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Council Minutes 4/6/05

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE COUNCIL MINUTES April 6, 2005

CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Lucier 7:32 pm) 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

ROLL CALL Those responding to the roll call were, Councilmembers Hartfield, Herman, OKeefe, and Vice Mayor Lucier, Law Director Crites and Manager Hickman. Motion carried.

 Councilmember Herman moved to excuse Mayor Robertson and Councilmembers Barsky and Main. Second by Councilmember Hartfield. Motion carried. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:33 pm) A motion was made by Councilmember OKeefe to accept the agenda as presented. Second by Councilmember Herman. Motion carried.

 CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:34 pm)

Sharon Sellito, 215 South Cherry Street, stated that she wanted to know what was stinking in Granville. Council acknowledged that they too have smelled something that they believed to be coming from the sewer treatment plant. Manager Hickman stated that the smell might also be associated with the mill and rotten grain. Vice Mayor Lucier stated she believed it was related to the sewer treatment plant and wastewater. Manager Hickman stated that the smell would go away. 

Dan Bellman, 320 North Pearl Street, stated that he was there to discuss the Cherry Valley Road Resolution No. 05- 23. Mr. Bellman distributed a copy of the Resolution with the following information that he suggested to become Section III of the Resolution:

Section III Before any improvements recommended by the study are implemented, the Village must approve the recommended design, make sure that the design is consistent with the Villages transportation interests, and make sure that the additional traffic capacity on Cherry Valley Road is used for developments that are in the best interests of the Granville Exempted Village School District.

Mr. Bellman stated that this is a wonderful opportunity for the Village to work with others and we have something Newark and Heath need. He stated that this is a way to support efforts at other levels going on in our community that he believed Council was aware of. 

Mr. Bellman ended by making remarks about Manager Hickmans job position and his decision for a career change. Mr. Bellman stated that it has been a pleasure to work with Manager Hickman and he has always held his job with the highest level of integrity. 

Vice Mayor Lucier closed public comments at 7:40 pm.

 PUBLIC HEARING (7:40 pm) 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.

 No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 11-05. Vice Mayor Lucier closed the public hearing at 7:42 pm.

 Ordinance No. 12-05, An Ordinance To Amend Section 921.07 OF The Codified Ordinances Of Granville, Ohio Establishing Sewer Regulations And Charges.

 No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 12-05. Vice Mayor Lucier closed the public hearing at 7:43 pm.

 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.

 No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 13-05. Vice Mayor Lucier closed the public hearing at 7:43 pm.

 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).

Discussion: Councilmember Herman stated that the Ordinance refers to a cutoff after thirty days, but there is no reference to any notices being sent out. Manager Hickman explained that this was covered in a different section, and there are still red tags issued. Dan Bellman stated that he owns a rental and if no water is used he is charged $7.82. He stated that this is the same price as if 1000 gallons of water were used. Mr. Bellman asked if this should be adjusted if no water is used. Manager Hickman stated that the water could be turned off, but there is a $20.00 fee to hook it back up. Council later discussed this matter and all of Council stated that they did not wish to further pursue this matter. Councilmember OKeefe stated that the fee to keep the water utility on was not in excess. Councilmember Hartfield stated that most utilities have a usage fee (Example: Telephone Service  you pay for service even if there are no calls made.)

Sharon Sellitio asked if the late fee would be reasonable. Manager Hickman stated yes and Vice Mayor Lucier stated that it would be 10% of the bill. 

Vice Mayor Lucier closed the public hearing at 7:49pm.

 Ordinance No. 15-05, An Ordinance To Authorize The Village Manger To Execute A Lease Agreement With Brews And Blues Holding, LLC.

Discussion: Sharon Sellito asked what the lease agreement is for. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that it is a lease for public property where the fire escape is located. 

Vice Mayor Lucier closed the public hearing at 7:50 pm.

 Ordinance No. 16-05, An Ordinance To Authorize The Village Manager To Execute A Lease Agreement With Brews And Blues Holding, LLC.

Discussion: Doug Wagner, Pinehurst Drive, stated that he is speaking as a citizen of Granville tonight, and he is also involved with Centenary United Methodist Church. Mr. Wagner stated that there is a lot of negative potential if liquor sales are outside. He stated that Council needs to look at what precedent this will set. Mr. Wagner stated that he is concerned about the liability for the Village if a glass were to fall off of the balcony or something like this. 

