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Council Minutes June 18, 2014



June 18, 2014


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



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

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


Vice Mayor Barsky moved to amend the agenda to move the water code work session to Other Council Matters.  Second by Councilmember Lerner.  Motion passed. 


As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizens Comments at 7:32pm.


There was no Old Business.


Resolution No. 2014-27, A Resolution of Appreciation for Sergeant David Dudgeon was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember McGowan. 


Mayor Hartfield read the resolution to Sergeant Dudgeon.  The Mayor and Council thanked Sergeant Dudgeon for his service and work for the Village.   They thanked his family for attending and supporting Sergeant Dudgeon during his tenure with the Village. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2014-27.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2014-27 was adopted.


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of June 4, 2014

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the June 4, 2014 minutes.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.   Motion carried.


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

Vice Mayor Barsky moved to accept the May 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 May was presented for review. 

Mayor Hartfield commented that the income tax revenue was down again in May.  Manager Stilwell indicated that staff was tracking the status of revenue income, but were not currently concerned. 

Councilmember Johnson asked about the development of the twenty-two acre property on the far east side of the Village.  Manager Stilwell indicated that potential property buyers met with the planning staff to discuss development and the relevant logistical and infrastructure issues.  No development plan was submitted.  Councilmember Lerner asked the type of development.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the development would be similar to The Colony with cluster, two-unit housing.  It was also discussed that the property might need to be rezoned to Planned Unite Development (PUD).  Councilmember Barsky asked if there was an environmental issue with bats in that area.  Manager Stilwell indicated that the impact to the bat population would be discussed should a development plan be submitted.  The bat issue would be handled through the timing of the development.

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the May 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.

Planning Commission – (O’Keefe)

Councilmember Johnson advised that all of the applications submitted were approved.  There was a two-hour discussion regarding the approval for the Granville Inn where all issues were resolved and the application approved.

Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)

No report.

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that the Tree & Landscape Commission was very unhappy about local agricultural vehicles driving up onto the medians and damaging plantings, grass and the sprinkler system.  This type of incident has happened several times and it was becoming expensive to make repairs.  It was suggested that the damage was being caused by just one farmer, but that information was not confirmed.  The Tree & Landscape Commission wrote Village Council and Manager Stilwell a letter that indicated their concerns.  Manager Stilwell indicated that there was a variety of equipment responsible for the damage.  Staff compiled quotes for reducing the size of the medians by two or four feet or adding an inside ribbon of brick.  Manager Stilwell suggested that staff work with some of the suggestions made by the Tree & Landscape Commission to see if the issue could be resolved.

Union Cemetery – (Barsky)

Vice Mayor Barsky reported that the annual Old Colony Burying Ground work day on Saturday, June 7th was a great success.  The Fannins were here working on the cemetery and would leave this week.


Update to Village Water Code

Village Council was provided copies of a red-lined and clean version of the updated water code.  Manager Stilwell indicated that Utilities Director Taylor and Water Superintendent Fruth worked hard to update the code.  Updates to the code included: 

  • Specific regulations and processes that have changed;
  • Language that authorized water contracts with non-Village customers at a rate of 1.3 above the Village rate;
  • The addition of definitions as recommended by the Ohio EPA;
  • Updated state and federal regulations;
  • Standardized language throughout the code;
  • An increase in fees for tampering with any water equipment;
  • Language regarding fire lines;
  • Removal of specific construction language, but reference to the overall Village construction specifications;
  • A definition of public lines versus private lines;
  • Removal of the $25 service charge.

Vice Mayor Barsky had questions regarding several items. 

Councilmember Johnson also had a couple of questions. 

  1. 925.05 (e) could the language in this section force the Village to incur the cost of increasing an eight-inch (8”) line if a developer needed additional capacity of the development, not because the Village requested additional capacity for future development.
  2. 925.07 (k) the difference between a main and corp stop   Utilities Director Taylor indicated that both were end points for water, they just identified different junction points

Manager Stilwell indicated that staff would review these items and update the legislation when introduced to Council at the July 16, 2014 meeting. 

Councilmember McGowan questioned when work would resume on the sidewalks on North Granger Street.  The sidewalk at 232 North Granger Street was an open hole for several weeks.  The sidewalk cafes in front of Whit’s and Day y Noche were extending out of there café space.  There were three bicycles in the bike rack on the north side of the 100 block of East Broadway that have been left there for three weeks.    Manager Stilwell indicated that Layton would be returning to work on the sidewalks.  With the weather, work on the North Pearl Street culvert and the ADA compliant ramps in the Village Green, their personnel were stretched. 

Vice Mayor Barsky advised that several residents approached her regarding a variety of issues in the Village.  Residents on East Elm, East College and South Pearl Streets suggested installing removable speed bumps to control speed issues. They also expressed concerns regarding people not stopping at the stop signs.  Residents would also be coming to staff with a presentation concerning abandoned and unkempt homes as these houses were devaluing their property.  Manager Stilwell indicated that staff would research the speed bump issue as well as any liability issues that could apply.

Councilmember Montgomery asked about the status of a pedestrian activated stop signal by the Denison back entrance on North Pearl Street.   Manager Stilwell indicated that staff was still acquiring the cost of such a project. 

Mayor Hartfield requested that the southbound stop bar at the intersection of North Pearl Street and East Broadway be moved forward a little.  Drivers were being caught between the stop bar and the light leaving them not knowing how to proceed. 

Mayor Hartfield also invited all Councilmembers to participate in the annual July 4th parade.  The parade begins at 10:45am at Shepardson Court.  Councilmembers were also invited to the Granville Inn patio for breakfast. 


Manager Stilwell reported to Council that the milling and paving on New Burg Street and Wildwood Drive was complete. 

Clerk Prasher asked Council about their interest in hosting a community meet and greet at the Bryn Du Mansion during a Council meeting on August 6th from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.  Councilmembers would provide picnic-type refreshments.  Council indicated their support for such an activity to help promote citizen participation in local government. 


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

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