VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
January 6, 2010
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:31pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Lerner, McGowan, Mershon, O’Keefe, Herman, Hartfield, Manager Holycross, and Law Director Crites.
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to excuse Councilmember Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried (6-0).
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda. Second by Vice Mayor Herman. Motion carried (6-0).
CITIZEN COMMENTS (7:33 pm)
Dennis Cauchon, 327 East Broadway, encouraged Council to accomplish something big this year concerning their goals and objectives. He suggested that Council work toward adopting the regulations recommended in the environmental impact study completed for the Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Cauchon recommended updating the storm water regulations and updating the flood plain and floodway regulations to meet the Licking County standards. He also encouraged Council to address the zoning code to encourage LEDs incentives, green initiatives and address environmental issues including solar issues, impervious surfaces and agrarian corridor issues.
Mr. Cauchon expressed concern about property for sale and development along Weaver Road that is located within the water recharge zone. He indicated the Ohio EPA rated that Raccoon Valley stream as an impaired water stream. As this area was located in the wellhead district, so the Village must be very conscious of development in that area.
Mr. Cauchon questioned the storm water replacement plans for College Street. He indicated that these plans were designed using outdated techniques. The entire design should be redone using updated concepts and designs. He indicated that running the storm water in Raccoon Creek, an impaired water stream. The Village should redesign the College Street storm water improvements and Village storm water standards to more current standards. Information is available on many state and city websites.
The Village should also hire a consultant to implement all of the recommendations made in the environment impact study portion of the Comprehensive Plan. The environmental report was the most valuable and original portion of the Plan. The Village could go to ODNR and EPA websites to cut and paste information in order to development these standards. These standards should not be reviewed or approved by the Planning Commission, as these would not be zoning issues.
Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comment’s at 7:40pm.
There was no Old Business.
Council Committee Assignments
Mayor Hartfield indicated that she received Council’s Committee preferences from all Councilmembers except Councilmember Barsky, as she was out-of-town. Mayor Hartfield indicated that after reviewing Councilmember’s selections and the discussion from the previous Council meeting, she recommended that the EFP Committee would work as a committee of the whole. The Council work session could be a possible format prior to a Council meeting. Mayor Hartfield also indicated that the work session format would still require all decisions to be forwarded to full Council for review, possible public hearings, and a vote. Mayor Hartfield asked Council for comments. Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that she thought this suggestion could resolve previously expressed concerns. Councilmember McGowan indicated that this format would allow members to focus on particular issues. Councilmember Lerner indicated that she was supportive of having the meeting on regularly scheduled Council nights.
Mayor Hartfield indicated that she would check with Councilmember Barsky about her preferences prior to making a final decision.
Mayor Hartfield indicated that the issues presented by Mr. Cauchon could be included as part of the Planning and Zoning Committees purview. Manager Holycross indicated that the Village Engineer, Village Planner and Service Director look at many of the environmental issues as part of most projects.
Resolution No. 10-01, A Resolution Authorizing the Village Manager to Enter into a Contract with the Licking County Board of Commissioners for Reimbursement of Legal Counsel for Indigent Defendants for the Village of Granville was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Mershon.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if this agreement allowed Granville to provide funds for individual legal services and then receive reimbursement. Manager Holycross indicated that without this agreement the Village would not be reimbursed.
Councilmember McGowan asked who makes the decision to provide legal services. Mayor Hartfield indicated that the municipal court set the criteria and made those decisions.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked how many individual were serviced through this agreement last year. Mayor Hartfield indicated one person.
Vote to approve Resolution No. 10-01. Motion carried (6-0). Resolution No. 10-1 was adopted.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of December 16, 2009
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the December 16, 2009 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried 6-0.
Councilmember McGowan reported that the Recreation Commission was discussing committee reorganization as part of the new Joint Recreation District. The Rec Commission offices will also be moved into the Village Office building on the second floor.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Mayor Hartfield acknowledged that Council received copies of the goals, objectives and achievements completed in 2009. Council made several suggestions of goals to add to the list. The Clerk will update the goals and objectives and provide copies for the Councilmembers to prioritize by rank.
Council was also provided a copy of the Rules of Council. Council must review the rules and approve them during the first meeting in February. It was suggested that Council meetings begin at 7:00pm, instead of 7:30pm. Mayor Hartfield indicated that she would check with Councilmember Barsky regarding her ability to make an earlier meeting time.
Mayor Hartfield presented Council with a packet of letters from Mrs. Danford’s second grade class describing what services the Village should offer residents. Mayor Hartfield asked Council if they would like her to invite Mrs. Danford’s class to attend an upcoming Council meeting and make a formal presentation. Council indicated in the affirmative.
Councilmember O’Keefe suggested that the high school government class should also be offered the opportunity to participate in Council meetings.
Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn the meeting. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried 6-0. Meeting adjourned.
Melissa Hartfield, Mayor
Mollie Prasher, Clerk of Council
VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE