Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 2/1/06




February 1, 2006


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





            Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Tegtmeyer, Vice Mayor Herman and Mayor Hartfield; Acting Village Manager Roberts, and Asst. Law Director Maas.  


            Also in attendance is Wes Sargent, Township Trustee.




            Councilmember Barsky moved to adjust the agenda by delaying the Union Cemetery Board Meeting to accommodate the arrival of Townships Trustee Havens.   Councilmember Herman second.  Motion carried 7-0.    




            There were not public comments   


Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:32 pm.




            None Scheduled.




            None Scheduled.




            Councilmember Mershon recused himself.


            Councilmember O’Keefe moved to remove Resolution No. 06-01, A Resolution To Designate Unizan Bank As A Depository Of Public Funds And To Authorize The Acting Village Manager To Enter Into A Memorandum Of Agreement For Deposit Of Public Funds, from the table.   Councilmember McGowan second.  Motion carried.


            Discussion:  Councilmember Barsky requested input from the Economic, Finance and Personnel Committee regarding Resolution No. 06-01 and 06-03.

            Councilmember Herman reported that the Committee had met with Unizan and Park National Bank.  This meeting provided the Committee with an overview of accounts wherein there are no yields.  The Acting Village Manager made the recommendation to leave these types of accounts with Park National Bank.  Accounts wherein there is a higher yield, as described previously, would be moved to Unizan.  This arrangement will insure continuity relative to banking that is currently in place, at no fiscal detriment to the Village, while allowing the Village to maximize their return based on the best bid.

            Ms. Roberts explained that the corporate business account and interim funds related to that account will be moved to Unizan.  The payroll accounts and the utility deposit accounts will remain at Park National Bank.  Ordinance Section 147.03(b) gives the Manager authority to designate one or more depositories for active funds.  By capitalizing on both banks the best yields will be realized.


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-01 is adopted.   (6-0)


Township Trustee Havens arrived.


            Resolution No. 06-03, A Resolution To Designate Park National Bank As A Depository Of Public Funds And To Authorize The Acting Village Manager To Enter Into A Memorandum Of Agreement For Deposit Of Public Funds was introduced by Councilmember Barsky.  Second by Councilmember.McGowan


            Discussion:  see above explanation.


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-03 is adopted.  (6-0)


Councilmember Mershon returned to his seat.



UNION CEMETERY BOARD MEETING  (Mayor Hartfield called the meeting to order at 7:40pm). (Township Trustees Sargent and Havens attending.)


            Resolution No. 06-07, A Resolution To Declare With The Granville Township Trustees That Operation And Maintenance Of The Union Cemetery Under The Provisions Of Section 759.34 Of The Ohio Revised Code Continue And To Fill Un-Expired Terms On The Union Cemetery Board Of Trustees was introduced by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.            


            Discussion:  Trustee Sargent welcomed Mr. Mershon to the Board and noted that he looks forward to working with him in that capacity.  He noted that the Board is currently seeking to fill the position recently vacated by Flo Hoffman.  Mr. Sargent also noted that the Board is seeking individuals to chair committees that could organize specific events that take place at the cemetery. 


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-07 passed unanimously.  (9-0)


Mayor Hartfield adjourned the Union Cemetery Board Meeting at 7:43pm.

NEW BUSINESS (continued)

            Resolution No. 06-04, A Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The Planning Commission was introduced by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember   Herman.


            Discussion:  Gary Libertini, 338 N. Pearl St., noted that his family is new to the Village.  He has a degree in architecture, and has been a homebuilder for 20 years.  Mr. Libertini was raised in Hudson, Ohio, a community similar to the Village of Granville.  He has witnessed the value of good planning and zoning.  He hopes to be able to get involved and contribute any way he can.


A vote was taken by ballot:  Gary Libertini - 3 votes, Jack Burris - 4 votes,

Tom Mitchell - 6 votes.


Tom Mitchell and Jack Burris were re-appointed to the Planning Commission.


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-04 is adopted. 7-0


            Resolution No. 06-05, A Resolution To Fill A Vacancy On The Board Of Zoning And Building Appeals was introduced by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Mershon.


            Discussion:  Jean Hoyt, 117 Locust Place, said she has had ties with Granville dating back to the ‘60’s with the past eight years as a permanent resident.  She is a certified real estate appraiser with interests in valuation and marketability of properties.  She noted that her position requires that she be up to date with the zoning and building regulations, what improvements add value to a property, and what improvements reflect negatively on a property.  She lives in an older home that she has been refurbishing and is very interested in historic properties in Granville.


            Councilmember Mershon moved for the adoption of Resolution No. 06-05.  Second by Councilmember Tegtmeyer.


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-05 is adopted. (7-0)


            Resolution No. 06-06, A Resolution To Fill Vacancies On The Granville Tree And Landscape Commission was introduced by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.


