VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES August 18, 2004
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:32 pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were, Councilmembers Barsky, Hartfield, Herman, Main, OKeefe, and Mayor Robertson; Manager Hickman and Law Director Crites. Motion carried. Councilmember Herman moved to excuse Vice Mayor Lucier for the time that she would not be present. Seconded by Councilmember Hartfield.
Vice Mayor Lucier arrived at 7:34 pm. APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:35 pm) Councilmember Main moved to accept the agenda as presented, seconded by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:35 pm) No one appeared to speak.
Mayor Robertson closed public comments at 7:35 pm.
PUBLIC HEARING None scheduled
NEW BUSINESS (7:37 pm) Resolution No. 04-55, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Submit A Grant Application For 2004- 2005 Capital Improvement Projects To District 17, Ohio Public Works Commission, For Funding was introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Main.
Discussion: Manager Hickman stated that the Resolution would allow the village to apply for grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission. He stated that if the grant is received they would be looking at extending water service to the Service Department (behind Granville Market) and from Pinehurst to the corporation limit on Welsh Hills Road. Councilmember OKeefe asked if the residents would be responsible for any portion of the water extension. Manager Hickman stated that there is no cost to the residents. He stated that 80% would be funded by the grant, while the remaining 20% would be local funding. Councilmember Herman asked what the 20% contribution is estimated to be. Manager Hickman estimated somewhere around $50,000. Councilmember OKeefe asked what would happen if the grant money didnt get awarded. Manager Hickman stated that they would reapply for the grant the following year and perhaps local funding could be used. Manager Hickman stated that the Service Department is in need of the water extension for fire protection.
Councilmember Herman offered the following friendly amendment: Change the year 2000 to 2004.
Motion carried (7-0). Resolution No. 04-55 is adopted.
Ordinance No. 20-04, An Ordinance To Amend Sections 331.12 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Vice Mayor Lucier.
Mayor Robertson scheduled the public hearing for September 1, 2004.
OLD BUSINESS None scheduled
REVIEW OF MINUTES Regularly Scheduled Meeting of August 4, 2004 Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the minutes as amended; seconded by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried, 7-0.
MAYORS COURT REPORT June and July The Mayors Court Reports for the months of June and July were presented for review.
Discussion: Council asked for additional information where blank spaces were not filled in. Manager Hickman stated he would get this information to Council. Council agreed to review and accept the reports at a future Council meeting.
MANAGERS REPORT June The Managers Report for the month of June was presented for review.
Discussion: Councilmember Barsky inquired on an assault of a student by another student at Granville high school. She asked if there was any resolution to the matter, and did the incident occur. Mayor Robertson asked if charges were filed in this incident. Manager Hickman stated he didnt think so, but he would further look into this. Council discussed how this one incident showed a spike when depicted on a graph.
Council further discussed the way the information is reported. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she didnt find the graphs to be of more value, but rather excessive. Councilmember Barsky stated that from her perspective it is easier to follow the charts with graphs than look at all of the numbers, especially when you are looking for trends over time. Mayor Robertson stated that she found the graphs to be useful, but it might be nice to have more graphs on one page to save paper. Council also discussed having a Category Report. After further discussion, Council stated that there is a Category of Assault in the Report. Mayor Robertson stated that when incidents like the assault at Granville high school occur Council needs to be aware of them. Manager Hickman stated that he would talk with Chief Cartnal on how violent crimes are recorded and see if better explanations can be given to Council. He stated that he would have Chief Cartnal review the tape so he can hear the comments made by Council on this matter.
MANAGERS REPORT July The Managers Report for the month of July was presented for review.
Discussion: Mayor Robertson made reference to number fourteen in the report, she stated that she thought it was good that Chief Cartnal had spoken with the parents of juveniles throwing rocks.
Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she noticed in the June and July reports, there are zero incidents under Parking on a Sidewalk/Curb Lawn. She stated that she knows of many times when she encounters a blocked area. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she would like to see better enforcement of this, especially with the energy the community is investing in Walkability. Manager Hickman stated that this may be a case where tickets were not issues, but friendly warnings. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she wouldnt care if tickets were issued, as long as this occurrence stops. She stated that if an officer reminding people works, that is fine too.
Councilmember Barsky stated that she has noticed that the stop sign at Elm and Prospect Street is often violated. Vice Mayor Lucier added that the stop sign on Pearl and Elm is also often violated. Councilmember OKeefe stated that she had recently received a complaint about cars not stopping at the stop sign at Burg and Samson Street. Councilmember Main added that this stop sign is often ignored, and people dont even slow down. Mayor Robertson stated that the Pearl and College Street intersection has improved. Manager Hickman stated that he would pass all of these comments on to Chief Cartnal. He went on to say that this could be looked at in the LSSU committee.
Councilmember Hartfield moved to accept the June and July reports; seconded by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried 7-0.
Mayor Robertson instructed the reports be filed with the Clerk. A copy of said reports are included as part of these Minutes.
Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) Hartfield, Herman, Lucier Councilmember Herman stated that they are awaiting information that is to be provided by Village Planner, Chris Strayer. He asked Manager Hickman to check into this. Manager Hickman agreed.
Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) Lucier, Hartfield, Main Next meeting will be October 1st at 9:00 am. Councilmember OKeefe asked if the neighbors on East Broadway have been contacted in regards to a discussed project (narrowing roads, adding trees, widening the sidewalk, and traffic calming). Manager Hickman stated yes, although no date has been set.
Planning Commission OKeefe Councilmember OKeefe stated that Norm Ingle and Jim Siegel attended to discuss a proposed gazebo on Opera Park. She stated that the Kiwanis will scrap the idea of the gazebo and look at other options as their legacy project for the Granville Bicentennial. She stated that directional signs and sandwich board signs were discussed. Councilmember Barsky asked Councilmember Hartfield to make the Chamber of Commerce aware of the discussions on signage. Mayor Robertson added that the businesses need to be aware of these meetings. She asked Manager Hickman to contact Barbara Hammond in regards to the next meeting. It was stated that Ms. Hammond has previously attended several meetings where signage issues were discussed. Lastly, Councilmember OKeefe stated that the village will be getting a knitting store.
Planning & Zoning Committee (P&Z) Barsky, OKeefe, Robertson Councilmember Barsky stated that the committee met to set some deadlines. She stated that the JEDD document was passed on to the Planning Commission, as well as the Township Trustees. She stated that the Trustees were having their zoning board review the document. Councilmember Barsky stated that it was her hope to set up a meeting date in October to get the Trustees feedback. Councilmember Barsky stated that the committee was updated on the Speedway situation. Councilmember Barsky stated that there will be a meeting on August 20th and September 20th. The September meeting will include access management discussions with Doyle Clear. She stated that some of these issues should also be looked at in the LSSU committee. She stated that she would further discuss this with Councilmember Hartfield.
Union Cemetery Main No Report.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS Senior Foundation Manager Hickman stated that he would get this information to Council in their packets, and this could be discussed at the next Council meeting.
Biketoberfest Manager Hickman stated that this is an intergovernmental cooperation with Newark-Heath- Granville. He stated that Granvilles participation in Biketoberfest will take place at the Bryn Du Mansion. He stated that the event will be a bi-athalon (bike race and run), as well as a safety program. Manager Hickman stated that Biketoberfest will be October 2nd from 9:00-6:00. He asked for any interested Councilmembers to contact him on participating for this event. Manager Hickman also stated that the Kiwanis would be participating. Councilmember OKeefe asked if a list of areas where help is needed could be emailed to her. Manager Hickman stated yes. Mayor Robertson stated that it might be a good idea to have t- shirts for Councilmembers to wear so area residents could know who their Councilmembers are. Vice Mayor Lucier added that the t-shirts could be turned in and re-used for other purposes.
Other Mayor Robertson stated that she would be meeting with the Our Town publication on Friday, August 20th. She stated that any member of Council wishing to discuss various topics that they are working on in committees, etc. is welcome to attend. Councilmember OKeefe stated that she would be willing to attend the Friday meeting.
Vice Mayor Lucier asked Law Director Crites for an update on the sign ordinance and information on the Sentinel article. Law Director Crites stated that he will give the proposed amendments to committee on Friday. He stated that this issue should come before Council in early fall. Councilmember Main added that he believed the Sentinel article was good and he agreed with the unconstitutionality of our Ordinance. He stated that many people put signs up and they are not aware of the right of way. Mayor Robertson stated that she has noticed many signs located in the right of way. She asked what happens to those signs. Manager Hickman stated that the signs in the right of way are pulled and left at the village offices for anyone wishing to pick them up. Mayor Robertson stated that perhaps the location of any pulled signs could be announced in the newspaper. Mayor Robertson clarified that signs located on residential property are not pulled. Manager Hickman stated that the village does contact political parties to remind them that signs are not permitted in the right of way.
Mayor Robertson stated that a joint meeting with Granville/Newark/Heath will be on August 30th. She stated that she hopes all of Council can attend and that it is always good for Granville to have a good showing at these kinds of events.
Mayor Robertson and Vice Mayor Lucier stated that they will be attending the Granville Massachusetts 250th anniversary celebration over Labor Day.
EXECUTIVE SESSION Pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(3) To conference with an attorney for the public body concerning disputes involving the public body that are the subject of pending or imminent court action (118 South Main Street).
Councilmember OKeefe moved to enter into Executive Session, Seconded by Councilmember Main.
Roll call: Herman, Lucier, Barsky, Main, Robertson, OKeefe, Hartfield (7, 0)
Time in: 8:32 pm.
Vice Mayor Lucier moved exit out of Executive Session and return to Regular Session. Seconded by Councilmember Barsky.
Time out: 8:43 pm.
Roll call: Hartfield, OKeefe, Robertson, Main, Barsky, Lucier, Herman (7, 0)
ADJOURNMENT (8:45 pm) Councilmember Main moved to adjourn. Second by Vice Mayor Lucier. Motion carried, 7-0. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by Melanie Schott