VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
May 1, 2013
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:31pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Johnson, Lerner, Montgomery, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Barsky, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Stilwell and Law Director King.
Councilmember Lerner moved to excuse Councilmember McGowan. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky. Motion passed
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Vice Mayor Barsky moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion passed.
Mayor Hartfield read a proclamation in recognition of Municipal Clerks Week and Granville Village Clerk Prasher on May 6th through May 12th.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:35pm)
Bret Jump, 115 Onnen Court, indicated that she was a breast cancer survivor and in support of Council allowing the Pelotonia to travel on Broadway through Granville. She asked that Council allow the Village to show our community spirit and support to all participants, family and friends just as the community had done for her in her battle against cancer.
Ben Jump, 115 Onnen Court, indicated that he was co-captain of team Granville riding in support of his wife Bret. In 2012, there were forty-eight Granville riders who earned $70,000 to fight cancer. In 2013, he anticipated that there would be double the rider and funds. He requested that as the community had already embraced the Pelotonia, Council permit the race to travel through town using Broadway.
Maggie Barno, Granville Area Chamber of Commerce Director, indicated that her Board had voted to be in support of the Village permitting the race to come through the Village using the Broadway route. GACC would allow the Farmer’s Market to remain on North Main Street and even extend the market hours. The extra visitors in town would benefit the local restaurants and shops. The GACC had surveyed business owners who had expressed their support. The Broadway route would be a safer route, over the College Street route, as police officers would be stationed at all of the intersections. The issue of parking would not necessarily be a problem as people will find places to park as they would during the July 4th Celebration. The Granville Pelotonia supporters have indicated that they would be willing to provide a shuttle service for people needing to park away from the downtown area. By supporting Pelotonia, the Village would have an opportunity to showcase Granville.
Candi Moore, 405 East College Street, indicated that she was a member of the Huntington Pelotonia team. She too asked Council to support using the downtown Broadway route for Pelotonia to showcase the Village and show support for an important cause.
Brian Crock, 50 Old Farm Road, indicated that he was a member of the Granville Pelotonia team. The Pelotonia offered riders multiple routes and options for over 3,500 riders. The Ohio State Highway Patrol handled the safety of the riders throughout the route with the Pelotonia paying all costs. Pelotonia also paid for any costs incurred by local municipalities that provided safety enforcement. Officers will hold riders to allow traffic to pass. The bulk of the riders would be coming through town during a one to two hour period. Council should support permitting the route to come through the Village using Broadway.
Annie Cacciato, 3691 Gale Road, indicated that Granville Studio for Visual Arts had a relationship with The Ohio State University and the James Clinic. The Pelotonia offered the Granville community the opportunity to be a leader in supporting the Pelotonia just as The Ohio State University and the Pelotonia were leaders. The Village should embrace the riders, families, friends and the goal to end cancer. Partnering in total participation to show Granville’s support for finding a cure for cancer.
Tom Lennox, CEO Pelotonia and cancer survivor, told Council what an incredible benefit the Pelotonia was in support of cancer research. Council should consider doing what is right for Granville and the community. On behalf of Pelotonia, he appreciated the support from the Village during last year’s event as well as any support for this year’s event, which ever route was selected.
Mayor Hartfield thanked the community for their participation and support for this worthwhile event and for coming to Council with their request.
Manager Stilwell indicated that the Pelotonia was a great and unique event in support of a worthy cause. After speaking with representatives of the Granville Pelotonia group, Council and the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce recommended the College Street route as the safest and best route for the community and riders. There was concern for all riders and the process of getting riders safely through the Village. College Street was a less travelled route, less intrusive on the downtown area that was already hosting the Farmer’s Market and a good first collaboration with the Pelotonia. Additionally, it was requested that parking be restricted on the south side of Broadway to prevent riders being hit by cars backing out. The selection of the College Street route was no reflection on the efforts of the event. The Village will work hard to make this event successful. Manager Stilwell indicated that he looked to Council for direction regarding the route selection.
Councilmember Johnson asked Chief Mason if the Village could handle the Pelotonia coming through town. Chief Mason indicated that with enough officers, it could be done.
Councilmember Montgomery asked how bikers handled riding with traffic and following traffic signals and regulations. CEO Lennox indicated that all bikers were required to follow the rules of the road by following all signs, lights, signals, etc. The Pelotonia encouraged police presence working closing with the State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement. Chief Mason added that Village officers would use the traffic signals to move traffic through intersections as normal.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked is there were plans to redirect vehicular traffic. Manager Stilwell indicated that the only plan would be to eliminate parking along Broadway or College Street. Additional details would need to be worked out following the selection of the final route.
Councilmember Lerner asked the total number of riders that would be participating. CEO Lennox responded that an estimated 3,500 riders as well as family and friends would be lining the route.
