VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
June 21, 2006
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30 pm)
(by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30 pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Tegtmeyer, Vice Mayor Herman and Mayor Hartfield; Manager Holycross, and Law Director Crites.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:31 pm)
Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the agenda as presented. Seconded by Councilmember Tegtmeyer. Motion carried (7-0).
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:31 pm)
Minxie and Jim Fannin
Mr. Fannin explained that they are historical preservation consultants and they began work at the Granville Cemetery in 1991 by invitation of Flo Hoffman and the late Carl Frazier. He stated that they have had a great working relationship with the Village staff and interns and this is the first time they have ever presented before Council in the fifteen years that they have been coming to Granville from Massachusetts. Ms. Fannin stated that they have restored approximately 529 stones and each stone is recorded in a binder stored at the Granville Historical Society for anyone to see. She stated that the binder depicts the stone as it once was and how it is after being restored. Ms. Fannin stated that thanks to a local Granville pharmacists in the late 1800’s, records that were kept were very accurate and have aided them in identifying markings on older stones. She went on to say that these records helped in attaining the National Registry status that the cemetery now has. Mr. Fannin stated that they will be working at the cemetery the rest of this week and all of next week from 7:00am – 3:30pm and he invited anyone interested to visit them there during those hours. Councilmember Tegtmeyer inquired on how many more stones need to be restored. Ms. Fannin guessed somewhere between 100 to 150. Mayor Hartfield asked how many stones they plan to restore during this visit. Ms. Fannin stated about 25 or 30. Vice Mayor Herman asked if there have been any surprising findings while completing their restoration work. Mr. Fannin stated that they did discover a large flat stone left behind because the cadaver was moved to Maple Grove Cemetery. Councilmember Barsky stated that Mr. and Mrs. Fannin have also done restoration work at Maple Grove and Phillips Cemetery.
Todd Corbin, Public Safety Group, LLC –
Mr. Corbin handed out information about his company to Council. He stated that he uses a three part process to remove white-tailed deer from municipalities by sharp shooting using a rifle. Mr. Corbin stated that he also handles getting the needed approval from ODNR. He stated that he is a certified rifle instructor and has many years experience with hunting and specifically sharp shooting. Mr. Corbin stated that the Metro Parks have recently started using sharp shooters to control their deer population. Councilmember Barsky inquired on what happens with the deer carcasses. Mr. Corbin stated that the deer meat is donated to charity. Councilmember OKeefe asked what the cost would be. Mr. Corbin explained that the cost varies depending on the percentage of the deer herd you want reduced. He stated that he typically does an analysis with cameras that determines the size and location of the herd. Councilmember McGowan asked if any nearby communities have utilized his services. Mr. Corbin stated that Solon, Ohio is the only community in Ohio where 1000 deer were removed in two years. He stated that he did not do the work in Solon. Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked if it is still effective to remove part of the herd just within the Village limits, or would it require going outside of the Village. Mr. Corbin stated that typically you can create a void in an area that the deer do not return to. He stated that there is one Metro Park that had an area cleared and they haven’t had any deer problems in ten years. Councilmember OKeefe asked if Mr. Corbin is familiar with the Granville area. Mr. Corbin stated that his family has property in Granville and he is familiar with the area. Mayor Hartfield stated that they did have a survey and the response was favorable to have something done to control the deer population. She suggested that the matter go to the Street and Sidewalks Committee where Mr. Corbin could give a more in-depth presentation. Mr. Corbin stated that a doe is likely to have up to 62 off-spring within five years. Vice Mayor Herman asked Mr. Corbin why he would consider himself more of an expert in this area than say a hunter using bow and arrows. Mr. Corbin stated that he recently took some additional classes through the NRA and he has shot for 25 years, some of those years being competitively. Vice Mayor Herman asked if other people from Mr. Corbin’s company would be working with him. Mr. Corbin stated that he would use two other sharp shooters that he personally trains to his standards. Councilmember OKeefe asked Mr. Corbin if he contacts neighbors when he is shooting. Mr. Corbin stated that he would need to work with property owners once he determines the location of a herd and he uses thermal imaging and silencers. He stated that he prefers to work during the night hours.
Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:58 pm.
2007 County Tax Budget
No one appeared to speak for or against the 2007 County Tax Budget. Mayor Hartfield closed the Public Hearing at 8:00 pm.
Resolution No. 06-31, A Resolution To Adopt The 2007 County Tax Budget As Proposed And To Direct The Village Manager To Submit It To The County Auditor was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Vice Mayor Herman.
, A Resolution To Adopt The 2007 County Tax Budget As Proposed And To Direct The Village Manager To Submit It To The County Auditor was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Vice Mayor Herman.
Discussion: Vice Mayor Herman reiterated that this is not a binding agreement, but rather a formality and it gives Council a sense of what some of the expenditures might be. Manager Holycross agreed. Councilmember Barsky asked how close the income values are to being accurate. Manager Holycross stated that Assistant Manager Roberts based the numbers on trends and past figures.
Motion carried (7-0). Resolution No. 06-31 is adopted.
Ordinance No. 05-06, An Ordinance To Revise The Codified Ordinances By Adopting Current Replacement Pages, And Declaring An Emergency was introduced by Councilmember Tegtmeyer. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Discussion: Vice Mayor Herman asked why the Ordinance needed to be declared as an emergency. Manager Holycross stated that they decided to submit the Ordinance to Council as the company presented it to them. He stated that it is a standard Ordinance and he does not see the need to have an emergency clause. Law Director Crites agreed that an emergency clause was not necessary.
