VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
September 4, 2013
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:33pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Lerner, Montgomery, O’Keefe, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Stilwell and Law Director King.
Councilmember Lerner moved to excuse Vice Mayor Barsky and Councilmembers Johnson and McGowan. Second by Councilmember Montgomery. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember Montgomery moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:34pm)
Robert Schilling, Reynoldsburg, asked Council to consider passing a resolution to support him and his son-in-law’s company Urban Restorations in their attempt to solicit historic tax credits from the state of Ohio to renovate the Sufrad building on North Prospect Street and the Granville Inn. They already purchased the Sufrad building and were in contract on the Granville Inn. He indicated that they could receive up to 25% of the costs to restore the Sufrad building. The applications for the credits were due at the end of September with funding approval coming in December. The Village was not under any obligation should they decide to provide support. These buildings would be in the first to receive funding in Granville. Council’s support, in the form of a resolution, would help provide additional support for the application process.
Councilmember Montgomery asked Mr. Schilling if staff was familiar with the program. Manager Stilwell indicated that Village staff would be meeting with the historical preservation people on September 11th to gain a better understanding of the process. That information would be provided to Council. Mr. Schilling indicated that he had a long history of using these types of tax credits and working with various historic preservation groups. He indicated extensive experience in applying for federal historic credits. The state of Ohio program was relatively new. He indicated that local resident Nancy Recchie would be helping him with the application process.
Councilmember Lerner asked if Mr. Schilling was concerned about applying for two grants, wondering if that would hurt his chances to receive any grants. Mr. Schilling indicated that he had spoken with the grant commission and they indicated that his applications were very strong and that applying for two grants would not be an issue.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked what was Mr. Schilling’s experience and track record with projects such as these. Mr. Schilling indicated that he has experience restoring both commercial and residential properties. He began by restoring homes in German Village, the short north and Victorian Village. He was also responsible for the restoration of the Graystone building on High Street.
Manager Stilwell asked if Council would request that staff draft legislation for Council’s approval at the September 18th meeting. Council indicated their request for such legislation.
As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:55pm.
PUBLIC HEARING (7:55pm)
Ordinance No. 17-2013, An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 125 of the Granville Codified Ordinances Pertaining to the Department of Finance and Administration
As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the public hearing for Ordinance No. 17-2013 at 7:56.
Ordinance No. 17-2013, An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 125 of the Granville Codified Ordinances Pertaining to the Department of Finance and Administration was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Lerner.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 17-2013: Councilmembers Lerner – yes; Montgomery – yes; O’Keefe – yes and Mayor Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 4-0. Ordinance No. 17-2013 was approved.
Resolution No. 2013-48, A Resolution Adopting a purchasing policy for the Village of Granville was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember Lerner.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2013-48. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2013-48 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 20-2013, 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 a hearing date recommended for October 2, 2013 by Councilmember Montgomery. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No.20-2013 for October 2, 2013.
Councilmember Montgomery commented that he was not comfortable including the pathway to Kendal as a project for TIF funding. That project seemed out of the scope of this development and not necessary. Manager Stilwell indicated that the language outlined in the TIF for how funds could be spent was fairly boiler plate and provided the broadest options for projects for the long term. Specific language and specific projects could be added, but broader language allowed for projects that could not be imagined, but might be necessary twenty-five years from now, to be funded. However, no project could be funded without the approval of Village Council.
Councilmember Montgomery also expressed concern that the agencies not receiving the increased funding would be forced to request an increase in their millage.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked about the language that allowed funds to be used for gateway entrance items. She also asked if the improvements were paid off in less than thirty years could the funding be turned over earlier. Planner Terry indicated that as that area would be an entrance to Granville, funds could be used to install a welcome to Granville sign, landscaping, street lighting, irrigation, etc. Manager Stilwell indicated that a TIF could be rescinded at any time, but it would be best if the municipality held on to all of the funds as the needs over a thirty year period would be hard to completely predict.
Councilmember Lerner asked if the Village would contact the various jurisdictions and advised them that the Village was considering a TIF. Manager Stilwell indicated that the only entity that notification was required for was the school district. Village staff had already met with the superintendent. The school district was in complete support of the TIF as it would increase the tax based and bring taxable development to the community.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Minutes from Regularly Council Meeting of August 21, 2013
Councilmember O’Keefe made a motion to approve the August 21, 2013 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember Lerner. Motion carried.
Granville Education Foundation – (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that the Foundation met and included the new members. The Foundation was in the process of preparing for the annual fundraiser, but would delay sending requests until after the upcoming school levy.
Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)
Councilmember Montgomery reported that the next meeting would be September 20, 2013.
Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)
Planning Commission – (Johnson)
Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe reported that there would be an Open Space meeting in September.
Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that the new pavers were in at Opera House Park.
Union Cemetery – (Barsky)
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Councilmember Lerner asked the status of St Luke’s request to build a columbarium. Manager Stilwell indicated that Village staff provided St. Luke’s with an outline of the necessary zoning procedures that would need to be followed. The Law Director was in the process of providing them with the necessary statutory requirements that would need to be followed. Law Director King added that he had spoken with a representative of the state of Ohio who indicated that there might be significant concerns with the church’s application as the Village of Granville was the actual property owner.
Councilmember Montgomery asked that status of HB 5, regarding changes to the handling of municipal taxing authority. Manager Stilwell indicated that there was a unified municipal effort directed at the legislature indicating that such changes would be financially and administratively detrimental to them. The progress of that bill was greatly diminished.
OTHER STAFF MATTERS
Manager Stilwell indicated that three new parking spaces were gained on the south side of East Broadway from the Granville Historical Society to South Main Street due to relining that area.
Manager Stilwell requested Council volunteers for the upcoming Experience Granville event on Sunday, September 15th from 1 to 5pm at the Bryn Du Mansion. He indicated that a sign-up sheet would be forwarded to Councilmembers.
Councilmember Montgomery made a motion to adjourn. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried.