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Council Minutes 4/18/07

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MINUTES
April 18, 2007

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:33 pm)


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Led by Boy Scout Doug Evans Miller)


ROLL CALL
 Those responding to the roll call were Councilmember McGowan, Vice Mayor Herman, and Mayor Hartfield; Manager Holycross, and Law Director Crites.


CITIZENS' COMMENTS (7:33 pm)

Mayor Hartfield moved to hear Citizens' Comments earlier on the agenda because there were only three members of Council present.   She went on to say that there was not a quorum because at least four members must be present. 

No one appeared to speak during Citizens' Comments.  Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens' Comments at 7:34 pm.

Councilmember Tegtmeyer arrived to the Council meeting at 7:35 pm. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:35 pm)
Councilmember McGowan moved accept the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Vice Mayor Herman.  Motion carried (4-0).   

Vice Mayor Herman made a motion to excuse Councilmember's O'Keefe, Mershon, and Barsky.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried (4-0)


PUBLIC HEARING
Ordinance No. 04-07, To Permit the Demolition of a Single-Story Structure at 2326 Newark-Granville Road.

No one appeared to speak in regards to Ordinance No. 04-07.

Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing at 7:36 pm. 


OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance No. 04-07, To Permit the Demolition of a Single-Story Structure at 2326 Newark-Granville Road was re-introduced by Vice Mayor Herman.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 

Discussion:  Council reviewed the aerial pictures of the structure proposed for demolition provided by Manager Holycross.  Vice Mayor Herman asked when construction would begin.  Mr. George Fackler, who represented Fackler Country Gardens, stated that he hopes to begin construction following a week or two after the 4th of July.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer inquired on what would be housed in the new structure.  Mr. Fackler stated that he has been working with the Planning Commission to place a 4800 sq. ft. building resembling a barn.  He stated that he will move the Hearth and Home division of his business into the Garden Center and house power equipment and parts in the new building. 

Ordinance No. 04-07 is adopted.  Motion carried 4-0. 

Resolution No. 07-23, To Fill Vacancies on the Planning Commission - Tabled on March 21, 2007.  Vice Mayor Herman moved to remove Resolution No. 07-23 from the table.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 

Discussion:  Councilmember Tegtmeyer indicated that she may need to recuse herself from voting on the Resolution.  She explained that she is employed by a Board of Directors and one of the candidates applying to serve on the Planning Commission serves on this Board.  Law Director Crites stated that the Resolution could be removed from the table with no problem considering Councilmember Tegtmeyer's concern.  He advised that she should recuse herself if one of the candidates is a member of her family or there could be a financial benefit of some kind.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer stated that one of the candidates is one of ten on the Board of Directors' that employs her, so a potential financial benefit could be perceived.  Law Director Crites explained the options for Council to proceed and he suggested that it might be best table the Resolution again. 

Councilmember Tegtmeyer made a motion to Table Resolution No. 07-23.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman.  Motion carried 4-0.

Resolution No. 07-23 is Tabled. 

Resolution 07-24, To Fill a Vacancy on the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals - Tabled on March 21, 2007.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer moved to remove Resolution No. 07-24 from the table.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 

Discussion: Manager Holycross stated that Mr. Heim wishes to be re-appointed to the Planning Commission and there were no other individuals who applied to fill the vacancy.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked if the timeframe to accept applications was as long as the Planning Commission posting of vacant seats.  Manager Holycross stated yes. 

Vice Mayor Herman moved to re-appoint William Heim to the Planning Commission.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried 4-0. 

Resolution 07-24 is adopted. 


NEW BUSINESS
Ordinance No. 05-07, To Approve the Application to Rezone Property Owned by Orville and Audrey Orr, Located at 124 and 128 South Pearl Street, from VRD (Village Residential District) to VBD-A (Village Business District - Group A) with Uses Limited to Hotels, Motels, and Inns was Introduced by Councilmember Tegtmeyer.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman. 

Mayor Hartfield scheduled the public hearing for Ordinance No. 05-07 for May 16, 2007. 


Resolution No. 07-29, To Reappoint Members to the Bryn Du Governance Commission was Introduced by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman. 

Discussion:  Councilmember McGowan moved to reappoint the same three members.  Second by Councilmember Tegtmeyer.  Motion carried 4-0. 

Resolution No. 07-29 is adopted.  Motion carried  4-0. 


Resolution 07-30, To Express Appreciation and Support for the Bryn Du Commission and its Master Plan for the Facility was introduced by Vice Mayor Herman.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 

Discussion: Vice Mayor Herman stated that the Resolution is a result of an EFP meeting with the Bryn Du Commission and their wish to move forward using particular facilities on the property.  He went on to say that the Resolution is acknowledgement of work done by the Commission and the recognition by Council of changes to come in the future.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer questioned the language in Section III of the Resolution that says Council is providing services to Seniors.  She stated that the language struck her as  "odd," and she is not personally opposed to the intent behind the language, but she wondered if it should be more inclusive.  Vice Mayor Herman stated that the language is due to a matter at hand and he made a motion for the following friendly amendment:
 
Insert after the word "including" in Section III ", but not limited to," 

Resolution No. 07-30 is adopted.  Motion carried 4-0.
 
