Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 1/3/07

 

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES

January 3, 2007

 

 

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

 

 

 

(by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30 pm)

 

 

 

(Led by Luke Fergang of the Boy Scouts)

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

Councilmember Barsky made a motion to excuse Councilmember Tegtmeyer. Seconded by Vice Mayor Herman. Motion carried (6-0).

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:31pm)

 

Vice Mayor Herman moved accept the agenda as presented. Seconded by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried (6-0).

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:32 pm)

 

Licking County Public Transportation – Loretta Frenton

 

Ms. Frenton stated that they offer county wide transportation Monday thru Friday from 6:00am – 6:00pm. She stated that one-way trips are $5.00 if scheduled in advance and senior citizen’s 65 and older receive a ½ fare discount with funding provided by the Licking County Senior Citizens Levy. Ms. Frenton stated that this year they purchased seven new vehicles and all of their drivers dress in uniform and have had criminal background checks. She urged anyone interested in their services to contact her for more information at 522-3252. Ms. Frenton suggested calling one day before a trip is needed and they can sometimes fit in trips on demand. Councilmember Barsky asked if Ms. Frenton knew how often they receive calls from Granville. Ms. Frenton estimated that Granville citizens make up 5-10% of their transportation calls. She stated that the program is funded by state and federal funds and some local funds are received by the county commissioners.

Sharon Sellito, 215 South Cherry Street, inquired on the Comprehensive Plan surveys. She asked if they have ever been published. Councilmember Barsky stated that the raw data is back and being digested. She stated that they hope to publish it in the future. Mayor Hartfield later stated that she believed she saw this information on the Trustees website. Councilmember Barsky went on to say that there will be an overview given by the Comprehensive Plan Committee on January 31st at the High School Commons Room from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and it is open to the public. Ms. Sellito also inquired on the annexation. She asked Council what is good and what is bad about the proposed annexation and is anything about it advantageous to the Village. Mayor Hartfield asked to which annexation Ms. Sellito was referring to and she stated that there are two separate annexations. Mayor Hartfield went on to say that the 514 acre annexation includes no infrastructure or services and there is also the annexation of River Road. Councilmember Mershon stated that the staff is currently working on determining costs and benefits associated with the River Road annexation. Ms. Sellito stated that she read in the newspaper that the landowners of River Road proposed that the Village should be responsible for 70% of the costs and Village Planner, Chris Strayer seemed to think this was reasonable. Councilmember Mershon stated that this was discussed at a Planning and Zoning Committee on January 2nd. Vice Mayor Herman added that no decision was made. Councilmember Mershon stated that there will be opportunities for public comment if a decision is made in regards to the River Road annexation. Ms. Sellito stated that in regards to the 514 acre annexation it appears that Granville is trying to play both sides of the fence and they ultimately made City of Newark upset. She stated that the newspaper quotes Chris Strayer saying he is allowed to help the landowners in the annexation process. Councilmember Mershon stated that Mr. Strayer has been listening to requests by the landowners. Vice Mayor Herman stated that Council did ask the Village Planner to help weigh both advantages and disadvantages of moving forward with an annexation.

Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:46 pm.

PUBLIC HEARING

Ordinance No. 19-06, An Ordinance Amending Section 331.12 Of The Codified Ordinances To Clarify The Restrictions With Regard to "U" Turns.

Discussion: No one appeared to speak in regards to Ordinance No. 19-06.

Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing at 7:46 pm.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Ordinance No. 19-06, An Ordinance Amending Section 331.12 Of The Codified Ordinances To Clarify The Restrictions With Regard to "U" Turns was reintroduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember Mershon.

 

Discussion: Manager Holycross stated that the Ordinance is intended to address concerns with the existing language in regards to u-turns in the downtown area. He stated that a judge ruled that the current language allows for a u-turn in the downtown area as long as it is done in a safe manner. He stated that u-turns are permitted in some areas of the Village unless the current code doesn’t allow them. He stated that this Ordinance will not change language where u-turns are currently permitted. Councilmember O’Keefe questioned if people are aware that u-turns are not permitted in the downtown area. Manager Holycross stated that there are signs stating "no u-turn to parking." Sergeant Mason stated that he would like to see the Ordinance pass so there is no confusion and they will begin by giving some warnings to get the word out. Councilmember McGowan stated that the Ordinance will go into effect in thirty days.

 

 

Roll call vote Ordinance No. 19-06: Hartfield, Herman, Barsky, McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe (6-0).

Ordinance No. 16-06 is adopted.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 06-49, A Resolution To Establish The Maximum Annual Compensation Adjustment For Fiscal Year 2007 was removed from the table by Councilmember Mershon. Second by Councilmember Barsky (6-0).