Andrew Runsley, 430 West Broadway, stated that he is frequents Brews and has never witnessed drunk behavior. He stated that he goes there with his family and sees Brews as a family establishment. He stated that he would like to see the balcony allowed. 

Sharon Sellitio stated that she has rental properties that she has rented to Denison students and they have been known to cause a disruptence due to being drunk. Ms. Sellito stated that she is surprised that the Methodist Church didnt do more to try and stop the alcohol being served outside at Brews. She stated that this is a bad profile for the Village. Ms. Sellito stated that the liability that the Village will incur due to a couple of tables on top of a balcony at Brews is simply not worth it. She asked what would stop another establishment next to Brews from trying to do the very same thing. Ms. Sellito stated that she had spoke with a friend who was dining outside of Broadway Deli and she told she would have to dine inside if she wanted to purchase alcohol. Ms. Sellito ended by stating that she thinks alcohol sales in downtown Granville should be inside of an establishment. 

Vice Mayor Lucier asked to have a copy of the plans for the balcony provided to her by the Planning Commission. Manager Hickman stated that he would get these to all members of Council. 

Vice Mayor Lucier closed the public hearing at 8:00 pm.

 OLD BUSINESS 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 reintroduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember OKeefe.

Discussion: Manager Hickman stated that this will allow them to move forward with the Mt. Parnassus and East Broadway project. Councilmember OKeefe inquired on whether or not this solution would satisfy residents on East Broadway. Manger Hickman stated that it is their hopes that it would. 

Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 11-05: Hartfield (yes), Herman (yes), OKeefe (yes), Lucier (yes).

Ordinance No. 11-05 is adopted.

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

Discussion: Manager Hickman stated that this has gone through the Streets and Sidewalks Committee and the Ordinance shows .52 cent decrease per 1000 gallons. He stated more money will go into the capitol improvements fund. 

Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 12-05: Herman (yes), OKeefe (yes), Lucier (yes), Hartfield (yes). 

Ordinance No. 12-05 is adopted.

 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 reintroduced by Councilmember OKeefe. Second by Councilmember Herman.

Discussion: Section C was brought to Councils attention during the public hearing and Council stated they saw no problems with Section C.

Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 13-05: OKeefe (yes), Lucier (yes), Hartfield (yes), Herman (yes).

Ordinance No. 13-05 is adopted.

 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 re-introduced by Councilmember Herman. Second by .

Discussion: Councilmember OKeefe stated that she had a conversation with the Utilities Clerk and she indicated that a large percentage of bills are not paid on time. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that this Ordinance will be an incentive for them to pay on time, and she stated that automatic bill pay may be a more appealing option for some. Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 14-05: Lucier (yes), Hartfield (yes), Herman (yes), OKeefe (yes).

Ordinance No. 14-05 is adopted.

 Councilmember Hartfield made a motion to remove Resolution No. 05-23, A Resolution Of Unanimous Support Of Interchange Improvements To State Route 16 And Cherry Valley Road Intersection from the table. Second by Councilmember OKeefe.

 Discussion: Councilmember OKeefe stated that Council had a discussion about this Resolution that resulted in a request for more information on what the study would include. Manager Hickman stated that he would get this information to Council. Councilmember Herman inquired on the timeframe to pass Resolution No. 05-24. Manager Hickman stated that they would like to have this as soon as possible. He clarified to Council that the funds for the intersection study would be sought by local means, and the request for funds for the interchange study would be federal funds. Dan Bellman stated that he believed the IJS (Interchange Justification Study) study would an all- inclusive study to include: right location, design elements in terms of a clover or diamond shaped interchange, basic environmental, safety, and a before and after analysis of what an interchange would fix. Councilmember Hartfield stated that she had a conversation with Village Planner, Chris Strayer, and he said that the study would not commit the Village to anything. She stated that the Resolution would be a support of the study. Councilmember Hartfield stated that the Resolution would be an attempt to have ODOT shorten the timeframe from 2025 to earlier. Manager Hickman stated that he sees Council's concerns, but the Resolution would not tie the Village to anything, it would just support the study. He stated that it puts Granville's name in the hat with others (Newark, LCATS). He stated that State Farm would also be meeting to discuss the Interchange study. Councilmember Herman stated that he feels Council should act now even though they don't have some of the components in front of them. He stated that the adoption of the Resolution would show their support to the other entities involved. Vice Mayor Lucier inquired on Council's veto power. Manager Hickman stated that he is not absolutely sure they can so no to an Interchange being placed at Cherry Valley Road and State Route 16. He said that the Village will certainly have a lot of power though. Vice Mayor Lucier wanted to make sure that no money would be committed with the passage of the Resolution, and Manager Hickman stated that this was true. Councilmember Hartfield stated that it is best to show that the Village would like to work at planning something for Cherry Valley Road and State Route 16, rather than just having something happen without a plan. Manager Hickman stated that it would be best to pass the Resolution now to show support for the other entities involved. He stated that he would get additional information from LCATS to Council.

