VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
November 5, 2014
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:30pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Johnson, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Barsky, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Stilwell and Law Director King.
Vice Mayor Barsky moved to excuse Councilmembers Lerner, McGowan and Montgomery. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion passed.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Vice Mayor Barsky moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion passed.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:31pm)
Jeanetta Pyle, 123 South Pearl Street, asked Council about the results of the speed study. Manager Stilwell provided Ms. Pyle with a copy of a summary of the study. The three day study showed that 85% of the drivers are in compliance. Ms. Pyle asked that study be completed again once North Pearl Street was open to traffic. Ms. Pyle asked about the status of repairs to 203 East Elm Street and 121 South Prospect Street. Manager Stilwell indicated that the Village Planner and he met with the homeowner of 203 East Elm Street in August and were given a tour of the property. The steps into the building were rebuilt and the bushes trimmed. The owner provided a timeline of repairs that they anticipate making in 2015 and 2016 including painting the exterior and making building repairs. The homeowners own other property in the Village and show a track record of improving properties. They have made major improvements to various units in the interior so rents may be increased to cover the costs of the exterior repairs. Ms. Pyle asked about the progress of the property maintenance code. Manager Stilwell indicated that a draft property maintenance plan was complete. Staff will meet with a committee of Council to review the plan. Vice Mayor Barsky indicated that the Council committee would recommend changes and request additional information if needed. The draft plan would then be submitted to the Planning Commission for their review and recommendations and then on to Village Council.
Bob Johnson, 218 East Elm Street, commented that an average of 17% of the people speed on East Elm Street. He presumed that there would not be the same percentage of speeders on Broadway. He was also concerned about the acceleration rate of people leaving the stop signs. Mr. Johnson asked about the status of speed bumps for East Elm Street. Manager Stilwell indicated that staff was looking at the logistics, enforcement and liability issues related to temporary speed bump. Should installation be approved, speed bumps would not be installed until the spring of 2015. Councilmember O’Keefe asked why temporary speed bumps were being proposed. Manager Stilwell indicated that temporary speed bumps were less costly, could be moved to other locations and the residents originally indicated more interest in temporary units than something permanent.
Ashlin Caravana, 209 East Elm Street, asked Council if they had considered staggered parking on East Elm Street similar to East College Street. Mayor Hartfield responded that the neighbors preferred speed bumps to staggered parking. Ms. Caravana also expressed her concern for the status of the home at 2578 Newark-Granville Road, owned by the LDS Church. She provided Council with a series of photos showing the current state of the house. She was upset that the historic house had been allowed to deteriorate. The house cellar door was currently open. There was a hole in the roof from where a tree fell on the house. Evidently in speaking with Village staff, the Village has no ability to do anything about forcing improvements to be made. She asked that Council do something to rectify the house’s condition or change the laws to allow something to be done. Manager Stilwell commented that the tree was removed by the Village. Vice Mayor Barsky asked if Licking County officials through the Health Department had any authority. Law Director King indicated that he would review the Village nuisance code again to determine if the current state of the house could be addressed.
As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens Comments at 7:55pm.
There was no Old Business.
Resolution No. 2014-34, A Resolution to Support the Update of the Coshocton-Fairfield-Licking-Perry Solid Waste District Management Plan was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Councilmember Johnson questioned if Big O was really taking the recycling to a recycling center or just dumping it with the rest of the refuse. Clerk Prasher advised Council that Big O assured the Village that all recycling was taken to a center in Columbus.
Council also questioned why it was a cheaper fee for an out-of-state refuse hauler to bring trash into Ohio than haulers outside of our district.
