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Council Minutes Setpember 21, 2016

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES

September 21, 2016

CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:35pm) 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL 

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

Vice Mayor Montgomery moved to excuse Councilmember Lerner and McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Finkelman.  Motion passed. 

The minute reflect that Councilmember Lerner arrived at 7:38pm. 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA 

Councilmember Johnson moved to approve the September 21, 2016 agenda.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion passed.

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:36pm) 

David Agosta, 410 East Broadway, asked Council if they developed a plan to reduce speed on East Broadway since his last visit in April, 2016.  People routinely drove forty miles per hour in a twenty-five miles per hour zone, which is close to double the speed limit.  Additionally, drivers were becoming more aggressive.  He mentioned altercations with drivers while trying to back out of his driveway onto East Broadway.  Mr. Agosta stated that the traffic study showed there was less than seven percent compliance. Traffic control should be Council’s top concern.  Efforts should be made to change the culture of the community.  Vice Mayor Montgomery advised that Chief Caskey proposed and implemented several options for speed issues throughout the Village including enhanced enforcement and radar patrols.  Chief Caskey added that there was more traffic coming through the Village due to the Thornwood Crossing construction.  The police department had already made some departmental changes including officers spending a period during each shift doing traffic enforcement, setting up designated speed check areas and using the speed trailer.  Mayor Hartfield asked staff to determine if a raised speed table could be placed in that location.  Councilmember O’Keefe asked if a stop sign could be installed at North Granger Street for the East Broadway traffic.  Councilmember Finkelman suggested that staff explore possible solutions and options.  Councilmember Johnson suggested, if appropriate funding were available, that staff asked Carpenter-Marty to provide a traffic study with possible recommendations. 

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:50pm.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no Old Business. 

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 2016-43, A Resolution Accepting the Amounts and Rates as Determined by the Budget Commission and Authorizing the Necessary Tax Levies and Certifying Them to the County Auditor was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Finkelman.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 

Discussion:

Councilmember O’Keefe affirmed that this resolution was just an annual housekeeping issue. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2016-43.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2016-43 was approved. 

Resolution No. 2016-44, A Resolution Support of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Designation of National and State Bicycle Routes Including the T J Evans Bike Trail was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember Lerner. 

Discussion:

Councilmember Finkelman asked, if by approving this resolution, would the Village be limited in how we handle or utilize the bike path.  Manager Pyles indicated that it would not change Village authority.  The bike path would just be limited on both the state and federal bike trail map and allow of trail signage to be posted. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2016-44.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2016-44 was approved.

Resolution No. 2016-45, A Resolution to Express Appreciation to Tom Carroll for Service on the Granville Arts Commission was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember Finkelman. 

Discussion:

Councilmember O’Keefe stated that Mr. Carroll had been an asset to the Commission for his many years of service.   Mayor Hartfield thanked the members of the Commission who were in attendance for all of their hard work and for supporting Mr. Carroll.

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2016-45.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2016-45 was approved.

Ordinance No. 07-2016, An Ordinance Authorizing the Village Manager to Grant a General Permit to Robbins Hunter Museum to License the Use of the Village Right-of-Way at 221 East Broadway was introduced and requested a public hearing be set for October 5, 2016 by Councilmember Finkelman.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 07-2016 for October 5, 2016.

Ordinance No. 08-2016, An Ordinance to Revise the Codified Ordinances by Adopting Current Replacement Pages was introduced and requested a public hearing be set for October 5, 2016 by Councilmember Johnson.  Second by Councilmember Lerner. 

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 08-2016 for October 5, 2016.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of September 7, 2016 

Councilmember O’Keefe made a motion to approve the September 7, 2016 minutes as amended. Second by Councilmember Finkelman.  Motion passed. 

MAYOR'S REPORT – August

The Mayor's report for the month of August was presented for review. 

Clerk Prasher advised Council that the Clerk of Court provided three different versions of the monthly Mayor’s Report for Council’s review.  Vice Mayor Montgomery indicated that that he liked the citation by location report.  Mayor Hartfield added that she preferred all three reports be provided to Council. 

Councilmember Johnson moved to accept the August Mayor’s Report. Second by Councilmember Finkelman.  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. 

MANAGER'S REPORT – August

The Manager's Report for the month of August was presented for review.

Vice Mayor Montgomery commented that the numerous compliments for the police department were very nice to see.

Councilmember Johnson moved to accept the August Manager’s Report.  Second by Councilmember Finkelman.  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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS   

Granville Community Foundation – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that the Foundation was reviewing dates and format for the fall fundraising campaign.  They are looking at developing Wildwood Park as a signature project. 

Granville Recreation District – (Johnson)

Councilmember Johnson reported that the GRD was working on strategic planning for staff.  The GRD also hosted a youth sports forum.  All fall programming was up and running. 

Planning Commission – (Montgomery)

Vice Mayor Montgomery reported that the GPD approved a sign for Uberburger with seven colors, which exceeded the zoning code.  The BZBA previously approved a variance for this sign as well as a second sandwich board sign for that building.  Law Director King added that the Planning Commission approved the seven color sign over the staff recommendation.   The Planning Commission decided that the use of multiple colors was a part of the store’s logo and such a small item on the sign that it would be appropriate.  Councilmember Johnson commented that during his tenure on Planning Commission many businesses were forced to adapt their logo on signage to meet the three color limit.  It seemed a little unfair to permit this multiple-color logo.  Council also expressed concern about the BZBA decision to give a variance above the three-color limit.  Law Director King indicated that he would review the standard.  Vice Mayor Montgomery added that a window sign for Uberburger was also approved.  Uberburger withdrew their sandwich board sign request.  Renovations for the porch and decking at 203 East Elm Street were approve as well as plans for Middleton House expansion.  There was another work session with Denison regarding the fine arts center complex. 

Granville Arts Commission (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that Manager Pyles came to the last meeting to introduce himself and meet the commission members.  He was also helping the group connect with the Ohio Arts Council to learn how to apply for grants.  Paul Hamilton was offering classes for both children and adults at Bryn Du.  His classes were booming and attracting lots of people.  The Art Forum group will meet again in October

Open Space Committee (Finkelman)

Councilmember Finkelman reported that the Committee was working on the levy campaign for the November election.

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that the Tree & Landscape Commission was checking on the one-hundred tree plantings from last year to see which trees could need replacing.  The Commission was also reviewing the Middleton planting proposal suggesting deer resistant materials.  The Commission asked for additional staffing help of sixty to seventyhours a month for Opera House Park maintenance.  The Commission was pleased with the revisions to Opera House Park and the pathway design. 

Union Cemetery – (McGowan)

No report.

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS 

Councilmember Finkelman requested that information regarding sidewalk maintenance, repair and costs should be made clearer for residents. 

OTHER STAFF MATTERS

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

Councilmember Johnson moved to enter into Executive Session, pursuant to ORC §121.22(G)(1)  – “to consider the dismissal, discipline or demotion of a public employee” and ORC §121.22(G)(2) – “to consider the purchase of property for public purposes.”   Second by Councilmember Finkelman. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote: Finkelman – yes; Johnson – yes; Lerner – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Montgomery – yes; Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 6-0. Time in:  8:28pm. 

Councilmember Finkelman moved to return to regular session.  Second by Councilmember Johnson. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote: Johnson – yes; Lerner – yes; O’Keefe – yes; Finkelman – yes; Montgomery – yes; Hartfield – yes. Motion carried 6-0. Time in:  9:43pm. 

Council returned to regular session.

ADJOURNMENT (9:44pm) 

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

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