VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
August 15, 2007
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30 PM)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Mershon, O’Keefe, McGowan, Tegtmeyer, Vice Mayor Herman, Mayor Hartfield; Manager Holycross, and Law Director Crites.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA (7:33 PM)
Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the agenda as presented. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried (7-0).
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:33 PM)
Mollie Roth, 791 Burg Street, thanked Council and commended them for taking action on the deer problem. She stated that there have been four incidences where a deer has startled her and come between her and her door. She stated that they are unpredictable animals and there have been times when she has been frightened to get her mail or the paper. She would like to see Council take action on the deer issue.
Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:35 PM
Ordinance No. 09-07, An Ordinance to Revise the Codified Ordinances by Adopting Current Replacement Pages.
Discussion: No one appeared to speak for or against Ordinance No. 09-07.
Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing for Ordinance No. 09-07 at 7:37 PM
Ordinance No. 11-07, An Ordinance Amend Section 333.03(b)(3) of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville to Establish a 35 MPH Speed Limit on James Road.
James Eggenschwiler, 2307 James Road, stated that he wished to thank Council for their consideration of Ordinance No. 11-07. He requested the speed limit change. He stated that there are 36 driveways on the portion of James Road that is now maintained by the Village. He indicated that the current speed limit is dangerous, and there is also a very hazardous ‘S’ turn on the road. Mr. Eggenschwiler stated that he hopes Council will pass the Ordinance and change the speed from 45 MPH to 35 MPH.
Mike Taylor, 1888 James Road, stated that he is in support of the Ordinance as are most residents who live on James Road. He asked if the speed limit would only apply to the portion of the road in the Village. Manager Holycross explained that the Village only has jurisdiction over the portion of James Road in the Village.
Maureen Hans, 2411 James Road, stated that she is extremely appreciative to be part of the Village with the recent annexation. She stated that they also welcome the police presence. Mrs. Hans indicated that she supports the speed limit change from 45 MPH to 35 MPH. She has also noticed an increase in semi-truck traffic on James Road. She believes stricter enforcement would help alleviate this issue.
Jay Knudson, 2459 James Road, stated that he lives on the steepest part of James Road. He has had several close calls pulling in and out of his driveway and getting his mail. He feels the reduction in the speed limit would be an added safety measure for children in the area.
Kim Ventura, 2380 James Road, stated that there certainly have been accidents on James Road, but she feels they are a result of people exceeding the 45 MPH speed limit. Mrs. Ventura suggested that the Village would be creating a speed trap on the road because part of James Road would be 45 MPH – part 35 MPH – part 25 MPH. She also stated that it is very difficult to go 35 MPH going down the steep hill. Mrs. Ventura believes the problem lies not with the current speed limit, but with enforcement. Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked Mrs. Ventura what she would like to see done. Mrs. Ventura stated that she would like to see the speed limit remain at 45 MPH. Her concerns are about people driving 60+MPH. She would like to see better enforcement of the 45 MPH speed limit before Council makes a change in limits.
Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked if anyone speaking this evening has noticed an increase in traffic or speed or both.
Mike Taylor responded yes to an increase in traffic. He has also noticed that speeding increases particularly on weekends.
Jeff Ventura, 2380 James Road, stated that he was hoping there would be a representative from the police department at this Council meeting to comment on the speeds they have observed since beginning to patrol the area. He believes enforcement is the right way to go, rather than raising the current speed limit.
Jay Knudson indicated that he has definitely seen an increase in the amount of traffic on James Road, and that it seems to be worse during evening rush hour. He agrees with Mr. Ventura that better enforcement could be a benefit, but the 45 MPH speed limit is also hazardous.
Robert Ketner, 2270 James Road, stated that he would prefer to see the speed limit left at 45 MPH. He would like to see if better enforcement. Mr. Ketner believes, the ‘S’ curve signage when traveling east on James Road, needs to be raised for better visibility. Mr. Ketner also feels that if Council does change the speed limit to 35 MPH, they should give residents warnings for a few months, instead of citations. He has been traveling this road for 23 years at 45 MPH and it will be a difficult change to make.
