Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 10/4/06

 

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

 

COUNCIL MINUTES

 

October 4, 2006

 

 

 

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30 pm)

(by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30 pm)

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Led by Boy Scouts John and Aaron)

(Led by Boy Scouts John and Aaron)

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

 

Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, McGowan, Mershon, Vice Mayor Herman, Mayor Hartfield; Manager Holycross, and Law Director Crites.

 

Councilmember Barsky moved to excuse Councilmembers’ O’Keefe and Tegtmeyer. Second by Vice Mayor Herman.

 

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:34 pm)

(7:34 pm)

 

 

Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the agenda as presented. Seconded by Vice Mayor Herman. Motion carried (5-0).

 

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:35 pm)

(7:35 pm)

Dennis Cauchon, 327 East Broadway, thanked Councilmember Mershon and Mayor Hartfield for attending ‘Walk To School Day.’ He stated that it was an amazing success with over 100 people attending and it far exceeded his expectations. Mr. Cauchon also thanked Police Chief Cartnal for his part.

, 327 East Broadway, thanked Councilmember Mershon and Mayor Hartfield for attending ‘Walk To School Day.’ He stated that it was an amazing success with over 100 people attending and it far exceeded his expectations. Mr. Cauchon also thanked Police Chief Cartnal for his part.

 

 

Mr. Cauchon presented a proposal to Council asking them to consider forming a taskforce/committee on exploring the safety issues associated with walking in the Village. He suggested working with the School Board. Mr. Cauchon also passed out surveys he sent out and received back in regards to safety/walking in the Village. Mr. Cauchon stated that the school district estimated growth for the past couple years and one year they estimated 31% growth, and the next year 41% growth. He stated that these are not realistic since the district did not increase in size this much. Mr. Cauchon questions if a new school with the proposed size is really needed.

 

Sherry Gardner, 216 West Elm Street, stated that she applauds the efforts for ‘Walk To School Day,’ but she questions how much money should be put into it because it is something that ought to be discussed further with the School Board. She stated that the School Board does not enforce a mile radius rule stating children should walk to school if they live within one mile.

, 216 West Elm Street, stated that she applauds the efforts for ‘Walk To School Day,’ but she questions how much money should be put into it because it is something that ought to be discussed further with the School Board. She stated that the School Board does not enforce a mile radius rule stating children should walk to school if they live within one mile.

 

Mrs. Gardner stated that she would like Council to be aware of a situation concerning the alley off of Mulberry and Cherry Street. She stated that she recently contacted the police department about a contractor’s truck being parked in the alley. She stated that someone outside of Granville who doesn’t pay Granville taxes purchased the home and plans to flip it. She stated that she was told that the police could not do anything because the contractor has spoken with the neighbors and Terry Hopkins to get approval. Mrs. Gardner stated that she felt she was treated offensively by the police department. She stated that blocking the alley is dangerous for many reasons and she knows that several elderly people have been blocked when trying to get through. Mayor Hartfield stated that there was a discussion before the Council meeting about this situation and she asked Manager Holycross to give an update. Manager Holycross stated that the contractor originally asked the Service Director (Terry Hopkins) to park the vehicle in the alley for one week. He stated that he is now asking for two more days. Manager Holycross went on to say that this is typically not allowed and this is an exceptional circumstance.

 

Sharon Sellito, 215 South Cherry Street, stated that she phoned the police as well about this situation and also feels she was treated badly. She stated that no one from the police department called her back. She stated that the contractor working on the home does have a driveway to park in. Ms. Sellito stated that about two weeks back the contractor truck was parked in the alley with both doors left open. She stated that she knows of an elderly lady living near the alley that has visitors regularly and they couldn’t get by the truck. Ms. Sellito stated she also witnessed an older man forced to back out onto Cherry Street due to the truck being parked in the alley. Ms. Sellito stated that she had a male friend contact the police department and something was done about the situation. Ms. Sellito stated that she pays over $10,000 in taxes in Granville and she refuses to be treated like this. Ms. Sellito stated that Mrs. Titley who owns the Boxwood Apartments is also aware of the situation and one of her tenants experienced a threatening conversation with the contractor. Ms. Sellito provided photos to Council.