Councilmember Lerner asked if staff or anyone else had any objections to either route. Manager Stilwell indicated that he had not heard or received any objections. He had requested that the Chamber provide an opinion, which they did. Chamber Director Barno indicated that she had not heard of any objections.
Council indicated that they were in support of permitting the Pelotonia to use Broadway as their route through the Village for the August 10, 2013 event. Vice Mayor Barsky hoped that there would be amble notification and publicity for this event so all residents were made aware.
Manager Stilwell indicated that staff would move forward and work with the Pelotonia staff to make the event a success.
As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 8:21pm.
Ordinance No. 08-2013, An Ordinance Authorizing the Village Manager to Grant a General Permit to Timothy and Catherine H. Klingler to License the Use of the Village Right-of-Way at 120 East Elm Street
Steve Mershon, 405 East College Street, spoke in support of Mr. Klingler’s request for a permit to build a fence on Village right-of-way. He encouraged Council to support the agreement.
As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing for Ordinance No. 08-2013.
Ordinance No. 08-2013, An Ordinance Authorizing the Village Manager to Grant a General Permit to Timothy and Catherine H. Klingler to License the Use of the Village Right-of-Way at 120 East Elm Street was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield asked if Mr. Klingler had anything that he would like to add. He indicated that he was happy to answer any questions.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 08-2013: Councilmembers Johnson – yes, Lerner – yes, Montgomery – yes, O’Keefe – yes, Vice Mayor Barsky – yes and Mayor Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 6-0. Ordinance No. 08-2013 was approved.
Resolution No. 2013-32, A Resolution Adopting a Granville Emergency Management Plan for the Village of Granville was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield indicated that additional information was provided regarding pets and shelters. Manager Stilwell indicated that he would like to see Council pass the Plan now and allow staff to further research pet sheltering and bring something back at a later date.
Councilmember O’Keefe indicated that she had not realized the potential problems with hosting pets in an emergency shelter. She indicated that she was in support of a system that would hold the pets separately. Manager Stilwell indicated that this problem was a tough issue to solve. He indicated that Chief Mason would be speaking with the local humane society to discuss them hosting a shelter. Staff would continue to research the issue and work out any issues.
Vice Mayor Barsky suggested seeking assistance from community leaders to help develop a plan to accommodate pets and people.
Councilmember Lerner asked if it would be beneficial to change the language in the Plan to allow shelters to permit pets and allow the shelter provider to be responsible for any liability. Chief Mason explained that whenever a shelter was activated, the Village would assume liability. Law Director King added that any liability would be minimal as the Village has sovereign immunity.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-32. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-32 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2013-33, A Resolution Adopting a Speed Trailer Policy for the Village of Granville was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield commented that the policy was good, but hoped the department would not use the policy as a deterrent for using the equipment.
Manager Stilwell indicated that the equipment was already in use with possible locations suggested by the school district superintendent.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-33. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-33 was approved.
Resolution No. 2013-34, A Resolution to Authorize the non-Permanent Installation of a Sidewalk Café on the Public Sidewalk at 127 East Broadway in Front of the Business Known as Dragon Village for Calendar Year 2013, Subject to Restrictions was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Montgomery. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-34. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-34 was approved.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 17, 2013
Vice Mayor Barsky made a motion to approve the April 17, 2013 minutes. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried.
Granville Education Foundation – (Lerner)
Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)
Councilmember Montgomery reported that a special meeting was held on April 11th where the Foundation selected a new investment manger.
Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)
Planning Commission – (Johnson)
Councilmember Johnson reported that the application from Springs Hills Baptist Church was tabled. All other applications were approved. Manager Stilwell advised Council that the Planning Commission was reviewing proposed changes to the zoning code. Councilmember O’Keefe asked why all variances go to the BZBA, but the sign variances go to the GPC and why change that process. Manager Stilwell indicated that the BZBA routinely reviews variances, whereas the GPC’s specialty was design aspects. The BZBA may be the best board to handle all variances. Staff was still working on which board would be best suited to handle the design approvals or whether to allow signs to be approved administratively. Councilmember Johnson expressed concern in separating design style and variances for sign into a two board process as it could become more cumbersome for the applicant. Vice Mayor Barsky suggested that business owners be approached to help gain some clarity.
Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)
Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)
Union Cemetery – (Barsky)
Vice Mayor Barsky indicated that the Joint Union Cemetery meeting was moved to May 15th beginning at 7:00pm.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Councilmember Montgomery asked if there were any updates on the Newark-Granville Road demolition application. Manager Stilwell indicated that there were no updates.
Councilmember Montgomery asked about how the clean-up / fix-up weeks were going. Clerk Prasher reported that she had received many calls and Big O was being very responsive. However, the next day would be the litmus test as it would be the first pick-up day by Big O.
OTHER STAFF MATTERS
Councilmember Johnson made a motion to adjourn. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky. Motion carried.