Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes 6/6/07

 VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES

June 6, 2007

 

 

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

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

 

ROLL CALL

            Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Constance Barsky, Matt McGowan, Steve Mershon, Jackie O’Keefe, Deb Tegtmeyer, Vice Mayor Lon Herman, Mayor Melissa Hartfield, Manager Don Holycross, and Law Director Michael Crites.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:33 pm)

Councilmember O’Keefe moved to approve the agenda.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Councilmember Mershon indicated that a resolution from the Executive Session of the May 16, 2007 was not listed on the agenda.  He questioned if it should be.  Manager Holycross indicated that as it was in Executive Session it would not be listed on the agenda. Vote was called by Mayor Hartfield. Motion carried (7-0).    

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:34 pm)

 

Virginia Cope, 510 West College Street, urged Council to oppose the liquor permit application by Dan Rogers.  She has two small children and does not think it is in the best interest of her children or the community to have a “man, who does not notice wholesale drinking on his property” to be issued a liquor permit.  She urges Council to deny the permit.

 

Sharon Sellito, 215 South Cherry Street, remarked “Ditto.”

 

Chris Kenah, 339 West Broadway, requested that Council overturn the Cleveland Hall design that was approved by the Granville Planning Commission.  The application and design do not conform to ordinance requirements.  The criteria for additions or renovations need to be enforced on an equal basis and should be applied to this request.

 

Karl Sandin, 212 South Plum Street, spoke in favor of the Cleveland Hall renovation.  He felt the addition was understated and restrained.  The design is an excellent example of historic renovation.  It also provides a wonderful facility for the students of Denison University.  Mr. Sandin is an art instructor at Denison.

 

John Kralovec, 218 Summit Street, is new to Granville and not a stakeholder in the appeal.  However, he feels that Denison has used due diligence in selecting a world-class architect.  The Village is lucky to have such a prestigious and respected architect.  He commented that Speedway, Arby’s and Taylor Drug used traditional materials, but the architectural design is not noteworthy.  He reminded Council that glass has always been a “traditional” material and is used in many historic designs.  Art studios need a great deal of light.  The design would be exciting for the students and be a tremendous asset to Denison and the community.  He asked the Board to approve the Planning Commission’s recommendation.

 

Matt Kretchmar, 448 West Broadway, commented on both issues.  Looking at the Cleveland Hall design, he is very impressed with the design and the architect.  It is too bad that in the past, buildings were demolished and not renovated as in this case.  He is happy to see the facility updated.  He is in favor of the proposal.  Regarding the liquor permit for Dan Rogers, he indicated that he rented from Dan when he first moved to Granville.  He observed Mr. Rogers act in reckless and irresponsible ways.  This individual has a young child and is not interested in that child being exposed to the issues involved with a carry-out.

 

John Maskit, 135 Granview Road, has studied the philosophy of architecture and urban development.  He has done research on the subject.  He feels a lot of thought should be given to the issues confronting the community regarding historic preservation.  He feels it is important to pursue building codes that maintain the charm of the community, but do not pit new styles against old.  Cleveland Hall should not be treated as something frozen in time.   Cleveland Hall has been a vital part of the community.  He understands that the design looks different, but the Code should not tie the hands of the architect by making the design match the existing building.  He gave an example that if someone wanted to build a 5,000 sq. ft. home in a Victorian style, it would be allowed although not necessary historically appropriate.  He urged Council to respect the historical vitality of architecture and move forward with the design.  He is in favor of the application.

 

Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:45 pm.

 

APPEAL HEARING

Vice Mayor Lon Herman called the appeal hearing of the decision by the Granville Planning Commission to approve the proposed addition to Cleveland Hall on the Denison University campus under the Architectural Review Overlay provisions of the Village Zoning Code to order. 

 

Councilmember O’Keefe stated that she would like to recuse herself from any discussion concerning the appeal hearing as her husband is an employee of Denison University. 

 

Mayor Hartfield stated that she would like to recuse herself from any discussion concerning the appeal hearing as a co-worker is bidding on part of the project. 

 

Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, McGowan, Mershon, Tegtmeyer, and Vice Mayor Herman.

 

Those wishing to speak during the hearing were sworn in.  Please note the attached official transcript of June 6, 2007 – Cleveland Hall Renovation Appeal Hearing. 

 

 

 

Vice Mayor Lon Herman closed the evidence at 11:00pm.  He noted that pursuant to section 1137.01(j) of the Codified Ordinance of Granville, Council may affirm, reverse, revoke, modify, or remand for further proceedings the decision or order appealed.  Vice Mayor Herman also stated the pursuant to section 1137.01(k), Council shall announce its decision not later than the next regularly scheduled Council meeting following the hearing (June 20, 2007).  Within 45 days, Council shall formalize its decision in writing, including decisions findings and conclusions of facts.  One recommendation is that we deliberate this issue at our next scheduled Council meeting.  I would like to recommend that. Thank you.

