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Council Minutes September 18, 2013

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES
September 18, 2013

 

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

ROLL CALL 

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

Vice Mayor Barsky moved to excuse Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Lerner.  Motion carried. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA 

Councilmember Montgomery moved to approve the agenda.  Second by Councilmember Lerner.  Motion carried.  

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:35pm) 

Andrew Wildman, Granville Recreation District Director, introduced Council to the new youth sports program director Chris Skidmore.  Chris was moved with his wife from Oak Park, Illinois and settled in the Village.  Council welcomed Chris to the Village and the GRD.  Mr. Skidmore thanked Council and indicated that he looked forward to working and living in Granville.

Jerry Martin, 2276 Hankinson Road, thanked Village Council for the opportunity to use the Village downtown area to host the Bluesfest.  He indicated that the event was a success and has been a success for the past thirteen years.  There was a hiccup this year in that there was a missed communication regarding picking up all of the garbage.  That error will be corrected for next year.  He thanked Council for the Village’s continued support for a great event.  Manager Stilwell stated that the Bluesfest organizers work hard with Village staff to make the Bluesfest a successful event.  He appreciated all the volunteers’ efforts for the putting on a solid event. 

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

OLD BUSINESS 

            There was no Old Business. 

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 2013-50, A Resolution Supporting Robert S. Schilling and Linda L. Schilling in Their Efforts to Obtain Ohio State Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the Redevelopment of Property Located at 130-138 North Prospect Street in the Village of Granville was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember Lerner. 

Discussion:

Councilmember Montgomery asked if it was necessary for the building to be designated a historic site for the tax credits.  

Nancy Recchie, 393 Library Park South, indicate that the building was in the historic district of the Village and would need to be identified as a historic property.  She was helping with the tax credit application was working to acquire that designation.  The building was built in the 1920s.  This tax credit application would be the first application submitted for a property in the Village of Granville 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-50.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2013-50 was adopted. 

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 a hearing date recommended for October 2, 2013 by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember Johnson. 

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No.19-2013 for October 2, 2013. 

Manager Stilwell indicated that Kendal Director Doug Helman was here should Council have any questions. 

Councilmember O’Keefe asked if this legislation was mostly a housekeeping issue.  Manager Stilwell responded in the affirmative.  This legislation would clarify the responsible parties for the upkeep and maintenance to the sewer line.  It was necessary for the Village to work out some easement issues and confirm the current mechanical status of the line. 

Councilmember Johnson indicated that the Village Engineering firm of Bird & Bull certified that the line was acceptable.  That certification also included a list of items that needed to be addressed.  Were those items addressed?  Manager Stilwell indicated that of the eleven items cited - eight of the items were already completed, two items would be completed by November, 2013 and Kendal and the Village came to a compromise regarding one issue.  

REVIEW OF MINUTES

Minutes from Regularly Council Meeting of September 4, 2013

Councilmember O’Keefe made a motion to approve the September 4, 2013 minutes.  Second by Councilmember Lerner.   Motion carried. 

MAYOR' S REPORT – August 

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

Vice Mayor Barsky moved to accept the August Mayor’s Report. Second by Councilmember Lerner.  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 – August 

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

Councilmember O’Keefe asked about the dog bit incident.  Was the dog on a leash?  Manager Stilwell indicated that the dog was tied up at Wildwood Park, was approached by a child and bit the child.  The dog’s owner was in the Park, but not with the dog.  The child bitten was the child of a Village staff member.  

Councilmember Montgomery asked about the estimated time of delivery of the police cruisers.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the cruisers were due in August, but were delayed.  They are now anticipated for a September delivery.  As these cruisers were part of the state bid process, there was no guarantee as to deliver times.  Councilmember Montgomery asked how the Village disposed of the old cruisers.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he would check and respond to Council.

Vice Mayor Barsky moved to accept the August Manager’s Report.  Second 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) 

Councilmember Lerner reported that the Foundation’s next meeting was September 20, 2013. 

Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)

Councilmember Montgomery reported that the Foundation was working to clarify their identity in the community, working on fundraising options and completing an assessment of allotment strategies. 

Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)

No report.

Planning Commission – (Johnson)

Councilmember Johnson indicated that the last Planning Commission meeting approved signs with nothing unusual and no variances. 

Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Committee met and went into Executive Session.

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that she was unable to attend the last meeting.

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 discussed the request by the Licking County Board of Elections to move the Village and Township polling locations to the Bryn Du fieldhouse. 

Vice Mayor Barsky expressed concerns about moving the Village location as it would inconvenience seniors who walked.  She was not in support of moving the Village polling location, but understood the need to move the Township polling location.  However, she expressed concerns about the availability of parking for Township residents. 

Councilmember Lerner expressed concerns about disenfranchising the Denison students, who could no longer walk to their polling location.  Perhaps the precinct C could remain at the Church for the Denison students. 

Councilmember Montgomery suggested that the Board could do a better job of organizing the existing polling location so people knew how to access their precinct.  

Mayor Hartfield indicated that she was not opposed to the move, but expressed concern about possible parking issues.  She also commented that the Bryn Du Commission has expressed their support for the move. 

Councilmember Johnson asked what authority the Village had to oppose any decision.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the Board of Elections had the authority to select polling locations in any governmental facility.  Councilmember Johnson also asked if the same number of voting machines would be brought in to the new polling locations.  

Manager Stilwell indicated that he would compile all of Council’s questions and concerns and forward them to Board of Elections Director Sue Penick for a response. 

Councilmember O’Keefe reminded Council of the fracking discussion that was being held at Denison on Thursday, September 19th

Councilmember Montgomery asked if there was a schedule for where the speed trailer would be located.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the early use of the speed trailer has been designated for use around the various school buildings.  The Village was happy to except suggestions for possible locations. 

OTHER STAFF MATTERS 

Manager Stilwell thanked Council for helping with the Experience Granville event the previous weekend. 

There was a meeting for the Village residents who live in Union Township on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00pm at the Granville Township Service Complex to answer any questions regarding the transfer of those residents into Granville Township from Union Township.  This issue will be decided by the Licking County Commissioners at the request of the Licking County Prosecutor. 

There will be a reception for Village volunteers on Thursday, October 24th from 5-7pm at the Bryn Du Mansion to thank them for their participation in Village government 

The Bryn Du Art Show will open with an evening reception on Tuesday, October 1st and run through Thursday, October 10th

Council also received a copy of the staff goals and objectives for the next six months.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he would be happy to answer any questions.

Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the Village would be participating in the First Impression’s program.  Manager Stilwell indicated in the affirmative.  The program was not expensive and could provide good feed back information about the Village. 

Law Director Law commented that the videos in the police cruisers and the upgraded Council Chamber technology were very clear and useful in the prosecution of cases.  He thanked Council for their support in allowing these upgrades.  He indicated that he would like to see cameras in all of the cruisers. 

ADJOURNMENT (8:24pm) 

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

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