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Council Minutes June 2, 2010



June 2, 2010


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



Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Lerner, Mershon, McGowan, Vice Mayor Herman, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Holycross and Law Director Crites. 

Councilmember Barsky made a motion to excuse Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried (6-0).


Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman. Motion carried (6-0).    


John Parker, Gardner Parker Insurance of Zanesville, Ohio, advised Council that he would be interested in participating in a competitive bid process for the Village’s property and casualty insurance coverage.  He indicated that he was part of the Ohio Plan Risk Management program.  He provided Council with his business card.  Manager Holycross indicated that he would contact Mr. Parker. 

Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:35pm. 


There was no old business. 


Ordinance No. 08-2010, An Ordinance to Revise the Codified Ordinances by Adopting Current Replacement Pages was introduced and a public hearing recommended for June 16, 2010 by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 08-2010 for June 16, 2010.  

Ordinance No. 09-2010, An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance No. 20-2009 to Provide for Adjustments to the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2010 and to Revise the Sums for Operating Expenses Related to Income Tax Refunds and Storm Sewer Contractual Services was introduced and a public hearing recommended for June 16, 2010 by Vice Mayor Herman.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 09-2010 for June 16, 2010. 


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of May 19, 2010 

Councilmember Mershon made a motion to approve the May 19, 2010 minutes. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried 6-0. 


Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee (EFP) – (All Councilmembers)  

No report. 

Granville Foundation – (Mershon)

No report. 

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

An LSSU Committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday, June 11th at 9:30am. 

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

As Councilmember O’Keefe was not present, there was no report.  A copy of the minutes for the June 24th Planning Commission meeting were included in Council’s packet. 

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

Councilmember Barsky indicated that a copy of the P & Z Committee’s meeting minutes were included in Council’s packet.  Councilmember Barsky indicated that the Committee heard a presentation from the Granville Green Society regarding their goals and objectives.  They also indicated interest in the Village developing a green pact resolution either through MORPC or as a Village.  A local resident also requested a waiver from processing a Planning Commission application for the replacement of his gutters and roof due to winter storm damage.  The Committee advised him that they could not waive the procedure, but took the resident’s suggestion to make some code updates to allow for some administrative approvals under advisement.  Councilmember Barsky reported that Councilmember O’Keefe had completed the editing process for chapter one of the Comprehensive Plan.  She indicated that the editing should be complete within the next eight weeks.  Planner Terry also presented the Committee with a list of task priorities which included code updates and NPDES permit application.  Councilmember Barsky also reported that the Committee asked the Village Manager to look into the financial possibility of hiring a full-time staff member for the planning department in order to ensure all Village issues were addressed.  Councilmember Mershon suggested not hiring an additional staff person when the police department did not receive a raise.  He suggested limiting the activities of the Planner. 

Granville Recreation District – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that the Teen Center was officially closed.  She also indicated that the Rec District would be contacting the Village to discuss developing a formal contract between the two entities regarding Wildwood Park.  The Rec District was also in the process of developing a survey to access the community’s desires regarding recreation programs and facilities. 

Tree & Landscape Commission (Lerner)

No report.

Union Cemetery (Barsky)

Councilmember Barsky reminded Council of the Gravestone Seminar being held at Denison University this month.  She asked that staff make sure that the seminar information was available. 


Mayor Hartfield asked if staff could determine what caused the tree in front of the car wash on South Main Street to die.  Manager Holycross indicated that a forester was coming to look at the tree and determine what happened to the tree. 

Council discussed whether to cancel the July 7th Council meeting due to the July 4t holiday.  Manager Holycross indicated that he was not aware of any pending legislation or other matters that required Council’s attention.  Vice Mayor Herman moved to cancel the July 7th Council meeting.  Second by Councilmember Barsky.  Motion passed (6-0). 

Councilmember McGowan reported that some business owners on the north side of East Broadway were questioning whether the tow-away zone in the parking lot behind those businesses was permitted.  Councilmember McGowan indicated that the parking lot owners had always traditionally shared the parking in that area.  Manager Holycross indicated that the parking area behind those businesses on the north side of the one hundred block of East Broadway was privately owned.  The business owner, who installed the tow-away zone signs, insisted that the parking area behind his business was his property.  The Village has no authority to restrict tow-away zones on private property.  He indicated that Village staff could meet with all of the affected property owners in order to discuss the issue and gain consensus as to how to resolve the issue and discuss maintenance of the lot.  

Councilmember McGowan also asked that the Village check the north side of East Broadway in the downtown area to make sure all trash, especially cigarette butts, were removed.  He indicated that the tree lawn area needed to be cleaned.  

Mayor Hartfield asked for increased police presence in the downtown areas with regard to illegal U-turns.  She indicated that she had received complaints from residents regarding the increased number of U-turns.  

Mayor Hartfield also asked that the police department increase their presence in the downtown area with the increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic to ensure public safety. 


Councilmember Mershon moved to adjourn the meeting. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried 6-0. Meeting adjourned.

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