Councilmember Herman suggested having a second Resolution after the absent Council members had a chance to review the information being provided from LCATS. He stated that the second Resolution could address any additional concerns. 

 Motion carried (4-0). Resolution No. 05-23 is adopted. 

 CITIZENS COMMENTS CONTINUED (Council invited Mr. Barno and Mr. Opeka to speak at this time since they arrived after Citizens Comments earlier in the evening.)

Doug Barno stated that he appreciated the Village hosting the blood drive on March 25, 2005. He thanked Council for the opportunity to place the clock in the downtown area. He stated that this clock will remind members that the Rotary Club is 100 years old. Mr. Barno invited Mr. Opeka to speak.

Jim Opeka, 293 Fern Hill Drive, stated that he is the Community Service Director for the Rotary Club. He stated that he too would like to thank Council for allowing the clock outside of the Village offices. Council thanked the Rotary. Mr. Opeka distributed a commemorative picture frame to each Council member with a picture of the clock. 

NEW BUSINESS Resolution No. 05-24, A Resolution To Award The Bid For Miscellaneous Roadway Improvements, As Per Specifications, To Elite Excavating Company And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore was introduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember OKeefe.

Discussion: Manager Hickman stated that if passed, the contract could be signed the following day.

Motion carried (4-0) Resolution No. 05-24 is adopted. Resolution No. 05-25, A Resolution Supporting The Newark Earthworks Initiatives Effort To Have A Public Celebration Of The Northernmost Rising was introduced by Councilmember Herman. Second by Councilmember OKeefe.

Discussion: Jeff Gill, 120 Bantry Street, distributed a promotional booklet for the event to Council. He stated that the moon alignment with the mounds occurs only every 1500 years. The event is being planned for late October of this year. Mr. Gill referenced a book (Seventy Great Wonders) and he stated that the Earthworks in Newark is one of three great wonders in North America referred to in the book. Mr. Gill stated that their group is looking to raise approximately $18,000 for the event, and any funds are appreciated. Mr. Gill stated that Newark, Heath and Tri-Village are looking at passing a similar Resolution. Council discussed that Newark has not yet passed their Resolution. Council opted to table the Resolution until more information could be gathered about what other communities were doing. Manager Hickman stated that he spoke with Mayor Dubbs and their similar Resolution is in Committee. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she sees it as a wonderful event and she agrees that Council should wait for Newarks findings. 

Councilmember Herman moved to table Resolution No. 05-25, seconded by Councilmember OKeefe.

Motion to table carried (4-0). Resolution No. 05-25 is tabled.. 

 Resolution 05-26, A Resolution To Award The Bid For Grounds Maintenance, As Per Specifications, To Top Seed Lawn Management And To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore was introduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember Herman.

Discussion: Council discussed that the quote was considerably lower than Facklers, who has done the ground maintenance in years prior. 

Motion carried (4-0). Resolution No. 05-26 is adopted. 

 Ordinance No. 17-05, An Ordinance Enacting New Sections 707.20, 707.21, 707.22, 707.23, 707.24, 707.25, and 707.26 Of The Codified Ordinances Of The Village Of Granville, Licking County, Ohio was introduced by Councilmember Hartfield. Second by Councilmember Herman.

Discussion: Vice Mayor Lucier asked who will maintain this list. Councilmember OKeefe asked if political flyers would be included. Manager Hickman stated that he would check on this. Councilmember Hartfield wondered if this would withstand freedom of speech issues. Manager Hickman stated that it was drafted from similar Ordinances in other communities. 