            Discussion:  Councilmember Barsky noted that Regis Birckbickler, Don Pheneger and Jim Siegel have served admirably on the Committee for several years and she is grateful that they have asked to be re-appointed to the Committee.  Ms. Barsky moved that the Resolution be adopted.


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-06 is adopted. (7-0)





Regularly Scheduled Meeting of January 18, 2006.

Councilmember Mershon moved to accept the minutes, as amended, reserving the right to revisit the minutes following review of the tape, if necessary.  Seconded by Councilmember  McGowan.  Motion carried 7-0.




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

Mr. Herman reported that the Committee met to review the bank proposals, as noted in the minutes.   He also mentioned the receipt of a recent communication relative to the Manager’s search, which he forwarded to the Committee.


Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)

No Report.


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

Councilmember Barsky questioned the downtown parking study’s options in terms of being opposed to moving forward with the RFP.  Mayor Hartfield noted that the Committee needed more time to digest some of the information within the proposals.  The Committee members are not certain they wish to move forward with the study beyond the realm of what the staff can provide. 


At the request of Councilmember Barsky, Village Planner Strayer confirmed that a traffic/parking study would be included in the economic aspect of the Comprehensive Plan Study.


Planning Commission – (OKeefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe noted that the last meeting was a very short meeting.  Approval of a sidewalk sign for the Village Baker; approval for a neon sign, which was considered as having some artistic merit, at the art gallery; and an addition to 329 W. Elm were approved. 


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

Councilmember Barsky noted there was discussion on the topic of permit approvals and discussions regarding Trinity Court.  Planner Chris Strayer will be reviewing the current Transportation Plan for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.  Ms. Barsky also noted there were discussions regarding clarification of Board of Zoning & Building Appeals Executive Sessions, the BZBA’s function as a quasijudicial body, and the ability of the Commission to enter into Executive Session.  It is recommended that because of the nature of Village Council, and its opinion regarding open decision making, that the BZBA not use Executive Session frequently and deliberations should occur in a public meeting.  She also noted that the Zoning Code Ordinances are still being reviewed by the Committee.


Recreation Commission – (McGowan)

Next meeting is next Tuesday.  The Commission is looking for sponsors for the Babe Ruth program and will be selling fence signage as a fundraiser. 


Senior Committee – (O’Keefe)

No Report.


SR 161 Accord (Barsky, O’Keefe)

The meeting on January 19th reflected a report from Ginny Green on the original growth strategy.  In light of the goals of the communities, ie; preserve rural atmosphere, the environment and land, how would the communities accomplish goals in spite of development?  Ms. Green explained how clustering would preserve the land.  Ms. O’Keefe noted this meeting reflected an educational type of meeting for this type of development of clustering and mixed uses.


Additionally, Ms. O’Keefe reported that County Commissioner Marsha Phelps talked about a 208 Plan, noting that the County has contracted with an engineer for the completion of the Plan.  The County is sending letters to political entities who may wish to complete there own Plans.  Commissioner Phelps is concerned that the Ohio EPA may not support the 208 Plans and is afraid that these Plans may be ultimately challenged.


Councilmember Barsky asked to be removed as a Committee representative to the SR 161 Accord citing time constraints with an already limited schedule.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer replacing Councilmember Barsky as a representative of the Village. 


Tree & Landscape Commission - Barsky

No Report.  There will be a meeting next week to review Ordinance drafts.  Ms. Barsky noted that the Commission is applying for the Tree City USA designation.

Vice Mayor Herman asked Ms. Barsky to find out if the property owners along N-Granville Road (across from Mt. Parnassus) had an opportunity to give input as to the specie of trees that were planted in their tree lawn.  Ms. Barsky will ask the Tree & Landscape Commission.


Union Cemetery – Mershon

Mr. Mershon noted that Flo Hoffman has done a wonderful job of organizing and documenting what she has done while serving on the board.  He noted that the Board is prepared to coordinate a number of volunteers to replace Ms. Hoffman in the capacity of organizing events.



 Councilmember Tegtmeyer requested a friendly amendment to the Rules of Council.  


Councilmember McGowan noted that it is nice to see Denison University and the Chamber of Commerce working together on the Big Red Savings program for students.


Ms. Roberts noted that the Burg Street bid opening will be February 17, 2006.  A meeting with area residents, the Engineer, the Village Acting Manager, and the Village Service Director will take place on February 22, 2006.  The plan is to award the bid on March 1, 2006.  The project should take 60 days.


Mayor Hartfield noted that Councilmember’s Barsky, Mershon, and O’Keefe (Councilmember Tegtmeyer - alternate) will serve on the Comprehensive Plan – 201/208 Committee.  Ms. Hartfield asked Ms. O’Keefe to ask the Planning Commission if any member may be interested in becoming an alternate to the Committee.  Mr. Strayer noted that Keith Myers is interested in serving on the Committee as well.  Ms. Roberts will contact Mr. Havens and Mr. Habig.




            Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn.  Councilmember Mershon seconded.  Motion carried, 7-0.  Meeting adjourned.






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