VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES May 5, 2004
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:33pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Councilmember Hartfield moved to amend the agenda and place the roll call after item No. 2. Seconded by Councilmember Herman.
ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Hartfield, Herman, O’Keefe, and Mayor Robertson. Law Director Crites and Manager Hickman. Councilmember Herman moved to excuse Councilmember Main. Seconded by Councilmember Hartfield.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:35 pm) Councilmember OKeefe moved to approve the agenda as amended, seconded by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried.
CITIZENS’ COMMENTS (7:35 pm) Mr. Marsh, Director of Granville Township Sanitary District, spoke to Council in regards to mosquitoes and the process the Sanitary District goes through to get rid of them. Mr. Marsh stated that the Sanitary District was formed in 1971. He mentioned that some bad areas in Granville for mosquitoes are on West Broadway (by Wildwood Park), the south side of the bike path, and an area near Red Point swamp. He stated that they check for larvae and treat it appropriately. Mr. Marsh asked to be contacted if anyone knows of areas where water is setting, because these types of areas are particularly bad for mosquito breeding. Mr. Marsh stated that they currently work with Newark for treating mosquitoes. Mr. Marsh stated that this is paid for through the County Auditor and the last money received by the Granville Township Sanitary District was a 10th of a mil/$25,000.
Harry Ballinger, Director of Environmental Health, Newark, spoke to Council in regards to how Newark helps Granville treat for mosquitoes. He stated that they charge a per hour rate under contract, as well as mileage to and from Newark. Mr. Ballinger stated that one component of the program includes the prevention of encephalitis. He also stated that Mr. Marsh was very progressive with helping to start the Sanitary District in Granville because it was the first mosquito prevention program in Ohio. Mr. Barringer went on to say that the Licking County Health Department should be contacted about dead birds – particularly Crows and Blue Jays. He stated that dead birds are related to the West Nile virus, and there have been cases of West Nile virus in Licking County. Mr. Ballinger stated that they are currently putting out larvcide to aide in killing mosquito larvae. He indicated that granules have been spread in lying water near Wildwood Park. Mr. Ballinger stated that as a last resort, they will use spraying from a volume mist sprayer. He stated that the mist sprayer is different from fogging, which hasn’t been done since 1975. Mr. Ballinger stated that spraying occurs when mosquitoes are out – from dusk to dawn. He stated that all operators of the mist sprayer are licensed and travel in a pickup truck with a yellow flashing light. Mr. Ballinger stated that the product they use is called ‘Biomist” or “Mosquito Mist.” He stated that these have a very low LD, and with two hours in the sun the product is completely broken down. Mr. Ballinger stated that the operators of the mist sprayer wear protection because they are around the product for hours at a time, and the sprayer is noisy. Mr. Ballinger stated that it is public record as to how much pesticide is used, and where the product was sprayed, along with the mileage. Mr. Ballinger stated that the most overlooked problem for mosquito hatching is at home. He stated that gutters (with water lying in them) is the most overlooked problem. Mr. Ballinger also stated that tires with water, bird baths, and tarps with gathered water can also create a problem. Mr. Ballinger ended by stating that ¼ cup of lying water and can support ¼ cup of mosquitoes. He stated that anyone knowing of problem areas with mosquitoes should contact Mr. Marsh or Mr. Hickman.
Mayor Robertson asked that the information shared by Mr. Ballinger regarding mosquitoes and overlooked areas be made available on the website and Sentinel. She stated that she appreciated Mr. Marsh’s and Mr. Ballinger’s efforts all summer long.
Mayor Robertson closed citizens’ comments at 8:02 pm.
The following people spoke to Council in support of individuals for the Council appointment:
Tracee Karaffa, 300 North Pearl Street, stated that she believed Barb Lucier is like-minded to Clifton Crais and she supports her for the council appointment.
Maxine Montgomery, 325 Shannon Lane, stated she supports Matt McGowan. She asked that he be appointed to the open seat on Council. Ms. Montgomery stated that Mr. McGowan was fifth highest vote getter during the November election.
Dan Bellman, 320 North Pearl Street, stated that Ben Rader did do a good job when he served on Council. Mr. Bellman also stated that although he and Mr. McGowan did not always agree, he feels at certain times he too did a good job. However, in regards to the vision of this current Council, Mr. Bellman stated that Barb Lucier would be a good match.
The following candidates spoke to Council in regards to the vacancy:
Mark Widner, 316 West Elm Street, stated that he was interested in being appointed for the vacancy on Council. He stated that he is new to the village (August 2003). Mr. Widner said that he lived in Europe for seven years and before that was appointed to Council in Fairfield County for three years. Mr. Widner stated that he has a lot to offer and perhaps someone new to the area – with a different set of eyes – would be good for this Council.
