VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
October 2, 2013
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:33pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Johnson, Lerner, McGowan, Montgomery, O’Keefe, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Stilwell and Law Director King.
Councilmember O’Keefe moved to excuse Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember Lerner. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilmember Lerner. Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:34pm)
As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:35pm.
Ordinance No. 18-2013, An Ordinance Declaring Improvements to Certain Real Property to be a Public Purpose and Exempt From Real Property Taxes; Specifying the Public Infrastructure Improvements That, Once Made, Will Directly Benefit That Property; Requiring the Owners of That Property to Make Service Payments in Lieu of Taxes; Establishing a Municipal Public Improvement Tax Increment Equivalent Fund; Approving and Authorizing the Execution of a Tax Increment Financing Agreement and a Compensation Agreement; Creating a Tax Incentive Review Council; Establishing Non-Discriminatory Hiring Policies; and Providing Related Authorizations Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sections 5709.40(b), 5709.42, 5709.43 and 5709.85
Dennis Cauchon, 327 East Broadway, spoke on the proposed TIF ordinance. He asked Council not to divert money from the needy to Granville residents. Council may find that such an action may be legally okay, but ethically and morally invalid. This action would represent an imbalance of money for an imbalance of power. A TIF harmed the needy and harmed the Village by making us look greedy. There were so many Granvillians who worked hard to run or donate to programs impacted by the TIF. They would find this legislation detrimental to the causes that they support. It is out-of-step with Granville. This act would not be consistent with what neighbors want to see accomplished. Mr. Cauchon indicated that this legislation made him feel dirty that the Village would be taking from the needy to give to him as a Granville resident. The owner was developing this project with the utmost integrity and should be not be associated with such legislation. The Village should not accept these funds at the cost of the needy.
Doug Helman, Executive Director of Kendal of Granville, indicated that a great deal of economic development could be brought about from a TIF. This TIF offered the opportunity to help improve future infrastructure and encourage economic development in that area.
Ordinance No. 19-2013, An Ordinance to Accept Certain Infrastructure Improvements Associate with the Sanitary Sewer Line Extension to Kendal at Granville for Public Maintenance and Operation by the Village of Granville
As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the Public Hearing at 7:55pm.
Ordinance No. 18-2013, An Ordinance Declaring Improvements to Certain Real Property to be a Public Purpose and Exempt From Real Property Taxes; Specifying the Public Infrastructure Improvements That, Once Made, Will Directly Benefit That Property; Requiring the Owners of That Property to Make Service Payments in Lieu of Taxes; Establishing a Municipal Public Improvement Tax Increment Equivalent Fund; Approving and Authorizing the Execution of a Tax Increment Financing Agreement and a Compensation Agreement; Creating a Tax Incentive Review Council; Establishing Non-Discriminatory Hiring Policies; and Providing Related Authorizations Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sections 5709.40(b), 5709.42, 5709.43 and 5709.85 was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Johnson.
Manager Stilwell indicated that Counsel Dennis Schwallie was available to answer any of Council’s questions.
Councilmember McGowan commented that all of the organizations, who receive property tax revenues, would continue to receive those revenues, but not any new revenues until the end of the thirty year period. He also asked if thirty years were a required period of collection. Counsel Schwallie indicated that the Ohio Revised Code set a maximum of thirty years for the length and a TIF, but a lesser period could be set.
Councilmember O’Keefe questioned who needed the funds generated by the new development. Were the needs greater for the Village or the social service organizations? Counsel Schwallie and Manager Stilwell both stated that the social issues discussed by Mr. Cauchon were valid, but the small amount of money that would be directed to them would keep the Village fiscally solid and encourage additional investment and growth in that area. Funds could be used to improve the entrance to the community and not assign costs to the Village residents. The developer would not benefit from this TIF and has the utmost integrity to produce a valued development as pointed out by Mr. Cauchon. Village Council would also have the final decision as to how any TIF revenues were spent. Any value judgments would be left to Village Council to determine. Councilmember O’Keefe asked how much money the Village would receive with a TIF and without a TIF. Manager Stilwell indicated that the Village would receive $10,500 without a TIF. With a TIF the Village would receive the $10,500 and an additional $49,000 collected from the other entities. Councilmember O’Keefe asked if there would be other administrative costs. Counsel Schwallie indicated that there would some initial filing costs and minimal ongoing fees, but nothing substantial.
