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Council Minutes May 5, 2010



May 5, 2010


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



Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Lerner, McGowan, O’Keefe, Hartfield, Manager Holycross and Law Director Crites. 

Councilmember Barsky made a motion to excuse Councilmember Mershon and Vice Mayor Herman.  Second by Councilmember Lerner.  Motion carried (5-0). 

The minutes reflect that Vice Mayor Herman arrived at 7:33pm. 


Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda.  Second by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried (5-0).    


Paul Jenks, Chair of Joint Recreation District Board, 190 Pinehurst Drive, introduced Council to Andy Wildman, the new Executive Direction of the JRD.  He indicated that Andy was originally from St. Clairsville, Ohio, but currently resides in Barberton, Ohio, with his wife and two children.  

Andy Wildman, Executive Direction of the JRD, expressed his excitement about his new position and was looking forward to continuing the wonderful existing District programming and moving the organization forward. 

Council welcomed Mr. Wildman to the JRD and the Granville community. 

Rob Drake, Board member of the Union Cemetery Board, thanked Village Council and the Trustees for the continued support for the Old Colony Burial Grounds.  Their support provided the ability to continue the historic preservation of the cemetery as well as continuing the traditions established by the Village’s founding fathers.  He indicated that last year fourteen stones were restored and the original iron fence around the Case family plot was rebuilt.  This year Mr. Drake indicated that the Board hoped to rebuild two picket fences to the cemetery from 1866 to return historic elements to the cemetery.  Mr. Drake indicated that the Fannins would be returning in mid-June to supervise the restoration.  There will also be a conference at Denison University of the Association of Gravestone Studies that the Fannins will be attending.  They will then finish their time in the area working on the Township Phillips cemetery.  Mr. Drake welcomed Councilmember Barsky to the Board and thanked Councilmember Mershon for his service.  Mr. Drake also introduced Jim Patin, the Union Cemetery Clerk/Treasurer. 

Ally Laughbaum, 212 South Pearl Street, spoke on behalf of the newly formed Granville Green Society.  She indicated that the group had its first meeting on April 16th.  The group interests were sustainability and to encourage green growth for the Village’s future.  Mrs. Laughbaum indicated that the twenty-two member group was still in the process of formulating its mission and organizational direction.  She indicated that she would be the group’s liaison to the Village Council.  The Green Societies next meeting will be Mary 17th at the Granville Public Library at 6:30pm.  The group hoped to meet the second Monday of each month. 


Vice Mayor Herman made a motion to go into the joint meeting of the Union Cemetery Board.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried.  (8-0) 

Mayor Hartfield called the joint meeting of the Union Cemetery Board to order at 7:40pm. 


Those responding to the roll call of the Joint Meeting of the Union Cemetery Board were Councilmembers Barsky, Lerner, McGowan, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Herman, Mayor Hartfield, Trustees Abraham and VanNess. 

Councilmember Barsky made a motion to excuse Councilmember Mershon and Trustee Mason from the meeting.  Second by Vice Mayor Herman.  Motion carried (8-0).

Resolution No. 10-28, 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 moved for approval by Councilmember Barsky.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  


Mayor Hartfield indicated that Councilmember Barsky would be appointed to the Board, replacing Councilmember Mershon.  

Vote on Resolution No. 10-28.  Motion carried 8-0.  Resolution No. 10-28 was adopted by the Granville Village Council and Granville Township Trustees.           

Vice Mayor Herman moved that the joint meeting of the Board of Granville Township Trustees and the Granville Village Council be adjourned.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried 8-0. 

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


Manager Holycross and Clerk Prasher provided a PowerPoint presentation to Council explaining the new Granville community emergency notification system, use of social media and showing the new Granville website.  A copy of this presentation will be included with the final copy of the minutes. 

As no one from the Granville Historical Society was in attendance at the meeting, the proclamation will be held over to Council’s next meeting on May 19, 2010. 


