VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
SPECIAL COUNCIL MINUTES
May 31, 2006
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30pm)(by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - by Boyscout Logan Fisher- by Boyscout Logan Fisher
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Herman and Mayor Hartfield, Manager Holycross, and Law Director Crites.
Vice Mayor Herman moved to excuse Councilmember Tegtmeyer. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:34pm)(7:34pm)
Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the agenda as presented. Councilmember Mershon second. Motion carried 6-0.
Resolution No. 06-29, A Resolution To Authorize Special Counsel Of The Village Of Granville To Pursue An Appeal Of An Order Of The State Employment Relations Board To The Franklin County Court Of Common Pleas And To The Tenth District Court Of Appeals, If Necessary was introduced by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Barsky.A Resolution To Authorize Special Counsel Of The Village Of Granville To Pursue An Appeal Of An Order Of The State Employment Relations Board To The Franklin County Court Of Common Pleas And To The Tenth District Court Of Appeals, If Necessary was introduced by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Discussion: Vice Mayor Herman made a motion to accept a friendly amendment to the second WHEREAS as it relates to the State Employment Relations Board’s intent to issue an Order certifying the election of the FOP. It is noted that the Board has not yet issued the Order, therefore the language of the Ordinance was modified.
Councilmember O’Keefe requested clarification of the difference between City and "public employer". Mr. Elsworth, Counsel representing the Village in this case, addressed the question by noting that the clarification is pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Act ORC 4117, which deals with having to bargain with unions. The City and Village status is dealt with in ORC 703.
Councilmember Barsky noted that Council’s recent discussion reflected concerns about the designation of a "City", which was the driving force for the SERB ruling and that the "City" implication has greater ramifications in terms of the appeal. She does not feel that this Resolution, as drafted, reflects that.
Mr. Elsworth noted that SERB cannot determine whether or not Granville is a City, but they can determine if Granville is a "public employer".Following discussion, Council chose to address their concern by including "City" in the 4th WHEREAS and eliminating "public employer".
Motion carried. Resolution No. 06-29 is adopted (6-0).
Resolution No. 06-30, A Resolution Authorizing The Village Manager To Submit The Granville 208 Plan And Service Area Boundaries To The Licking County 208 Planning Committee was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Seconded by Councilmember O’Keefe., A Resolution Authorizing The Village Manager To Submit The Granville 208 Plan And Service Area Boundaries To The Licking County 208 Planning Committee was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Seconded by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Discussion: Jerry Turner, presented maps of the overall planning area for discussion.
Councilmember Barsky noted that Granville Township had presented a proposal to the Planning & Zoning Committee which discussed the ability of Southwest Licking Water & Sewer District (SLWSD) to extend services along the corridor of SR 16 (specifically the Owens property). She referenced the last Comprehensive Plan, which noted that the SR 16 corridor is likely to experience some type of commercial or manufacturing development in the future. During recent discussions, concern was voiced that developers may not be willing to take a chance on developing that area along SR 16 given the current Village Ordinance that says that the extension of water and sewer outside the boundaries of the Village may be subjected to referendum.
Councilmemember Tegtmeyer arrived at 8:04pm
Jim Havens, Township Trustee, spoke to Council about the importance of the 208/201 Plan process. Mr. Havens noted that development is important because of the need for a tax base for the school system. He noted that the school district has no voice and is dependent upon the Township and Village’s land planning decisions. He also noted that the Township wishes to maintain its working partnership with SLWSD. Mr. Havens suggested that partnering with both the SLWSD and the Village is the most desirable. He noted that the 201/208 Plan process is to identify the current sewer/water tributaries for the next 20 years. There is a positive relationship between the Township and SLWSD and it was suggested that the Village work towards a similar relationship.
Engineer Jerry Turner stated that this plan would be preliminary at this time, and subject to change. He advised that if a plan is not submitted for implementation with the County wide plan, the EPA would be responsible for making a decision as to the boundaries of the Plan.
Village Planner Chris Strayer noted that the 208/201 Plan does not obligate the Village to extend water/sewer services and land use decisions will be based on development applications. He also stated that the plan simply means that no other water/sewer district can enter into the service area. The 208 Plan is state mandated.
Councilmember Mershon feels that it is important for the Village to find a way to service the Owens property. He feels that making a decision about the Owens property at this time may harm future endeavors. He feels the fallback option is to provide service outside the JEDD.
Vice Mayor Herman noted that although there had been issues concerning water and sewer extension in the past, surely there is no way to predict the future in terms of this Council, or the Township Trustees. He feels comfortable indicating that the Township’s best commitment is to work with this current Council to make the JEDD work out there.
Mr. Havens noted that the Trustees are giving a continued effort to try to complete the JEDD.
Engineer Turner will present a preliminary version of the 201 Plan to the County along with a copy of the map, as revised this evening, and preliminarily declarations. It is noted that the preliminary declarations relate to the entire plan and not any specific areas at this time.
It is further noted that the map includes the requested areas west of Silver Street and that the Owens site will be further discussed as necessary.
Engineer Jerry Turner, Village Planner Chris Strayer and Township Trustee Jim Havens will work on specific prescriptions.
Ms. Barsky reiterated that the extension of water and sewer outside of residential boundaries would include annexation. It was also noted that the decisions that come from the Comprehensive Plan will reflect how to move forward.
Motion carried. Resolution No. 06-26 is adopted (7-0).
It was requested that Manager Holycross notify Bll Habig and Jim Murr of future 208 Planning meetings.
Council also acknowledged receipt of the 2007 County Tax Budget.
Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Tegtmeyer. Motion carried, 7-0. Meeting adjourned.