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 4,  2007.
 Councilmember Tegtmeyer moved to Table the minutes as amended. 
Seconded by Vice Mayor Herman.   Law Director Crites suggested that Council might want   to Table the minutes because there was not a member of Council available to second the motion for approval that had attended the April 4th meeting.  Motion to Table carried 4-0.

MAYOR'S COURT REPORT -  March
The Mayor's Court Report for the month of March was presented for review.

 Discussion: Mayor Hartfield stated that she was invited to a meeting by the City of Dublin regarding an Ohio House Bill that could affect having Mayor's Courts for municipalities under 1000 people.  She stated that the Bill calls for a Magistrate to hold Mayor's Court, rather than the Mayor.  Law Director Crites stated that he would be in contact with the Legislative Service Commission to review the Bill and to see if there were any other versions of the Bill introduced.  Councilmember McGowan stated that there has been talk for some time about changing the way Mayor's Court is handled.  He stated that Granville would not be affected by the Bill if it is passed due to their population.  Vice Mayor Herman asked that Manager Holycross and staff look at the financial impact on the Village if the State law were to ever change.  He stated that the cost to have a Magistrate hold Mayor's Court would increase, especially if there is no State funding supporting these changes. 
  
 Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the March report, seconded by Councilmember Mershon.  Motion carried 4-0.

 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 - March
The Manager's Report for the month of March was presented for review. 

 Discussion:  Manager Holycross stated that he will use another format for reporting on a quarterly basis.  Councilmember McGowan asked if anything in the report stood out to him.  Manager Holycross stated that there was nothing particularly unusual. 

 Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the March report, seconded by Councilmember Tegtmeyer.  Motion carried 4-0.

 Mayor Hartfield instructed the report be filed with the Clerk.  A copy of said report is included as part of these minutes. 

 


COMMITTEE REPORTS  
Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) - (Herman, Mershon, Tegtmeyer) 
No Report.

Granville Foundation - (Tegtmeyer)
Councilmember Tegtmeyer stated that there will be a Planning Meeting on April 19th at the Village Offices regarding ideas to enhance recreational activities for people with developmental disabilities.  She stated that they are looking at several options and they are working with families who have children would disabilities.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer stated that one option to look at is Raccoon Valley Park - a highly accessible playground.  Another is to enhance the walkability to Raccoon Valley Park.  The third option mentioned to her was to improve the accessibility to the Bryn Du Mansion.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer urged anyone interested to attend.  She stated that the application will need to be submitted to the Granville Foundation by June 1st of this year. 

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)
No Report.

Comprehensive Plan - (Barsky)
No Report.

Recreation Commission - (McGowan)
Councilmember McGowan stated that the Spring programs have begun and they are working on the expansion of fields at Raccoon Valley Park. 

161 Accord - (O'Keefe)
Amber Mitchell who serves on the BZBA Board offered to update Council about the last meeting.  She stated that the purpose of the meeting was to bring the new MORPC director up to speed and to determine if the Accord wants to move forward as a group or individual entities.  Ms. Mitchell explained that they would like to comprise a board and St. Albans Township and Jersey Township would like to have two members on the board to represent them, while other municipalities would have just one.  She went on to say that some people attending the meeting did not agree with this logic.  When asked, Ms. Mitchell stated that it is her personal opinion that there will be a split between the jurisdictions and that there appears to be some animosity amongst the entities involved.  Mayor Hartfield thanked Ms. Mitchell for attending the meeting and providing an update to Council. 

Senior Committee - (O'Keefe)
No Report.

Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)
No Report.

Union Cemetery (Mershon)
No Report.


OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Proclamation for Arbor Day - Mayor Hartfield stated that she will be presenting the Proclamation at the Granville Middle School on April 27th.  Councilmember Tegtmeyer suggested that in the future Council might want to look at doing something on Arbor Day being as though they are a designated Tree City USA. 

Mayor Hartfield noted the American Legion invitation to participate in a Memorial Day parade on May 28th.  She also stated that there is a mistake on the meeting time on the invitation. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
 Vice Mayor Herman moved to enter into Executive Session, Pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(1) - Considering the appointment of a public employee.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

 Roll call vote: Herman, Tegtmeyer, McGowan, Hartfield

Time in: 8:15 pm

 Councilmember McGowan moved to return to regular session.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman.

 Roll call vote:  Herman, Tegtmeyer, McGowan, Hartfield

Time out: 8:40 pm

 


ADJOURNMENT (8:40 pm)
 Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman.  Motion carried, 4-0.  Meeting adjourned.

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