Ordinance No. 07-2010, An Ordinance to Permit the Demolition of a Single-Story Accessory Structure at 101 Washington Drive, a Part of Denison University

Scott Walker, 865 Franklin Avenue (Heath, OH), addressed Council on behalf of Denison University.  Mr. Walker indicated that the structure needed to be removed as part of the athletic facility addition.  He indicated that Bancroft Drive was being redirected to the location of this building.  The building was currently be used as storage for several athletic departments.  Mr. Walker also requested that Council waive the surety bond as this demolition of this building could not impact public property and was of minimal value. 

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing at 8:14pm. 


Ordinance No. 07-2010, An Ordinance to Permit the Demolition of a Single-Story Accessory Structure at 101 Washington Drive, a Part of Denison University was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Barsky. 


Vice Mayor Herman asked if the fire department had expressed interest in using the building for a controlled burn.  Mr. Walker indicated that the department had not expressed an interest.   

Councilmembers Barsky and Lerner expressed concerns about the waiving of the surety bond for Denison as Denison had the ability to pay the fee.  A surety bond was more of a burden on residents than on an entity such as Denison.  Councilmember Barsky suggested that Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee discuss this issue further.

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote on Ordinance No. 05-2010: Lerner – yes; McGowan – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Barsky – yes; Herman – yes; Hartfield – yes.  Motion carried (6-0).  Ordinance No. 7-2010 was approved.  


Resolution No. 10-29, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Advertise for bids for Towing and Impounding was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  


Councilmember McGowan asked staff to be sure to clarify the bid specifications to ensure that there was no confusion this year.  

Vote to approve Resolution No. 10-29.  Motion carried (6-0). Resolution No. 10-29 was adopted. 


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 21, 2010 

Councilmember Barsky made a motion to approve the April 21, 2010 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember McGowan. 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)

The LSSU committee was in the process of confirming a meeting date for May 26th with a time to be announced. 

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that during the Planning Commission’s last meeting the Chamber’s sign variance was approved.  The Franks-Rogers change of use for a café inside the 121 South Prospect Street address was approved.  The Landrum’s Cottage bakery sign was tabled awaiting additional information.  Mayor Hartfield asked if the resident, who had expressed questions regarding how the property would be used and the impact on the neighborhood of the proposed café, had spoken to Village staff.  Manager Holycross indicated that the resident had spoken to staff.

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

The Planning & Zoning Committee has a meeting planned for Thursday, May 20th at 6:00pm in the Village Office. 

Granville Recreation District – (Lerner)

No report 

Tree & Landscape Commission - (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that the PUCO reported that the trimming of Village trees had been approved.  AEP indicated that the trimming process was now complete.  Mayor Hartfield indicated that she attended the Arbor Day event and read a proclamation from the Village.  Councilmember Barsky indicated that Denison University was applying to become a tree campus.  Councilmember McGowan asked when trees would be replanted on South Prospect Street next to the post office.  Councilmember Barsky and Manager Holycross indicated those trees would likely be planted as part of the fall planting program.  

Union Cemetery (Barsky)

No report. 


Mayor Hartfield advised Council of their invitation to participate in the Memorial Day Parade and Service on May 31st.  The parade starts at 10:40am on North Main Street at Centenary Methodist Church and marches along East Broadway to South Pearl Street into the Maple Grove Cemetery where services begin at 11:00am. 

Councilmember Barsky asked if staff was answering the issues raised by resident Jurgen Pape in his letter submitted to Council.  A copy of the letter would be attached to the final copy of these minutes.  Manager Holycross indicated that staff was in the process of arranging a meeting with Mr. Pape to discuss the feasibility and legality of his suggestions. 

Councilmember O’Keefe asked the status of the Burg Street pathway plans.  Manager Holycross indicated that staff and Engineer Turner were working on alternative plans and will schedule a meeting with Council and residents when the plans were completed. 


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

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