Matt McGowan, 330 Spellman Street, stated that information regarding his being pro-development was distributed during the campaign. He stated that he does not believe this to be true and that he can cite numerous cases where this is not the case. Mr. McGowan stated that during the Bob Evans controversy he made an effort to talk with the Vice President of Construction for Bob Evans, and as a result there is now a better Bob Evans than what was voted on. Mr. McGowan stated that he, along with Candi Moore, first suggested looking at the Bryn Du property. He stated that he worked with the Trustees and as a result there is a beautifully preserved green space. Lastly, Mr. McGowan stated that the assets he could bring to Council would be his ability to work with other entities in the community. He stated that Council has received letters of support from the school board and Chamber of Commerce president. Mr. McGowan also stated that he has good relations with the Granville business community.
Mayor Robertson thanked Mr. McGowan for the good things he has done for Granville.
Ben Rader, no address given, stated that he moved to Granville in 1968. He stated that he was previously on Council for twelve years. Mr. Rader stated that he has served on two Comprehensive Plan committees, as well as helping raise $400,000 for the schools in the “Bringing Together” campaign. Mr. Rader went on to say that he has served as a member on the Bryn Du committee, Rotary member, and a local business owner. Mr. Rader stated that he knows the Village and he is the type of person who gets the facts and makes his own decisions. Mr. Rader ended by saying that he is very pleased to see new people willing to serve on Village Council.
Mayor Robertson thanked Mr. Rader for the good things he has done for Granville.
Barbara Lucier, 216 South Pearl Street, stated that she is interested in being appointed to the vacancy, but she has no intention of running in the November 2005 election. She stated that there will be opportunity for others to serve at that time if she is appointed. Ms. Lucier stated that she would bring an ability to look at each issue with a fresh eye. She said that she has no pre-conceived ideas on how things should go. Ms. Lucier also stated that she agrees with Mr. Rader on how nice it is to have some new people serving on Council. Mayor Robertson added that Ms. Lucier previously served on Council for one term.
Fred Wolfe, 79 Wexford Drive, stated that he has twenty years of experience in government and politics. Mr. Wolfe stated that he worked with the Legislature for four years and spent six years working on Capital Hill. He also stated that he is an active member in the community, and the owner of a local business – Victoria’s Parlor. Mr. Wolfe stated that he felt his diversified background and the fact of being a local business owner would be an asset to village Council.
Amber Mitchell, 600 West Broadway, stated that she has spoken to Council in the past on her willingness to serve the community in some capacity.
Mayor Robertson thanked all of the people who volunteered to fill the vacancy on Council. She stated that it was nice to have six people willing to serve in our community.
COUNCIL APPOINTMENT By a vote of 4 to 1, Barbara Lucier was appointed to serve on Village Council for the unexpired term that was vacated by Clifton Crais. Law Director Crites administered the Oath of Office to Barbara Lucier.
PUBLIC HEARING None Scheduled
NEW BUSINESS (8:15 pm) Resolution No. 04-37, A Resolution Authorizing Village Funds For The Grand Prix Bicycle Race was introduced by Councilmember Herman. Second by Councilmember Hartfield.
Discussion: Councilmember Barsky asked Mr. Tyler if the $2500 requested was a firm number. Mr. Tyler stated yes, especially due to the loss of his primary sponsor in the past – Unizan Bank. Councilmember Barsky also asked how the sponsors for the Grand Prix race are recognized. Mr. Tyler stated that laps can be bought and there will be a banner used. He stated that there is also a courtesy tent set up for sponsors. Manager Hickman indicated that he will speak with Mr. Tyler about a banner.
Motion carried (7-0). Resolution No. 04-37 is adopted.
Ordinance No. 08-04, An Ordinance Approving The Application To Rezone Property Owned By The Granville Public Library Located At 122 South Prospect Street was introduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember OKeefe.
Discussion: Mayor Robertson indicated that she received some information that depicts some of the history of the Sinnett House. She asked for copies of this information to be made and distributed to Council.
Mayor Robertson set the public hearing for June 2, 2004.
OLD BUSINESS None Scheduled REVIEW OF MINUTES Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 21, 2004 Councilmember Herman moved to accept the minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried, 7-0.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks & Utility Committee No meeting.
Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee Councilmember Herman stated that Council should expect in the not too distant future an inventory of recommendations of the Economic Analysis report done in 2001. He stated that there will be input on the recommendations that have been enacted. Councilmember Herman also stated that when looking to do another Economic Analysis, you need to review what has already been done. Councilmember Hartfield asked if the Chamber of Commerce would be emailed information about the Economic Analysis. Manager Hickman stated yes, possibly tomorrow. Mayor Robertson inquired on the notation in the minutes regarding a visitor’s center and the committee’s work with ‘Downtown Ohio.’ Councilmember Herman stated that this information is being gathered and would be brought before Council at a later time.
Planning & Zoning Committee Councilmember Barsky stated that the committee continued discussions of a JEDD. She stated that information is in Council’s packets for their review. Councilmember Barsky stated that Council needs to have any feedback on this information back to her before the May 20th meeting. Councilmember Barsky went on to thank Law Director Crites for his work in preparing this information. She stated that Law Director Crites is also researching water and sewer extensions if there was a JEDD in place. Councilmember Barsky went on to say that she wanted Council to be aware of the possibility of upcoming discussions on amending the Charter. She stated that she feels citizens should have the right to referendum particularly concerning water and sewer extensions. Councilmember Barsky stated that the current Charter does not allow for the right to referendum for water and sewer extensions. Councilmember Barsky stated that the citizens should have the right to question anything Council does. Councilmember Hartfield asked if this could impact a decision on a JEDD. Councilmember Barsky replied yes if the charter change was passed prior to Council’s approval of a JEDD. Mayor Robertson indicated that such a discussion would need to take place before August because of the ballot.
