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Council Minutes January 4, 2012

Village of Granville

Council Minutes

January 4, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:34pm) 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

ROLL CALL

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Motion passed.                           

CITIZEN COMMENTS (7:35pm)

As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:36pm. 

PUBLIC HEARING 

Ordinance No. 40-2011, An Ordinance to Authorize the Village Manager to Enter into a Lease Agreement with the Granville Studio of Visual Arts for the Lease of the Terrace House at Bryn Du, 537 Jones Road, for a Term of Three Years 

Annie Cacciato, 3691 Gale Road, spoke as a Director for the Granville Studio of Visual Arts.  She provided Council with a packet of information regarding GSVA and their work.  Ms. Cacciato thanked Council, the Bryn Du commission and the village for the opportunity to utilize Terrace House.  She indicated that GSVA had only hoped to be this successful three years ago when she last stood before Council requesting the original lease.  She played a video presentation which depicted GSVA’s mission and work.  Ms. Cacciato reported that GSVA had hosted 9,000 visitors during the past three years and hoped to continue to do bigger things in the future.  GSVA was committed to creativity and transforming education with creativity at the center. 

Kerry Dixon, 5305 Whitehead Road, also thanked an extraordinary community that came together to help build GSVA. 

Candi Moore, 405 East College Street, spoke as President of the Bryn Du Commission.  She indicated that the Commission applauds GSVA’s great use of the facility and their promotion of Bryn Du.  Ms. Moore indicated that she felt the lease was priced fairly and provided credit to GSVA for the improvements that they have made during the past three years.  GSVA has expanded their space to include the second floor of the Terrace House.  She indicated that the Commission was supportive of a long-term relationship with GSVA.

Councilmember O’Keefe thanked Ms. Dixon and Ms. Cacciato for contribution to the community. 

OLD BUSINESS 

Ordinance No. 40-2011, An Ordinance to Authorize the Village Manager to Enter into a Lease Agreement with the Granville Studio of Visual Arts for the Lease of the Terrace House at Bryn Du, 537 Jones Road, for a Term of Three Years was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Lerner.

Discussion:

Mayor Hartfield thanked Ms. Dixon and Ms. Cacciato for their enthusiasm as it showed in their work and what they had accomplished at GSVA. 

Manager Stilwell advised Council that the Ordinance needed to be amended to correct the expiration date of the lease from 2014 to 2015.

Councilmember O’Keefe moved to amend the expiration of the lease from February 28, 2014 to February 28, 2015.  Second by Councilmember Lerner. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve the amendment to Ordinance No. 40-2011.  Motion passed. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 40-2011 as amended:  Johnson (yes); Lerner (yes); McGowan (yes); Montgomery (yes); O’Keefe (yes); Vice Mayor Barsky (yes); Mayor Hartfield (yes).  Motion passed 7-0.  Ordinance No. 40-2011 was approved as amended. 

NEW BUSINESS 

Resolution No. 2012-01, A Resolution to Appoint Members to the Municipal Records Commission in Accordance with the Provisions of the Ohio Revised Code Section 149.39 was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Discussion:

Councilmember Montgomery asked where the Village records were stored.  Clerk Prasher indicated that records were stored in Village Hall and at the Granville Historical Society.

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2012-01.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2012-01 was approved.

Resolution No. 2012-02, A Resolution to permit the Demolition of a Wooden Garage at 102 Miller Avenue was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 

Discussion:

Councilmember O’Keefe asked if there was an anticipated timeline for this demolition.  Planner Terry indicated that the demolition was being approved by Council first.  The applicant would be meeting with the BZBA the following week to seek a variance and then meet with the Planning Commission for review of the new garage. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No.  2012-02.   Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2012-02 was approved. 

REVIEW OF MINUTES

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of December 21, 2011 

Councilmember O’Keefe made a motion to approve the December 21, 2011 minutes as amended.  Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Motion carried. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS 

Economic, Finance, Personnel Committee

No report. 

Granville Foundation

No report. 

Light, Safety, Streets/Sidewalks, Utility Committee

No report. 

Planning Commission

No report. 

