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Council Minutes 3/16/05

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES March 16, 2005

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Hartfield, Herman, OKeefe, Main; Vice Mayor Lucier, Manager Hickman and Attorney Jim Gorry. 

Councilmember Herman moved to excuse Mayor Robertson. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried.

 APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:32 pm) Councilmember Hartfield moved to amend the agenda by withdrawing Ordinance No. 07-05 under Public Hearing and Old Business. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that the staff noted there was a flaw in the procedure when holding a public hearing during the Planning Commission meeting. She stated that the applicant was in agreement to withdrawing the Ordinance. Councilmember Barsky seconded the motion. Motion carried.

 CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:33 pm)

Kathy Lowery, 130 North Granger Street, Granville Schools, stated that she wished to thank Councilmember OKeefe and Councilmember Herman for attending two prior meetings. She stated that she is there to encourage Council to pass Resolution 05-21, and that the Board of Education will pass a similar piece of legislation on Monday. She stated that the intent of the Resolution is to put pressure on the Legislature to keep the 1% sales tax, as well as avoid cutting money for the schools. She stated that Manager Hickman should have more information from the meeting they had attended in regards to this matter. 

Rod Cook, Executive Director of the Red Cross for Licking County, began by congratulating Manager Hickman for being honored as a community hero for 2005 for the work he did during the Winter Ice Storm. Mr. Cook stated that he was available to answer any questions regarding Resolution 05- 15 and he thanked Council for their consideration in passing the Resolution. 

Bill Bollard, ODNR stated that he and Dan Huff were attending to give an overview of the deer population in Granville. Mr. Huff presented a powerpoint presentation. He stated that some measures to control deer population that are currently not available include: trapping and transferring, fertility control, the reintroduction of predators, and poison. Some available options might include doing nothing and accepting the status quo, non lethal deterrents such as fencing and repellents, banning the feeding of deer, and alternative plantings. He stated that you can consider trapping and euthanizing, as well as controlled hunting.

Councilmember OKeefe asked if there were any health issues related to the deer population. Mr. Huff stated that deer vehicle accidents are the number one health concern. He stated that Lymes Disease is a concern in the New England states, but there are no confirmed cases of Lymes Disease in deer in Ohio. 

Mark Parriss, 251 Bryn Du Drive, asked if overpopulation leads to disease within the herd itself. Mr. Huff stated that it can. Mr. Parriss stated that he has noticed that plants in his yard not eaten by deer two years ago are now being readily consumed. Mr. Parriss stated that the Township tried to institute a program. He stated that hunters are usually turned off because the government makes too many rules and regulations. He stated that the hunting regulations should be handled between the hunter and land owner. 

Dan Bellman, 320 North Pearl Street, stated that Council has the opportunity to work with Mayor Bruce Bain to redraw school district lines. He stated that the relationship between this neighbor is a good one. Mr. Bellman stated that we are faced with the over population of the school system and we need to learn from the mistakes of Franklin County. He stated that Council should move one step closer to renewing the good relationship with one good neighbor. Mr. Bellman stated that he was in support of the Cherry Valley Road study. 

Ed McCaul, 112 Victoria Drive, stated that he initially contacted Manager Hickman to ask if Council could consider the deer population issue. He stated that the deer are out of control and something needs to be done now. 

Dave Schaeffer, 89 Victoria Drive, stated that he recently counted 32 deer across from Facklers. He stated that at first he saw the deer as delightful, but now he doesnt. He stated that he hunts deer and he knows the deer in Granville are not getting the good nutrition they need. He stated that he is considering leaving Granville and one reason is the deer, while the other is the taxes. 

Brent Maul, Victoria Drive, stated that he had counted 32 deer near his home. He stated that they come very close to his home and at one point some deer came between he and his children. He asked Council to do something. 

Jan Packard, 123 North Plum Street, stated that the deer arent just on Fern Hill. She stated that she lost thirty rose bushes last summer due to deer. Vice Mayor Lucier closed public comments at 8:07 pm.

 

NEW BUSINESS (8:07 pm)

 Resolution No. 05-15, A Resolution To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into A Shelter Agreement For Service To Licking County Disaster Victims was introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Main.

