VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES October 5, 2005
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Robertson at 7:30 pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Main, OKeefe, and Mayor Robertson; Assistant Law Director Brandi Maas and Acting Village Manager Molly Roberts. Councilmembers Herman, Hartfield, and Lucier entered late (7:34 pm) due to a previous meeting.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:34 pm) Councilmember OKeefe moved to accept the agenda as amended. Seconded by Councilmember Herman. Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:34 pm) Mrs. Shumway, 224 South Cherry Street, requested that Council place additional benches along Cherry Street and Broadway. She stated that she is aware of several elderly individuals who would be willing to walk up town to do their business activities, but they are not able to walk the distance without resting. Mayor Robertson suggested that the request go to the LSSU Committee. Village Planner, Chris Strayer, stated that he can further look into this matter and that they typically take donations from individuals to purchase benches. Councilmember Main asked if it is advertised anywhere that people within the community can donate benches. Mr. Strayer stated that he can work on getting the word out. Councilmember OKeefe suggested having this information available in the Sentinel newspaper.
Barbara Franks, 210 East Maple Street, had some questions specific to the Planning and Zoning Committee. She asked about the parking situation and stated that she recently witnessed a police officer ticketing one of her customers and this upset her. Ms. Franks stated that as a business owner she wouldnt park where she would want her customers to park. Ms. Franks inquired about a sticker program for the employees of businesses to have. Councilmember Barsky stated that their committee is going to initiate a study on parking on the downtown area, and something may result from this. Ms. Franks also spoke in regards to Resolution 05-55 and she stated that she feels that this is not something that should just be passed. She stated that this is close to a quarter of a trillion dollars which is a lot of money tied to this Resolution. There was some discussion as to how the money was calculated in the Resolution. Mayor Robertson stated that the request is to have Council support people voting on the issue on the ballot. Ms. Franks also asked for Council to support the mental health issue.
John Wittington, 464 North Granger Street, stated that he is a member of the Community Mental Health Board and he is there to ask Council to endorse the levy for Issue 6. Mr. Wittington stated that the levy is important for the County no matter what education background, income, or part of the County you live in.
Rochelle Steinberg, 425 East College Street, stated that she represents the Community Mental Health and Recovery Board. She stated that by law this board cannot provide direct services, but they instead contract out to seven agencies Mental Health Association, LAP, Pathways, Spencer House, MB Guidance Center, and Woodlands. Ms. Steinberg stated that the levy is a replacement levy from 1995 and it will expire in December of 2005. She stated that it is a 1 mil levy and the millage will not change. Ms. Steinberg stated that it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $10.85 a year. She referred to this as the biggest bang for your buck. Ms. Steinberg explained that she is there to ask the Mayor to sign an agreement showing Councils support, and to have individual endorsements forms signed as well. Councilmember Main thanked her for coming to speak to Council and he stated that he believes he speaks for all of Council in saying that she is preaching to the choir. Councilmember Main went on to say that they support the board and their work is well known and they do a great job. Councilmember OKeefe added that the board has also supported projects for young people and senior citizens in the community. She stated that they look at the whole picture of mental health. Councilmember OKeefe asked if it might be appropriate to also pass a Resolution showing Councils support. Molly Roberts had a Resolution prepared for Council to pass if they so desired.
Resolution No. 05-58, A Resolution of Support by Village Council for the Issue 6 Mental Health 1 mil Levy was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Seconded by Councilmember Hartfield.
Motion carried (7, 0). Resolution No. 05-58 is adopted.
Ms. Steinberg and Mr. Wittington thanked Council for their support. Mayor Robertson thanked them for their work. Councilmember Hartfield stated that Ms. Roberts did a good job in having the Resolution ready for Council to pass.
Councilmember Herman indicated that he does the same type of work as Ms. Steinberg, but at the State level. He stated that there was a recent tragedy in Granville with the suicide of a local teenager and he immediately contacted Ms. Steinberg when he became aware of the situation and there was a rapid response on her end. He stated that the board shows terrific leadership and they put the money into things that truly work. He suggested that people do all they can to support the levy efforts.