Union Cemetery No meeting. Planning Commission Councilmember OKeefe stated that nice things were proposed for the Granville Mill. She stated that their plans to remove asphalt and plant grass (as well as other things) was approved. Councilmember OKeefe also stated that a resident on South Prospect street is requesting a curb cut for a second driveway. She stated that this particular issue was tabled. Councilmember OKeefe stated that a demolition permit for 117 South Pearl Street was also approved. OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS Mayor Robertson asked Council to think about the newly formed Arts Commission, and the possibility of it becoming a bit larger. She stated that she would have the proper language prepared to vote on amending this legislation in a future meeting.
Council stated that they are ready to have names submitted for individuals willing to serve on the Planning and BZBA committees. Appointments will be made during the June 2nd Council meeting. Mark Widner asked how he can receive information about these positions. Mayor Robertson encouraged him to speak to anyone on Council, as well as Manager Hickman.
Councilmember Barsky inquired on the charge for the newly formed Bryn Du Commission. She stated that there needs to be a clear charge with documentation showing what that charge is. Councilmember Barsky stated that this is especially needed due to the lack of a clear charge for the Comprehensive Plan committee. There was som disagreement about what was submitted by the committee. Mayor Robertson stated that she and Ms. Recchie would like to speak to the Commission at one of their next two meetings. She asked for Manager Hickman to check on Ms. Recchie’s availability. Mayor Robertson also asked for Manager Hickman to get copies of the Resolution to Councilmembers. She stated that perhaps the charge would appear a bit clearer once they have reviewed the Resolution. Steve Herb, member of the Bryn Du Commission, stated that they will meet on the off Wednesday’s of Council meetings. He also stated that there appears to be an error in the Resolution. He indicated that it states the Commission should report back to Council every other year, instead of Council’s intent to meet with the Commission twice per year. Law Director Crites said this could be accepted without requiring further Council action – as it reflected Council’s intent.
Councilmember OKeefe inquired on some information Council asked Manager Hickman to check on. Council asked for information on maintenance costs in the March Manager’s Report and tax receipts. Council also asked for information on the clock being presented by the Rotary. Specifically, Council wished to know the color of the numerals and how the clock would be lit.
Mayor Robertson asked for the Agenda Template to always include “Other” when other items are listed on the agenda under “Other Council Matters.”
Council discussed the study presented by Denison University students on Walkability. The report goes over making parts of the village that are not walkable – walkable. A nationally known expert, Dan Burden, also spoke on making the community feel more pedestrian oriented. Mayor Robertson stated that she would like to see all of the Councilmembers look at the report. She suggested letting the LSSU Committee familiarize themselves with the report and then have comments come back to Council. Mayor Robertson asked Manager Hickman to provide copies of the Walkability study in Council packets. Councilmember OKeefe stated that there was some concern as to the cost of some of the suggestions and how to pay for them. She stated that she felt the students did a very thorough job. Councilmember Barsky inquired on the regional seminar suggested by Mr. Burden. She asked if Chris Strayer has received any information on this. Manager Hickman stated he would look into this and he knew Mr. Strayer had contacted ODOT and Mr. Burden, but they might still be waiting to hear back from Mr. Burden. Councilmember Barsky stated that the regional seminar would not cost the Village much because people would be charged to attend. It was stated that Trudy Knox would also be interested in organizing the regional seminar. Manager Hickman stated that ideally this fall would be a good time to hold the seminar.
Council discussed a proposed boulevard on Prospect and Maple street. Manager Hickman stated that for various reasons, the neighbors in that area do not want the boulevard. Council asked what some of their reasons were. Manager Hickman stated that parking, UPS access, horse trailer access, and emergency vehicle access were all reasons given for not wanting the boulevard. Councilmember Barsky asked if the fire department was contacted about being able to access if the boulevard was installed. Manager Hickman stated that he sent a letter and placed a phone call, but didn’t hear anything back from the fire department. He stated that the turn should have been maneuverable since the fire department needs around eighteen feet. Councilmember Herman asked what would become of the money appropriated for this in the Resolution passed during the last Council meeting. Manager Hickman stated the money would not get spent. Councilmember Barsky stated that although she wants citizens to have input, in this matter we gave residents plenty of notice. She asked if the road/curbs will now be replaced as is. Manager Hickman stated yes, there will also be two solid yellow lines with reflectors and a crosswalk. Councilmember Lucier asked Manager Hickman to get some documentation from the fire department on what their actual need is when responding to an emergency and needed space. Manager Hickman stated he believed they liked to have eighteen feet. Councilmember Lucier stated that it would still be helpful to know what they need to have.
ADJOURNMENT At 8:55 pm, Councilmember Barsky moved to adjourn the meeting. Second by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried, 7-0. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by Melanie Schott