Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 3/15/06



March 1, 2006


CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:35pm)







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




            Councilmember  McGowan moved to accept the agenda as presented.  Councilmember  Mershon second.  Motion carried 7-0.    




            Sherry Gardner 216 E. Elm Street, read an article in the Advocate about a party of 13 underage teens that had been drinking at a local residence.  She noted that the article reported that parents were home during this party and that no charges had been filed.  Ms. Gardner asked the Chief of Police if charges would be filed against the adults in this incident.  The Police Chief informed her that there would be no charges filed in this case because the adults had to know there was alcohol on the property.  Ms. Gardner stated that she believes that if she threw a party with teenagers in her backyard it would be her responsibility, as a parent, to know what was going on.  She found it incredulous that the Police Chief would not know this information.  She went on to say that after reading the Advocate article she was stunned by the level of obstruction of justice and questioned why the Police Chief appeared to be unaware that there was any matter worthy of charges.  She feels the community needs to be very strong on crime and she feels that there is a drinking problem among teens in Granville.  There should be a strong message sent that any parent that throws a party should know that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  She questioned why the Police Chief didn’t appear to know what she new from a few simple questions of her tight-lipped teenagers.


            Law Director Crites noted that the Police Chief does not make charging decisions.  The Law Enforcement office performs the investigation and the Law Directors office is responsible for reviewing that information and deciding if charges will be filed.  He noted that a decision had been made.  He commented that in light of the fact that there are pending charges, it is improper to make any comment until the case has been resolved.  


            Sharon Sellito, 215 S. Cherry Street offered her appreciation for those involved in making sure this was handled in a responsible manner.


Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens Comments at 7:35pm.




            None Scheduled.




            None Scheduled.




            Resolution No. 06-09, A Resolution To Award The Bid For Burg Street Roadway & Storm Sewer Improvements, As Per Specifications, To Law General Contracting And To Authorize The Acting Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement Therefore was introduced by Councilmember  O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember McGowan


            Discussion: Acting Manager Roberts advised that many meetings, over the course of several years, were conducted with local residents in the review of this project.  A concrete retaining wall vs timber retaining was chosen as the long term solution.  There will be landscaping and vine overhang added to the concrete retaining wall.  Parking and school transportation issues have been addressed.

            Noting that this project would encumber most of the Street Improvement Funds Councilmember Mershon requested Ms. Roberts to provide a list of priority projects.

            The project will take approximately 60 days.   


            There was a friendly amendment to include language to modify the Resolution to reflect the LSSU Committee’s desire to review stamping pattern and color prior to construction of the retaining wall.


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-09 is adopted.  (7-0)



            Resolution No. 06-10, A Resolution To Fill A Vacancy On The Bryn Du Governance Commission was introduced by Councilmember Mershon.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.


            Discussion:   Councilmember Mershon noted that Mr. Hickman has wonderful skill sets that will be of use to the Commission and the Village. 


Motion carried.  Resolution No. 06-10 is adopted.  (7-0)




Regularly Scheduled Meeting of February 15, 2006.

            Councilmember Tegtmeyer moved to accept the minutes, as amended.  Seconded by Councilmember Herman.  Motion carried 7-0.




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

            No report.


Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)

            The Foundation received over $60,000 in grant requests and authorized several of those requests.  Committees were organized.


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

            The Committee discussed the topics of; final plans for Burg Street; Traffic Calming Ordinance, which Planner Strayer is reviewing;  Linden Place, wherein the Planning Commission has suggested that the area be turned into pedestrian area;  and recommended that Harmony Lane not be vacated.

            A Planning Matrix has been distributed to Council for input.

            The parking study may be considered at a later date, as needed, not necessarily based on Comprehensive Plan results.


Planning Commission – (OKeefe)

            It was reported that there were additions approved, the Northstar Realty proposal was tabled, and there was a discussion on the pending Arby’s application for feedback on design, landscape, sidewalks, etc.  It was noted that Arby’s is very willing to work within the Village code.

            Mr. Strayer reported that Speedway has submitted preliminary engineering and architecture plans.  The Engineer and Planner are reviewing the plans for consistency with that which was previously approved.    


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

            There was a discussion of the Thoroughfare Plan as it relates to the proposed Trinity Court development and the Reese property.  The Village Engineer has been contacted for preliminary investigations on a possible roadway from Newark-Granville that could accommodate the Trinity Court development.


Recreation Commission – (McGowan)

 No report.


Senior Committee – (O’Keefe)

No Report.


SR 161 Accord (Tegtmeyer, O’Keefe)

No report. 


Tree & Landscape Commission - Barsky

            Councilmember Barsky reminded Law Director Crites of the need for Ordinance review.  


Union Cemetery – Mershon

            It was reported that the Union Cemetery Board will be meeting March 7th to garner volunteers.  Mr. Mershon reported that a Joint meeting with the Trustees is scheduled for the March 15th Council meeting to make an appointment to the vacant seat on the Union Cemetery Board.




            Adelphia - Law Director Crites will contact the Associate General Counsel to schedule a meeting with the Economic, Finance and Personnel Committee.


            Bryn Du Commission Report – It is noted that the Economic, Finance and Personnel Committee will review the report and advise Council.


            Mr. Mershon requested that the time on the “No Left Turn” sign at the intersection of Pearl and Broadway be changed from 8-9am to 7-9am.


            Community Connections – Councilmember Tegtmeyer reported that the Committee is attempting to put together a list of comparable communities to review, along with a list of questions to ask these communities to better understand the best practices used in the Economic Development process.  Village Planner Strayer has volunteered to be a Village representative to the Committee.




            Councilmember Barsky moved to enter into Executive Session, Pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(3) – “Conferences with an attorney for the public body concerning disputes involving the public body that are the subject of pending or imminent court action”.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.


            Roll call vote:  Mr. Herman, Mr. Mershon, Mr. McGowan, Ms. Tegtmeyer, Ms. O’Keefe, Ms. Barsky, Ms. Hartfield.


Time in: 8:26pm


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


            Roll call vote: Mr. Mershon, Mr. McGowan, Ms. Tegtmeyer, Ms. Barsky, Ms. Hartfield, Mr. Herman Ms. O’Keefe.


Time out: 8:57pm




            Councilmember Tegtmeyer moved to enter into Executive Session, Pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(1) – “To consider appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a  public employee”.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.


            Roll call vote:  Mr. Herman, Mr. Mershon, Mr. McGowan, Ms. Tegtmeyer, Ms. O’Keefe, Ms. Barsky, Ms. Hartfield.


Time in:  8:58pm


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


            Roll call vote: Mr. Mershon, Mr. McGowan, Ms. Tegtmeyer, Ms. Barsky, Ms. Hartfield, Mr. Herman Ms. O’Keefe.


Time out: 9:12pm


            Councilmember Mershon made a motion to authorize the Village Legal Counsel to file a Notice of Appeal with regard to the SERB direction to election.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

            Councilmember Barsky asked that it be duly noted that she is ambivalent to the filing of the appeal due to decisions on economic issues and the long term impact.


            Motion carried 7-0.




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





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