Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes June 1, 2011

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES

June 1, 2011

 

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

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

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Vice Mayor Herman moved to amend the agenda to move the Appeal Hearing until after Old Business.  Second by Councilmember Lerner. Motion carried (6-0).   

CITIZEN COMMENTS (7:32pm)

Dawn Busalacchi, 115 Shawn Court, spoke on behalf of the Green Society of Granville.  The Green Society would like to see an increase in recycling in the downtown Village area and at the Bryn Du Mansion. The Green Society felt it was important for the Village to increase recycling efforts and was willing to assist and consult as needed.  She indicated that Big O was also willing to assist with recycling efforts at the Mansion.

Dan Bellman, 310 Summit Street, spoke as Chair of the Granville Charter Review Commission.  Mr. Bellman provided Council with a handout showing a few of the recommended changes to the Village Charter.  The Commission was recommending that Council members receive an annual salary of $6,500 that would be adjusted for inflation.  The Commission also was recommending changing the Village Manager contract to make the Manager an at-will employee in order to prohibit buy outs and include a provision that forty-percent of the Village Manager’s salary be considered a housing allowance to be paid only when the Manager resides within the Village of Granville.  Mr. Bellman indicated that the Commission would present its final report at Council’s June 15th meeting. 

Councilmember McGowan asked how many members of the Commission supported these proposals.  Mr. Bellman indicated that the Commission was comprised of five members and all of the members reviewed and voted on each of the issues proposed.

PUBLIC HEARING (7:39pm)

Ordinance No. 11-11, An Ordinance to Amend Sections 1159.01, 1159.02, 1159.03, 1159.04, 1159.05, 1159.07 and Repeal Existing Section 1159.06 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, Ohio Pertaining to Village District

Dave Getreu, Granville Area Chamber of Commerce board member, requested Council’s support for this ordinance.  He indicated that the Chamber was in support of this ordinance as the current Code language placed the Village District business owners at an disadvantage as compared to business owners in other zoning districts.  The updated ordinance would make the process smoother and easier for business owners, and promote commerce and economic development in the Village.

Cynthia Cort, President, 1632 Newark-Granville Road, spoke on behalf of the Granville Historical Society.  Ms. Cort indicated that the Historical Society was in support of the changes outlined in this ordinance as it would now list museums as a permitted use.

Ordinance No. 13-11, An Ordinance Granting Approval and an Easement to the Granville Historical Society to Allow Construction of an Addition to a Building Located at 115 East Broadway that Will Encroach onto Village Owned Property Located at 118 South Main Street

Cynthia Cort, President, 1632 Newark-Granville Road, spoke on behalf of the Granville Historical Society.  Ms. Cort indicated that the Historical Society needed this easement in order to move forward with their expansion plans.  The proposed expansion would greatly benefit the Granville Historical Society. 

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing at 7:42pm.

OLD BUSINESS

Ordinance No. 11-11, An Ordinance to Amend Sections 1159.01, 1159.02, 1159.03, 1159.04, 1159.05, 1159.07 and Repeal Existing Section 1159.06 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, Ohio Pertaining to Village District

was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Herman.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Discussion:

Councilmember Barsky indicated that the Planning and Zoning Committee recommended these changes to help streamline the process for Village District business owners moving into an existing business site and reduce the approval time by permitting some changes of use to be completed administratively.  However, any change of use that required a change from a permitted or conditional use, would still require Planning Commission review. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 11-2011: Barsky – yes; Lerner – yes; McGowan – yes; Mershon – yes; Herman – yes; Hartfield – yes.  Motion passed (6-0).  Ordinance No. 11-2011 was approved. 

Ordinance No. 13-11, An Ordinance Granting Approval and an Easement to the Granville Historical Society to Allow Construction of an Addition to a Building Located at 115 East Broadway that Will Encroach onto Village Owned Property Located at 118 South Main Street was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Barsky.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

No discussion.

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 13-2011: Lerner – yes; McGowan – yes; Mershon – no; Barsky – yes; Herman – yes; Hartfield – yes.  Motion passed (5-1).  Ordinance No. 13-2011 was approved. 

APPEAL HEARING

Mayor Hartfield called the appeal hearing to order to review the Granville Planning Commission’s approval of the location of the shared-use path as submitted in application #2011-28 by Metropolitan Partners located at 1919 Lancaster Road. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call.  Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Barsky, Lerner, McGowan, Mershon, Vice Mayor Herman, and Mayor Hartfield.

Mayor Hartfield asked that those wishing to speak during the hearing be sworn in. 

Please note an official transcript of the June 1, 2011 Appeal Hearing for application #2011-28 for Metropolitan Partners’ project located at 1919 Lancaster Road will be attached to these minutes. 

The applicant’s attorney Jack Reynolds made an objection to proceeding with the appeal hearing as the appellant Dennis Cauchon did not meet the legally required standard of standing to appeal the decision of the Planning Commission as he was not an aggrieved party as defined by the Courts of the State of Ohio.

Councilmember Mershon moved to over rule the applicant’s objection as Mr. Cauchon was an adjacent leaseholder and claimed issues of harm and should be allowed to be heard and make his presentation. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to affirm Mr. Cauchon’s standing: McGowan – yes; Mershon – yes; Barsky – yes; Lerner – yes; Herman – yes; Hartfield – yes.  Motion passed (6-0).  Mr. Cauchon was deemed to have standing and the appeal hearing continued. 

Mayor Hartfield closed the evidentiary portion of the hearing at 9:45pm.  Law Director Crites noted that pursuant to section 1137.01(j) of the Codified Ordinances of Granville, Council may affirm, reverse, revoke, modify, or remand for further proceedings the decision. 

Councilmember McGowan moved to affirm the Granville Planning Commission decision of the location of the shared-use pathway. Second by Councilmember Barsky. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to affirm the decision of the Planning Commission regarding the location of the shared-use pathway: Mershon – yes; Barsky – yes; Lerner – yes; McGowan – yes; Herman – yes; Hartfield – yes.  Motion carried 6-0.

Mayor Hartfield announced that the decision of the Granville Planning Commission regarding application #2011-28 and the location of the shared-use pathway were affirmed.

Law Director Crites advised that Council’s decision would need to be formalized in writing within 45 days.   Law Director Crites asked Council if they would like him to prepare the decision.  Council requested that Law Director Crites prepare the decision.

Mayor Hartfield called the regular Council meeting back to order at 9:57pm. 

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

REVIEW OF MINUTES

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of May 4, 2011

Councilmember Barsky made a motion to approve the May 4, 2011 minutes. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried 6-0.

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of May 18, 2011

Councilmember Barsky made a motion to approve the May 18, 2011 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried 6-0.

COMMITTEE REPORTS   

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

No report.

Granville Foundation – (Lerner)

No report.

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

No report.

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

No report.

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

No report.

Granville Recreation District – McGowan)

No report.

Tree & Landscape Commission - (Lerner)

No report.

Union Cemetery (Barsky)

No report.

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS

Councilmember Lerner indicated that while in Washington, D C recently, she saw some recycling bins that would be appropriate for the Village.  She indicated that she would send staff information regarding these bins.

The high school lacrosse coach was advised that the team may no longer be able to use the Great Lawn at Bryn Du as their usage could be excessive and cause too much wear and tear on the lawn.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Due to the late hour, Council did not go into Executive Session.  Council scheduled a Special Council meeting for Wednesday, June 8th beginning at 7:30pm.

ADJOURNMENT (10:03pm)

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

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