Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes October 17, 2012

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES

October 17, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30pm)

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL 

Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Johnson, Lerner, McGowan, Montgomery, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Barsky, Manager Stilwell and Assistant Law Director King. 

Councilmember Lerner moved to excuse Mayor Hartfield.  Seconded by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Councilmember Lerner.  Motion carried.    

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:31pm) 

Vicky Avery, 343 Cedar Street, expressed concern about the lack of snow removal on the Newark-Granville Road pathway.  She wanted to know who was responsible for removing the snow.  Many people continue to utilize the path throughout the winter.  The pathway needed to be cleared so runners, cyclists and walkers do not have to walk in the street.  She indicated that a couple of residents plow portions of the path as good community citizens.  Whether the local residents or businesses were supposed to remove the snow or the Village, she requested that Council make sure that all snow was removed.  Councilmember McGowan asked if the purchase of a bobcat last year had the capabilities to remove pathway snow.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he was not sure if the snow removal attachment was included in that purchase, but he would check and advise Council.  Manager Stilwell was also asked to check on the decision as to why the bobcat was purchased and how it was to be utilized.

 

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:40pm. 

PUBLIC HEARING (7:41pm) 

Ordinance No. 20-2012, An Ordinance to Authorize the Village Manager to Enter into a Lease Agreement with Reader’s Garden for the Lease of a Portion of Village Hall, 141 East Broadway

Manager Stilwell indicated that Readers’ Garden has been a quality tenant for the Village for many years.  The lease was being renewed to accommodate and protect both parties.  A new rental fee was negotiated with Mrs. Geiger.  The portion of the lease agreement that discussed a five-year extension was deleted.  Council was encouraged to approve this ordinance. 

JoAnn Geiger, owner of Readers’ Garden, indicated that she was amiable to the changes and appreciated the working relationship with Village staff.  She questioned why she was required to pay property taxes.  Was this a state law?  Councilmember McGowan indicated that it was required by state law so as not to give private businesses an unfair advantage when renting from a tax-exempt entity.  The cost of property taxes were generally included as part of the base rent for most businesses.

 

OLD BUSINESS 

Ordinance No. 20-2012, An Ordinance to Authorize the Village Manager to Enter into a Lease Agreement with Reader’s Garden for the Lease of a Portion of Village Hall, 141 East Broadway was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Seconded by Councilmember O’Keefe 

Discussion:

Councilmember O’Keefe commented that if Mrs. Geiger was happy with the lease, she was supportive of the renewal. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 20-2012:  Councilmembers Johnson – yes, Lerner – yes, McGowan – yes, Montgomery – yes, O’Keefe – yes, and Vice Mayor Barsky – yes. Motion carried 6-0.  Ordinance No. 20-2012 was approved. 

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 2012-47, A Resolution to Establish the Time and Place of a Public Hearing for the 2013 Municipal Budget as Proposed by the Village Manager was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Seconded by Councilmember Johnson. 

Discussion:

Councilmember Montgomery asked if Council would receive a copy of the five-year capital improvement and revenue forecast.  Manager Stilwell responded in the affirmative. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2012-47.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2012-47 was adopted. 

Ordinance No. 21-2012, An Ordinance to Amend Section 521.06 of the Codified Ordinances of Granville Regarding the Removal of Snow and Ice from Sidewalks was introduced and a hearing date recommended for November 7, 2012 by Councilmember McGowan.  Seconded by Councilmember Johnson. 

REVIEW OF MINUTES

Special Scheduled Meeting of September 27, 2012

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the September 27, 2012 minutes.  Seconded by Councilmember Johnson.   Motion carried.

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of October 3, 2012

Councilmember Johnson made a motion to approve the October 3, 2012 minutes.  Seconded by Councilmember McGowan.   Motion carried. 

MAYOR' S REPORT – September 

The Mayor's report for the month of September was presented for review.

Councilmember O’Keefe moved to accept the September Mayor’s Report. Seconded by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion carried. 

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 – September 

The Manager's report for the month of September was presented for review. 

Councilmember O’Keefe questioned how the Village disposed of deer and road kill.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the Village picked up any road kill and disposed of it as long as it was located within the Village’s right-of-way.  

Councilmember Montgomery asked the Village’s policy on water/sewer shut-offs.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he would check and respond back to Council. 

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the September Manager’s Report.  Seconded by Councilmember Johnson.  Motion carried. 

Mayor Hartfield instructed the report be filed with the clerk. A copy of the report will be included as part of these minutes. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS    

Granville Education Foundation – (Lerner) 

No report.

Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)

Councilmember Montgomery reported that the Foundation was working on procedures for compliance of their investments.  A committee was also being formed to review grant nominations. 

Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)

Councilmember McGowan reported that the GRD was working on promoting the levy issue that was on the ballot for November. 

Planning Commission – (Johnson)

Councilmember Johnson reported that he was unable to attend the meeting.

Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)

No report.

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

No report.

Union Cemetery – (Barsky)

Vice Mayor Barsky reported that the Board was still working on the budget for 2013 and how to finance cemetery repairs into the future. The Township also has a levy on the ballot for the renewal of a cemetery tax for Maple Grove Cemetery, Old Colony Burying Ground and Philipps Cemetery. 

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS 

Councilmember McGowan expressed concern regarding an increase in skateboarders in the downtown area.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he would have a discussion with the school district to determine if there was an area that the skateboarders could use and also check Village Code to determine existing Code regulations. 

Councilmember Montgomery asked the status of the energy audit / AEP rebate program.  Clerk Prasher advised that the lighting change-out program was complete.  The Village was waiting for the rebates checks for both the energy audit and the installation of energy efficient lighting.  

Councilmember Montgomery also asked if the timing of Village lights had changed on Broadway as it was difficult for pedestrians to make it across streets prior to the light changing.  Councilmember McGowan suggested that the Village might consider installing crosswalk signals at the Broadway-Main and Broadway-Prospect intersections.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he would check with Service Director Hopkins regarding light timing and look into the costs for pedestrian signals. 

Councilmember O’Keefe thanked the Manager for the list of projects that Village staff would be working on during the next several months. 

OTHER STAFF MATTERS 

Manager Stilwell asked Council whether Council would meet on Wednesday, November 21st as that meeting was Thanksgiving eve.  The consensus of Council was to cancel the November 21st meeting. 

Manager Stilwell informed Council that the Town/Gown meeting of seven central Ohio colleges and universities and their applicable community representatives would be meeting on Wednesday, October 27, 2012 from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  This event was being hosted by Denison University.  This event would provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss possible solutions to issues that were common to universities and university municipalities.

ADJOURNMENT (8:18pm) 

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to adjourn.  Seconded by Councilmember Johnson.  Motion carried.

 

                                                           

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