VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
August 19, 2009
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:34pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Tegtmeyer, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Holycross, and Assistant Law Director King.
Councilmember Tegtmeyer made a motion to excuse Vice Mayor Herman and Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried (5-0).
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilmember Mershon. Motion carried (5-0).
CITIZEN COMMENTS (7:35 pm)
Dennis Cauchon, 327 East Broadway, questioned Ordinance No. 16-09 regarding why the Village was paying for the resurfacing of the pathway along the eastern portion of Jones Road. He felt the homeowners should pay for the resurfacing.
Mr. Cauchon also presented an issued on behalf of Dan Bellman, who was unable to attend the meeting. Mr. Bellman was concerned about the upcoming tree trimming by Asplundh this fall. Mr. Bellman indicated that he had spoken with AEP and Service Director Terry Hopkins regarding the change in AEP’s tree trimming plan. AEP intended to trim trees at a five-year level versus a three-year level, as had been done in the past. Mr. Bellman encouraged Council to address this issue and not take the word of AEP that it had the authority to proceed onto private or publically owned property. Manager Holycross indicated that he was aware that Asplundh would be in the Village trimming this fall. He also indicated that a representative of AEP had already addressed the Tree and Landscape Commission.
Councilmember Mershon clarified that the pathway Mr. Cauchon was initially describing was the one along Jones Road that was built by the developer.
There was no old business.
Resolution No. 09-45, A Resolution to Recognize the Accomplishments of the Granville High School Envirothon Team was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Councilmember Tegtmeyer introduced the 2009 Granville High School Envirothon Team and Coach. She introduced Cory Becher, Dillon Clouse, Scott Comisford, Cody Hall, Zach Prouty, and Coach Jim Reding. Councilmember Tegtmeyer asked Coach Reding to speak on behalf of the team.
Coach Reding explained that one member of the team, Cory Becher, was not present, as he had already left for college. Coach Reding thanked Council for their generosity in recognizing the team and expressed the team’s appreciation.
Coach Reding explained that this team had been working together for the past two years. The team qualified for the State competition in 2008. During the past year, the team worked very hard. They were able to qualify for the State competition again and win sizably against a team that had won the State competition for the past four years. The team placed first in the soil and forestry categories and second for their overall presentation.
Coach Reding described the Envirothon as a program designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources. Each student was tested on their knowledge of soils, land use, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and other current environmental issues. The emphasis of this program was on application and problem solving, not memorization.
As State of Ohio winners, the team was invited to compete in the national North American Canon Envirothon held at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina, where the team finished twenty-first out of fifty-two teams. The team scored in the top eight in presentation.
Coach Reding expressed appreciation on behalf of the team members. He indicated how well and hard they had worked together. He also indicated that they had left a legacy behind at the high school by encouraging interest in the Envirothon and the environmental science department. Coach Reding also explained that four of the five-team members were planning to pursue environmental based careers, with hopes of convincing the fifth member to pursue a career in environmental law.
The Council congratulated the team on their well-earned success. Mayor Hartfield read Resolution No. 09-45 and presented each team member and the coach a copy of the signed resolution.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the team could explore environmental issues in the Village. Coach Reding responded that several students had worked on various Village issues in the past such as recycling in the downtown area and wetland renewal at Dawes Arboretum.
Councilmember Tegtmeyer informed Council that Mr. Reding created a community garden using property located next to the elementary and high school buildings and sold produce daily this summer from the high school from 8:00 to 10:00am. Food, that is not purchased, was donated to the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
Vote to approve Resolution No. 09-45. Motion carried (5-0). Resolution No. 09-45 was adopted.
Resolution No. 09-46, A Resolution to Designate the Clerk of Council on Behalf of the Village Council to Attend the Required Trainings Related to Public Records Laws and Sunshine Laws was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Tegtmeyer.
Councilmember Mershon stated that all Councilmembers should attend this training to encourage and insure transparency in government.
Vote to approve Resolution No. 09-46. Motion carried (4-1). Resolution No. 09-46 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 16-09, An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance No. 17-08 to Provide for Adjustments of the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2009 and to Revise Sums for Operating Expenses was introduced and a public hearing recommended for September 2, 2009 by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Tegtmeyer.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 16-09 for September 2, 2009
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of August 5, 2009
Councilmember Tegtmeyer made a motion to approve the August 5, 2009 minutes. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried 5-0.
MAYOR’S COURT REPORT – July
The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of July was presented for review.
Councilmember O’Keefe questioned why citations and speeding tickets were down. Manager Holycross indicated that radar details had remained consistent with previous months, so perhaps overall speed was down.
Councilmember O’Keefe moved to accept the July Mayor’s Court report. Second by Councilmember Tegtmeyer. Motion carried 5-0.
Mayor Hartfield instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of the report will be included as part of these minutes.
MANAGER’S REPORT – July
The Manager’s Report for the month of July was presented for review.
Councilmember McGowan questioned the two or three felony arrests during the past month. He asked the nature of the felonies. Manager Holycross indicated that he could not recall. Mayor Hartfield indicated that the offenses could have been related to possible thefts
Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the July Monthly Manager’s Report Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried 5-0.
Mayor Hartfield instructed the report be filed with the Clerk. A copy of said report will be included as part of these minutes
Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) – (Hartfield, Herman, Tegtmeyer)
The Committee stated a meeting would be scheduled for September.
Granville Foundation – (Tegtmeyer)
Councilmember Tegtmeyer reported that the Board attended a retreat recently. The Board discussed the direction the Foundation should head, but there was no formal action taken. The next meeting will be in the next several months. The Foundation will be soliciting contributions in the next several weeks.
Light, Safety, Sts/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) – (Herman, McGowan, O’Keefe)
Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe reported that there were three applications reviewed during the last meeting. An application for a generator was approved. The Franks/Rogers application for a change of use, which was remanded back to the Planning Commission by Council, was withdrawn by the applicants. An application for the demolition of a garage to rebuild a new garage was tabled.
Planning & Zoning Committee – (Barsky, Hartfield, O’Keefe)
Recreation Commission – (McGowan)
Tree & Landscape Commission (Barsky)
Union Cemetery (Mershon)
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Councilmember Mershon asked about the recycling receptacle located on the north side of the sidewalk on Broadway. He wondered if only recyclables were dropped into that container and if staff sorted the garbage from the recyclables. Manager Holycross advised that the container was generally used for garbage. Councilmember Mershon suggested selecting a receptacle that is different from the other containers as the recycling bin.
Councilmember Mershon also reported that Greg Ross of Granville Market had expressed concern regarding the safety of children crossing the Market’s driveway to access the pedestrian bridge when completed. He wondered if Village staff had considered safety measures such as signage, markings, or a stop for pedestrian traffic. Mayor Hartfield suggested using the thermoplastic decorative crosswalks. Councilmember Mershon wanted Council to be proactive in addressing this issue.
Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn the meeting. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried 5-0. Meeting adjourned.