VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
November 6, 2013
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:36pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Johnson, Lerner, McGowan, Montgomery, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Barsky, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Stilwell and Law Director King.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky. Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:37pm)
As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:38pm.
Mayor Hartfield read a proclamation honoring all veterans in general and specifically honoring three local veterans in attendance. Mr. Andrew Sterret, World War II, Mr. Lloyd Philipps, World War II and Mr. Lyle King, Korean Conflict were honored as local individuals who served our country. Each veteran was presented a copy of the proclamation and thanked for their courage and service.
There was no Old Business.
Resolution No. 2013-54, A Resolution to Express Appreciation to Maggie Barno for Her Contributions as Executive Director of the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield read the resolution of appreciation for Maggie Barno, who was in attendance. The Mayor and Council thanked Maggie for her service to the Chamber and community.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-54. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-54 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2013-55, A Resolution to Express Appreciation to Scott Manno for His Service on the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-55. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-55 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2013-56, A Resolution to Establish the Time and Place of a Public Hearing for the 2014 Municipal Budget as Proposed by the Village Manager was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-56. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-56 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2013-57, A Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Electrical Aggregation Certification Committee was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Manager Stilwell indicated to Council that this appointment would be a short-term commitment. Law Director King and Clerk Prasher would be of assistance.
Vice Mayor Barsky asked if there would be any community members serving on the committee. Law Director King indicated that as the committee was not statutory in nature, a community appointee would not be necessary.
Councilmember Johnson volunteered to serve.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-57. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-57 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2013-55, A Resolution Supporting the Granville Township Trustees Intent to Use Open Space Funds to Acquire a Conservation Easement Over the Granville Golf Course Property in Accordance with Ohio Law was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Manager Stilwell advised Council that the Township Trustees were in attendance as well as Counsel Steve Layman, who was representing the Granville Golf Course. Manager Stilwell commented that this resolution was an opportunity for Council to recognize Granville Township’s interest in pursuing and purchasing, through the use of Open Space funding, the development rights to the Granville Golf Course. There were three versions of the resolution. The first version was drafted by Law Director King. The second version was the same as the first version with the addition of language provided by Councilmember Johnson to state that “a conservation easement represents a positive step forward in preserving the Golf Course, but does not, by itself, assure its continued use as a golf course or afford the community additional access to this asset.” The third version was provided by the Township Trustees and the Licking County Prosecutor office. When the versions were reviewed by Village Counsel Don Plank, he recommended version two as being in the best interests of the Village. Law Director King added that the third version included speculative language regarding the prevention of possible future development. He recommended that it was not in the best interest of Village Council to take a position on speculative comments or positions.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked the percentage of property that would be part of the easement. Law Director King indicated about approximately ninety percent of the property would be protected.
Councilmember Johnson indicated that he was supportive of this legislation as a first step in protecting the golf course, but indicated that the purchase of development rights would not guarantee the continued use of this property as a golf course. He suggested that there might be other opportunities such as Village Council committing funds or working to contribute what a final outcome could be. He was supportive of continuing discussions with the property owners in conjunction with Township representatives. Law Director King indicated that if Village Council was interested in using Village funds to purchase property, Council would have the ability to meet in closed session.
Mayor Hartfield asked if Council was interested in discussing this issue in that light in closed session. Council indicated that they would like to meet in closed session later that evening. Law Director King indicated that Council could invite Counsel Layman to attend the closed session.
Councilmember Johnson moved to amend Resolution No. 2013-58 to reflect the language of the resolution noted as Version 2.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to amend Resolution No. 2013-58 to accept Version 2. Councilmembers Lerner – yes; McGowan – yes; Montgomery – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Johnson – yes; Vice Mayor Barsky - yes and Mayor Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 7-0. Resolution No. 2013-58 was amended.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-58 as amended. Councilmembers McGowan – yes; Montgomery – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Johnson – yes; Lerner – yes; Vice Mayor Barsky - yes and Mayor Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 7-0. Resolution No. 2013-58 was approved as amended.
Ordinance No. 21-2013, An Ordinance to Update the Granville Codified Ordinances Section 905 - Sidewalks was introduced and a hearing date recommended for November 20, 2013 by Councilmember Lerner. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No.21-2013 for November 20, 2013.