Planning & Zoning Committee

No report 

Granville Recreation District  

No report. 

Tree & Landscape Commission

Councilmember Lerner reported that the Village would not be receiving the Tree City Growth Award for 2011 as the Village spent less on the Village tree program than in 2010.  

Union Cemetery

No report.  

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS 

Vice Mayor Barsky advised that the minutes for the recent Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee were in Council’s packet.  The draft plan has been finalized.  The Committee has scheduled a public hearing to seek public comment on February 2, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Granville Intermediate School. 

Mayor Hartfield reviewed the committee assignment requests by Councilmembers.  Assignments to various Council committees were made as follows: 

  • Granville Education Foundation – Michelle Lerner
  • Granville Foundation – Rob Montgomery
  • Granville Recreation District – Matt McGowan
  • Planning Commission – Jeremy Johnson
  • Tree & Landscape Commission – Michelle Lerner
  • Union Cemetery – Constance Barsky 

Councilmember Johnson indicated that he might be able to make each meeting.  Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that she would be willing to cover some meetings. 

Manager Stilwell indicated that there was some confusion regarding the Village’s representative to the Open Space Committee.  Former Councilmember Tegtmeyer has been the Village’s representative; however, she no longer lives in the Village or in Granville Township.  The Village contacted the Granville Township Trustees regarding this issue and is awaiting a determination on how they would like the Village to proceed.  Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that she would be willing to serve as the Village’s representative.  

TCOD Sign Code Changes

Planner Terry provided Council with a packet of recommended changes and a presentation regarding changes to the sign code portion of the Transportation Corridor Overlay District.  She indicated that the Planning Commission held three hearings prior to making their recommendations for changes to the code.  Planner Terry indicated that the current TCOD sign code provisions were difficult to administer and interpret due to conflicting language.  She indicated that the TCOD section was developed to handle access management and traffic related issues initially.  The recommendation was to remove the TCOD sign code provisions as they were redundant and repeated many of the same concepts in other underlying zoning code districts.  

Councilmember Montgomery and Councilmember McGowan asked if this change would resolve the previous issue regarding the Verizon sign on South Main Street.  Planner Terry indicated that it would relieve many of the issues involving that sign application, but not all.  Council requested that Planner Terry provide specific information regarding how the Verizon sign application would handled with the removal of the TCOD sign code provisions.  Would variances still be needed?  If so, for what code issues? 

Mayor Hartfield indicated that she would like to see visual examples of sign sizes.  

Vice Mayor Barsky indicated that she had a specific issue with the elimination of monument signs.  She would like to see at minimum an option to encourage the installation of monument signs instead of freestanding signage.  

Councilmember Johnson indicated that he would like to see more uniformity in the general sign code.  He also would like to restrict height limits on signage. 

Councilmember McGowan indicated that communities such as Dublin, New Albany and Worthington had stringent sign codes and rarely gave variances.  Businesses were still able to be successful.  

Council requested that an additional work session regarding these recommendations be held during the February 1, 2012 Council meeting. 

Mayor Hartfield indicated that Council received a current copy of the Rules of Council.  Council was responsible for reviewing and updating their rules following every election by the first meeting in February.  She indicated that Council would be discussing any changes to the rules during their next Council meeting.  Staff will provide suggested changes to Council. 

Councilmember Lerner questioned the status of the concerns expressed by a resident regarding the closure of the pass-through between St. Luke’s and the Granville Historical Society.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the resident had concerns about the closure and existing stormwater run-off issues.  He indicated that he responded to that resident via mail and copied Council.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the resident was part of an early discussion during the summer and was contacted by St. Luke’s and the historical society.  He indicated that he would keep Council advised.  

OTHER STAFF MATTERS

Manager Stilwell invited any Councilmember who was interested to attend the annual Groundhog Breakfast on February 2, 2012 at 6:00m, sponsored by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce.  Vice Mayor Barsky and Councilmember Montgomery indicated interest in attending. 

Manager Stilwell also advised Council that the Village website was being updated.  Council minutes were current and legislation was in the process of being added.

ADJOURNMENT (9:29pm)

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to adjourn.  Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Motion carried. 

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