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Council Minutes October 15, 2014



October 15, 2014


CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:31pm) 



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

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


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


Dennis Cauchon, 327 East Broadway, reminded Council that he was asking that they clean-up two areas of the code regarding medical marijuana.  The penalties need to be changed from a third degree misdemeanor to a minor misdemeanor to be consistent with state law in order to stop hurting people’s jobs.  Code Section 513.121(g) should also be changed from shall to may with regard to the penalty of having drug paraphernalia charges and the suspension of the offender’s driver’s license. 

Jeanetta Pyle, 123 South Pearl Street, asked Council for an update on the progress being made to address the traffic and property maintenance concerns for the South Pearl Street and East Elm Street area.  Manager Stilwell indicated that a traffic study by LCATS was underway for East Elm Street that would track the speed of vehicles.  The Granville police department stepped up enforcement on stop sign violations in the area beginning October 2nd.   All speed limit signs in the area were now identified with additional signage indicating that this area was a strictly enforced area.  Service Director Hopkins was looking into the cost, possible options and the liability involved in installing speed bumps.  Planner Terry was completing a draft of a possible property maintenance code that was being reviewed by Counsel. 

Sandy Libertini, 148 Denbigh Drive, indicated that she and partner Melinda Moore recently met with Manager Stilwell to request Village backing for the continuation of the Granville Arts and Wine Fair.  They were requesting a subsidized rate for the rental of the Bryn Du Mansion great lawn.  She and her partner comprised Grand Scheme Productions.  Their company had worked with the Granville Rotary for years in the promotion of the event.  That partnership had now ended, but they wished to continue the event and were requesting Village assistance.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if Grand Scheme Productions profited from this event.  Ms. Libertini indicated that indeed Grand Scheme Productions received payment by the vendors and crafters for booth space.  Mayor Hartfield indicated that the request would go before the Economic, Finance and Personnel Committee of Council for a recommendation.  That recommendation would then be brought to Council for a final decision.   

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens Comments at 7:44pm.


Mayor Hartfield read a proclamation for Officer Zach Markley and Reserve Officer David Mack for their heroism in rescuing a Denison student from atop the local grain mill.  Their willingness to risk their own lives to ensure her safety was honored. 


There was no Old Business.


Resolution No. 2014-32, A Resolution to Express Appreciation to Tom Mitchell for His Service on the Planning Commission was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.


Vice Mayor Barsky read the resolution recognizing Tom Mitchell for his service on the Granville Planning Commission.  Council thanks Mr. Mitchell for his hard work and dedicated service. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2014-32.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2014-32 was adopted. 

Resolution No. 2014-33, A Resolution to Appoint a Member to the Planning Commission was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 


Councilmember Montgomery asked if the term of the person selected tonight would end in January, 2015 and need to be reappointed at that point.  Mayor Hartfield responded in the affirmative. 

Mayor Hartfield offered each candidate an opportunity to speak. 

Ms. Hoyt indicated that she was a past member of the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals and the Planning Commission.  She indicated that she missed serving on a board.  She stated the as a member of both boards she felt it was important to view not only the improvements being presented, but also the impact those improvements would have on the historic district and the surrounding neighbors.   Councilmember McGowan asked Ms. Hoyt if she would be willing to serve as the school board ex-officio member.  Ms. Hoyt indicated that she was unfamiliar with the position and its responsibilities. 

Councilmember O’Keefe asked Mr. Potaracke about his tenure on the German Village Preservation Board.  Mr. Potaracke indicated that it was always a struggle for the Board to maintain the historic nature of the Village and allow for modern improvements.  When he moved to Granville, he looked for an opportunity to get involved.  He stated that he had enjoyed his tenure on the Planning Commission as the school district ex-officio member.

Vice Mayor Barsky indicated her support for Ms. Hoyt as she would like to see a woman on the board.  Ms. Hoyt also had two years of experience serving on the Commission. 