Discussion: Councilmember Barsky offered a friendly amendment (grammatical) to Resolution 05-15. Seconded by Councilmember Herman. Councilmember Barsky asked that Mr. Cook explain what it means to be on a shelter list and what the associated costs are. Mr. Cook stated that after the shelter is established, all liability falls on the Red Cross. He stated that they can also provide manpower and volunteers in areas of mental health and medical assistance, and they can provide all of the needed equipment and food. Mr. Cook stated that the costs are minimal to the Village, as they would be responsible for utilities and electric services. 

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-15 is adopted. 

 Resolution No. 05-16, A Resolution To Authorize The Non-Permanent Installation Of A Sidewalk Café On The Public Sidewalk At 132 East Broadway In Front Of The Business Known As Village Coffee Company, Subject To Restrictions was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second By Councilmember Herman.

Discussion: Councilmember OKeefe asked if this Resolution is similar to last years. Manager Hickman stated that it was, but this Resolution requires that cafe setups must be removed by 10:00pm (exception of the 4th of July and Bluesfest). He stated that if businesses do not comply in areas like trash removal, the permit can be pulled. Manager Hickman added that there are no businesses currently open until 10:00pm that require this permit. Councilmember Herman asked if all of the businesses were made aware of these changes. Manager Hickman stated most are aware, but not all. Vice Mayor Lucier inquired on how this would work with the new smoking Ordinance. Assistant Law Director Gorry stated that he believed smoking was prohibited within twenty feet of the business establishment. Councilmember Herman inquired on the language in the Resolution referring to no cooking. He stated that this could interfere with things like the 4th of July and Bluesfest. Manager Hickman stated that this language is in place due to Health Department guidelines. Council agreed to leave the language as is and how it had previously been worded in the Resolution. 

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-16 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 05-17, A Resolution To Authorize The Non-Permanent Installation Of A Sidewalk Café On The Public Sidewalk On East Broadway In Front Of The Business Known As Broadway Delicatessen, Subject To Restrictions was introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second By Councilmember Herman.

Discussion: Councilmember OKeefe offered a friendly amendment to change the business establishments name to Broadway Pub. She indicated that a sign change had previously been approved at the Planning Commission meeting. The friendly amendment was seconded by Councilmember Main. 

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-17 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 05-18, A Resolution To Authorize The Non-Permanent Installation Of A Sidewalk Café On The Public Sidewalk At 138 East Broadway In Front Of The Business Known As Whits Frozen Custard, Subject To Restrictions was introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second By Councilmember Barsky.

Discussion: No discussion.

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-18 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 05-19, A Resolution To Authorize The Non-Permanent Installation Of A Sidewalk Café On The Public Sidewalk At 134 East Broadway In Front Of The Business Known As Victorias Parlor, Subject To Restrictions was introduced by Councilmember Main. Second By Councilmember OKeefe.

Discussion: No discussion.

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-19 is adopted. 

 Resolution No. 05-20, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to seek Re-bids For The Newark- Granville Road Pathway Extension was introduced by Councilmember Herman. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Discussion: Manager Hickman stated that this was previously bid out and only one bid came back. He stated that the amount bid was $90,000, and approximately $50,000 was set aside to do the project. Manager Hickman stated that it is his hopes to have a second bid that is more competitive. Councilmember Herman inquired on the increase in asphalt prices. He asked for Manager Hickman to keep the EFP Committee aware of any areas affected due to the higher costs in asphalt. Manager Hickman agreed to do this. 

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-20 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 05-21, A Resolution Asking The Governor And The State Legislature Of Ohio To Ensure That Their Budget Document Provides Adequate State Resources To Help Support The Cost Of Delivering Essential Government Services And Educational Opportunities In Our School District And Community was introduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember OKeefe. Discussion: Councilmember Barsky inquired on HB 920 and asked for explanation of Phantom Revenue and Unfunded Mandates. She later found an explanation to this in the information provided to her. Councilmember Barsky stated that she would like it noted that although she believes Council should adopt Resolution No. 05-21, it is important to keep in mind the budget cuts going on at the Ohio Statehouse. She stated that the process isnt very well thought through and the group organizing the adoption of these Resolutions should realize that they cant have their cake and eat it to. Manager Hickman stated that with the participation he has had so far, he has noticed a large emphasis with concern over the removal of the 1% sales tax and the reduction in Inventory Tax. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she agreed with Councilmember Barsky, and its much easier to reach agreement on desired public services that desired taxation. Councilmember Barsky stated that Council needs to be considerate of these matters. 

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-21 is adopted.