Mayor Robertson stated that Rosalyn Carter recently spoke at Denison University and she was very knowledgeable about the community having a mental health levy on the ballot. Ms. Steinberg indicated that she had provided information to Mrs. Carter and she was very interested in doing all she could do.
Mayor Robertson closed public comments at 7:59 pm.
PUBLIC HEARING Ordinance No. 35-05, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 04-94, The Cable Franchise Agreement Between The Village Of Granville And Frontier Vision Operating Partners, L.P., L/K/A Adelphia Communications And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into Said Amended Franchise Agreement.
Discussion: Barbara Franks asked why the Elementary and Intermediate School and the Granville Administration building were not included in the agreement. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she had noticed this as well, and that the Intermediate school is not within the Village corporation limits. Rick Whaley, who was representing Adelphia Cable, stated that they are proud to provide cable to the school system and this is an oversight in the agreement. Mayor Robertson suggested amending the Ordinance.
OLD BUSINESS Ordinance No. 35-05, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 04-94, The Cable Franchise Agreement Between The Village Of Granville And Frontier Vision Operating Partners, L.P., L/K/A Adelphia Communications And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into Said Amended Franchise Agreement was reintroduced by Councilmember Herman. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Discussion: Councilmember Herman offered the following as a friendly amendment: Include in Section 9 of Ordinance No. 35-05 Granville Elementary and Granville Administration Building. The amendment was seconded by Councilmember Main.
Roll Call on Amendment for Ordinance No. 35-05: Herman, Hartfield, Lucier, Barsky, Robertson, Main, OKeefe (7, 0). The amendment for Ordinance No. 35-05 is adopted.
Roll Call on Ordinance No. 35-05: OKeefe, Main, Robertson, Barsky, Lucier, Hartfield, Herman (7, 0). Ordinance No. 35-05 is adopted.
NEW BUSINESS Resolution No. 05-55, A Resolution In Support Of Amending The Ohio Constitution To Authorize The Issuance Of General Obligations Of The State To Finance Local Government Public Infrastructure Capital Improvements, Research And Development, And The Development Of Certain Sites And Facilities In Ohio, And To Expand State And Local Government Authority Regarding Economic Development was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember OKeefe.
Discussion: Councilmember OKeefe stated that she tried to find some information about this online, and she could only find information supporting it. She stated that she is reluctant to support something when she has not yet seen the full picture. She asked if this is tied to Resolution No. 05-43/Local Government Funds. Ms. Roberts stated that there is no relationship between the two Resolutions. Councilmember Barsky inquired if Resolution No. 05-55 supports a levy or replacement. Ms. Roberts stated that Issue 2 is about to retire, and this is an amendment to the Ohio Constitution. Councilmember Barsky asked if you can amend the Ohio Constitution with expiring dates. Ms. Roberts stated yes. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she too has a number of reservations about supporting the issue. She stated that it is a large amount of borrowed money and it appears that the debt will need to be paid from the General Operating Budget which means less money for other things since it says taxes will not be raised. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she sees this as the State saying this is a higher priority than other things. Councilmember Herman stated that this issue has two major areas of content and they are roads and bridges and the Third Frontier Initiative. He stated that the Third Frontier Initiative was to borrow money for technology projects and this was defeated on the ballot. He stated that it now appears to be bundled into this Resolution. Molly Roberts stated that the Village received the Resolution from the Licking County Planning Commission. Ms. Franks stated that she has a pie chart distributed from LCATS and it omits the 500 million ear- marked for the Third Frontier Initiative. Mr. Strayer stated that it appears to him that Council has some questions about the Resolution and what it exactly entails. He offered to gather some more information and get it to Council. Councilmember Barsky stated that it would help to know the administrative issues and who administers this.
Councilmember Barsky made a motion to Table Resolution No. 05-55. Second by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried (7, 0). Resolution No. 05-55 is Tabled.
Resolution No. 05-56, To Award The Bid For The Purchase Of Water Treatment Chemicals was introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Main.
