Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 1/6/04

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MINUTES
January 6,  2004


CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Crais at 7:30 pm)


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


ROLL CALL
    Those responding to the roll call were
Councilmembers Barsky, Hartfield, Herman, Main, O’Keefe,
and Vice Mayor Crais.  Filling in for Law Director Crites
is Attorney Jim Gorry.  Filling in for Manager Hickman is
Finance Director Molly Roberts.  

    Councilmember Barsky made a motion to excuse Mayor
Robertson and Manager Hickman.  Councilmember Main
second.  Motion carried.     
 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:31 pm)
    Councilmember Hartfield moved to approve the
agenda, seconded by Councilmember Herman.  Motion carried.


CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:32 pm)
All topics –  None

Solid Waste District – Carol Philipps
Ms. Philipps stated that the Solid Waste District was
formed in 1988 and comprised of Coshocton, Licking,
Fairfield, and Perry counties.  She stated that they exist
to reduce solid waste at landfills and increase
recycling.  Ms. Philipps stated that they currently
receive two dollars for every ton of waste collected, and
this cost would increase to four dollars for out of
district customers in 2005.  She stated that this increase
will not impact the people in Licking County and their
trash costs will not go up as a result of this increase.  
However, in 2009 the in district fees will go up from one
dollar per ton to two dollars per ton.  Ms. Philipps
stated that each person generates about a ton of waste per
year, and in 2009 the cost will go up to two dollars per
person.  She stated that part of the ratification process
is that once the policy committee has finalized the plan
it will be sent out to all of the municipalities,
townships and counties and people vote on whether or not
to approve it.  She stated that when 60% of the population
says yes it is considered ratified and sent to the EPA for
their approval.  She stated that she was there tonight to
ask Council for their approval.         
Councilmember Herman asked where recycling materials go
after they are picked up by the trash hauler.  Ms.
Philipps stated that it depends on the hauler, but for
example Big O Refuse delivers the materials to SBC
Recycling in Croton.  She stated that SBC Recycling gives
voluntary reports to Solid Waste District monthly.  
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the primary type of solid
waste seen is industrial.  Ms. Philipps stated yes.  
Councilmember O’Keefe also asked what happens to the waste
picked up at Granville’s annual “Spring Cleanup.”  Ms.
Roberts stated that the village pays a separate company to
handle this.  
Councilmember Barsky asked where they collected their two
dollars per ton.  Ms. Philipps stated that this money is
collected at the landfill.
Councilmember Herman asked what percentage of waste is
considered to be in district.  Ms. Philipps stated that
75% is out of district and 25% is in district.  She stated
that the majority of out of district waste comes from
Muskingum and Franklin counties.  Ms.  Philipps stated
that Muskingum county does not have a landfill and it is
cheaper for Franklin county to truck their waste here.  
She also stated that a three month service for hauling
waste from Big O Refuse is approximately $48.00 and
approximately twenty-five cents of this goes to Solid
Waste District.
Councilmember Hartfield asked how appliances are disposed
of.  Ms. Philipps stated that the County Litter Prevention
Program takes appliances.   If the appliance is free of
Freon it can be taken by the trash hauling company.  She
stated that there are companies who will remove the
Freon.    
Vice Mayor Crais stated that some time ago there was some
discussion in Granville on contracting out hauling
services.  He asked Ms. Philipps if this was the norm.  
She stated that Utica and Pataskala are the only two areas
she knows of that contract out.

Vice Mayor Crais stated that Council would later on the
agenda be voting on Resolution 04-01 in regards to this
matter.

