VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES October 19, 2005
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:30pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Hartfield, Herman, Main, OKeefe, Vice Mayor Lucier, and Mayor Robertson; Planner Strayer, and Law Director Crites.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:30pm) Councilmember Main moved to accept the agenda. Councilmember Barsky second. Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS Barb Franks, 210 E. Maple, stated that from a personal standpoint and as a business owner, she likes the idea of a parking study. She inquired about the OSU study that was done several years ago and wondered if the suggestions from that study were ever implemented. Referencing the Economic, Personnel and Finance Committee meeting minutes of October 14th, she also inquired about the Committees recommendation for a 100% funding increase to Granville Fellowship. She was advised to contact the Fellowship Director for details of that request. Ms. Franks also noted that she feels that Acting Village Manager Molly Roberts is currently doing a knock down bang up fabulous job and questioned the need for additional funding in 2006 for the hiring of an additional administrative position. It was noted that this proposal will be part of the 2006 Budget discussions in November/December, of which there will be ample opportunity for comment. Ms. Franks asked for a better understanding of both the SR 161 Corridor and TRAC projects. She was advised on both projects. She then questioned the preliminary study that was provided by Randal Gross. It was noted that Mr. Gross would be attending a Council meeting in December to discuss his report.
Sharon Sellito, 215 S. Cherry Street, requested signage be installed at Cherry Street, reflecting Granvilles no through truck traffic Ordinance. She is concerned that truck traffic will use Cherry Street to bypass the South Main Street traffic signal.
Don Andrews,197 Louise Dr. Granville Township voiced his displeasure with the proposed JEDD agreement. He is the owner of a property that directly abuts a property in the JEDD agreement and feels the JEDD would have a direct impact on his and neighboring properties. Property owners in the area are upset that they were not notified of the proposed JEDD. He feels they should have had advanced notice of the proposal, although he realizes that property owners are only notified if rezoning is requested. He is concerned that people (Village Council) are voting on issues that do not directly affect where they live. He stated that there have been concerns voiced regarding Speedway, Arbys and trucks on Village streets, but he and his neighbors are going to have a commercial building in their front yard and no one consulted them during this process. Ms. Barsky advised Mr. Andrews that JEDD discussions began a few years ago at the request of several property owners and Township Trustees. The proposed JEDD agreement was pulled from Councils agenda this evening due to a conflict with the zoning district of one of the properties within the document. As a Township resident, Mr. Andrews was advised to address his concerns regarding the proposed JEDD document with the Township Trustees. Mr. Andrews feels that his elected officials are not being truthful. Ms. Barsky summed up the discussion by noting that growth in Granville is an issue that the entire Granville Community is recognizing. She hopes that Mr. Andrews will be just as concerned with the issue of Speedway, etc. as someone on Newark Granville Road may be concerned with what may be happening in Mr. Andrews back yard. She feels that a community wide communication effort should be made by the citizens of Granville so that decision making bodies can make informed decisions.
Barb Franks, 210 E. Maple Street questioned the definition of a JEDD. Mayor Robertson explained the JEDD as an unincorporated area, not zoned residential and in an area agreed upon, wherein the Village would supply water and sewer service to spur economic development. This area would be governed by a JEDD Board. Mayor Robertson closed citizens comments at 8:11 pm.
PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 36-05, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 30-04 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 2005 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses. No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 36-05. Mayor Robertson closed the public hearing on Ordinance No. 36-05 at 8:11pm.
OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 36-05, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 30-04 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 2005 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses was reintroduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Barsky. .
Discussion: Vice Mayor Lucier expressed a concern with the amount of funds requested for magistrate fees for the month of December.
Vice Mayor Lucier made a motion to amend the Ordinance to reduce the amount of the appropriation of magistrate fees from $1,500 to $1,000. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Councilmember Main opposed the amendment stating that he completely trusted the Finance Directors judgment and would not support an amendment to the appropriation. Councilmembers Hartfield, Herman and OKeefe agreed.
Mayor Robertson called the question. Motion failed. Vice Mayor Lucier requested that clarification of the need for these funds be provided at the next Council meeting.
Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 36-05: Ms. Hartfield , Mr. Herman, Mr. Main, Ms. OKeefe, Ms. Lucier, Ms. Robertson, Ms. Barsky. (7-0) Ordinance No. 36-05 is adopted.
NEW BUSINESS Resolution No. 05-59, A Resolution To Authorize The Acting Village Manager To Seek Requests For Proposals For A Downtown Parking Study was introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Discussion: Councilmember Main noted that although he may or may not support a parking study, he supports the opportunity to seek Request For Proposals (RFPs). This Resolution simply authorizes the Manager to seek RFPs. Once the RFPs are received, Council will have the opportunity to discuss specifics, and needs, and choose whether or not to proceed with the actual study.
Motion carried. Resolution No. 05-59 is adopted.
REVIEW OF MINUTES Regularly Scheduled Meeting of October 5, 2005. Councilmember Herman moved to accept the minutes as amended. Seconded by Councilmember Main. Motion carried
MAYORS COURT REPORT September The Mayors Court Report for the month of September was presented for review.