 Resolution No. 05-22, A Resolution Authorizing The Bryn Du Governance Commission To Create A Tax Exempt Not For Profit Corporation was introduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Main. Discussion: Vice Mayor Lucier stated that for her this was a relatively new issue that she hasnt looked closely at. She inquired on the need for an onsite manager. Manager Hickman stated that they receive two to four calls per week in regards to people being shown particular areas at the property. Councilmember Herman stated that he was curious as to what the relationship between the 5013C and the Village Council would be. He stated that he would like to be more clear on this before moving forward with the passage of the Resolution. Councilmember Herman asked if Law Director Crites has reviewed this, and Manager Hickman stated yes. Council agreed that the EFP Committee would be the appropriate committee to review this matter. Manager Hickman agreed to set up a meeting via email, and ask the Bryn Du Committee to attend. Councilmember Herman moved to table Resolution No. 05-22, second by Councilmember Barsky. 

Motion Carried (6,0). Resolution No. 05-21 is tabled.

 Resolution No. 05-23, A Resolution Of Unanimous Support OF Interchange Improvements To State Route 16 And Cherry Valley Road Intersection was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember OKeefe. Discussion: Council discussed the language in the Resolution and agreed that it was not clear that the Resolution was supporting a study for the intersection. Councilmember Hartfield moved to amend the title to include the word study. Seconded by Councilmember Main. Councilmember Barsky moved to strike economic development in the 4th Where As statement. Seconded by Councilmember OKeefe. Councilmember Main stated that part of the reference to significant economic development in the 4th Where As statement refers to development of the Thornwood area. He stated that Newark and Heath would be seeking economic development along with access to Route 16. Councilmember Barsky then moved to withdraw her amendment to the 4th Where As statement. Seconded by Councilmember Herman. Councilmember Herman moved to amend the Ordinance and add the word regional in the 4th Where As statement to read significant regional economic development. Councilmember Main seconded. After Councils discussion of the 5th and 6th Where As statements, Councilmember Main moved to remove them from the Resolution because they were not pertinent to the passage of the Resolution. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Councilmember Barsky moved to amend Section 1 to change the word achieve to initiate. Second by Councilmember Main. Councilmember OKeefe asked if monetary support would be needed. Manager Hickman stated no financial commitment is needed. He stated that the study was estimated to be a million dollar study, and funds would be federally sought by LCATS from Bob Ney and Pat Tiberi. Councilmember Barsky asked what is part of an Interchange Justification Study. Manager Hickman stated that he would get from LCATS more information in regards to what the study would entail. Council discussed if the study would include environmental issues, as well as economical development issues, land use, future growth, and road capacity. 

Mr. Dan Bellman stated that when he was on Council he remembered ODOT stating that a study for the environmental portion would cost 4-5 million dollars and only be good for five years. Manager Hickman stated that this might be for a full fledged environmental study. 

Council agreed to table the Resolution until more information can be gathered from LCATS. Council stated that they would like to look at passing the Resolution at the March 30th special meeting. Councilmember Barsky moved to table, seconded by Councilmember OKeefe. 

Motion Carried (5,0 - Councilmember Main voting no). Resolution No. 05-23 is tabled.

 Ordinance No. 11-05, 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 Hartfield . Second by Councilmember Barsky.

Vice Mayor Lucier announced that the public hearing for Ordinance No. 11-05 will be held on April 6, 2005. 

 Ordinance No. 12-05, An Ordinance To Amend Section 921.07 Of The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio Establishing Sewer Regulations And Charges was introduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

Vice Mayor Lucier announced that the public hearing for Ordinance No. 11-05 will be held on April 6, 2005. 

 Ordinance No. 13-05, An Ordinance To Amend Section 925.18 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville Establishing Water Regulations And Charges And To Repeal Existing Section 925.18 Of The Said Codified Ordinances was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember Main. 

Vice Mayor Lucier announced that the public hearing for Ordinance No. 11-05 will be held on April 6, 2005.

 Ordinance No. 14-05, An Ordinance To Amend Section 925.17(a) Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville Establishing Water Regulations And Charges And To Repeal Existing 925.17(a) was introduced by Councilmember Herman. Second by Councilmember Main.

Vice Mayor Lucier announced that the public hearing for Ordinance No. 14-05 will be held on April 6, 2005.