Adelphia – Rich Whaley
Mr. Whaley stated that he is the new general manager for
the Newark area and apologized if he would be unable to
answer all of Council’s questions.  He stated he could get
back with them on anything he was unsure of because of
being new to the position.  Mr. Whaley stated that
Adelphia’s current franchise agreement is going to expire
on February 16, 04.  He stated that he was addressing
Council to facilitate the process for renewing the
contract.  He also distributed a model franchise
agreement.  Mr. Whaley stated that many villages/cities
set up committees to work with him on the contractual
agreement.  Mr. Whaley suggested working under a good
faith agreement until a new agreement is officially in
place.  He told Council that although the February 16
deadline is fast approaching, it was not necessary to have
all negotiations done by then if they worked under the
good faith agreement. He went on to say that the agreement
allows things to operate as is until the new and official
agreement is in place.  

Councilmember O’Keefe stated that she does not have cable
and wanted to know if Adelphia is the only provider of
cable service in Granville.  She also asked how often they
raise their rates.  Mr. Whaley stated that some of their
competition is dish networks and due to inflation and
programming costs they generally raise their rates once
per year.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if Adelphia had
ever considered a senior citizen discount.  Mr. Whaley
stated that this is something they have considered looking
into and may consider using the Golden Buckeye card for
perhaps a 5% discount.  Mr. Whaley stated that they do
offer basic cable for a reasonable price, and this amount
has not been raised in about five years.   

Councilmember Barsky stated that is would be interesting
for her to see the increase in costs graphed out.  Mr.
Whaley stated that he did not have this available, but
could work on getting this information to her.  

Councilmember Herman asked if Adelphia has the ability to
offer a package of services that is specific for Granville
or a specific group.  Mr. Whaley stated that this is not
the norm.  Councilmember Herman also asked if any
discounts would apply to service provided in volume.  Mr.
Whaley indicated that he could further look into this.  

Councilmember O’Keefe asked why there is such little time
before the contract expires.  Mr. Whaley apologized and
said he was new to the position and the previous manager
had sent a letter, but did not follow up.  He stated that
the previous contract was negotiated in 1991.  

Vice Mayor Crais asked how the level of customer service
is known.  Mr. Whaley stated that by offering additional
services such as digital cable, high speed internet, and
eventually high definition television, Adelphia can keep
their customers happy.  He went on to say that although no
one is happy with cost increases, they try to focus on
newer and better services.  Mr. Whaley also stated that he
feels customers are generally happy with their level of
customer service when talking with phone technicians and
customer service representatives.  

Councilmember O’Keefe asked if Adelphia works with schools
to televise ballgames.  Mr. Whaley stated yes and this is
initiated by both the city/village and the cable company.  
Councilmember O’Keefe asked how fiber optic cable is
installed.  Mr. Whaley stated they generally install it
above ground, because it is two times more expensive to
install underground.  He stated that it is more expensive
because its harder to fix.  

Mr. Whaley stated that some type of agreement will need to
be put into place to protect the village and Adelphia.  

Vice Mayor Crais stated that Manager Hickman has suggested
that this agreement be looked at in committee.  

Vice Mayor Crais moved to have the Lights, Safety, Streets
and Sidewalks & Utility Committee review this agreement.  
Second by Councilmember Barsky.
    
Vice Mayor Crais closed citizens’ comments at 8:09 pm.


PUBLIC HEARING
    None Scheduled


NEW BUSINESS  (8:09 pm)
    Resolution No. 04-01, A Resolution To Update The
District Solid Waste Management Plan was introduced by
Councilmember Herman.  Second by Councilmember Main.   

Discussion:  Councilmember Barsky moved to amend with the
following friendly amendment:
In the second paragraph “WHEREAS,…” strike the
word “additional”

Motion carried (6-0).  Resolution No. 04-01 is adopted.

    Resolution No. 04-02, A Resolution To Authorize
The Village Manager To Seek Bids For Storm Sewer
Improvements At The Bryn Du Polo Field was introduced by
Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember
Main.                         

Discussion:   None

Motion carried (6-0).  Resolution No. 04-02 is adopted.

    Resolution No. 04-03, A Resolution To Authorize
The Village Manager To Seek Bids For Storm Sewer
Improvements To West Broadway was introduced by
Councilmember Main.  Second by Councilmember
Hartfield.                         

