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Council Minutes May 6, 2015



May 6, 2015


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


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

Vice Mayor Barsky made a motion to excuse Councilmembers Lerner and McGowan from the meeting.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion passed. 

The minutes reflect that Councilmember McGowan arrived at 7:35pm. 


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


As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:33pm.


Chief Caskey provided a brief introduction of the two new police officers.  Mayor Hartfield swore in Reserve Officer Cara Butts and Part-time Officer Taylor Gray Dunlap.  Council thanked Chief Caskey for providing the introductions. 

Chief Caskey gave a presentation of the new MARCS radios system.  The function and quality provide improved communication within the department and with other entities.  Through the efforts of Interim Chief Distelzweig and Fire Chief Hussey, the Village was able to receive a grant of $98,000 to cover the cost of twenty-one hand held radios, six car radios and one base unit.  The previous radios provided spotty coverage, but the MARCS system provided long range coverage and the ability to connect with other departments throughout the state.  These radios provide increased efficiency and safety for the officers.  Manager Stilwell added that Sergeant Blackledge handled a lot of the work in following through and securing these radios.  Council thanked Chief Caskey for his presentation and Sergeant Blackledge for all of his diligent work.


There was no Old Business. 


Ordinance No. 06-2015, An Ordinance to Rescind Chapter 145 of the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, Ohio and Adopt a New Chapter 145 Pertaining to Personnel Practices was introduced and a hearing date set for May 20, 2015 by Vice Mayor Barsky.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.          

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 06-2015 for May 20, 2015. 

Councilmember McGowan asked what the new items in the code revision were compared to the old language.  Manager Stilwell stated that there were few new items, mostly a clarification in the language.

Councilmember O’Keefe thanked Finance Director Kraner for her assistance in responding to questions and providing clarification.


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 15, 2015

Councilmember Johnson made a motion to approve the April 15, 2015 minutes.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.   Motion carried. 


Granville Foundation – (Montgomery)

Councilmember Montgomery reported that the Foundation received an update on the Granville mobile app.  There were six hundred downloads to date with three thousand sessions. 

Granville Recreation District – (McGowan)

No report.

Planning Commission – (Johnson & O’Keefe)

No report. 

Granville Arts Commission – (O’Keefe)

No report.

Open Space Committee – (O’Keefe)

No report

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

Mayor Hartfield reported that Arbor Day was celebrated at the Granville Intermediate School on April 24, 2015 with the planting of a Maple tree.

Union Cemetery – (Barsky)

No report.


Mayor Hartfield asked if someone could attend the Licking County Aging Task Force breakfast meeting on May 13, 2015 at 9:00am to read a proclamation for a local Granville resident who was being honored.  Councilmember O’Keefe advised that she could attend. 


Manager Stilwell indicated that there were many municipal projects coming up this summer with the ODOT SR 661 project already underway.  ODOT was moving forward with the project quickly and well.  The Village also was working on storm water drainage in the Thresher Street area, working with St. Luke’s regarding their basement entrance repair in Opera House Park, completing repairs to the T J Evans bike path near Wildwood Park and working with the Granville Inn regarding manhole repairs on North Granger Street.  The Township would also be inviting Village Council and staff to the ribbon cutting of the Raccoon Creek pedestrian bridge. 

Council asked about the resignation of Utilities Director Joe Taylor and acknowledged his excellent service to the Village.  Manager Stilwell invited Council to a luncheon for Director Taylor on May 29th to celebrate his successful tenure as Utilities Director.  He was instrumental in turning the wastewater plant around.  Staff would begin the process of searching for a new Utilities Director. 


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

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