Vice Mayor Barsky asked for confirmation that the construction specifications were part of a separate document. Manager Stilwell responded in the affirmative. The sidewalk specifications were referenced as part of Columbus’ construction specifications that were approved earlier in 2013 as part of the Village’s update of our construction standards and specifications.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Minutes from Regularly Council Meeting of October 16, 2013
Vice Mayor Barsky made a motion to approve the October 16, 2013 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember McGowan. Motion carried.
Granville Education Foundation – (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that the Foundation was working to change their image in order to encourage more teachers to apply for grants.
Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)
Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)
Planning Commission – (Johnson)
Councilmember Johnson reported that the Commission reviewed and approved a lot split on Weaver Drive and swore in the new school district representative Dennis Cauchon.
Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)
Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that the Commission was finalizing the fall tree planting program. There would be forty-three street trees planted by John Klauder Landscape and Design at a cost of $9,998. She indicated that the Commission thanked Council for the continued support in providing funding for these annual tree plantings.
Union Cemetery – (Barsky)
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Alexandria Water Contract Renewal
Manager Stilwell indicated that Alexandria Mayor Adam Mooney and Village Water Superintendent Fruth were in attendance. Village staff has met with individuals representing Alexandria regarding this renewal. Village staff was recommending the extension of this contract as the existing agreement was a good working document and met the needs of the Village and Alexandria.
Mayor Mooney requested that Council reduce water rate for Alexandria from 1.3 to the Village rate of 1 or at least to 1.15. He and Village Council were trying to help control and reduce finances. The Village of Alexandria was responsible for maintaining the infrastructure, meter reading and billing for Alexandria customers. He also requested extending the term agreement from two years to three to five years.
Councilmember McGowan indicated that the water rates were increased each of the past two years. The water rate of 1.3 has been set and it would be hard to permit a lower rate than the existing rates as the other entities purchasing Village water pay the same rate of 1.3.
Councilmember Johnson questioned if there were any issues or concerns about water capacity for development usage. Mayor Mooney indicated that there were none. He indicated that without increased water capacity, Alexandria’s growth potential was limited.
Mayor Hartfield appreciated that request for a reduced rate, but as the established rate of 1.3 had been charged since 1981, she was not willing to reduce it.
Vice Mayor Barsky indicated that she might be interested in discussing a capacity increase, but not a reduction in the 1.3 water rate.
Mayor Mooney asked if Council would be willing to extend the length of the agreement. Manager Stilwell responded that a longer term would be preferred and suggested a period of five years.
Council thanked Mayor Mooney for attending the meeting.
Liquor License Transfer
Manager Stilwell indicated that the request to transfer the liquor license from Bella’s to the new restaurant Moe’s Barbeque. If Council was amiable to the transfer, then Council was not required to take any action.
Mayor Hartfield asked if the new restaurant would be in the same location as Bella’s. Manager Stilwell responded in the affirmative.
OTHER STAFF MATTERS
Finance Director Kraner made a presentation to Council regarding the 2014 budget. A copy of that presentation will be attached to the final draft of these minutes.
Manager Stilwell advised Council that beginning with the December utility bill, a new billing system would be in place.
Manager Stilwell thanked Council for their participation in the Volunteer Reception.
Manager Stilwell advised Council that the Raccoon Valley Park received the $150,000 grant for the pedestrian bridge that Planner Terry requested.
Councilmember Johnson moved to enter into Executive Session, pursuant to ORC 121.22(G)(2) – “to consider the purchase of property for public purposes.” Second by Vice Mayor Barsky. Roll call vote: Councilmembers McGowan – yes; Montgomery – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Johnson – yes; Lerner – yes; Vice Mayor Barsky – yes and Mayor Hartfield – yes. Time in: 8:59pm. Motion carried 7-0.
Councilmember McGowan moved to return to regular session. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Roll call vote: Montgomery – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Johnson – yes; Lerner – yes; Councilmembers McGowan – yes; Vice Mayor Barsky – yes and Mayor Hartfield – yes. Time out: 9:45 pm. Motion carried 7-0.
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion carried.