Manager Stilwell indicated that staff would invite John Peckskamp from Big O to a Council meeting in January to discuss Council’s concerns.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2014-34. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2014-34 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2014-35, A Resolution to Establish the Time and Place of a Public Hearing for the 2015 Municipal Budget as Proposed by the Village Manager was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2014-35. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2014-35 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2014-36, A Resolution to Permit the Demolition of a Single Family Structure, Detached Garage and Accessory Structures at 1508 Cherry Valley Road was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Manager Stilwell advised Council that the Granville Historical Society advised that there was no opposition to the demolition of either of these structures.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2014-36. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2014-36 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2014-37, A Resolution to Permit the Demolition of a Single Family Structure, Detached Garage and Accessory Structures at 2665 Newark-Granville Road was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Councilmember Johnson asked Law Director King if he needed to recuse himself as his property was adjacent to this property. Law Director King said Councilmember Johnson would not need to recuse himself as he disclosed the information and had not vested interest in the adjacent property.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2014-37. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2014-37 was adopted.
Ordinance No. 14-2014, An Ordinance to Amend Section 513.121 (g) of the Codified Ordinances of Granville, Ohio Pertaining to Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia was introduced and a hearing recommended for November 19, 2014 by Councilmember Johnson. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Law Director King advised that this ordinance was drafted to correct internal inconsistencies in the Village Code regarding the penalty of possession of marijuana. Currently this section of the code required sentencing as a third degree misdemeanor. However, the penalty for cultivation of marijuana had a lesser penalty that was graduated. The possession portion of the code should be a like penalty. Law Director King recommended that the possession portion of the code be modified to be consistent with the penalty for cultivation.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 14-2014 for November 19, 2014.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of October 15, 2014
Councilmember O'Keefe made a motion to approve the October 15, 2014. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky. Motion carried.
Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)
Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)
Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Planning Commission reviewed the proposed code changes to the Village Business District regarding Conditional Use and permitting two-family unit. The Commission agreed to permit two-family units above a business. The proposed changes would be brought before Council.
Granville Arts Commission – (O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe advised that she would not be able to attend the next Granville Arts Commission meeting and asked if someone would be able to attend. Vice Mayor Barsky responded that she would check her schedule
Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)
Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)
Union Cemetery – (Barsky)
Vice Mayor Barsky reported that the Union Cemetery Board would provide Council with a written summary of the progress made in 2014. The Board was denied one grant submitted. The Board would be submitting another grant shorty. A local Boy Scout was working to update the walking tour as part of his Eagle Scout Project. The Board would be working with the Tree & Landscape Commission regarding a tree that was planted last year and died.
Finance Director Kraner made a presentation to Council regarding the 2015 budget. A copy of that presentation will be attached to the final draft of these minutes.
Vice Mayor Barsky asked that the timing on the traffic lights in the downtown business area timing be changed to allow for residents to cross more easily. The timing had been changed recently reducing the amount of crossing time. If the timing could be changed, it might not be necessary to purchase the pedestrian crossing signals. Councilmember O’Keefe questioned if the pedestrian crossing signals were really needed.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Mayor Hartfield asked if the timing could be changed on the traffic signals at State Routes 37 and 661. The north/south traffic was forced to stop to allow for exiting traffic to exit when there was no exiting traffic. Manager Stilwell indicated that he had recently spoken with ODOT and asked for reconsideration to change the timing of those lights.
OTHER STAFF MATTER
Manager Stilwell reported that the sewer line rehabilitation project on East and West Broadway was underway.
Manager Stilwell advised Council that there might be a challenge in securing salt for the upcoming winter months. Previously the Village was able to purchase 400 tons of salt at $67 per ton. This year the Village was only being offered 75 tons of salt at $151 per ton. Staff was looking at other sources for salt this year.
Councilmember Johnson moved to enter into Executive Session, pursuant to ORC §121.22(G) (4) – “reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation of other terms and conditions of their employment.” Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote: Johnson – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Barsky – yes; Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 4-0. Time in: 9:04pm.
Councilmember Johnson moved to return to regular session. Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote: O’Keefe – yes; Johnson – yes; Barsky – yes; Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 4-0. Time in: 9:16pm.
Council returned to regular session.
Councilmember O’Keefe made a motion to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion carried.