Vice Mayor Herman asked Mr. Ketner what benefit he saw to maintaining the speed limit at 45 MPH, rather than 35 MPH. Mr. Ketner stated that people drive over 45 MPH currently. Enforcement of the current speed limit would make more of a difference then reducing the speed limit. Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked if the best solution is ultimately to change the speed limit to 35 MPH and step up enforcement. Mr. Ketner stated that it is hard to maintain 35 MPH going down the hill. He suggested a 40 MPH speed limit instead. Mr. Ketner also suggested that the embankments along the roadway are very steep which do not provide any room for resident’s to step back from the road while attempting to access their mailboxes. Could something be done to provide more berm right-of-way.
Sherrill Luce, 2995 James Road, stated that he has lived on the James Road curve for almost 20 years. He has seen accidents too numerous to count. He stated that he agrees there could be better signage for the curve. Mr. Luce is also in favor of reducing the speed limit to 35 MPH.
Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing for Ordinance No. 11-07 at 7:55 PM.
Ordinance No. 09-07, An Ordinance to Revise the Codified Ordinances by Adopting Current Replacement Pages was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Discussion: Vice Mayor Herman asked how they could get the replacement pages in their Code books as the copies were not hole-punched. Manager Holycross stated that they would take care of hole-punching and putting the new pages into Council’s Code books if members would bring their books and pages into the office. Councilmember Barsky inquired if this would make the Village’s codes up-to-date with the Ohio Revised Code. Law Director Crites responded in the affirmative.
Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 09-07: Barsky, McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Tegtmeyer, Herman, Hartfield. Motion carried 7-0.
Ordinance No. 09-07 is adopted. Motion carried 7-0.
Ordinance No. 11-07, An Ordinance to Amend Section 333.03(b)(3) of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville to Establish a 35 MPH Speed Limit on James Road was introduced by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Discussion: Councilmember O’Keefe inquired about the 15 MPH speed limit on the ‘S’ curve. She wondered if speed bumps would help alleviate any of the problems. Councilmember O’Keefe asked if there has been an increase in the number of citations given on James Road. Manager Holycross replied that it is too early to see an increase in citations on James Road. However, there has been an increase in the total number of citations throughout the Village. Councilmember Barsky asked if the police department has only been patrolling that area in the last three weeks. Manager Holycross replied yes. Vice Mayor Herman stated that it is important to note that this ordinance is being proposed at the request of James Road residents due to safety concerns. The Village did not initiate this legislation. Councilmember O’Keefe asked Village staff to investigate the issue regarding the berms and embankment along James Road as suggested by Mr. Ketner. Manager Holycross indicated that Service Director Terry Hopkins would check into this issue. Councilmember Tegtmeyer stated that the Village did receive a letter from a Canyon Road resident. This resident understood that the annexation would not initiate the Village imposing its rules/laws into the previous Township area. Vice Mayor Herman reiterated that the proposal to decrease the speed limit on James Road proposed by a James Road resident. Councilmember Mershon asked if there were any other Village streets (other than a portion of 661 and State Route 16) with speed limits in excess of 35 MPH. Manager Holycross indicated that the Village Charter and Ohio Revise Code requires that through streets be 35 MPH or less. He was unable to identify any other road with a higher speed limit.
Roll call vote on Ordinance No. 09-07: Hartfield, Herman, Tegtmeyer, O’Keefe, Mershon, McGowan, Barsky. Motion carried 7-0.
Ordinance No. 09-11 is adopted. Motion carried 7-0.
Ordinance No. 10-07, An Ordinance to Amend Section 351.03 and 351.05 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville to Regulate and Provide a Penalty for Parking Outside of Marked Spaces was introduced by Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield set the public hearing for Ordinance No. 10-07 for September 5, 2007.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting Minutes from August 1, 2007.
Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion to approve carried 7-0.
MAYOR’S COURT REPORT – July
The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of July was presented for review.
Discussion: Councilmember McGowan stated that it seems the Village is patrolling more than they have in the past. Councilmember Barsky also noted the increase in seatbelt violations. Manager Holycross explained that in increase in seatbelt citation was a result of a state-wide initiative. Councilmember O’Keefe asked if they will see an increase in citations from the decreased speed limit on James Road. Manager Holycross does not anticipate an increase in the number of citations. He does expect to see increased patrolling and enforcement.
Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the July report. Second by Councilmember Barsky. 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 – July
The Manager’s Report for the month of July was presented for review.
Discussion: Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked if Manager Holycross knew of anything noteworthy in the report. Manager Holycross stated that he has been tracking income tax revenues which have recovered from a recent fall. Vice Mayor Herman stated that revenue is up 5% for the year.
Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the July report. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 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)
Vice Mayor Herman asked that all comments regarding the evaluation of the Village Manager be sent to the committee within the next two weeks.
Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)
Councilmember Tegtmeyer stated that the next meeting is scheduled for August 21st.
Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) – (Hartfield, Herman, McGowan)
Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)
Planning & Zoning Committee – (Barsky, Mershon, O’Keefe)
Councilmember Barsky asked Council when another River Road annexation work session could be scheduled. She suggested August 23rd or August 27th. Jerry Turner (Village Engineer) would be off for three weeks after August 27th. Councilmember Barsky made a motion to hold a Council Work Session on August 27th at 5:00. Second by Vice Mayor Herman. Mayor Hartfield recused herself from voting on the motion. The motion carried 6-0. Councilmember Mershon stated that he did not have his calendar in front of him, and he was unsure if he could definitely make the work session meeting.
Comprehensive Plan – (Barsky)
Councilmember Barsky stated that there was a nice turnout for the Comprehensive Plan Review. She stated that Poggemeyer hopes to have the first draft completed by October. She also asked if there is a duplicate set of maps, so a set could they be posted in the library. Manager Holycross agreed to look into this. Councilmember Tegtmeyer suggested that there should be an announcement that these maps are also available on the Village website.
Recreation Commission – (McGowan)
Councilmember McGowan reported that the Rec Commission is investigating a way to develop a long range plan. The Board is contemplating creating a five member board, instead of the current sixteen members. He stated that these plans are still in the developmental stages, but they expect a possible reorganization within the next six months. Councilmember McGowan did provide a suggested organizational chart of the new Rec Commission. Councilmember McGowan went on to say that the Township Trustees would have the final decision regarding the plan as a Township levy funds the commission. He provided a copy of some of the proposed changes and asked if Manager Holycross would provide Council with copies.
Senior Committee – (O’Keefe)
Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)
Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)
Councilmember Barsky reported that 96 people have purchased memorial trees. She stated that nine trees have been removed from areas around the library for various reasons – AEP and construction. She indicated that the Tree & Landscape Commission will be contacting the library to inquire as to their plan on replacing those trees. Councilmember Barsky reported that 30 trees would be planted in the Village this fall. She added that the Tree & Landscape Commission may come to Council to request additional funds for plantings at Bryn Du. Councilmember Barsky stated that the gypsy moth has affected approximately fifty acres near Wexford and Longford Drive. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will spray for the gypsy moth as long as all residents in the area agree to the spraying. Manager Holycross stated that a letter was sent to residents today asking for their permission. Councilmember Barsky stated that each resident would have to pay $9.00 per household. She stated that the spray is non-toxic to humans. Jim Siegel is checking to see if it is considered harmful to animals. Lastly, she reported that the Ohio Department of Agriculture needs an answer by September 1st to permit spraying to begin in the spring. Councilmember Barsky stated that the concern brought forward by Louise Denny regarding how the Village trees are mulched was also addressed. She added that the mulch will only be “fluffed up” this fall. Councilmember Barsky stated that the Tree & Landscape Commission may be addressing the Christmas trees on the island because the smaller tree is looking unhealthy. Councilmember Barsky stated that AEP Representative, Tom McCray, will be meeting with Manager Holycross, Jim Siegel and Terry Hopkins regarding trees that are affecting the power lines. Councilmember O’Keefe asked about the trees that AEP have killed. She questioned if property owners can request that dead trees be removed. Councilmember Barsky and Councilmember Tegtmeyer suggested asking AEP. Councilmember Barsky stated that AEP wants to install heavier cable to Denison University. This installation could involve trees along Pearl Street. Councilmember Mershon stated that AEP should be commended for their speedy contact with customers during recent outages. He later stated that he forwarded a complaint he received to Manager Holycross and AEP responded to the complaint in a timely manner.