 

Mayor Hartfield called the regular Council meeting back to order at 11:08pm

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

NONE

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Ordinance No. 06-07, To Accept an Application for the Annexation of 514 +/- Acres to the Village was introduced by Steve Mershon and a hearing was scheduled for the next Council meeting (June 20, 2007).  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 

 

The public hearing is set for the June 20, 2007 meeting.

 

Manager Don Holycross placed the resolution of the County Commissioners that approved the annexation along with the map and related petitions before Council.

 

Steve Mershon moved by motion that Council acknowledges that the items identified in the memo (the resolution, map and related petitions) have been place before Council. 

Second by Councilmember McGowan.

 

Motion carried 7-0.

 

Ordinance 07-07, An Ordinance Authorizing and Directing the Village Manager to Enter into a Contract with the Board of Trustees of Granville Township for the Transfer of Title to the Maple Grove Cemetery to the Township upon Annexation of such Cemetery into the Village of Granville was introduced by Matt McGowan and a hearing was requested for the next Council meeting (June 20, 2007). 

Second by Councilmember Mershon. 

 

The public hearing is set for the June 20, 2007 meeting.

 

 

 

 

Resolution No. 07-40, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Enter into a Contract with Wichert Insurance Services, Inc. for Property, Casualty and Liability Insurance Coverage for the Period of July 1, 2007 through June 20, 2010 was introduced by Councilmember Herman.  Second by Councilmember Tegtmeyer. 

 

Discussion: Councilmember O’Keefe questioned why the bid requested quotes for $5 million and $6 million coverage for Public Officials Liability coverage, but we only received quotes on $5 million.  Manager Holycross indicated that we gave them an option to quote on both $5 million and $6 million, but we only received bids on $5 million.  Mayor Hartfield asked if the coverage is comparable to our prior coverage.  Manager Holycross indicated in the affirmative.  Mayor Hartfield asked if the fee was set or locked in for three years or will it escalate.  Manager Holycross indicated that the premium was for one year.  Councilmember O’Keefe inquired if public officials meant council members.  Manager Holycross stated that there is a series of policies that cover law enforcement, professional liability for public officials as well as property and general liability.  Councilmember Barsky confirmed that the coverage is for three years and at the same rate.  Manager Holycross responded that it is for three years, but does not know if it is at the same rate.  He assumes that it is at the same rate.  

 

Resolution No. 07-40 is adopted.  Motion carried 7-0. 

 

 

            Appointment to Granville Township Open Space Advisory Committee

 

Mayor Hartfield indicated that Councilmember Tegtmeyer volunteered for the position. Councilmember O’Keefe supports Councilmember Tegtmeyer’s appointment.  Mayor Hartfield hereby accepts Councilmember Tegtmeyer as the Council’s appointee to the Granville Township Open Space Advisory Committee.

 

Steve Mershon moved that Council recommend the Granville Township Trustees to appoint Councilmember Tegtmeyer to their Open Space Advisory Committee.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.

 

Motion carried 7-0.

 

REVIEW OF MINUTES

 

Vice Mayor Herman moved to table the minutes from the Council meetings of May 2, 2007 and May 16, 2007.  Second by Councilmember Mershon.

 

Motion carried 6-1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS   

 

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

No Report.

 

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)

The Council packet includes minutes from the past two meetings.  The next meeting has not yet been scheduled.  Manager Holycross indicated that a report should be available from Poggemeyer by the end of June.  Doyle is also working with us on developing some use information that will complete the study.

 

Comprehensive Plan – (Barsky)

No Report.

 

Recreation Commission – (McGowan)

No Report.

 

161 Accord – (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Accord group would like each town to reaffirm their resolution to be a part of the Accord.  She indicated that there was discussion among the townships that some of them may pull out of it.  Councilmember Barsky moved that the Village of Granville reaffirm our resolution to be a member of the 161 Accord.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion passed 7-0.  Mayor Hartfield indicated that Councilmember O’Keefe should bring a copy of the original resolution to the next Accord meeting and indicate that the Council voted to reaffirm the Village’s participation.  The next Accord meeting is June 27, 2007

 

Senior Committee – (O’Keefe)

No Report.

 

Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)

No Report.

 

Union Cemetery (Mershon)

Councilmember Mershon reported that there would be a work session on Saturday, June 9 @ 9:00am.  Please bring work gloves.  Water will be provided.

 

 

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS

 

Mayor Hartfield proclaimed the weekend of June 23-24, 2007 as Amateur Radio Weekend.  Granville has a number of federally licensed Amateur (Ham) Radio operators who have demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing emergency radio communications. 

 

Mayor Hartfield opened discussion regarding the hearing on the proposed C-1 permit for 123 South Prospect Street.  Manager Holycross indicated that the hearing has been scheduled.  He asked if Council wanted Law Director Crites and the Village Manager to proceed.  Both Law Director Crites and the Village Manager feel the process should proceed.  If at some point in the process it looks like it is not worth the Village’s time and effort, Council would be advised.   Council indicated that the process of scheduling a hearing should proceed.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

            Executive session was not called for this Council meeting.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT (11:35pm)

            Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn.  Second by CouncilmemberTegtmeyer.  Motion carried 7-0.  Meeting adjourned.

 

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