VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
April 1, 2015
CALL TO ORDER (by Vice Mayor Barsky at 7:30pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Johnson, Lerner, McGowan, Montgomery, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Barsky, Manager Stilwell and Law Director King.
Councilmember McGowan moved to excuse Mayor Hartfield. Second by Councilmember Lerner. Motion passed.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion passed.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:31pm)
Tim Klingler, 120 East Elm Street, asked to address Council regarding a couple local traffic issues. He expressed concern about the reckless driving in the historic part of the Village and the number of U-turns in the downtown business area. Mr. Klingler indicated that he had repeatedly observed excessive speed, quick starts and stops at stop signs, no stops at stop signs and individuals driving through crosswalks while pedestrians were present. He also stated that he had observed many U-turns in the downtown area with several resulting in near accidents. He asked that Village Council and the Granville police department focus special attention on these issues.
Bob Johnson, 218 East Elm Street, thanked Council and Village staff for the traffic study. He commented that the study was complete, comprehensive and well done. On East Elm Street, he noted that there were as many as 17% of the drivers who were non-compliant with the speed limit. He felt this was a high number when compared to the total number of cars going through the area. He also indicated his support for temporary speed bumps. He also agreed with Chief Caskey’s recommendation for increased enforcement. Mr. Johnson asked about the status of the property maintenance code. Law Director King responded that he had met with a couple of neighbors last week. A final draft of the code should be complete next week. Manager Stilwell added that he anticipated the installation of the speed bumps on April 15th.
Councilmember McGowan asked if there would be signage identifying the speed bumps. Manager Stilwell responded in the affirmative.
Councilmember Montgomery expressed his appreciation for the attendance of residents at Council meetings. He also commented that he had noticed a decline in politeness of drivers. Granville was a pedestrian community and he hoped that Council could encourage a friendlier attitude toward pedestrians.
Chief Caskey added that the police department would be getting out the word that drivers within the Village would need to reduce their speed. The department would be increasing enforcement through both warnings and citations.
As no one else appeared to speak, Vice Mayor Barsky closed Citizen Comments at 7:43pm.
Mike Darling of Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services spoke to Council regarding Rumpke’s recycling center in Columbus. Rumpke encourages the diversion of recycling materials from the general trash flow. They offer a variety of program options to encourage customers to recycle. Rumpke has the only recycling facility in central Ohio. They recycle aluminum cans, steel cans, glass, plastic bottles (1-7), newspapers, magazines, paper and cardboard. He appreciated Council’s invitation and would be happy to work with the Village regarding the upcoming single-trash hauler bid process. He also encouraged Councilmembers to visit Rumpke’s facility.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked about other plastic recyclable materials and if they should be included in the co-mingled recycling bins. Mr. Darling indicated that Rumpke preferred only plastic bottles, but understood that other materials were included. There was not a strong market for the other materials. Rumpke preferred to handle only a limited quantity.
Mr. Rogers asked if commercial recycling was available. Mr. Darling advised that commercial recycling was available and he would be happy to work with businesses to set up a recycling program.
There was no Old Business.
Ordinance No. 04-2015, An Ordinance to Amend Section 1165.03 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, Ohio Pertaining to Open Space District Standards was introduced and a hearing date set for April 15, 2015 by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember Lerner.
Vice Mayor Barsky scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 04-2015 for April 15, 2015.
Ordinance No. 05-2015, An Ordinance to Amend Section 1171.02 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, Ohio Pertaining to Planned Unit Development Uses was introduced and a hearing date set for April 15, 2015 by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Vice Mayor Barsky scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 05-2015 for April 15, 2015.
Resolution No. 2015-24, A Resolution Supporting the Principles of the Next Century Cities Project and Confirming the Village of Granville’s Interest in Participating and Benefitting from Participation in the Project was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the fiber optic service would be run just for the Village. Clerk Prasher responded in the affirmative. Windstream had advised that fiber optic lines had been run to the Village’s eastern border. The Village discussed with Windstream if a timeline for extending the service had been determined. That information was not yet available.