Discussion: There was a brief discussion for the need for increased enforcement of U-turn violations in the downtown area.
Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the September report; seconded by Vice Mayor Lucier. Motion carried 7-0.
Mayor Robertson instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of the said report is included as part of these Minutes. MANAGERS REPORT September The Managers Report for the month of September was presented for review.
Discussion: There was in inquiry (Service Department Report) as to the need for increased asphalt maintenance and mowing hours. It was noted that cold patching was increased this year due to the condition of many village streets. It was also noted that the Bryn Du property has been added to the mowing schedule.
Councilmember Main moved to accept the September report; seconded by Councilmember Herman. Motion carried 7-0.
Mayor Robertson instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of said report is included as part of these minutes.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) Hartfield, Herman, Lucier The Bryn Du proposal was higher than anticipated; therefore the Committee is seeking clarification and will discuss this further during its meeting of October 28, 2005 - 4pm. It was also noted that although the Granville Fellowship requested $17,000 funding for 2006, it was recommended that an increase of $6,000 (100%) be granted, increasing their funding from the Village to $12,000. The Committee would also like to adjust the Budget to make funds available that would assist with a possible emergent need in the zoning and administrative staffing areas.
Granville Foundation (Main) No report.
Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) Lucier, Hartfield, Main Referring to the minutes of the October 14, 2005 meeting, Councilmember Hartfield noted that National Gas (Energy Cooperative) will be presenting a proposal to Council regarding their request for a rate adjustment, which will affect 400 customers in the Village. Additionally, at the request of several Mt. Parnassus residents, Narrow Road and Yields signs will be installed. The Committee is reviewing a request for vacating Harmony Lane. Village Planner Strayer will address planning issues, as well as downtown bench purchase information, in a future newspaper article. The Alexandria Water Contract is being reviewed with the intent of having a new agreement by the end of the calendar year.
Planning Commission OKeefe No report.
Planning & Zoning Committee (P&Z) Barsky, OKeefe, Robertson Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2005, 8-11am to discuss Zoning Regulations and the Property Maintenance Code.
Recreation Commission OKeefe No report
Senior Committee OKeefe No report
SR 161 Accord (Barsky, OKeefe) November 17, 2005 is the next scheduled meeting in the Jersey Township Hall.
Tree & Landscape Commission - Barsky The Commission is working with Law Director Crites to revise Ordinances, which should be submitted to Council at the meeting of November 2, 2005.
Union Cemetery Main The October meeting was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS Clean Air Ordinance Council members Barsky and Main questioned a number of Denison students, and it was noted that most students would not drive to Newark just to be able to smoke in a bar. There was initial concern that this may create dangerous driving situations. Council supports the enforcement date of January 1, 2006. Village staff will work with the Licking County Health Department in applying for grants that would help fund literature to be distributed to Granville merchants.
TRAC Funding Mayor Robertson invited everyone to attend tomorrows meeting at the Ohio Department of Transportation in Columbus.
Fiscal Analysis (Randall Gross Study) - A draft has been forwarded to Council. Mr. Gross will be invited to the Dec 7th meeting to discuss the study. Questions regarding the study should be forwarded to Mr. Gross. Additionally, it was noted that questions from Council candidates should be forwarded to Village Planner Strayer. Vice Mayor Lucier feels that this draft analysis justifies the need for a JEDD by enforcing the kind of development that is fiscally beneficial to schools, municipalities and the Township. She also expressed the need to be cautious when discussing potential annexations. When considering the possibility of annexation, she hopes Council will make a clear definition of what a proposed development will be, keeping mind what the fiscal impact may be, both positive and negative, for schools and/or the municipality. Council should also remember that it isnt necessarily up to the citizens of Granville to subsidize the services to business based on the argument that more revenue will be generated to the schools. A discussion followed addressing the formula that Mr. Gross used for acquiring data for the study, i.e. retail and parking. It was noted that this report does not take into account that some welcomed community services will have a higher impact than others on things like traffic, etc. It was suggested that this report be used as a base. The key is to use this as a tool and take it further for making viable decisions later.
Special Council Meeting Mayor Robertson has requested a Special Council Meeting for the purpose of discussing resumes of candidates as submitted by the The Mercer Group, Inc. (Executive Search Committee). The Special Meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 26 7:30pm.
EXECUTIVE SESSION Councilmember Main moved to enter into Executive Session pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(1) To investigate charges or complaints against a public official. Second by Vice Mayor Lucier.
Roll call vote: Mr. Herman, Mr. Main, Ms. OKeefe, Ms. Lucier, Ms. Robertson, Ms. Barsky, Ms. Hartfield. (7-0)
Time in: 9:19pm
Councilmember Main moved to return to regular session. Jackie second Roll call vote: Mr. Main, Ms. OKeefe, Ms. Lucier, Ms. Robertson, Ms. Barsky, Ms. Hartfield, Mr. Herman. (7-0)
Time out: 9:21
ADJOURNMENT (9:21pm) Councilmember Main moved to adjourn. Unanimously seconded. Motion carried, 7-0. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by Beverly Adzic, Village Clerk