, 215 South Cherry Street, stated that she phoned the police as well about this situation and also feels she was treated badly. She stated that no one from the police department called her back. She stated that the contractor working on the home does have a driveway to park in. Ms. Sellito stated that about two weeks back the contractor truck was parked in the alley with both doors left open. She stated that she knows of an elderly lady living near the alley that has visitors regularly and they couldn’t get by the truck. Ms. Sellito stated she also witnessed an older man forced to back out onto Cherry Street due to the truck being parked in the alley. Ms. Sellito stated that she had a male friend contact the police department and something was done about the situation. Ms. Sellito stated that she pays over $10,000 in taxes in Granville and she refuses to be treated like this. Ms. Sellito stated that Mrs. Titley who owns the Boxwood Apartments is also aware of the situation and one of her tenants experienced a threatening conversation with the contractor. Ms. Sellito provided photos to Council.

 

Manager Holycross indicated that he will take care of the situation.

 

Ms. Sellito stated that she has contacted Village Planner, Chris Strayer about parking issues on South Prospect Street. She stated that since the construction with the library there have been workmen parking on this street.

 

Dr. Karen Berdan, 205 ½ South Prospect Street, stated that she owns a business (Granville Vision Center) and parking in this area has always been a problem. She stated that it is now worse and she believes it is due to the construction at the library. Dr. Berdan stated that she does have elderly patients that visit her office and one recently told her that the parking problem may force her to go elsewhere. Dr. Berdan stated she would like to see some remedy to the problem – perhaps two hour parking signs.

, 205 ½ South Prospect Street, stated that she owns a business (Granville Vision Center) and parking in this area has always been a problem. She stated that it is now worse and she believes it is due to the construction at the library. Dr. Berdan stated that she does have elderly patients that visit her office and one recently told her that the parking problem may force her to go elsewhere. Dr. Berdan stated she would like to see some remedy to the problem – perhaps two hour parking signs.

Tym Tyler, 205 South Prospect Street, stated that he has a business and lives at this address. He stated that he has had conversations with Chris Strayer about this problem and he thought Mr. Strayer contacted Mike Frazier who is head of the Library Board. Mr. Tyler stated that it was his understanding that the employees of the contractor were told to park at the Maintenance Building or the Waste Water Treatment Facility and he thought this was negotiated in the contract. Mr. Tyler questioned if some of the parking problems is also related to the post office and their workers.

, 205 South Prospect Street, stated that he has a business and lives at this address. He stated that he has had conversations with Chris Strayer about this problem and he thought Mr. Strayer contacted Mike Frazier who is head of the Library Board. Mr. Tyler stated that it was his understanding that the employees of the contractor were told to park at the Maintenance Building or the Waste Water Treatment Facility and he thought this was negotiated in the contract. Mr. Tyler questioned if some of the parking problems is also related to the post office and their workers.

 

 

Mayor Hartfield stated that she has noticed the contractor trucks on South Prospect Street and the problem has gotten worse since construction with the library began.

 

Manager Holycross stated that Mike Frazier indicated he would have a conversation with the contractor and he was frustrated to hear nothing has changed.

 

Councilmember Barsky asked why the Village isn’t ticketing these cars. Mr. Tyler stated that he heard the Village doesn’t have the authority to ticket them. Ms. Sellito, Mr. Tyler, and Council discussed the repercussions of putting 2 hour parking signs up and how this might cause cars to park further down the street. They also discussed the possibility of permanent parking permits.

 

Steve Huddle, 211 South Prospect Street, stated that he has only been before Council twice and once was due to an enormous garage that was built that wasn’t approved by Council and the second was for a variance at 205 South Prospect for business use. He stated that he was not in support of this because there is not enough parking as it is now. Mr. Huddle stated that this problem is worse now than ever. Mr. Huddle stated that he finds it ironic that the most upset people in this situation are the postal workers and business owners and not the residential home owners. Mr. Huddle stated that two hour parking in the downtown area keeps people moving. He added that he has lived in his home on South Prospect for sever years and he has dealt with this problem long enough.

