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Council Minutes September 17, 2014



September 17, 2014


CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30pm) 



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

Vice Mayor Barsky moved to excuse Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion passed. 


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



Dennis Cauchon, 327 East Broadway, asked Council the status of changing the penalty of possession of marijuana from a third degree misdemeanor.   Law Director King responded that no meeting had been set with the Police Chief yet.  Vice Mayor Barsky advised that Council was waiting for the new police chief to be hired in order to include his recommendations.   Mr. Cauchon asked that Council put protection for medical marijuana patients on a fast-track schedule in order to protect people from Newark and people of color.  Mr. Cauchon told Council that this decision was for Council to make, not staff or a new chief.  It was a public policy decision.  They need nothing, but their own moral judgment.

Mark Van Buren, Licking County Commission candidate, stopped by to introduce himself to Council as his was running for the Licking County Commissioners position.  He was currently a Harrison Township Trustee.    

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens Comments at 7:37pm


Ordinance No. 13-2014, An Ordinance Authorizing the Village Manager to Grant a General Permit to Joe Rosato to License the Use of the Village Right-of-Way at 217 East College Street

Joe Rosato, 217 East College Street, indicated that he replaced the steps for his front porch and was advised that he needed to seek a right-of-way permit.  He would be happy to answer any of Council’s questions. 

Planner Terry advised that Mr. Rosato received architectural review for the replacement of his porch, porch railing, steps and sidewalk pavers from the Planning Commission.  He was then advised that he needed to seek a permit from Council as these items were in Village right-of-way. 

Councilmember Lerner commented to Mr. Rosato that his home looked very nice.

As there were no further comments, Mayor Hartfield closed the Public Hearing at 7:39pm. 


Ordinance No. 13-2014, An Ordinance Authorizing the Village Manager to Grant a General Permit to Joe Rosato to License the Use of the Village Right-of-Way at 217 East College Street was moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.

No discussion. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 13-2014:  Johnson (yes); Lerner (yes); Montgomery (yes); O’Keefe (yes); Vice Mayor Barsky (yes); Mayor Hartfield (yes).  Motion passed 6-0.  Ordinance No. 13-2014 was approved. 


There was no New Business. 


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of September 3, 2014

Councilmember Johnson made a motion to approve the September 3, 2014.  Second by Councilmember O'Keefe.   Motion carried.


The Mayor’s Court Report for the month of August was presented for review.

Vice Mayor Barsky asked who was responsible for compiling the ISO insurance report.  Was it a for profit company?  Clerk Prasher advised that ISO was an international organization that set insurance standards and guidelines similar to UL standards.

Vice Mayor Barsky moved to accept the August Mayor’s Court Report.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  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.


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

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.



Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)

Councilmember Montgomery reported that the various sub-committees made presentations during the last meeting. 

Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)

No report. 

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

Councilmember Johnson reported that the Planning Commission approved four minor applications. 

Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Trustees would be meeting with the Open Space Committee.  Planner Terry advised Council that she had just finished mapping all of the Open Space properties for the Township. 

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that Facklers would be working on landscaping a portion of Opera House Park.  John Klauder would be redoing landscaping at the Post Office.  The Commission was still compiling a list of appropriate street trees.  The Commission was having difficulty selecting street trees for in front of the “Delmar” building.  Local arborist Fritz Rizor commented that the size of the tree pits could be increased by removing blocks of the new sidewalk to give the trees more room to grow.  The Commission was also not aware of the status of the AEP electrical distribution project on North Pearl Street.  The Commission would be offering a tree trimming seminar on October 23rd about the upcoming removal of Ash trees in Village rights-of-way.

Union Cemetery – (Barsky)

Councilmember Barsky reported that the Board was working on the 2015 budget.  She advised Council that board member Boone had not yet heard results about the grant for funding cemetery improvements.  Vice Mayor Barsky asked if Council would again be willing to provide the Union Cemetery Board with a $5,000 contribution as part of the Village 2015 budget.  Mayor Hartfield commented that it was Council’s responsibility to assist with the care and upkeep of the cemetery.  Council agreed to include $5,000 in the Village 2015 budget for the Union Cemetery.


Councilmember Lerner asked about any plans for the newly purchased property on Newark-Granville Road from Facklers.  Clerk Prasher advised that the Southgate Corporation purchased the property and indicated that there were no current plans for development. 

Councilmember Montgomery asked about the status of a possible property maintenance ordinance.  Vice Mayor Barsky indicated that proposed legislation was developed several years ago.  Councilmember O’Keefe commented that it was difficult to enforce these types of laws.  Planner Terry added that most property maintenance codes were based on the International Property Maintenance Code, which had very subjective language.  All such legislation would need to be approved by the Planning Commission and would also be reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Committee of Council.  Mayor Hartfield suggested that perhaps the Village could just adopt a code focusing on specific violations and put teeth into the penalties. 


Clerk Prasher advised Council that the AEP electric distribution project was anticipated to begin September 25th.  The project would close the northbound lane of North Pearl Street for approximately six weeks.  Northbound traffic would be diverted to North Granger Street, where on-street parking would be prohibited.  AEP discussed plans with Manager Stilwell, Service Director Hopkins, the fire department and school district.  AEP needed to confirm specifics of the plan with ODOT.  Council and the community would be advised of more specifics by Manager Stilwell. 


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

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