VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES July 17, 2002
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor McGowan at 7:31pm) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL Those responding to the Roll Call were Councilmembers Crais, Hartfield, Main, and Robertson; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan; Law Director Crites. Councilmember Crais moved to excuse Councilmember Bellman; second by Councilmember Main. Motion carried, 6-0.
CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:33pm) All Topics Randy Kerr, 107 Ballymore Court. Mr. Kerr raised several concerns, beginning with the trees in front of Wendy’s that have been have been cut down. He wanted to know whose decision that had been and requested that the trees be replaced with tree of the same species and same caliper. Vice Mayor Moore responded that the Tree & Landscape Committee was disturbed as well and had asked Manager Hickman to look into the matter. They understand that Wendy’s got permission from ODOT to cut down the trees and are trying to determine if ODOT has the power to make that decision. Mr. Kerr then said he understood that Bob Evans was to have planted trees as part of their construction requirements. Vice Mayor Moore responded that she didn’t know the answer to that but would find out. Mr. Kerr also asked how he would go about getting the Village to install streetlights in The Glen at Erinwood to improve safety for residents walking through the neighborhood as well as children waiting for the school bus. Mayor McGowan described the schedule by which the Village is systematically replacing Village streetlights, noting that we are in the 5th or 6th year of the schedule for which money has been appropriated. He will bring up Mr. Kerr’s request at the next Streets/ Sidewalks/Utilities meeting.
John Crecca, 1550 Welsh Hills Road (Township). Mr. Crecca expressed his appreciation to the GPD for having taken the trouble to call his home before they towed his car from in front of Taylor’s just before the Fourth of July. He then expressed his concerns about the closing of River Road and the effect that would have on the already-overworked intersection at Cherry Valley Road and S.R. 16. He asked if an overpass at River Road had been considered. Mayor McGowan reported the Streets & Sidewalks Committee had discussed the matter at length and had talked with ODOT and LCATS as well. The fact is that the final decision is a matter of ODOT’s priorities and they now have a court ruling that allows them to close the River Road intersection. He added that ODOT has rights to an area to the east of Cherry Valley Road and has long-range plans for an interchange; the specific timing of that project is unknown. Councilmember Main said he expected the issue would be forced to a decision by the volumes of traffic, which have more then doubled in the last year. Meanwhile, everyone is concerned and frustrated. Bill Heim, 225 East College Street. Mr. Heim asked that his name be corrected on the Resolution confirming his appointment to the BZBA. Vice Mayor Moore said she would take care of it when the Resolution was introduced.
Boy Scouts’ Letter of Appreciation Councilmember Robertson presented letters of appreciation for the Boy Scouts. Mayor McGowan read aloud the one addressed to Scout Ben Thomas, present at the meeting to represent the Boy Scout Troop who had worked so hard to roll and tie the copies of the Declaration of Independence distributed by Council at the Fourth of July Parade. All members of Council present signed each of the letters; once Councilmember Bellman has signed them as well, they will be mailed to Ben Thomas for distribution to the rest of the Scouts. Councilmember Robertson told Scout Thomas that she had been very impressed by the Scout who was present the night this subject came up, and his ready offer to make this happen.
Mayor McGowan closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:45pm.
PUBLIC HEARINGS (8:45pm) None
NEW BUSINESS (8:45pm) Resolution No. 02-24, A Resolution Of Appreciation For Ashlin Caravana. Introduced and read in full by Vice Mayor Moore; second by Councilmember Crais. Motion carried, 6-0.
Resolution No. 02-25, A Resolution To Fill A Vacancy On The Board Of Zoning And Building Appeals. Introduced by Councilmember Crais; second by Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried, 6-0.
Ordinance No. 08-02, An Ordinance To Authorize The Purchase Of 18.040 Acres and 2.5 Acres Of Land Located At 537 Jones Road. Introduced by Vice Mayor Moore; second by Councilmember Hartfield. Mayor McGowan set the Public Hearing for August 7, 2002.
Ordinance No. 09-02, An Ordinance To Accept The Donation Of 32.24 Acres Of Land On Newark-Granville Road. Introduced by Vice Mayor Moore; second by Councilmember Hartfield. Mayor McGowan set the Public Hearing for August 7, 2002.
Ordinance No. 10-02, An Ordinance To Approve The Conveyance Of Up To 19.8 Acres Of Land To The Trustees Of Granville Township. Introduced by Vice Mayor Moore; second by Councilmember Main. Mayor McGowan set the Public Hearing for August 7, 2002.
OLD BUSINESS (7:50pm) None.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES (7:50pm) Regularly Scheduled Meeting of July 10, 2002 The following additions/corrections were requested: 1) Councilmember Crais, p. 4, 4th paragraph – modify Councilmember Bellman’s motion to reflect the changes made to his original text which appears in the Minutes. The modified text reads as follows: “Councilmember Bellman moved as follows: Council agrees in principle to extend sewer to Kendal under the proposal set forth in Project C, if feasible, or a modification thereof, or Project A, contingent upon the Village and Kendal being able to agree to terms and conditions, said terms including, but not limited to, rates, multipliers, a CEDA, payment in lieu of income tax, and tap-in fees, and any further extension to be done in conjunction with a JEDD or CEDA agreement.” 2) Mayor McGowan, p. 6, “Fourth of July” – Asked that the text of this entry be changed to counter the impression given in the Sentinel that all members of Council were against the fireworks. Members of Council were unable to agree on precisely what had been said at the meeting. Deputy Clerk Ellinger said she would produce a transcript of that conversation so this section of the Minutes could be amended at a later time. 3) Law Director Crites, p. 7, “Executive Session,” – correct the citation of the ORC to read “ORC 121.11 (G2) (G)(2).”
Vice Mayor Moore moved to approve the Minutes as modified with the provision that Councilmembers would have the ability to review and present potential future corrections to the Fourth of July section at the next Council Meeting. Second by Councilmember Main. Motion carried, 6-0.
MAYOR’S COURT REPORT – JUNE (8:08pm) The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of June was presented for review. Discussion: Mayor McGowan pointed out people have been cutting through the Village to avoid the heavy traffic on S.R. 16; they are also speeding. He suggested we consider installing “Reduced Speed Ahead” and “Children Playing” signs just to the west of Wildwood Drive/Wildwood Park. He will ask Manager Hickman about this. Councilmember Hartfield moved to accept the report; second by Councilmember Main. 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 – JUNE (8:10pm) The Manager’s Report for the month of June was presented for review. Councilmember Crais moved to accept the report; second by Councilmember Main. 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 (8:10pm) Economic Development Committee (Crais, Moore Robertson) No report.
Finance Liaison (Moore) No report.
Granville Foundation (Main) No report.
JEDD (Bellman, Crais) No report.
Newark/Granville Committee (Bellman, Main) Councilmember Main noted he will be meeting with a Newark City Councilman next week and asked that members of Council convey any concerns to him before that meeting.
Personnel Committee (Hartfield, McGowan, Robertson) No report.
Planning Commission (Main) Councilmember Main reported the Commission has had extensive meetings involving the application of Speedway at S.R. 16 and Cherry Valley Road—all involving surprisingly few citizens who wish to comment on the issue. The vote on the application is scheduled for Monday, July 22nd. Councilmember Main offered high praise for the Planning Commission for the hard work they have done on this application, trying to apply the zoning ordinances as carefully as possible. He also had kind words for the Speedway representatives, whom he characterized as patient and cooperative. In summary, the process has been quite workable in spite of the parties being at odds on different factors. Councilmember Robertson proposed that we publicize the July 22nd meeting by putting the drawings in the window of the Village offices and e-mailing an announcement to the e-list. Mayor McGowan emphasized that the Planning Commission’s recommendation will come to Council for a decision once the vote has been taken. Council will then vote to approve or not approve the development plan.
Recreation Commission (McGowan) No report.
Senior Citizen Committee (Moore, Robertson) Councilmember Robertson noted that agenda for the next meeting will be the review of returned Senior Surveys.
Strategic Land Acquisition Committee (Bellman, Crais, Moore) No report.
Street Light Committee (McGowan) No report.
Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Bellman, Hartfield, McGowan) No report.
Tree & Landscape Committee (Moore) No report.
Union Cemetery Board (Main) No report.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS (8:16pm) None
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS 18 July 2002 8:30am Senior Committee 22 July 2002 7:30pm Planning Commission
EXECUTIVE SESSION (8:17pm) Councilmember Main moved to enter into Executive Session pursuant to ORC 121.22 (G)(1) for the purpose of considering the employment and compensation of a public employee. Second by Councilmember Hartfield. A Roll Call vote yielded six (6) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Crais, Hartfield, Main, and Robertson; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan). Motion carried, 6-0.
At 8:42 pm, Councilmember Crais moved to conclude the Executive Session. Second by Councilmember Main . A Roll Call vote yielded six (6) affirmative votes (Councilmembers Hartfield, Main, and Robertson; Vice Mayor Moore, Mayor McGowan; Councilmember Crais). Motion carried, 6-0.
ADJOURNMENT Councilmember Main moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 pm. Second by Councilmember Hartfield. Motion carried, 6- 0. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by Sandy Ellinger