 Vice Mayor Lucier set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 17-05 for April 20, 2005.

 Ordinance No. 18-05, 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 Hartfield.

Discussion: Councilmember Herman asked that Kim Salvage be invited to a Council meeting when this is passed.

 Vice Mayor Lucier set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 17-05 for April 20, 2005. 

REVIEW OF MINUTES Regularly Scheduled Meeting of March 16, 2005 Councilmember Herman moved to accept the minutes as amended; seconded by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried, 4-0.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP)  Hartfield, Herman, Lucier Manager Hickman stated that the next meeting date needs to be set.

Councilmember Herman stated that the committee discussed the proposed Kiosk and Directional Signs for downtown. Councilmember Herman stated that the committee recommended moving forward with the legislation for the 501 c3 and a few changes were to be included. He inquired on the Articles of Incorporation information. Manager Hickman stated that he would include this in Councils next packet.

Granville Foundation  (Main) No Report

Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU)  Lucier, Hartfield, Main Councilmember Hartfield stated that a public meeting for road conditions on Burg Street would be held on April 20th at 6:00 pm. 

Planning Commission  OKeefe Councilmember OKeefe stated that the committee approved a setback from 35 feet to 15 feet for Glyn Tawel Drive. She stated that this was the property she had been concerned about for safety reasons due to a drainage ditch. Councilmember OKeefe stated that a temporary sign for Bob Evans was approved for a strip mall they plan to build. Council stated that no approval for the strip mall has been given, and Law Director Crites stated that legally the sign can be erected. Council discussed looking at modifying the zoning code. Council asked how long the sign can be erected, and Manager Hickman stated he would check on this. Councilmember OKeefe stated that there was a work session for the library and a work session for the proposed Kiosk and Directional Signs. Councilmember OKeefe stated that there was concern over having a Directional Sign placed on Broadway and Cherry Street. Councilmember Hartfield stated that this had already been approved in the LSSU committee. Manager Hickman stated that the Chamber of Commerce would like five signs placed in the Village, but he would like to initially start with three signs to see how they do. Planning & Zoning Committee (P&Z)  Barsky, OKeefe, Robertson Councilmember OKeefe stated that the committee discussed Brews Cafes new building. She stated that Mr. Rader and Mr. Martin were going to work together on a trash issue. She stated that Mr. Martin had offered to put up a fence between the two properties. Councilmember OKeefe stated that the length of the proposed lease was also discussed. She stated that Brews would like to have a 99 year lease, but the latest proposal by the Village is to have a 30 year lease, which is also the length of the mortgage. Council stated that it would be nice to have the lease tied to the mortgage in case the property is ever sold. Councilmember OKeefe stated that no decision was confirmed. 

Councilmember OKeefe stated that the committee looked at the JEDD setup and she said that the Township would like to see the JEDD go on the ballot. She stated that they discussed a timeline for putting it on the ballot, but nothing was confirmed. 

Senior Committee  Robertson No Report. 

Granville Recreation Commission OKeefe Councilmember OKeefe stated that they discussed the levy for the May ballot and the Mile Long Picnic in August.

Union Cemetery Main Manager Hickman stated that they hope to have a joint meeting in May. He stated that the Ohio Historical Review recommendation would be April 15th. Council discussed what an honor this is. 

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS Councilmember Herman stated that there is still water lying by the trees at Wildwood. Manager Hickman stated that fill dirt was put in, and that they didnt expect to not see some water there. He stated that the problem is much better, and they expect it to improve even more once the Township fulfills one final piece. Vice Mayor Lucier stated that she had seen the water draining earlier that day. 

Councilmember Hartfield inquired on whether or not the lens at the crosswalk in downtown could be changed to red. Manager Hickman stated that ODOT will not allow this. He stated that the safest option is to remove the crosswalk, but this didnt seem to be an option. He stated that the crosswalk would not be allowable today, and it is grandfathered in by ODOT. Council decided to have the downtown crosswalk and all other crosswalks looked at by the LSSU committee for safety reasons. 

Vice Mayor Lucier asked Manager Hickman if adequate notice was sent out about the Pearl Street rezoning. Manager Hickman stated yes.

ADJOURNMENT (9:17 pm) Councilmember OKeefe moved to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Hartfield. Motion carried, 4-0. Meeting adjourned.

 Submitted by Melanie Schott 

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