 Ordinance No. 15-05, An Ordinance To Authorize The Village Manager To Execute A Lease Agreement With Brews And Blues Holding, LLC was introduced by Councilmember Main. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

Vice Mayor Lucier announced that the public hearing for Ordinance No. 15-05 will be held on April 6, 2005 and April 20, 2005.

 Ordinance No. 16-05, An Ordinance To Authorize The Village Manager To Execute A Lease Agreement With Brews And Blues Holding, LLC was introduced by Councilmember Main. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

Vice Mayor Lucier announced that the public hearing for Ordinance No. 16-05 will be held on April 6, 2005 and April 20, 2005. 

 REVIEW OF MINUTES Regularly Scheduled Meeting of March 2, 2005 Councilmember Hartfield moved to approve the minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember Herman. 

MAYORS COURT REPORT  February The Mayors Court Report for the month of February was presented for review.

Discussion: Councilmember Barsky stated that excessive speed violations increased from 15 to 51. Chief Cartnal was available for questions or comments. He stated that the Strictly Enforced zones are being closely watched. Councilmember Herman stated that there was a significant increase in registration and title violations from January of last year (6) to January of 2005 (20). Councilmember Main also noted this increase. Chief Cartnal stated that there was no effort to do this and if someone is cited for a registration violation, it is generally for significant violations. Councilmember OKeefe moved to accept the February reports; seconded by Councilmember Hartfield. Motion carried 6-0.

Vice Mayor Lucier instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of the said report is included as part of these Minutes. 

MANAGERS REPORT  February The Managers Report for the month of February was presented for review. 

Discussion: Councilmember OKeefe inquired on the negative amount under Bryn Du Funds. Manager Hickman stated he believed this was due to a transfer, but he would check with Molly Roberts and get back to Council about this via email. Councilmember Main inquired on how the Village is with salt, do we still have any? Manager Hickman stated that they have used as much salt this year as last year and they are in decent shape. Councilmember Herman asked if the Ford Taurus that was previously for sale could be donated to charity. Chief Cartnal stated that this vehicle is currently being used for meter reading, and they are determining if it is reliable enough to continue use for meter readings. Councilmember Hartfield stated that it is easy to forget everything that the Village Service Department does after hours and she stated that she wished to thank them for their hard work. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that when a good job is always done you tend to notice less. Council thanked the Service Department. Councilmember Hartfield moved to accept the February report; seconded by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried 6-0.

 Vice Mayor Lucier 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 Councilmember Herman stated that the committee met with Chris Strayer and several landowners from River Road. He stated that Mr. Strayer will be working with land owners and interviewing them on their intent for the use of the land. He stated that this is needed to establish potential costs that might be associated with extending sewer to the River Road area. He stated that a survey would be given to land owners, and Councilmember Barsky asked that the committee see a copy of the survey before it is distributed. Councilmember Herman stated that it is the committees hopes that potential models and options could be available for landowners to review after the survey process is complete. It was also stated that there are some landowners that are not interested in participating in the sewer extension and this would not stop the process. 

Granville Foundation  (Main) Councilmember Main stated that the committee was supposed to meet to stuff envelopes, but didnt need to because Denison offered their envelope stuffing and sealing equipment. Councilmember Main acknowledged Denison and thanked them for the use of this equipment. 

Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU)  Lucier, Hartfield, Main Councilmember Hartfield referred Council to the meeting minutes handout. Councilmember OKeefe inquired on whether or not the survey proposed to re-plat areas of the Village. Councilmember Hartfield stated that the cost for platting one block is approximately $5,000, and the committee did not respond with a recommendation to go ahead with the survey.

Councilmember Hartfield stated that there will be a public hearing to discuss road conditions and water run off on Burg Street on April 20th at 6:00pm. Council asked that this be added to the website, as well as individual letters go out to residents on Burg Street. Manager Hickman agreed to take care of this. 

Councilmember Hartfield ended by stating that the LSSU committee has requested a conceptual drawing and routing of the 161 corridor. 

Planning Commission  OKeefe Councilmember OKeefe stated that the committee approved some signs. She stated that there was an application for Glyn Tawel to change the front yard setbacks from 30 feet to 15 feet. Councilmember OKeefe questioned the dangers associated with a drainage ditch near the fifteen feet setback. Manager Hickman stated that the Village is covered insurance wise for any dangers that are present. Vice Mayor Lucier suggested having the Maintenance Department look at the area to offer suggestions and research the safety. Manager Hickman stated that he could do this. 

