VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES May 7, 2003
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor McGowan at 7:31 pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were, Councilmembers Hartfield, Robertson, Crais, Main, Vice Mayor Moore, and Mayor McGowan; Manager Hickman, Law Director Crites.
Councilmember Crais moved to excuse Councilmember Bellman, seconded by Councilmember Hartfield.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:32 pm) Councilmember Main moved to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by Councilmember Robertson. Motion carried.
CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:33 pm) All topics
Barkley Gano, Burg Street, spoke in regards to the parking situation on Burg Street. He stated that in the 38 years that he has lived in Granville, the parking lots on Burg Street have always been there. He is concerned about 25 spaces being reduced to 12. Mr. Gano stated that once these spaces are gone – they are gone. He urged Council to carefully consider that Granville lacks parking spaces already and that many people use these lots. Manager Hickman stated that there are currently 6 parking spaces requiring permits. This number would increase to 12. He went on to say that the plan was to turn the asphalt area into green space and that he feels comfortable with the current decision and respectively disagrees with Mr. Gano. Councilmember Hartfield inquired if the removal of spaces is necessary to complete the project. Manager Hickman stated that the removal was mainly because of aesthetics. Vice Mayor Moore was under the impression that these spaces did not belong to the municipality. Manager Hickman said that the Village and University control the lower lot, while the University controls the upper lot. Councilmember Hartfield said that she believed that the three spaces closest to the road were the only spaces affected. Manager Hickman stated that was not the case and perhaps previously explained incorrectly. Councilmember Hartfield wished to know if it was too late to make changes. Manager Hickman said no. Mayor McGowan said that the appropriate committee would look at this matter. Councilmember Crais inquired if the neighbors on Burg Street were informed about the removal of the spaces. Manager Hickman said that the University advertised several meetings for citizen comments and Mr. Gano and approximately ten others attended.
Jim Matesich, 62 Victoria Drive/Fern Hill, presented council with a Petition of Interest to provide municipal water to the Fern Hill Sub-division. He said that 22 of the 27 households he spoke with signed the petition requesting water for the area. Manager Hickman stated that there are approximately 48 households on Fern Hill. Mr. Matesich himself has dug three wells to get adequate water and feels that municipal water would not only provide safety with fire hydrants, but also decrease insurance costs for the households. Mayor McGowan stated that the Streets, Sidewalks and Utilities Committee would likely look into this matter. He also said that it would be nice to know how many of the households would want to hookup to water now and how many would want to in the future. Manager Hickman stated that paving in the area will likely take place in the near future. He also said that he would need to know exactly how many households would want to participate.
Dr LeMay, Victoria Drive/Fern Hill, spoke to Council in regards to the urgent need for water at her residence. She stated that she has two wells and runs out of water frequently with low usage. Dr. LeMay stated that municipal water is a need more than a want. She also asked what was being dug up at the bottom of Fern Hill several months ago. Manager Hickman stated that storm sewer improvements were being done. He went on to say that a booster station would be needed if water were to be provided to Fern Hill and that he believed that was still approximately one year away. Dr. LeMay wondered if it would be possible to tap into the Newark water tank. Manager Hickman stated that he would ask.
Joe Ebel – Licking County Health Department Mr. Ebel stated Licking County has the highest radon levels in Ohio. Of the 1024 tests done in Granville, 790 were above the desired level. He went on to say that the Health Department provides free tests to residents that can be picked up at the village offices, as well as the headquarters. In 2002, 135 tests were distributed from Granville Village offices. There is no way of knowing if households picked up more than one test to re-test their homes. He also said that all Granville schools have been tested for radon. Councilmember Robertson asked what type of public education is being done. Mr. Ebel stated that the Health Department is trying to promote a program that encourages people to build radon resistant homes. He also said that they have a good relationship with local papers, including a periodic column with the Advocate. Mayor McGowan asked if the Village offices have been tested for radon. Manager Hickman stated they have not, but he could do a test. Councilmember Crais wished to know how the threshold has changed in the last 5-10 years. Mr. Ebel stated that it has stayed about the same. Mr. Ebel went on to remind Council that it is the time of year to worry about West Nile Virus. He said that the Health Department is contracting with local Villages to kill mosquito larvae lying in standing water. He does not yet know if the Village is contracting with the City of Newark or the Health Department. Councilmember Crais inquired if there have been many cases of Lymes disease and what prevention, if any. Mr. Ebel stated that Lymes disease is not native to Ohio, but Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is. He also said that these two diseases are hard to control.