Discussion:   Councilmember O’Keefe asked if there was any
damage to West Broadway or anywhere else in the village
due to the recent rains.  Finance Director Roberts stated
not to her knowledge.  It was stated that Manager Hickman
would have a better idea of this and would certainly
update Council in the near future if there were any
problems.  

Motion carried (6-0).  Resolution No. 04-03 is adopted.

    Resolution No. 04-04, Establishing Community
Committees And Committee Liaisons was introduced by
Councilmember Barksy.  Second by Councilmember Hartfield.

Discussion:   Councilmember O’Keefe moved to Table the
Resolution until the January 21, 04 Council meeting.  
Second by Councilmember Herman.  

Councilmember Herman wished to thank the people who worked
on the Resolution.  
Councilmember Main stated that specifically the substance
in Section II of the Resolution is something that they
have been wanting to address.   

Motion carried (6-0).  Resolution No. 04-04 is tabled.

       
OLD BUSINESS
     None Scheduled






REVIEW OF MINUTES  
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of December 17, 2003
Vice Mayor Crais moved to accept the minutes as amended;
seconded by Councilmember                          
Herman.  Motion carried, 6-0.   

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS  

Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks & Utility Committee
Committee will possibly meet this Friday, January 9.  

Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee
Scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 14.

Planning & Zoning Committee
Councilmember Barsky stated that this committee has met
and decided that a new name is needed.  She asked if
anyone has any suggestions to email them to her.  She went
on to say that the committee minutes are in Council’s
packets.  Councilmember Barsky stated that the committee
will meet on January 16, however the agenda would change
due to the scheduled speakers being unavailable.  

Union Cemetery
No Report.

Planning Commission    
Councilmember O’Keefe stated that they had a short
meeting.  She stated that there was no discussion of the
Comprehensive Plan due to two members not being there.  
Councilmember O’Keefe stated that the Baptist Church will
have their tower lit.  She went on to say that the changes
at the Granville Market were discussed.  
 


OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Vice Mayor Crais asked Council how they liked the new
template for committee meeting minutes.  Council seemed to
like the new template.  Vice Mayor Crais went on to say
that a laptop is now available for every meeting.  

Councilmember Barsky stated that there are some vacancies
on the BZBA and Planning Commission that need to be
filled.  Council asked to have the candidates who have
applied for BZBA to be present at the next Council
meeting.  
Assistant Law Director Gorry was asked what happens in the
case of a vacancy and it not being filled.  Assistant Law
Director Gorry stated that if there is a vacancy it simply
remains vacant until Council appoints someone.  He stated
that the commission can still move forward and function
even if there is a vacancy.  

Councilmember Herman stated that Council should have a
presence at the January 29 MORPC meeting.  It was stated
that Vice Mayor Crais, Mayor Robertson, Manager Hickman
and Councilmember O’Keefe plan to attend.  Councilmember
Barsky suggested passing along names of anyone interested
to Manager Hickman.  

Councilmember Herman stated that he was in receipt of a
letter from Granville Schools Superintendent Kathy Lowery
in regards to future levies and bond issues.  He stated
that there is a meeting being held on January 15 at 7:00.  
Councilmember Herman stated that he plans to attend this
meeting and will report any information back to Council.  
Councilmember Main asked if he was being asked to attend
as a member of Council.  Councilmember Herman was unsure.  

Councilmember Herman stated that he recently spoke with
the Granville Education Foundation president and they are
requesting that a member from Council be added to their
board.  He felt that this could be looked at before
passing Resolution No. 04-04.  

Vice Mayor Crais
Council moved to send the Comprehensive Plan Update to the
Planning and Zoning Committee for review.  
 
 

ADJOURNMENT
    At  8:40 pm, Councilmember Hartfield moved to
adjourn the meeting.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.  
Motion carried, 6-0.  Meeting adjourned.


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