Union Cemetery (Mershon)
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Council decided that Trick or Treat Night would be Wednesday, October 31st from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.
A letter of resignation from Jim Jung from his position on the BZBA Committee was acknowledged by Mayor Hartfield.
Councilmember McGowan stated that the Travel Channel will be in area this weekend. The Village should be vigilant in keeping the downtown area looking good.
Councilmember Tegtmeyer inquired as to a contact person at Time Warner. She stated that SB 117 did pass and a new set of laws regarding cable TV coverage will be coming. She stated that she would like to do some inquiry on a public access channel, but she has been unsuccessful at reaching her former contact.
Councilmember Barsky asked if Manager Holycross ever met with Mr. Yonkers from Yonkers Towing. Manager Holycross stated that they had met last week. He explained to Mr. Yonkers the process used to award the contract. Moreover, he stated that Law Director Crites was comfortable with the process used. Manager Holycross stated that Mr. Yonkers was not satisfied, but he did meet with him to explain the situation.
Councilmember Barsky asked if Sharon Sellitto was given a copy of the State law she requested regarding hunting and trapping. Manager Holycross stated that the information he shared at the previous Council meeting was not correct. The Village Ordinances does control hunting and trapping within the Village. He stated that the neighbor who was trapping was informed that their traps were not permitted.
Councilmember Barsky inquired as to the status of the deer issue. Manager Holycross stated that he is meeting with the Licking County Wildlife Officer from Ohio Division of Wildlife next week. He explained that he and Trustee Wes Sargent have met with a hunter interested in helping to set up a program in the Village. He stated that they will also get suggestions from the Division of Wildlife on options to discourage the deer. Manager Holycross added that the Division of Wildlife explained that it would be very difficult to get an accurate number regarding the size of the herd. Councilmember Mershon suggested quantifying the number of automobile accidents related to deer. Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked if he has contacted neighboring communities such as Newark. Manager Holycross stated that Newark is interested in what they decide to do about the deer because they are experiencing similar problems.
Councilmember Mershon asked if there have been any complaints of contractors parking on Broadway. Manager Holycross stated that he has not received any complaints lately, and that the complaints he has received were earlier in regards to parking on South Prospect.
Councilmember Mershon asked about the status of the Welsh Hills Culvert project. Manager Holycross stated that the contractor was on schedule until they had a water line break yesterday. He stated that this break will put them behind several days. Councilmember O’Keefe asked if they could work overtime. Mayor Hartfield suggested checking with the two neighboring homeowners as night work would affect them directly. Manager Holycross agreed to look into this.
Councilmember McGowan inquired as to the hours for the upcoming Bluesfest. Vice Mayor Herman stated that they expect the first band to begin about noon and end by 10:00pm.
Councilmember Tegtmeyer stated that the Open Space Committee did meet. Doug Wagner will chair the committee. She added that anyone who has suggestions regarding open space issues should contact her or a member of the committee.
Councilmember Mershon asked if the LSSU Committee could address a process for handling tour buses in Granville. Mayor Hartfield stated that this would be added to the agenda.
Council reminded people to drive safely, especially with the upcoming school year beginning next week.
ADJOURNMENT (8:55 pm)
Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried, 6-0. Meeting adjourned.