Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes May 7, 2008



May 7, 2008


CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:31 pm)





            Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Holycross, and Assistant Law Director Maas.


Councilmember McGowan made a motion to excuse Councilmembers Barsky and Vice Mayor Herman.  Second by Councilmember Mershon.  Motion carried (4-0) 



Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion carried (4-0).   



Rob Drake, 71 Donald Ross Drive, indicated that he currently served as the public representative to the Union Cemetery Board.  He wanted to thank Council and the Granville Township Trustees for their continued support of the restoration to the Old Colony Burial Grounds.  He also thanked Trustee Wes Sargent for his tenure on the Board. He reported that last summer one of the cemetery’s largest memorials was restored.  The memorial was for a Village resident Sherlock Maurer who passed in 1830.  He also reported that since 1992, 503 head stones and monuments have been reset and 73 foot stones have been restored by countless volunteers and through the professional help of the Fannins.  Mr. Drake again expressed his gratitude for Council’s and the Township Trustees’ support. 


Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens’ Comments at 7:35 PM




Mayor Hartfield called the joint meeting of the Union Cemetery Board to order.



            Those responding to the roll call of the Joint Meeting of the Union Cemetery Board were Councilmembers McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Mayor Hartfield, Trustee Abraham and Trustee Sargent.


Resolution No. 08-23, A Resolution to Declare, with the Granville Township Trustees, that Operation and Maintenance of the Union Cemetery Under the Provisions of Section 759.27 of the Ohio Revised Code Continue, and to Fill an Expired Term on the Union Cemetery Board of Trustees was introduced by Councilmember Mershon.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 


Discussion:   No discussion.

Vote on Resolution No. 08-23.  Motion carried 6-0.  Resolution No. 08-23 was adopted by the Granville Council and Granville Township Trustees.            


Trustee Wes Sargent added that this meeting takes place each year because of the common interests between the Village of Granville and Granville Township.  The ability of these two entities to work together on the Cemetery Board and now on issues involving the James Road area will continue to build a strong relationship between both groups.  Mayor Hartfield thanked Trustee Sargent for all of this work on the Cemetery Board.  She also welcomed Trustee Abraham to the Board and thanked Rob Drake for his dedication to the community.


Mayor Hartfield adjourned the Joint Meeting of the Union Cemetery Board.




            Oath of Office

            Mayor Hartfield gave the oath of office to the following Granville Police officers:

                        Jonathon B. Nicodem – Full-time officer (replacing Officer Zach Smith)

                        April B. Calesaric – Part-time officer (replacing Jonathon Nicodem)

                        Justin Mann – Reserve Officer (currently a dispatcher)


Mayor Hartfield also gave the oath of office to the new Income Tax Commissioner Robert Wright.  She congratulated each of the individuals.


Tree City USA

Jim Siegel, Chairman of the Tree and Landscape Commission, reported on the Village’s recent award as a Tree City USA designee.  He thanked Council for the funding received during the 2007 fiscal year that helped make this award possible.  This award is the 17th consecutive designation as a Tree City for the Village of Granville, making Granville one of only 249 municipalities in the state to receive this award and the only Tree City awardee in Licking County.  Granville also received the Growth Award, a designation that only five of thirty-nine Tree City awardees received in this region.

Mr. Siegel also reported that the Arbor Day celebration at the Granville Intermediate School was a success.  Five fifth grade students were awarded Whits gift certificates for winning the annual poster contest.  Three trees were donated by AEP and planted at the school.  The Arbor Day proclamation was read by Assistant Manager Molly Roberts.

Mr. Siegel indicated that in 2007, Granville planted 32 trees, pruned 859 trees and removed 172 trees from the Village.  Granville’s total forestry expenditure for Village labor, volunteer hours, equipment depreciation, the Davey Tree Survey and trees was $95,638.  On behalf of the Tree & Landscape Commission, Mr. Siegel thanked Council for their continued support.


Mayor Hartfield asked Mr. Siegel if he knew if AEP was responsible for the trees cleared on the southern leg of Cherry Valley Road.  Mr. Siegel indicated that the Asplundh tree removal service was doing the work, so more than likely it was at AEP’s request.



Resolution No. 08-24, A Resolution To Authorize the Non-Permanent Installation of a Sidewalk Sitting Area (Tables and Chairs) on the Public Sidewalk at 130 East Broadway in Front of the Business Known as “Green Velvet” for Calendar Year 2008, Subject to Restrictions was introduced by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Mershon. 



Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that during the Planning Commission meeting there was discussion regarding the sale of tables used as part of the café sitting area.  Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that the complete discussion was available in the Planning Commission minutes from April 28th that was included in Council’s packet.  Mayor Hartfield asked if the merchandizing issue was resolved.  Councilmember O’Keefe indicated in the affirmative.


Vote on Resolution No. 08-24. Motion carried 4-0.  Resolution No. 08-24 was adopted. 


Resolution No. 08-25, A Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Planning Commission Representing the Board of the Granville Exempted Village School District was introduced by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 



Councilmember O’Keefe stated that Mr. McClow was not present at tonight’s Council meeting.


Vote on Resolution No. 08-25. Motion carried 4-0.  Resolution No. 08-25 was adopted. 




Special Scheduled Meeting of April 9, 2008


Councilmember Mershon moved to table the April 9, 2008 minutes from the Special Council meeting.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried 4-0.


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 16, 2008


Councilmember O’Keefe made a motion to approve the minutes as amended.  Second by Councilmember Mershon.   Motion carried 4-0.




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

Mayor Hartfield reported that the EFP Committee had met twice.  The minutes of the April 21st meeting were included in Council’s packet.  During that meeting, the Committee reviewed the five-year revenue projections and discussed how those projections will tie into the five-year capital improvement plan. 


Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)

No Report.


Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) – (Herman, McGowan, O’Keefe)

No Report.


Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that she could not attend the past Planning Commission meeting, but the minutes of that meeting were included in Council’s packet.  The applications that were reviewed by the Commission were all approved.  The only issue involved the selling of café tables in front of Green Velvet.  Green Velvet’s application was approved with the condition that merchandise could not be sold within the café sitting area.


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

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Planning and Zoning Committee reviewed the Flood Plain and Floodway Overlay District.  The freeboard level was approved at three-feet above ground level.  The minutes of that meeting were included in Council’s packet.


Recreation Commission – (McGowan)

No Report.


Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)

No Report.


Union Cemetery (Mershon)

No Report.




Councilmember O’Keefe asked if Manager Holycross had determined the reason for the decrease in water production over the past year as shown in the most recent Monthly Manager’s Report.  Manager Holycross indicated that in the transition of Clerks, the wrong data had been used to report water production.  Those figures will be revised in the monthly report presented to Council at their next meeting.


Councilmember O’Keefe also asked if the Law Director had completed his research regarding the ability to restrict gun sales within the Village. Assistant Law Director Maas indicated that she would check the status of that issue with Law Director Crites.


Councilmember O’Keefe also asked if traffic impact could be used as a consideration in evaluating development applications.  Manager Holycross indicated that traffic impact may be used as a consideration, but not as the only consideration.

Mayor Hartfield asked if any information regarding the installation of a conduit into East Elm Street was available.  Manager Holycross indicated that he was waiting to receive information from Engineer Turner regarding this issue.



            Councilmember Mershon moved to adjourn.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried 4-0.  Meeting adjourned.

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