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Council Minutes Special Meeting February 11, 2012

Villages of Granville

Council Minutes

Council Retreat

February 11, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 9:05am) 

ROLL CALL

Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Johnson, Lerner, McGowan, Montgomery, O'Keefe, Vice Mayor Barsky, Mayor Hartfield and Manager Stilwell. 

NEW BUSINESS 

Manager Stilwell welcomed everyone to the Council Retreat.  Manager Stilwell explained that this meeting would be a working meeting, no decisions would be made by Council.  Public in attendance was welcome to the event, but would not be able to participate or comment.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he would report the results of the meeting to Council during the February 15th meeting and to the media. 

Manager Stilwell asked each Councilmember to share their reasons for running for Council. 

Manager Stilwell explained his perspective on the Village and how he would like to move things forward.  He discussed the need to empower Village staff and build a stronger relationship between staff and Village Council.  Manager Stilwell also discussed the importance of continuing to build relationships between Council and outside entities such at Granville Township, the school district, Licking County, etc. 

Manager Stilwell further outlined his perspective on Granville.  He indicated that Granville was a historic community with a strong school district, close to Columbus and existing cultural opportunities in Denison University, the Granville Inn and Buxton Inn.  He indicated that he hoped the retreat would address how to move the Village forward, while maintaining what was special.  Manager Stilwell also indicated that he hoped to help the Village continue to grow, develop and adapt.  Manager Stilwell provided growth data regarding residential growth in the Township, Village and school district for the past twenty years.  This data reflected a downward trend of new home building permits and decreased student levels in the school district.  Manager Stilwell indicated that any future goals should take this information into account. 

Manager Stilwell led Council in identifying the following as possible goals to work toward in the next year.  (These goals are listed in the order in which they were suggested.) 

  1. Review and evaluate existing professional contracts
  2. Maintain and improve safety regarding Village’s wellhead protection district and the existing pipeline and EPS solvent area
  3. Maintain financial solvency
  4. Improve zoning code efficiency
  5. Avoid the implementation of new taxes
  6. Review and prioritize Village maintenance services
  7. Analyze Village expenditures and eliminate unnecessary expenditures
  8. Expand environmental practices
  9. Expand village pathways/sidewalk system
  10. Adopt the Comprehensive Plan
  11. Establish an appropriate resolution to  the lime sludge disposal issue
  12. Develop a plan with the Township to encourage economic development of businesses/jobs and retain same
  13. Establish a process for the utilization of the Estate Tax funds
  14. Develop a process to encourage staff to be more community minded and service approachable
  15. Evaluate employee health insurance program and contributions
  16. Develop a process for the sustainability of the Bryn Du property
  17. Complete a community satisfaction survey
  18. Encourage taxable business profits
  19. Address parking in downtown business area
  20. Complete contract negotiations with Alexandria and Owens Corning and dedicate the Kendal at Granville sewer line
  21. Approve the appearance of the downtown business area
  22. Develop a method for competing community entities to prioritize when each requests millage
  23. Provide appropriate representation on Licking County’s Community Improvement Corporation
  24. Encourage more Village participation in the Open Space program and acquisition process
  25. Build collaborative process with other municipal entities
  26. Develop a Village position on fracking
  27. Determine and review how Township dollars collected from Village residents benefits the Village
  28. Determine the status and future of the 201/208 plans
  29. Street improvement funding should return to being funded by General Fund dollars
  30. Enhance communications between Planning Commission and Village Council 

Each Councilmember selected ten of these goals and ranked them from ten to one, with ten being the most important. 

Council’s ranking exercise established the following goals as the most important. (These goals were ranked in the order of importance. 

  1. Maintain financial solvency
  2. Establish a process for the utilization of the Estate Tax funds
  3. Improve zoning code efficiency
  4. Avoid the implementation of new taxes
  5. Review and evaluate existing professional contracts
  6. Maintain and improve safety regarding Village’s wellhead protection district and the existing pipeline and EPS solvent area
  7. Evaluate employee health insurance program and contributions
  8. Encourage more Village participation in the Open Space program and acquisition process
  9. Analyze Village expenditures and eliminate unnecessary expenditures
  10. Review and prioritize Village maintenance services
  11. Expand environmental practices
  12. Develop a plan with the Township to encourage economic development of businesses/jobs and retain same
  13. Complete a community satisfaction survey
  14. Develop a Village position on fracking

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