Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes January 2, 2008



January 2, 2008



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





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


            Councilmember Barsky made a motion to excuse Councilmembers Mershon and Tegtmeyer.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried (5-0). 



            Councilmember Barsky moved accept the agenda as presented.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion carried (5-0).     



No one appeared to speak.

Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:33pm.



            No Old Business was presented.




Resolution No. 08-01, A Resolution to Designate Park National Bank as a Depository of Active Public Funds and to Authorize the Village Manager to Enter into a Memorandum of Agreement for the Deposit of Active Public Funds was introduced for adoption by Vice Mayor Herman.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe


            Discussion:  Councilmember McGowan asked if this agreement was for one or two years.  Assistant Manager Roberts indicated that the agreement was for a two year period.


            Councilmember O’Keefe and Barsky asked Assistant Manager Roberts if she had any additional information she could provide Council to aid in their decision-making process.  Assistant Manager Roberts indicated that bids were requested every two years.  The bid was split between two different lenders during the past two.  Park National Bank’s bid this year provided better interest rates with no fees that could result in a $5,000 cost reduction. 


Motion carried (5-0).  Resolution No. 08-01 was adopted.


Resolution No. 08-02, A Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Bryn Du Governance Commission to Fill an Unexpired Term was introduced for adoption by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.


Discussion:  Vice Mayor Herman asked if the Bryn Du Commission had or would ever seek funding from the Ohio Public Works, as a possible conflict of interest might be applicable.  Assistant Manager Roberts indicated that Ohio Public Works’ monies were generally granted for infra-structure projects such as sewer and water.  She did not know of any projects that Bryn Du would initiate that would be applicable to Ohio Public Works monies.


 Mayor Hartfield added that Mr. Bicking was the representative selected by the Township, and Council was acting to re-affirm that selection.


Councilmember O’Keefe asked if anyone knew how long Mr. Bicking had been a Granville resident.  No one knew Mr. Bicking.  She also indicated that his resume showed a lot of useful experience.  Councilmember O’Keefe posed a suggestion that candidates, for any committee appointment, should present themselves to Council prior to appointment.  Mayor Hartfield agreed that, in general, candidates should appear before Council as part of their appointment.  However, regarding this appointment, Council was affirming a selection made by the Township.


Motion carried (5-0).  Resolution No. 08-02 was adopted.



Regularly Scheduled Meeting of December 19, 2007.


Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember McGowan.   Motion carried 5-0.



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

No Report.


Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)

No Report.


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

No Report.


Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

No Report.


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

No Report


Recreation Commission – (McGowan)

No Report.


Route 161 Planning Accord (O’Keefe)

No Report.

Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)

No Report.


Union Cemetery (Mershon)

No Report.



Mayor Hartfield stated that Council received a copy of the Rules of Council in their packet.  Council should review these rules as they will be approved at the first Council meeting in February.


Mayor Hartfield also questioned Council as to the status of restructuring committees or any changes to committee assignments for this term. 


Councilmember McGowan acknowledged the receipt of Law Director Crites’ review of his tax credit proposal.   Law Director Crites indicated that for the purposes of this proposal, the law would not recognize as a valid distinction a resident vs. non-resident basis for tax adjustments.  The current proposal goes against the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection clause and the Uniform Tax Provision 718.01.


Councilmember McGowan asked if a uniform, across the board credit could be given.  Law Director Crites indicated that a uniform tax credit might be possible.  Law Director Crites indicated that credits for individuals based on age might also be possible, but not based on residency.  Councilmember McGowan asked Law Director Crites to further research a tax credit for all individuals who file taxes in the Village.


Mayor Hartfield asked Council if they were willing to participate in a joint meeting with Newark and Heath officials on January 28, 2008 at the Bryn Du Mansion.  Councilmember O’Keefe reminded the members of a scheduled Planning Commission meeting for that evening.  Mayor Hartfield indicated that one topic of discussion would be a presentation of our deer management program.  She asked that staff attend this meeting.  Councilmember Barsky asked if an update of the safety communication issue regarding the 911 system upgrade also be included.  Council and staff indicated in the affirmative as to supporting the Village’s participation in this meeting.  The meeting was scheduled for 6:00pm on January 28, 2008 at the Bryn Du Mansion.


Mayor Hartfield advised Council of a joint meeting of the Licking County Health Department and the Newark Health Department scheduled for Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 10:00am.  This meeting will discuss the restructuring of these two separate entities in order to combine them into one organization.  There are currently thirty-nine (39) board members which include all Licking County municipalities.  Councilmember Barsky asked if there would be any increased financial costs to this merger.  Assistant Manager Roberts indicated that all financial issues were handled by the Budget Commission annually.


Council also recognized and thanked the Village staff who worked over the Christmas holiday to help solve the problem with one of the lift station pumps.  Their efforts were greatly appreciated.  Councilmember O’Keefe recognized and thanked Councilmember Barsky for her efforts to help residents handle the problem.


Mayor Hartfield also indicated that she was in contact with Mrs. Gawell and her second grade class regarding Council’s request to offer them an opportunity to participate in their local government.  She will keep Council advised as to the children’s participation.



            Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman.  Motion carried.  (5-0)   Meeting was adjourned.


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