VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
February 16, 2011
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:31pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Lerner, Mershon, McGowan, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Herman, Mayor Hartfield, Law Director Crites and Acting, Acting Village Manager Kraner.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember Mershon moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried to amend the agenda (7-0).
CITIZEN COMMENTS (7:32pm)
Jeff Oster, 4049 Goose Lane, spoke as an owner of two businesses in the Village. He invited Councilmembers to participate in the Granville Public Library program Community Economics 101 hosted by Rob Klinger, Licking County Economic Development Manager on March 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the library. The presentation is designed to explain local economic growth and development issues. The presentation is limited to twenty individuals. Mr. Oster encouraged Council and Planner Terry to attend the meeting. Mr. Oster indicated that he could be reached at 740-258-3825 or email@example.com for anyone needing additional information.
Fred Biesecker, 71 Wexford Drive, spoke as a member of the Charter Review Commission. He advised Council that the Commission was requesting guidance from the Council regarding any issues they felt the Charter Review Commission should address to enable them to better govern the Village. The Commission was currently going through an education process regarding the history of previous Commissions and researching issues that need to be addressed. Mr. Biesecker requested that Council contact the Commission with any of their concerns.
As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the Citizen Comments at 7:36pm.
There was no old business.
Ordinance No. 05-11, An Ordinance to Permit the Demolition of a One-Story Attached Structure at 133 South Main Street was introduced and a hearing date recommended for March 2, 2011 by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 05-11 for the March 2, 2011 Council meeting.
Resolution No. 11-08, A Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Lerner. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield introduced Scott Manno and offered him an opportunity to address Council. Mr. Manno made no comment. Council thanked Mr. Manno for volunteering to serve and wished him the best of luck.
Councilmember Mershon moved to appoint Scott Manno to the BZBA and insert his name into Sections 1 and 2 of Resolution No. 11-08. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 11-08. Motion carried (7-0). Resolution No. 11-08 was approved.
Resolution No. 11-09, A Resolution to Express Appreciation to Jean Hoyt for Service on the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Mershon. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield read the resolution and expressed Council’s appreciation and thanks to Ms. Hoyt for her service in the BZBA.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 11-09. Motion carried (7-0). Resolution No. 11-09 was approved.
Resolution No. 11-10, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Submit a Letter of Interest for the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Councilmember Barsky asked if it was possible to make a change in the focus of the program. Finance Director Kraner indicated that it was possible to change the focus of the program, but only prior to submitting the Letter of Interest on February 23, 2011.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 11-10. Motion carried (7-0). Resolution No. 11-10 was approved.
Resolution No. 11-11, A Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Charter Review Commission was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield introduced Charles Barclay and offered him an opportunity to address Council. Mr. Barclay indicated to Council that he was looking forward to helping the Commission. Council thanked Mr. Barclay for volunteering to serve and wished him the best of luck.
Councilmember Mershon moved to add Charles Barclay’s name to the Charter Review Commission and insert his name into Section 1 of Resolution No. 11-11. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 11-11. Motion carried (7-0). Resolution No. 11-11 was approved.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of February 2, 2011
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the February 2, 2011 minutes. Second by Councilmember Mershon. Motion carried 7-0.
MAYOR’S COURT REPORT – January
The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of January was presented for review.
Councilmember Barsky moved to accept the January Mayor’s Court report. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried 7-0.
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 – January
The Manager’s Report for the month of January was presented for review.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked why the monthly percentage was different from the annual percentage. Finance Director Kraner indicated that she was not sure, but would have the annual percentage removed. (NOTE: The annual percentage represents the total annual tax revenue for the current year compared to the previous year. This year’s anticipated revenues reflect a 1.3% reduction in revenue for 2011 as compared to 2010.)
Councilmember Barsky asked staff to have the police department speak with the school district about the increase in the number of unsecured building calls.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked the implication of the graphs showing funds in the water and sewer improvement funds. Finance Director Kraner indicated that those funds showed, in the case of the sewer improvement fund, the low level of funding available for capital improvement projects. She indicated that this month’s report was the first to reflect the rate increase effective January 1st. Only a small portion of the rate increase will be applied to the improvement funds. Councilmember Barsky confirmed that the low level of revenues in these funds was part of the reason for the rate increase. Finance Director responded in the affirmative. She added that it was too early to determine the impact of the rate increase. Finance Director Kraner indicated that a possible trend may be reflected at the end of the first quarter.
