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Council Minutes June 5, 2013



June 5, 2013


CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:39pm) 



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

Councilmember McGowan moved to excuse Councilmember Montgomery.  Second by Councilmember Lerner.  Motion passed. 


Vice Mayor Barsky moved to approve the agenda.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Motion passed. 


As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:40pm. 


There was no old business. 


Resolution No. 2013-38, A Resolution of Appreciation to Dr. Dale T. Knobel for his Contributions to the Granville Community was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 


Councilmember O’Keefe commented that no previous Denison University President contributed more than Dr. Knobel.  

Dr. Knobel thanked Council for their generous praise.  He expressed how the identity of Denison is due in large part to its place in Granville.  He also expressed his appreciation for his lovely wife Tina.  He stated that he and Tina would always be connected to both Denison and Granville. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-38.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2013-38 was adopted. 

Resolution No. 2013-39, A Resolution to Appoint Members to the Municipal Records Commission in Accordance with the Provisions of the Ohio Revised Code Section 149.39 was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 

No discussion. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-39.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2013-39 was adopted. 

Ordinance No. 09-2013, An Ordinance to Approve a Minor Amendment to the Site Development Plan for Spring Hills Baptist Church for the Granville Christian Academy was introduced and a hearing date recommended for June 19, 2013 by Councilmember Lerner.  Second by Vice Mayor Barsky. 

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 09-2013 for June 19, 2013. 

Manager Stilwell asked Council if there were questions or comments regarding this ordinance.  

Councilmember McGowan asked if the neighbors were advised about this application.  Mayor Hartfield responded that there was a lot of neighbor discord expressed at the Planning Commission meeting. 

Planner Terry explained that the Granville Christian Academy was in need of additional space for students and decided to purchase a modular unit to make temporary accommodation.  During the Planning Commission meeting, the neighbors voiced concerns about the location of the modular units.  The Church worked with the Planning Commission to determine the best location for the Church and neighbors.  The location was partially constrained by the topography of the area. The unit would not have water or bathrooms.  The Church indicated a willingness to screen the building with landscaping.  The Planning Commission approved the application and request that Council determine if additional landscape screening would be necessary. 


Annually Scheduled Meeting of the Joint Cemetery Board May 15, 2013

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the May 15, 2013 minutes.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.   Motion carried.

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of May 15, 2013

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the May 15, 2013 minutes.  Second by Vice Mayor Barsky   Motion carried. 


Granville Education Foundation – (Lerner) 

No report. 

Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)

No report. 

Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)

No report. 

Planning Commission – (Johnson)

Councilmember Johnson reported that the May 28th Planning Commission meeting was Chair Tim Ryan’s last meeting.  He was moving to Buckeye Lake and would not be eligible to continue as a Commission member. 

Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)

No report

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

No report.

Union Cemetery – (Barsky)

Vice Mayor Barsky reported that June 8th would be the annual community work day at the Old Colony Burying Ground beginning at 9:00am.  The Fannins would be there through June 30th 


Zoning Code Work Session

Planner Terry indicated that the proposed changes to the Village Code were mostly clean-up issues and clarification issues.  

  • The proposed changes to Ordinance No. 10-2013 regarding the review procedure were to provide consistency to the amendment and appeal process.
  • The proposed changes to Ordinance No. 11-2013 was to change up language and modify the demolition chapter regarding how requests are made to the Granville Historical Society.  The new language will not require an opinion from the Historical Society, just make a request.
  • The proposed changes to Ordinance No. 12-2013 will amend the sign code.  The Planning Commission recommended moving the variance approval process to the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals.  This change would then require a fee for filing for a variance.  The Planning Commission also recommended that the Commission maintain the design approval for signs. Planner Terry indicated that the staff recommendation was to permit administrative approval for signs that meet all existing code requirements.  Law Director King indicated that he also supported this change as he had concerns about defending the current language in an appeal process. 

Planner Terry indicated that the BZBA could review all variances and the GPC review signage in the AROD.  Staff could then be responsible for approving signage that met all Village codes.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the staff was unanimous in supporting this recommendation. 

Manager Stilwell reviewed with Council the goals and objectives discussed during the February 2012 retreat regarding various zoning issues.

  • Group meeting of the GPC, BZBA and Village Council
  • Training offered for members of those groups and staff
  • Continued code updates to be more responsive to business 

Vice Mayor Barsky questioned if there was a review process in place that would be followed by anyone in the planning department.  Manager Stilwell indicated that a process was currently in place to handle those appeals. 

Councilmember Johnson indicated that he could see pluses and minuses of these recommendations.  He was concerned about the possible detriment to a new business starting up with delays and additional costs.  However, he commented that the right body (BZBA) should be reviewing appropriate applications. 

Councilmember Lerner expressed her support for allowing the staff to approve signs that meet all criteria. 

Council agreed with the staff recommendation to permit staff approval of signage the met all criteria.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the changes would be reflected in the proposed ordinance. 


Manager Stilwell listed a number items summarized in past issues of the Manager’s Newsletter including: 

  • Cross training of water and wastewater personnel
  • The resignation of Vince Engel from the Bryn Du Commission
  • Zoning training in Columbus for BZBA, GPC and staff
  • The various portions of the Village sidewalk that have been replaced.
  • The resignation of Tim Ryan from the Planning Commission
  • The collaboration with Village residents regarding the upgrade of a guard rail 

Councilmember McGowan asked that Village staff make sure the downtown area was kept as clean as possible – cigarette butts, overflowing trash cans. 

Manager Stilwell advised that AEP was replacing underground electric lines in the Fern Hill subdivision.  There was also an AEP outage scheduled for June 7th at 6:00am for ten minutes to replace equipment. 

Law Director King indicated that he was working with Laurel Kennedy from Denison University on funding that would be received from a grant to help prevent violence against women.  If anyone was interested or had any suggestions for programs, please advise. 


Councilmember McGowan made a motion to adjourn.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.  Motion carried.



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