 

Resolution No. 06-49, A Resolution To Establish The Maximum Annual Compensation Adjustment For Fiscal Year 2007 was introduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

 

Discussion: Manager Holycross stated that if Council would feel more comfortable passing something similar to what has been done in years past then the staff could continue to outline a new system for next year. Councilmember Barsky questioned if it is necessary to study the new system for an entire year and wondered if something could be decided upon sooner. Manager Holycross stated that it could be done sooner. Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the new system would then be retroactive. Manager Holycross stated that this would be up to Council. Councilmember Barsky asked how many employees would be at the top range. Manager Holycross estimated about one half. Council discussed using the same system as years past for the first half of the year and having an alternative system available for discussion by June 1, 2007.

Councilmember Mershon made a motion to amend Section 1 and insert "4%" in the first blank, "2%" in the second blank line, and "2%" in the third blank line. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Proposed amendment to Resolution No. 06-49 is adopted. (6-0)

Councilmember Mershon made a motion to amend Section 4 and strike "prior Resolutions including those of Resolution No. 02-41 and." Second by Councilmember Barsky. Proposed amendment to Resolution No. 06-49 is adopted. (6-0)

Manager Holycross inquired on the effective date of the Resolution and Councilmember Mershon stated he believed it would begin on the first payroll of 2007.

 

Resolution No. 06-49 is adopted. (6-0)

 

Resolution No. 07-01, A Resolution To Fill A Vacancy On The Bryn Du Governance Commission was introduced by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember McGowan.

 

Discussion: Bill Heim, 133 East College Street, stated that he feels Stewart Dyke would be a great addition to the Bryn Du Governance Commission given his prior experience. He stated that Mr. Dyke was unable to attend this evening due to illness.

Council named Stewart Dyke to fill the vacancy on the Bryn Du Commission. Council also thanked Steve Herb for his service on the commission.

 

Resolution No. 07-01 is adopted. (6-0).

 

Resolution No. 07-02, A Resolution Authorizing The Village Manager And Assistant Village Manger To Execute An Agreement Between The Village Of Granville And The Fraternal Order O f Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc., Representing The Full Time Police Officers And Police Sergeants, Which Agreement Will Be effective For The Period From January 1, 2007 Through December 31, 2009 was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember Mershon.

Discussion: Manager Holycross stated that they are pleased with the results of the negotiations and they feel comfortable with the decisions. Councilmember Barsky read aloud some clarifications in the language. She stated that the Village might want to look at interest based bargaining in the future. Councilmember Barsky added that the EFP Committee should further look at the wording regarding accruing leave after one year on the job. She stated that this is in regards to something else that committee is currently working on.

 

Resolution No. 07-02 is adopted (6-0).

 

Resolution No. 07-03, A Resolution Enacting Wage Rates For The Full Time Positions Of Police Officer And Police Sergeant For The Period From January 1, 2007 Through December 31, 2009 was introduced by Councilmember Mershon. Second by Councilmember Barsky.

 

Discussion: Councilmember Barsky stated this is a result of the agreement and Manager Holycross concurred. Councilmember O’Keefe inquired on what would happen if there is bad performance. Manager Holycross stated that disciplinary action can be taken.

 

Resolution No. 07-03 is adopted. (6-0).

Resolution No. 07-04, A Resolution Authorizing The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement With The City Of Newark For The Installation Of A Waterline Across James Road And To Issue Any Necessary Permit(s) For The Installation Of That Waterline Upon The Approval And Acceptance Of The Proposed Annexation Of 514 Acres +/- In Granville And Union Townships Into The Village of Granville was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.

 

Discussion: Manager Holycross explained the history behind the Resolution. He stated that the Village was approached by the City of Newark because they wished to place a water tower adjacent to the 514 acres being proposed for annexation. He went on to say that a crossing of one property and a portion of James Road was needed by the City of Newark for the placement of a waterline. Manager Holycross stated that at a later time the City of Newark – specifically the Service Director – met with the Mayor, Manager and Assistant Manager and presented a proposed written agreement in which the City would withdraw any opposition to the annexation if the Village would allow the waterline to cross James Road. Vice Mayor Herman added that the Village did not solicit this. Councilmember O’Keefe added that this seems like a generous offer. Manager Holycross stated that there was benefit to both parties involved. Councilmember Mershon questioned why the Newark Advocate had an article with Newark Councilmember’s Marmie, Kennedy, and Diebold negatively speaking of this Council acting in ways of "blackmail, entrapment, and coercion." He asked how this could be said if the Newark Council members were aware of the actual conversations between the Village and Newark administration. Manager Holycross stated that he really could not speak to this because he only met with the City of Newark administration. Councilmember McGowan stated that the article also stated that the Mayor of Newark may veto the Resolution. Councilmember Mershon stated that it is his belief that as good neighbors the Village should allow a loop in the water line and he believes it should be done if our residents and future residents have no objections. He stated that there has been much posturing in the press and radio about this matter. Mayor Hartfield stated that this agreement came un-solicited by the Village of Granville. Robert Ketner, who was in the audience, asked Council how this came to be and who originally orchestrated the document. Manager Holycross stated that he believed the Law Director of Newark originally drafted the document. He stated that the Village of Granville’s attorney did make changes to the document after review. Mayor Hartfield stated that the Village of Granville did make some changes to the document but the essence of the document remained the same. Mr. Ketner questioned why Newark Council stated what they did in their meeting the night before and it is important for the public in Licking County to get the right information on this. Council stated that they were confused and puzzled by the actions and words of some Newark City council members and that the last proposal came to them un-solicited. Amy Summers, 221 North Pearl Street, stated that it was her understanding that Newark technically had no right to object to the proposed annexation and she asked why it would matter to the Village. Manager Holycross stated that the City of Newark can testify in opposition to the annexation to the county commissioners at a public hearing.

 

Resolution No. 07-04 is adopted. (6-0).

 

REVIEW OF MINUTES

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of December 20, 2006.

 

Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the minutes as amended. Seconded by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried 6-0., A Resolution Authorizing The Village Manager To Enter Into An Agreement With The City Of Newark For The Installation Of A Waterline Across James Road And To Issue Any Necessary Permit(s) For The Installation Of That Waterline Upon The Approval And Acceptance Of The Proposed Annexation Of 514 Acres +/- In Granville And Union Townships Into The Village of Granville was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe., A Resolution Enacting Wage Rates For The Full Time Positions Of Police Officer And Police Sergeant For The Period From January 1, 2007 Through December 31, 2009 was introduced by Councilmember Mershon. Second by Councilmember Barsky., A Resolution To Fill A Vacancy On The Bryn Du Governance Commission was introduced by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember McGowan., A Resolution To Establish The Maximum Annual Compensation Adjustment For Fiscal Year 2007 was removed from the table by Councilmember Mershon. Second by Councilmember Barsky (6-0).A Resolution To Establish The Maximum Annual Compensation Adjustment For Fiscal Year 2007 was introduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember Barsky., An Ordinance Amending Section 331.12 Of The Codified Ordinances To Clarify The Restrictions With Regard to "U" Turns was reintroduced by Vice Mayor Herman. Second by Councilmember Mershon.(7:32 pm)– Loretta Frenton(7:31pm)

 

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Led by Luke Fergang of the Boy Scouts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

Council discussed having a work session in regards to the River Road annexation on January 24th at 5:30pm. Vice Mayor Herman indicated that he would be late, but he would send along his comments beforehand.

Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)

No Report.

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

No Report.

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

No Report.

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

Councilmember Barsky stated that the minutes are in Council’s packets and they (along with members of the EFP Committee) discussed the River Road annexation.

Comprehensive Plan – (Barsky)

No Report.

Recreation Commission – (McGowan)

Councilmember McGowan stated that the winter schedule will be released this week. He stated that there will be a dedication for the newly renovated McPeek Lodge on January 13th from 11: 00 -0 12:30 with the actual dedication taking place at 11:30.

Senior Committee – (O’Keefe)

No Report.

Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)

No Report.

Union Cemetery (Mershon)

No Report.

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS

Mayor Hartfield stated that the Greenspace Committee will have an information open house on January 13th at McPeek Lodge at 2:00.

Mayor Hartfield stated that the Village will host the tri-city meeting on January 29th at the Bryn Du Mansion at 6:30pm. She asked for Council to contact her with any topics they would like to see on the agenda that evening.

Councilmember Barsky asked if the press releases were put in the paper in regards to the Comprehensive Plan study. Manager Holycross stated that there will be something in the paper this week and subsequent weeks as well. Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the press release would be in the Advocate as well as the Sentinel. Manager Holycross stated that he would check with Chris Strayer to make sure it is in both papers.

Vice Mayor Herman asked where the survey results for the Comprehensive Plan are located. Mayor Hartfield stated that she has seen them on a website – either the Township Trustee website or the Sentinel’s website. Manager Holycross stated that he plans to have it added to Granville’s website. Vice Mayor Herman asked that the survey results be handed out to Council prior to the River Road work session meeting. Manager Holycross stated he would take care of getting this to all of Council.

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT (8:48 pm)

(8:48 pm)

Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn. Second by Vice Mayor Herman. Motion carried, 6-0. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

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