Councilmember O’Keefe moved to accept the January Monthly Manager’s Report Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried 7-0.
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) – (All Councilmembers)
Granville Foundation – (Mershon)
Councilmember Mershon reported that the Foundation received a significant number of grant requests. The Foundation was in the process of reviewing those applications and would announce the recipients in March.
Lights, Safety, Streets/Sidewalks, Utility Committee (LSSU) – (Hartfield, Herman, McGowan)
Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Planning Commission approved the demolition of a carport at 133 South Main Street. Two sidewalk signs were approved, one for the Soup Loft, which, it was reported, was no longer changing locations. The Planning Commission suggested that the placement and approval of air conditioning and heat pump units should be approved administratively. Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that after researching the issue, it was determined that the Planning Commission had approved that addendum to the Code, but it was never approved by Council. Councilmember O’Keefe asked Law Director Crites to look into that issue. Councilmember Mershon suggested that there were other similar type approvals that could also be amended to require only administrative approval. He suggested that Acting Manager Terry review the Code and look for similar examples.
Planning & Zoning Committee – (Barsky, Hartfield, O’Keefe)
Councilmember Barsky reported that the Planning & Zoning Committee met the night prior to the Council meeting. She indicated that the Committee recommended changes to the change of use portion of the Village Code, which would allow for administrative approval of use changes that did not result in greater parking requirements. The Committee recommended that the changes be forwarded to the Planning Commission for their approval. The Committee also reviewed the designated wellhead protection area map. The wellhead protection overlay district had been approved many years ago, but no map was ever developed showing the area involved. The designated area was recommended by the Ohio EPA and Water Superintendent Larry Fruth. The Committee recommended that the Law Director determine what approval process should be used to approve the district. The Committee also discussed and made recommendations regarding adjusting zoning fees, especially fees associated with commercial applications. Those recommendations will also be forwarded to the Planning Commission for their review. The Committee, per a request from a resident, discussed permitting chickens within the Village. The Committee asked staff to gather additional information and will review and discuss the request at their next meeting.
Granville Recreation District – (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that Kreston Harris had been appointed as the new Board member to replace Paul Jenks, who was appointed Township Trustee. The Rec District was looking into the purchasing additional AED units. The Needs Assessment Survey was underway with input being sought from District residents. The Rec District was now in charge of supervising club sports including Lacrosse to more effectively regulate field and building usage. As the Township Trustees voted to approve seismic testing at the Raccoon Valley Park, the GRD also approved testing.
Tree & Landscape Commission (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that Granville was awarded Tree City USA and the Growth Award for 2010 again. The Tree & Landscape Commission began work on the Opera House Park renovations. The first renovation would be to the platform of the bell structure. In preparation of the Village’s Tree Trimming Committee being formed, the Tree & Landscape Commission was exploring the relationship between the Town of Granby, Connecticut and their local power company.
Union Cemetery (Barsky)
Councilmember Barsky reported that the Board was in negotiations with the Fannins regarding extending their visit to Granville this year to three weeks.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Mayor Hartfield asked Councilmembers to forward any comments or suggestions regarding Council Goals & Objectives to Clerk Prasher.
Councilmember Barsky moved to enter into Executive Session, pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(1) – “to consider the appointment, employment or compensation of a public employee or official.” Second by Councilmember Mershon.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote: Lerner – yes; McGowan – yes; Mershon – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Barsky – yes; Herman – yes; Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 7-0. Time in: 8:05pm.
Councilmember McGowan moved to return to regular session. Second by Councilmember Mershon.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote: McGowan – yes; Mershon – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Barsky – yes; Lerner – yes; Herman – yes; Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 7-0. Time in: 10:05pm.
Councilmember McGowan moved to adjourn the meeting. Second by Councilmember Barsky. Motion carried (7-0). Meeting adjourned.