, 211 South Prospect Street, stated that he has only been before Council twice and once was due to an enormous garage that was built that wasn’t approved by Council and the second was for a variance at 205 South Prospect for business use. He stated that he was not in support of this because there is not enough parking as it is now. Mr. Huddle stated that this problem is worse now than ever. Mr. Huddle stated that he finds it ironic that the most upset people in this situation are the postal workers and business owners and not the residential home owners. Mr. Huddle stated that two hour parking in the downtown area keeps people moving. He added that he has lived in his home on South Prospect for sever years and he has dealt with this problem long enough.

 

Mr. Tyler stated that it should be noted that South Pearl Street has the same parking problems due to Buxton employees parking on the street.

 

Council discussed having this matter looked into in the LSSU Committee.

 

 

 

Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 8:03 pm.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Ordinance No. 12-06, An Ordinance To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into A Lease Agreement With The Board Of Granville Township Trustees For The Leasing Of The Fire Station Building At 133 North Prospect Street For a Term Of Five (5) Years.

 

Discussion: Bill Heim, 132 East College Street, stated that he has interest in the lease agreement because the property borders his property on two sides. He also stated that Exhibit A was not attached to the Ordinance. Mayor Hartfield asked if Mr. Heim had any concerns over the lease agreement and Mr. Heim stated no.

 

Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing at 8:05 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Ordinance No. 12-06, An Ordinance To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into A Lease Agreement With The Board Of Granville Township Trustees For The Leasing Of The Fire Station Building At 133 North Prospect Street For a Term Of Five (5) Years was reintroduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

, An Ordinance To Authorize The Village Manager To Enter Into A Lease Agreement With The Board Of Granville Township Trustees For The Leasing Of The Fire Station Building At 133 North Prospect Street For a Term Of Five (5) Years was reintroduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Discussion: Vice Mayor Herman indicated that he questioned a reciprocal clause in the Ordinance regarding termination and this was addressed in Committee. Councilmember Mershon stated that there is an Exhibit A that was to go with the Ordinance. He also asked if the 501C requires five votes or more. Law Director Crites stated that the Ordinance calls for five votes.

 

 

 

Roll call vote: Hartfield, Herman, McGowan, Mershon, Barsky. (5-0)

 

Ordinance No. 13-06 is adopted.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Ordinance No. 13-06, An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 43-05 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 2006 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses was introduced by Councilmember Mershon. Second by Vice Mayor Herman.

An Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 43-05 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 2006 And Revising Sums For Operating Expenses was introduced by Councilmember Mershon. Second by Vice Mayor Herman.

Mayor Hartfield set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 13-06 for October 18, 2006.

 

 

 

Resolution No. 06-41, A Resolution Affirming The Village Council Priorities For Calendar Year 2007 was introduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

, A Resolution Affirming The Village Council Priorities For Calendar Year 2007 was introduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

Discussion: Mayor Hartfield asked for clarification on the ranking. Vice Mayor Herman clarified with Manager Holycross that the priority list is intended as a first step and that there will be additional steps before a work plan is completed. Manager Holycross agreed and he stated that the list is subject to change and could be amended at any time Council sees fit. Vice Mayor Herman thanked Manager Holycross and Staff for the work they put into creating the list. Councilmember Barsky clarified that the priority list will be used when factoring financial plans. Manager Holycross stated yes.

 

 

 

Resolution No. 06-41 is adopted. (5-0)

 

 

 

Councilmember Mershon moved to reopen Citizens’ Comments at 8:10pm. Second by Vice Mayor Herman. Motion carried (5-0).

at 8:10pm.

Steve Huddle, 211 South Prospect Street, stated that he wanted to make Council aware of a situation that just occurred when he and others were leaving the Council meeting. He stated that they had a conversation with Tym Tyler and he asked him if he plans to not park his truck in front of Dr. Berdan’s office anymore. Mr. Huddle stated that Mr. Tyler made an offensive comment back to him.