Councilmember Montgomery asked about any current cable franchise. Clerk Prasher advised that the state had discontinued that ability to set up cable franchises. Manager Stilwell responded that the FCC was currently dealing with the issue of whether the internet was a public utility versus a private commodity. The Village’s participation with the Next Century Cities project would allow staff and Council to keep up-to-date with current technology trends and possible options.
Vice Mayor Barsky called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2015-24. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2015-24 was adopted.
Resolution No. 2015-25, A Resolution Affirming the Decision of the Council of the Village of Granville to Affirm with Modifications the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals Decision for the Conditional Use Submitted by Denison University, Application #2014-187, for Parcel Numbers 020-051586-00.000, 020-051544-00.000 and 020-051608-00.000, and Adopting Decision Findings and Conclusions of Fact was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Montgomery. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Law Director King advised that this legislation and vote was separate from the decision making process; therefore, Councilmembers, who may not have been in attendance for the hearing, were eligible to vote on this legislation.
Vice Mayor Barsky asked if the main modification in the BZBA original decision was the decision to add additional screening, buffering and move some of the setbacks back. Law Director King responded in the affirmative. Denison provided Council with a screening and buffering design plan and promised to work with residents individually.
Vice Mayor Barsky asked about the timing of the communications with residents. Vice President of Finance and Development for Denison Seth Patton advised that Denison would have an annual meeting with residents for the first five years following the completion of the project. Once the project was built out, Denison would meet with each property owner individually to address any concerns regarding screening and plantings. Denison advised the neighbors already of the removal of trees in that area due to environmental issues.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if there was a construction timeline. Vice President Patton indicated that a timeline had not been set yet awaiting the resolution of zoning issues.
Vice Mayor Barsky called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2015-25. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2015-25 was adopted.
REVIEW OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of March 18, 2015
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the March 18, 2015 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. Motion carried.
Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)
Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)
Councilmember McGowan advised that the Rec District was hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday at the Bryn Du Mansion. Spring programming was also underway.
Planning Commission – (Johnson & O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe reported that a garage and house renovation project on East College Street was approved.
Granville Arts Commission (O’Keefe)
Councilmember O’Keefe advised that the Commission approved grants for the Granville Garden Club, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Granville Studio for Visual Arts and the Art Affair. The website was also updated with the Commission’s grant application.
Open Space Committee (O’Keefe)
Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that the Commission was working selecting a plan to replant the eastern side of Opera House Park.
Union Cemetery – (Barsky)
Vice Mayor Barsky reported that the Board met with Service Director Hopkins to discuss the removal of the large Ash tree at the front of the cemetery. The Board approved its removal.
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Councilmember O’Keefe reported that she had observed a Waste Management trash truck driver place both trash and recycling in the truck. She hoped that staff would make Waste Management aware of this issue and request that recycling never be placed in the trash truck.
Councilmember Lerner asked about the suggested resolution to discourage the use of polystyrene and single use checkout bags. Clerk Prasher advised that many communities throughout the United States had banned the use of both of these products. However, staff was suggesting to Council a recommendation to discourage the use of polystyrene products and single use bags as banning these items could cause a hardship to some local business owners. Council asked that staff bring legislation to the next Council meeting.
Councilmember Montgomery asked about the status of electrical aggregation. Clerk Prasher advised that both Granville Township and the Village of Granville had signed a contract with Integrys/Constellation agreeing to electrical rates of $0.0619 for 24-months for residents and business owners. These rates would be effective as of June 1, 2015.
Vice Mayor Barsky provided staff with a flyer of tornado and severe weather tips to stay safe. Staff would add this information to the Village’s website.
OTHER STAFF MATTERS
There were no Other Staff Matters
ADJOURNMENT (8:20 pm)
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion carried.