll Call vote yielded five (5) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Bellman, Crais, and Main; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan). Motion carried, 5-0. Thereafter, Council entered into Executive Session and a discussion considering the purchase of property for public purposes was had. At 9:11pm, Councilmember Crais moved to return to regular session; second by Councilmember Main. A Roll Call vote yielded five (5) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Crais and Main; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan; Councilmember Bellman). Motion carried, 5-0.
ADJOURNMENT (9:13pm) Councilmember Crais moved to adjourn the meeting; second by Councilmember Main. Motion carried, 5-0. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by Sandy Ellinger