Law Director King advised Council that regarding comments by Mr. Cauchon indicating that the TIF was immoral, unethical and bad policy were incorrect. As Law Director, he would never allow Council to proceed with anything that was unethical or immoral. The only issue that Council should address the TIF issue as a policy issue and make any determinations based on policy issues. How Council chooses to allocate money and allocate services was a policy decision and their decision.
Councilmember Johnson indicated that he hoped Council could make any decisions based on facts. He confirmed that fifty percent of the total funding produced by the TIF would be diverted from funds that would normally have gone to the Village of Granville, Licking County and Granville Township. Only a small amount of funding was being diverted from the social entities mentioned by Mr. Cauchon. He also questioned if Council would appoint two members to the TIF committee. The existing TIF committee for the Kendal sewer line had two members from Granville Township. Councilmember Johnson confirmed that Village Council would have the sole authority to appropriate all funds collected through a TIF. Manager Stilwell answered in the affirmative. Councilmember Johnson asked if amendments could still be made to the TIF to hold other entities harmless. Counsel Schwallie indicated that the Ohio Revised Code limited how the collection of funds could be altered, with school districts and public entities being the only entities that were entitled to remain whole.
Councilmember Lerner indicated that she was not supportive of this TIF as it subjugated the electors vote by keeping funds from being directed to the appropriate agencies.
Councilmember Montgomery indicated that he believed the TIF to be a nice opportunity, but the Village’s current fiscal situation would not demand the use of this opportunity. If the Village wanted to enhance that area as a gateway district, the Village could support those financial improvements on our own. Manager Stilwell indicated that South Cherry Street had the ability to be an attractive location for development and could generate additional revenue by encouraging additional development. Manager Stilwell indicated that other properties along Weaver Drive could annex and those funds could also be included in a TIF. TIF funds could be used to build and develop that area in the future.
Councilmember McGowan asked how soon the developer intended to break ground. Planner Terry indicated that groundbreaking would be soon. Councilmember McGowan asked the time frame to file a TIF. Manager Stilwell indicated that the TIF would need to be filed prior to the completed development going on the tax roles. Councilmember McGowan suggested that Council take additional time to educate the community, allow residents an additional opportunity to provide input and to change the length of the TIF.
Councilmember McGowan moved to table Ordinance No. 18-2013 to a future date. There was no second to the motion.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 18-2013: Councilmembers Johnson – yes; Lerner – no; McGowan – yes; Montgomery – no; O’Keefe – no and Mayor Hartfield – no. Motion failed 2-4. Ordinance No. 18-2013 was defeated.
Ordinance No. 19-2013, An Ordinance to Accept Certain Infrastructure Improvements Associate with the Sanitary Sewer Line Extension to Kendal at Granville for Public Maintenance and Operation by the Village of Granville was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 19-2013: Councilmembers Lerner – yes; McGowan – yes; Montgomery – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Johnson - yes and Mayor Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 6-0. Ordinance No. 19-2013 was approved.
Resolution No. 2013-51, A Resolution to Award the Contract for the Purchase of Water Treatment Chemicals to Mid-Ohio Valley Lime Inc. was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Lerner.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-51. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-51 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 20-2013, An Ordinance Authorizing a Petition to the Licking County Commissioners for a Change of Township Lines Pursuant to Section 503.07 of the Ohio Revised Code was introduced and a hearing date recommended for October 16, 2013 by Councilmember Lerner. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No.20-2013 for October 16, 2013.
Manager Stilwell indicated that the Village, as the lead municipality would be responsible for making the formal request for the township transfer. The Licking County Commissioners would be required to hold a public hearing and approve the transfer. The Village, along with Granville Township and Union Township, would be hosting an informational meeting on October 8th at 7:00pm at the Granville Township Service Complex. Residents affected by this transfer were invited to attend to ask questions or make comments.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Minutes from Regularly Council Meeting of September 18, 2013
Councilmember O’Keefe made a motion to approve the September 18, 2013 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember Lerner. Motion carried.
Granville Education Foundation – (Lerner)
Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)
Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)
Planning Commission – (Johnson)
Councilmember Johnson indicated that he was unable to attend the last meeting, but the minutes were in Council’s packet.
Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Township agreed to purchase the development rights to a property on Loudon Street Road. The Township also received grant funding that would cover fifty percent of those costs as the property would remain agricultural.
Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)
Union Cemetery – (Barsky)
The Board would be meeting on October 9, 2013 to discuss the budget and reviewing the summer work accomplishments.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Council acknowledged the receipt of the proposed 2014 budget on October 1, 2013.
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion carried.