, 211 South Prospect Street, stated that he wanted to make Council aware of a situation that just occurred when he and others were leaving the Council meeting. He stated that they had a conversation with Tym Tyler and he asked him if he plans to not park his truck in front of Dr. Berdan’s office anymore. Mr. Huddle stated that Mr. Tyler made an offensive comment back to him.

Sharon Sellito, 215 South Prospect, stated that the conversation with Mr. Tyler was threatening and he told her that if she ever wanted something passed before the Zoning Board she would not get it. She stated that three witnesses heard this comment.

, 215 South Prospect, stated that the conversation with Mr. Tyler was threatening and he told her that if she ever wanted something passed before the Zoning Board she would not get it. She stated that three witnesses heard this comment.

Councilmember Mershon stated that this matter will be looked into in the LSSU Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW OF MINUTES

 

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of September 20, 2006.

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the minutes as presented. Seconded by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) – (Herman, Mershon, Tegtmeyer)

 

No Report.

 

Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)

 

No Report.

 

Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) – (Hartfield, Herman, McGowan)

 

Councilmember McGowan noted that the minutes do not reflect his attendance at the meeting. Mayor Hartfield asked Manager Holycross to see that the minutes reflect this change because he was at the meeting. Councilmember Barsky asked if the School Board and buses situation was addressed. Mayor Hartfield stated that the Transportation Director was contacted by Molly Roberts and there was to be a 50% reduction in traffic. Councilmember Barsky also inquired on the parking fines and stated that it appears they are no longer acting as a deterrent. Mayor Hartfield stated that it appears that they are not acting as a deterrent. Councilmember McGowan stated that any changes must be done by Council with an Ordinance. Councilmember Barsky stated that it sounds like it might be time to consider making changes to the fine amounts. Vice Mayor Herman suggested that neighboring communities be checked to see what their fine amounts are.

 

 

 

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

 

No Report.

 

Planning & Zoning Committee – (Barsky, Mershon, O’Keefe)

 

No Report.

 

Comprehensive Plan – (Barsky)

 

No Report.

 

Recreation Commission – (McGowan)

 

Councilmember McGowan stated that the Rec Commission just sent out their new fall programming schedule. He added that they have begun construction at McPeek Lodge and there will be a new sign and a dedication once complete. Councilmember McGowan stated that they plan to start the new fields at Raccoon Park once the weather breaks.

 

Senior Committee – (O’Keefe)

 

No Report.

 

Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)

 

No Report.

 

Union Cemetery (Mershon)

Councilmember Mershon stated that there will be a Work Day on October 14th from 9:00am – 11:00am and they will work on cleaning and mulching the flower beds. He stated that anyone wanting to split their hostas and plant them at the cemetery are welcome to do so.

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS

 

Councilmember Barsky stated that in light of tonight’s public comments it might be a good idea to look at the responsiveness with the police department. She stated that there seems to be a pattern there.

 

Councilmember McGowan stated that there have been and will be some busy weekends coming up in downtown Granville. He suggested having the trash tended to. Manager Holycross stated that he has had discussion with Terry Hopkins about this and he plans to tackle this before the weekend.

 

Councilmember Mershon commended the Staff for the work they did with flags and cleanup for the recent political event in Granville.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Councilmember Barsky moved to enter into Executive Session, Pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(1) – "To consider appointment, employment….of a public employee". Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Councilmember Barsky moved to enter into Executive Session, Pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(1) – "To consider appointment, employment….of a public employee". Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Roll call vote: Herman, McGowan, Mershon, Barsky, Hartfield.

 

Councilmember Mershon moved to return to regular session. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

 

Roll call vote: McGowan, Mershon, Barsky, Hartfield, Herman.

 

Time out: 8:45pm

 

JOURNMENT (8:45pm)

 

Councilmember Mershon moved to adjourn. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried, 5-0. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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