Councilmember Montgomery indicated his support for Mr. Potaracke for his commitment to the Commission.  He served as the ex-officio member and now wanted to serve as a voting member.  Councilmember Montgomery felt that commitment needed to be supported. 

Councilmember Johnson indicated that both candidates were excellent.  Ms. Hoyt always came to the meetings prepared, contributed good and informative comments and worked in a collaborative manner with the other members and applicants.  Mr. Potaracke also contributed well to discussions and had shown his willingness to volunteer his time to the Commission. 

Councilmember O’Keefe asked Ms. Hoyt why she left the Planning Commission.  Ms. Hoyt indicated that she needed to step away to take time off.  She had served five years on the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals and two years on the Planning Commission. 

Mayor Hartfield commented that the Commission was in a win-win situation as both individuals were good applicants.   If Ms. Hoyt were appointed, the Commission would maintain a full board. 

Councilmember Montgomery moved to amend Resolution No. 2014-33 to appoint Craig Potaracke to the Planning Commission.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote:  Johnson – yes; McGowan – yes; Montgomery-yes; O’Keefe-no; Vice Mayor Barsky – no; Mayor Hartfield – no.  Vote was a tie. 

Councilmember O’Keefe moved to amend Resolution No. 2014-33 to appoint Jean Hoyt to the Planning Commission.  Second by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote:  McGowan – no; Montgomery-no; O’Keefe-yes; Johnson – no; Vice Mayor Barsky – no; Mayor Hartfield – yes.  Motion failed 2-4. 

Councilmember McGowan moved to amend Resolution No. 2014-33 to appoint Craig Potaracke to the Planning Commission.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.  Montgomery-yes; O’Keefe-yes; Johnson – yes; McGowan – yes; Vice Mayor Barsky – yes; Mayor Hartfield – yes.  Motion passed 6-0.   Resolution No. 2014-33 passed to appoint Craig Potaracke as the new member to the Planning Commission.


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of October 1, 2014

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the October 1, 2014.  Second by Councilmember O'Keefe.   Motion carried.



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

Vice Mayor Barsky moved to accept the September Mayor’s Court Report.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.  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 September was presented for review. 

Councilmember Montgomery asked if the purchase of the new service department dump truck was a previously approved purchase from the Equipment Reserve Fund and the cost.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the dump truck approved as part of the 2014 budget and the estimated cost was $80,000.

Councilmember O’Keefe asked what the code changes were that Planner Terry worked on regarding Conditional Uses.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the Conditional Use changes were in regard to how a museum use would fit into a residential district.  The other code change dealt with including two-family units in the downtown district.  These code changes would be reviewed and a recommendation made by the Planning Commission and would then come before Village Council.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if there was still interest in opening a museum.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the property owner has museums in other locations throughout the United States and wanted to open a residential museum in the Village. 

Councilmember O’Keefe asked about the types of herbicides being used at the Bryn Du Mansion and their use.  She expressed concern about the use of herbicides and wanted the Village to use more environmentally sound methods.  Manager Stilwell indicated that he would find out what type of product was being used.

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the September 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)

No report. 

Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)

No report. 

Granville Arts Commission – (O’Keefe)

No report.

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

No report.

Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)

No report

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

No report.

Union Cemetery – (Barsky)

No report.


Councilmember McGowan presented Council with an idea to form a community volunteer group that could help residents with the maintenance of their property.  This group could make contact with local service groups to help provide volunteers.  Councilmember Montgomery commented that he thought this direction might be a good way to help with the property maintenance issues rather than the Village initiating legislation.  It seemed that residents were interested in this type of solution.  Vice Mayor Barsky added that the Village should still look at developing a maintenance code and the volunteer group.


Manager Stilwell indicated that the East and West Broadway sewer line rehabilitation program was postponed until November. 


The AEP pole and electrical line replacement on North Pearl Street was progressing with all poles installed and AEP preparing to pull the new lines. 


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

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