Planning & Zoning Committee (P&Z)  Barsky, OKeefe, Robertson Councilmember Barsky stated that there will need to be another meeting scheduled to discuss the Brews information. She stated she will not be able to attend, so a substitute will be needed. Manager Hickman agreed to check via email the following day. Councilmember Herman stated that he could possibly meet next week. 

Councilmember Barsky stated that Law Director Crites has the redline documents for the JEDD, and they will be emailed by Chris Strayer when he receives them. Councilmember Barsky stated that she meet with Jim Havens to discuss the JEDD and will meet again on March 22nd at 7:00pm with members from the Community Connections meetings. Councilmember Barsky stated that if Council receives the redline document and has questions or concerns to please contact her before the March 22nd meeting  if possible. She stated that the Planning and Zoning Committee has a scheduled meeting on March 25 from 9:00  11:00am. She stated that the intent of the meeting is to tie together the JEDD and begin on sub division regulations. 

Senior Committee  Robertson No Report.

Granville Recreation Commission OKeefe No Report.

Union Cemetery Main Councilmember Main stated that the Union Cemetery caretaker has resigned, and they are actively searching for a replacement. He stated that anyone interested should contact Flo Hoffman or the Village Offices. 

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS Bryn Du Commission Report Reid Fraley was available to address any questions or comments by Council. Council then explained that they would like to further review the setup of the 5013C, and they asked for the matter to go to the EFP Committee. Mr. Fraley stated that they would want Council to be comfortable with the setup and he saw no objections in meeting with the EFP committee. Manager Hickman was asked to work with those involved to set up a meeting time.

Councilmember Barsky inquired on whether or not there has been any correspondence between Manager Hickman and Steve Millett. Manager Hickman stated that he would call Mr. Millett.

Councilmember Barsky stated that there was an article in regards to buzzard control that relates to hanging effigys of buzzards to make them think they are dead. She stated that this has worked to rid other communities of buzzards. Councilmember Barsky had the article if anyone was interested. Council discussed the deer population. They stated that it is obvious that its dramatic and it will get worse. It was suggested to have the Village announce something in the Sentinel in regards to gathering suggestions and ideas of what to do. Mr. Mark Parriss was in attendance and wished to be informed on Councils actions to this matter.

Councilmember OKeefe updated Council on a Granville Board of Education meeting she attended. She stated that the projected number of students is expected to rise by 900. Councilmember OKeefe stated that there is a pending agreement between Newark and Granville on swapping land that would involve the Craner, Thornwood, and Rockford Homes properties. Councilmember OKeefe stated that the Granville Board of Education is seeking Councils support for this move. She stated that she has been told that there will be roadblocks, but with the present administration in Newark this can be done. Councilmember Herman added that both boards would need to pass the Resolution, and the matter would have to be approved by the State Board of Education. Councilmember OKeefe stated that she is hearing that as long as there are no children currently living in these areas that would be affected by a school change  it shouldnt be a problem to get approval. Council asked Joe to email them the time and date of the next meeting. 

Councilmember Hartfield stated they should follow through with something in regards to the letter they received about a person canceling their newspaper. Manager Hickman stated that he would talk with Law Director Crites about having something drawn up. 

Councilmember Barsky stated that she received information from Chris Strayer about advertising in the Columbus CEO Development Guide. She stated that Mr. Strayer had asked if Council wanted to put something in about the JEDD. Council agreed to hold off at this time. 

Councilmember Barsky stated that she had information about an ORADC Planning seminar being held on March 24th. She stated that it might be advantageous for someone to attend. Manager Hickman stated that perhaps Chris Strayer could attend. Councilmember Barsky added that she also had information about a seminar on the Economic Benefits of Open Space being held on April 7th if anyone was interested in attending. 

Councilmember Barsky stated that she wished to remind the staff that they would like to look at the AORD district at a future Planning and Zoning meeting. 

Councilmember Herman stated that he attended a Granville Education Foundation dinner earlier that evening that was well attended. He stated that much has been done by the youth, and it is to be commended. Councilmember Main added that they did a lot to be proud of with the allotted $17,000. 

 ADJOURNMENT (9:55 pm) Councilmember Hartfield moved to adjourn. Second by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried, 6-0. Meeting adjourned.

 Submitted by Melanie Schott

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