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Council Minutes September 5, 2012

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES

September 5, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:35pm) 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

ROLL CALL

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

Councilmember Lerner moved to excuse Councilmember McGowan and Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion passed. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA 

Councilmember O’Keefe moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Seconded by Councilmember Johnson.  Motion carried.    

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:36pm) 

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:38pm. 

Manager Stilwell introduced the new Utilities Director Joseph Taylor to Village Council.  Mr. Taylor is currently the Water and Wastewater Superintendent for the Village of Baltimore. He is a licensed Class 3 water and Class 3 wastewater operator.  His employment will begin on Monday, September 10, 2012.   Joe will be replacing former Wastewater Superintendent Erik Holmquist, who retired earlier this year, as well as overseeing the water department in this new position.  Village Council welcomed Mr. Taylor to the Village.  Mr. Taylor thanked Council for this opportunity and hoped to continue his seventeen year career here with the Village of Granville 

APPEAL HEARING  (7:40pm) 

Mayor Hartfield called the deliberations for the appeal hearing regarding the approval of remanded Application #2012-34, a variance for a lot split for Terra Nova Partners, LLC for a property located at 198 Welsh Hills Road. 

Mayor Hartfield called for the roll call.  Those responding to the roll call for the appeal hearing were Councilmembers Johnson, Lerner, Montgomery, O’Keefe and Mayor Hartfield. 

Please note an official transcript of the September 5, 2012 deliberations for this appeal hearing for remanded Application #2012-34 for property located at 198 Welsh Hills Road will be attached to the final draft of these minutes.  

Councilmember O’Keefe moved to affirm the decision of the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals for remanded Application # 2012-34.  Second by Councilmember Johnson. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to affirm the decision of the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals regarding remanded Application #2012-34: Councilmembers Lerner - no, Montgomery - no, O’Keefe - yes, Johnson – yes and Mayor Hartfield - no.  Motion failed 2-3.  Mayor Hartfield announced that the motion to affirm the decision of the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals for remanded Application #2012-34 failed.  

Councilmember Johnson moved to table the appeal hearing for remanded Application #2012-34 until September 19, 2012.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to table remanded Application #2012-34: Councilmembers Montgomery - no, O’Keefe - yes, Johnson – yes, Lerner - no and Mayor Hartfield - no.  Motion failed 2-3.  Mayor Hartfield announced that the motion to table remanded Application #2012-34 failed.  

Mayor Hartfield called the question. 

Mayor Hartfield moved to table the appeal hearing for remanded Application #2012-34 until September 19, 2012.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to table remanded Application #2012-34: Councilmembers O’Keefe - yes, Johnson – yes, Lerner – no, Montgomery - no and Mayor Hartfield - yes.  Motion passed 3-2.  Mayor Hartfield announced that the motion to table remanded Application #2012-34 past and the hearing would be continued until the September 19, 2012 Council meeting.  

Mayor Hartfield called the regular meeting of Council back to order at 9:28 pm. 

PUBLIC HEARING 

Ordinance No. 19-2012, An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance No. 37-2011 Providing for Adjustments of the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 2012 and Revising Sums for Operating Expenses

As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing for Ordinance No. 19-2012 at 9:39pm. 

OLD BUSINESS 

Ordinance No. 19-2012, An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance No. 37-2011 Providing for Adjustments of the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 2012 and Revising Sums for Operating Expenses was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember Lerner. 

No discussion. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 19-2012:  Councilmembers Johnson - yes, Lerner – yes, Montgomery - yes, O’Keefe – yes and Mayor Hartfield - yes.  Motion carried 5-0.  Ordinance No. 19-2012 was approved 

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 2012-41, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Advertise for Bids for the Purchase of Water Treatment Chemicals was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Lerner.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 

No discussion. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2012-41.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2012-41 was adopted. 

Resolution No. 2012-42, A Resolution Accepting the Amounts and Rates as Determined by the Budget Commission and Authorizing the Necessary Tax Levies and Certifying Them to the County Auditor was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Johnson.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 

Discussion: 

Councilmember O’Keefe asked the revenue source of these funds.  Manager Stilwell indicated that these funds were property tax revenues. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2012-42.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2012-42 adopted. 

REVIEW OF MINUTES

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of August 15, 2012

Councilmember Johnson made a motion to approve the August 15, 2012 minute.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.   Motion carried. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS    

Granville Education Foundation – (Lerner) 

No report.

Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)

Councilmember Montgomery reported that the Foundation met on August 21st and elected new board members.  There was a presentation regarding contracting with a company to set up correct bulk mailing standards with their current database.  The Coalition of Housing also spoke to advise the Foundation how their funding was spent.  During the upcoming September 11th meeting, the Foundation will review investment results. 

Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)

No report. 

Planning Commission – (Johnson)

Councilmember Johnson reported that the Commission reviewed eleven applications.  Two applications were for variances for the building at the northeast corner of Cherry Valley Road and State Route 16 for signage.  One sign exceeded the overall limits by 1.5 feet.  A second sign needed a variance to permit a second freestanding sign and for all of its square footage.  Both were approved.  Councilmember Johnson indicated that the only other issue involved the installation of the labyrinth on Denison’s campus.  Several neighbors expressed concerns that there would be issues with late night student gatherings, deer and possible water run-off.  The application was approved.  Councilmember O’Keefe mentioned that signage for the Cherry Valley Road location always seemed to need a variance.  She indicated that she would like to see issues such as that application discussed at the joint zoning/Council meeting.  Manager Stilwell indicated that this issue may be more specific than the meeting intended to review.

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that

Union Cemetery – (Barsky)

No report. 

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS 

Manager Stilwell indicated that staff developed language for a new smoking ban on Village owned property.  Council requested that the review of this ordinance be moved to another meeting.  Manager Stilwell asked Council if there was sufficient interest in pursuing this legislation. 

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS 

Manager Stilwell indicated that Granville Township Trustees approved the Comprehensive Plan with three very minor changes.  He recommended that Council not readopt the Plan to accommodate these changes as the changes would not be modifying essential issues. 

Manager Stilwell indicated that the proposed pedestrian walkway between St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Granville Historical Society would be delayed until spring 2013 to accommodate the needed repairs to St. Luke’s.  Council indicated their support for delaying the project. 

Manager Stilwell asked for help from Council to work the booth at the Experience Granville event scheduled for Sunday, September 16th.    

The joint meeting of Village Council, the BZBA and GPC will be Thursday, September 27th in Council Chambers from 6-8pm.  Manager Stilwell and Planner Terry will be putting the meeting together and leading the meeting.  

Manager Stilwell indicated that a report from Chief Mason regarding the stop bar on the southbound lane of North Pearl Street at East Broadway. The actual stop bar will be moved toward the intersection by an additional car length and signage will be added.  The stop bar was designed to allow school buses and truck traffic sufficient, safe room to maneuver the turn.  Superintendent Brown has indicated his support for the redesign as it provides room for buses to more safely make turns.  

Manager Stilwell announced that Law Director Crites was resigning effective December 31, 2012 after twelve years of service.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he was putting together a search process and would share that information with Council when complete. 

ADJOURNMENT (10:00pm) 

Councilmember Johnson made a motion to adjourn.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion carried. 

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