Mayor McGowan closed citizens’ comments at 8:16 pm.
PUBLIC HEARING None Scheduled
NEW BUSINESS (8:16 pm) Ordinance No. 06-03, An Ordinance To Rename Sinnett Avenue, Old Orchard Drive and Red Bud Lane to Mt. Parnassus Drive was introduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember Robertson. Mayor McGowan set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 06-03 for May 21, 2003.
Ordinance No. 07-03, An Ordinance Approving The Application To Rezone Property Owned By The St. Edwards Church Located at 695, 715, 785 and 865 Newark Granville Road was introduced by Councilmember Main. Second by Councilmember Hartfield. Mayor McGowan set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 07-03 for June 4, 2003.
OLD BUSINESS (8:20 pm) None Scheduled
REVIEW OF MINUTES (8:20 pm) Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 16, 2003. Councilmember Robertson moved to accept the minutes as corrected; seconded by Councilmember Hartfield. Motion carried, 6-0.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Economic Development Committee (Crais, Moore, Robertson)
Finance Liaison (Moore) No Report.
Granville Foundation (Main) No Report.
JEDD (Bellman, Crais) No Report.
Newark/Granville Committee (Bellman, Main) No Report.
Personnel (Hartfield, McGowan, Robertson) No Report.
Planning Commission (Main) Councilmember Main stated that the committee met on 5/3/03 to discuss the rezoning of St. Edwards Catholic Church. He stated that the rezoning from Residential to Institutional would give the Village more control of the property. Manager Hickman went on to say that current approval for Residential districts is done thru the Village Planner. However, under Institutional District code approval must go thru the Planning Commission. Father Enke was in attendance for questions by the Council.
Recreation Commission (McGowan)
Senior Citizen Committee (Moore, Robertson) Councilmember Robertson stated that the Committee will meet on 5/8/03. Guests will be the National Church Residences. Street Light Committee (McGowan) No Report.
Streets/Sidewalks/Utilities Committee (Bellman, Hartfield, McGowan) No Report.
Tree & Landscape Committee (Moore)
Union Cemetery Board (Main) No report.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS The Bryn Du II Committee will meet on May 14 & 15 for RFP presentations. The Committee hopes to have two proposals to recommend to Council.
Manager Hickman noted the letter of appreciation in Council packets. He also dispersed information in regards to Spring Valley that he had just received.
EXECUTIVE SESSION Pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(2), Councilmember Crais made a motion to enter into Executive Session to consider the purchase of property for public purposes. Second by Councilmember Robertson.
Roll Call: Main, Moore, Robertson, McGowan, Crais. Councilmember Hartfield asked to be recused from Executive Session.
Time in: 8:42
Councilmember Robertson made a motion to return to regular session. Councilmember Crais second.
Roll Call: Robertson, Main, Crais, Moore, McGowan. Motion carried. (5-0)
Time out: 9:58pm
Councilmember Crais moved to reject the March 4th offer from the Spring Valley Vice Mayor Moore second. Motion carried. (5-0)
Councilmember Robertson made a motion to allow the Village Manager to open discussion with family members of the Spring Valley property and Township Trustees for the purpose of acquiring Spring Valley Park. It is also Council’s intention to request township trustees to include the proposal on the ballot for general election. Councilmember Main second. Motion carried (5-0)
ADJOURNMENT At 10:01pm, Councilmember Crais moved to adjourn the meeting. Second by Councilmember Main. Motion carried, 6-0. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by: Melanie Schott