Councilmember Mershon made a motion to remove the emergency clause and delete Section 4. He stated that the Ordinance should read that it is in effect from the earliest date permitted by law. Seconded by Councilmember McGowan.
Roll Call for Amendment: Hartfield (yes), Herman (yes), Tegtmeyer (yes), OKeefe (yes), Mershon (yes), McGowan (yes), Barsky (yes).
Motion carries (7-0). Ordinance No. 05-06 is amended.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled the public hearing on Ordinance No. 05-06 for July 5, 2006.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Special Meeting – May 31, 2006
Councilmember Tegtmeyer made a motion to remove the minutes from the Table. Second by Vice Mayor Herman. Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the minutes as amended. Seconded by Councilmember Tegtmeyer. Motion carried 7-0.
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of June 7, 2006.
Councilmember Mershon moved to accept the minutes as amended. Seconded by McGowan. Motion carried 7-0.
MAYOR’S COURT REPORT – May
The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of May was presented for review.
Discussion: Council noted the increase in seatbelt violations. Mayor Hartfield stated that there has been a campaign to increase awareness about wearing a seatbelt.
Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the May report, seconded by Councilmember OKeefe. Motion carried 7-0.
Mayor Hartfield instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of the said report is included as part of these minutes.
MANAGER’S REPORT – May
The Manager’s Report for the month of May was presented for review.
Discussion: Vice Mayor Herman stated that there was a large tree in front of the College Town House that was removed and there appeared to be no evidence of rotting. He asked Manager Holycross to see what the rationale was for removing the tree. Councilmember Barsky stated that she would like to know if the property owner (Denison University) was made aware that the Village would be removing the tree. She stated that the Tree and Landscape Ordinances state that the property owner should be notified prior to the removal of any tree. Councilmember OKeefe stated that she is aware of some pine trees in the Village where the tops were removed by AEP and now they are dying.
Councilmember OKeefe noted 90 hours in sick leave from someone in the Service Department. She asked if someone was ill. Manager Holycross stated that he would look into this and get back to Council.
Vice Mayor Herman moved to accept the May report, seconded by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried 7-0.
Mayor Hartfield instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of said report is included as part of these minutes.
Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) – (Herman, Mershon, Tegtmeyer)
Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)
Councilmember Tegtymeyer asked anyone interested in participating in the 4th of July parade to please contact her.
Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) – (Hartfield, Herman, McGowan)
Mayor Hartfield stated that a meeting date needs to be set.
Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)
Councilmember OKeefe stated that there was approval for signs for Remax Realty and Denison University. She stated that there was also approval for a fence around Monamoy. Councilmember OKeefe stated that there was discussion over a proposed addition/garage for a home on the corner of North Plum St. and Broadway and the footprint increase is 40%. She stated that the matter will go back to the BZBA Board due to a missed step in the process.
Planning & Zoning Committee – (Barsky, Mershon, O’Keefe)
Comprehensive Plan – (Barsky)
Councilmember Barsky stated that they looked at the survey questions. She stated that public announcements about the survey should be made. She stated that they will begin the telephone portion of the survey in early July. Councilmember Barsky and Manager Holycross discussed the costs to mail the written part of the survey. Councilmember Barsky stated that she believed the mailing would consist of two sheets of paper – maybe three. She stated that the Village has budgeted $50,000 for the Comprehensive Plan survey and the Township may not be sharing the costs for the written portion of the survey.
Recreation Commission – (McGowan)
Senior Committee – (O’Keefe)
SR 161 Accord (O’Keefe, Tegtmeyer)
Councilmember OKeefe stated that she attended the June 15th meeting and very few people were there. She stated that MORPC has concern if people are interested in pursuing this. Councilmember OKeefe stated that Trustee Jim Havens invited members to come to Granville on July 20th at 7:30pm to see examples of good and bad development.
Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)
Union Cemetery (Mershon)
Councilmember Mershon stated that they have had two work days the past two Saturdays. He stated that the Fannin’s would appreciate any help while they are here this week and next week.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Council set the date for Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
Meeting cancellation –
Council opted to not cancel any upcoming meetings at this time.
4th of July Parade
Mayor Hartfield asked Council if they would like to have a float for the 4th of July parade. Council discussed the matter and decided that those who are able could walk in the parade. Council asked Manager Holycross to see if any signs were available for Council to use and to turn in the Kiwanis parade entry form.
Mayor Hartfield asked Manager Holycross to see if Burg Street would be opened during the 4th of July festivities. She stated that in the preliminary discussions, the contractor had agreed to make the road passable during this time. She stated that if it can be done without enormous effort and cost she would like to see it opened.
Mayor Hartfield stated that she would like to have discussions with the Senior Committee, Bryn Du Commission, Teen Center and Recreation Commission in regards to a community center.
Amateur Radio Field Days
Councilmember Barsky stated that everyone is invited to COTC for the Amateur Radio Field Days – June 24th and 25th. She stated that they will be testing equipment used during Hurricane Katrina.
Vice Mayor Herman stated that he was contacted by Tom Dority about conducting the evaluation for the hiring of Manager Holycross on July 12th. He stated that this ties into some strategic planning that the EFP Committee is working on and he would like to have a teleconference with Mayor Hartfield, Mr. Dority, Manager Holycross, and himself.
ADJOURNMENT (8:55 pm)
Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Motion carried, 7-0. Meeting adjourned.