Discussion: Councilmember Hartfield inquired on why the two companies did not bid. Molly Roberts explained that the two companies had not placed a bid for chemicals for the past few years. She added that Mid Ohio Lime has provided adequate service for the past couple of years. Councilmember Barsky asked if there would be an advantage cost wise to have a two year contract. Ms. Roberts stated that companies are typically reluctant to bid for more than one year out. It was also stated that the Village spends approximately $2400 per month for lime for the water treatment plant.
Motion carried (7, 0). Resolution No. 05-56 is adopted.
Resolution No. 05-57, A Resolution Of Unanimous Support For The Study Of Improvement Alternatives For The Highway Ramp Intersections Of State Route 16 And State Route 37 was introduced by Councilmember Main. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Discussion: Chris Strayer stated that he put together a letter listing all of the concerns over the intersection. He stated that the Township passed a similar Resolution and he would be working with Trustee Havens on sending out the two letters to ODOT, Highway Patrol, and elected officials. Councilmember Hartfield asked Mr. Strayer to put together a petition for support of Resolution 05-57 because she stated she has received so much feedback about concern over the intersection. Mr. Strayer stated that the petition would be ready the following day. Councilmember Hartfield clarified that it was ok for anyone to sign the petition. Mr. Strayer stated that anyone could sign it regardless if they were a business owner or resident in the area. Mr. Strayer stated that he did contact ODOT in regards to the intersection and they had assured him that a retiming of the light at the intersection would alleviate any problems. Councilmember Barsky stated that it would be her preference to see the letter sent to ODOT as soon as possible. Mr. Strayer agreed to send the letter as soon as possible, and send the petition sometime after. Councilmember Hartfield stated that she foresees no reason for the signatures on the petition to take a long time since so many are interested in having copies for people to sign. Mayor Robertson asked Mr. Strayer if the letter would be sent this week. He stated yes.
Councilmember Herman asked if the Section I statement was accurate in saying that ODOT should consider ceasing signal operations at the location until the Cherry Street bridge is re-opened. He stated that the bridge was supposed to be opened on October 15th which is just a few days away. Mr. Strayer stated that the bridge opening may be delayed until sometime in November, but he needs to double check on this. He also stated that it is his belief that they cannot ask for the signal light to totally go away because the State has already conducted traffic studies to justify the need for the signal light. Mayor Robertson added that it appears to her that if the signal light were gone it would be hard to make a left turn. Mr. Strayer stated that the rationale to have the signal seems correct, although the way they went about it is incorrect.
Councilmember Herman moved to amend Resolution No. 05-57 and change Section I to read:
The Ohio Department of Transportation consider ceasing signal operations at the locations until the Ohio Department of Transportation performs new traffic studies that show alternative scenarios for the intersections that would achieve effective traffic movement while minimizing delay times.
The amendment was seconded by Councilmember Main. Motion carried (7, 0). Resolution No. 05-57 is amended.
Councilmember OKeefe stated that if Section I is amended in this way, then the second Where As statement doesnt fit. She made a motion to strike the second Where As statement. The motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Lucier. Motion carried (7, 0).
Resolution No. 05-57 is amended. Motion carried (7, 0). Resolution No. 05-57 is adopted.
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 introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Mayor Robertson set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 36-05 for October 19, 2005.
REVIEW OF MINUTES Regularly Scheduled Meeting of September 21, 2005 Councilmember Herman moved to accept the minutes as amended; seconded by Councilmember Main. Motion carried, 7-0.
COMMITTEE REPORTS Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) Hartfield, Herman, Lucier Councilmember Herman stated that the committee is working diligently on some budget changes. Mayor Robertson asked if the committee would have any recommendations by the next Council meeting. Councilmember Herman stated yes.
Granville Foundation Main No Report.
Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) Lucier, Hartfield, Main The committee will meet next Friday at 9:00am. Planning Commission OKeefe Councilmember OKeefe stated that a request to replace a garage on East Maple was approved. Councilmember Barsky asked if a demolition permit would be issued. Mr. Strayer stated that the request came in before the demolition permit was required. Planning & Zoning Committee (P&Z) Barsky, OKeefe, Robertson Councilmember Barsky stated that the committee discussed the Noise Ordinance. She stated that the committee may end up looking at requiring a Variance for the Noise Ordinance for various public events. She stated that they also discussed parking in the downtown area and Mr. Strayer will work with the LSSU Committee on a possible study of parking. Councilmember Barsky stated that the committee discussed property maintenance specifically neglected properties. Councilmember Barsky stated that the JEDD document is moving forward with legal descriptions of the property. She stated that they will also discuss a traffic impact Ordinance at their next meeting in regards to the JEDD. Councilmember Barsky asked Mr. Strayer to update Council on the Speedway situation. Mr. Strayer stated that the Speedway Planning Consultant contacted him to find out the process they will need to go through. He stated that they will need to submit to the Village and ODOT new transportation plans with the recommendations Doyle Clear presented at the September 12, 2002 Council meeting. He stated that Speedway previously agreed to these recommendations. Councilmember Barsky added that Speedway has not been particularly aggressive in their plans. She added that the Village is not holding them up by any means and we are waiting on them. Council indicated that the meeting minutes for the Planning and Zoning Committee note an attached document from representatives of the Bluesfest that they did not receive. Mr. Strayer agreed to get this information to Council.
Councilmember Barsky stated that the Committee is also looking at modifications to Ordinance No. 9-09 related to the Tree and Landscape Committee. She distributed to Council Draft Ordinances No. 09-05 and 10-05. Councilmember Barsky stated that changes are in bold. She went on to say that this has been given to Jim Siegle for review. Councilmember Barsky stated that there are two main changes to the Ordinances and the first is to have the Tree and Landscape Committee serve in an advisory capacity with the Village Manager having authority when trees are removed. The second change is a recommendation by Assistant Law Director Gorry to have the Purpose and Intent statements modified to Where As statements. Councilmember Herman stated that there used to be a provision to allow a property owner to have input on newly selected trees near their property. He stated that he was unable to locate this language. Councilmember Barsky stated that if this were deleted or moved, it was by accident and she would see that this language is included. Councilmember Barsky also stated that she removed the language in regards to appeals to Village Council in the new draft copy. Recreation Commission OKeefe Councilmember OKeefe stated that $3000 was appropriated for a fence at the future dog park near Wildwood. She stated that some members on the Commission were concerned that flooding in the area would destroy the fence, and the motion to fund the fence did pass. Councilmember OKeefe stated that the Rec Commission is also seeking office space from the Village. Ms. Roberts stated that she is aware of this request and they are awaiting a formal presentation.
Senior Committee OKeefe No Report.
SR 161 Accord Barsky, OKeefe Councilmember OKeefe stated that a meeting was held on September 28th and Molly Roberts, Trustee Havens, and herself all attended. She stated that there were also representatives from St. Albyns Township, New Albany Mayor, Licking County, and Commissioner Marcia Phelps. Councilmember OKeefe stated that the goal of the group is to get ahead of the development. She stated that they discussed how to maintain the current quality of life and rural character of the area, as well as how to support the school systems. Councilmember OKeefe stated that they hope to meet once a month.
Tree & Landscape Barsky Councilmember Barsky stated that she previously made mention of issues relating to this Committee under the Planning and Zoning report.
Union Cemetery Main No Report.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS Mayor Robertson noted that she will not be able to attend either Council meeting in the month of November because she will be out of town.
Councilmember Barsky indicated that the Mayor will be giving the State of the Community update on October 20th. Mayor Robertson stated that there is also going to be a TRAC presentation taking place on October 20th.
Mayor Robertson updated Council on several things she has been involved in recently, such as a bike drawing and a Kiwanis breakfast in Heath where Mayors of Heath, Newark, and Granville all spoke. She stated that the nice relationship Granville has with these communities needs to continue. 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 Councilmember Herman.
Roll call: Main, Robertson, Barsky, Lucier, Hartfield, Herman, OKeefe (7, 0).
Time in: 9:01 pm
Councilmember Barsky moved to return to regular session. Second by Vice Mayor Lucier.
Roll call: Robertson, Barsky, Lucier, Hartfield, Herman, OKeefe, Main (7, 0).
Time out: 9:16 pm
ADJOURNMENT (9:16 pm) Councilmember Barsky moved to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Herman. Motion carried, 7-0. Meeting adjourned.
Submitted by Melanie Schott