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Council Minutes April 20, 2016



April 20, 2016

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



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

Councilmember Finkelman moved to excuse Councilmember Lerner from the meeting.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.  Motion passed.


Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the April 20, 2016 agenda.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.  Motion passed. 


Andy Franks-Rogers, 210 South Maple Street, advised Council that a customer of Taco Dan’s told him that Officer Blackledge made an inappropriate comment about his business.  Officer Blackledge asked the individual to enter the restaurant and attempt to purchase drugs.  It was totally unfortunate that a public servant was attempting to undermine his family’s efforts to run a successful business.  The officer re-enforced a negative image of his family and their business.  Mr. Franks-Rogers spoke to Chief Caskey and Officer Blackledge was counseled.  This incident was unfortunate.  Mr. Franks-Rogers also advised the police department that he had observed individuals drinking beer outside East Broadway establishments sitting on public benches.  He also observed a car speed through the crosswalk.  He asked the police department to check out these issues.  Mr. Franks-Rogers requested that the Village laws be enforced evenly and fairly to everyone.  His family attempts to follow all Village laws and promote a positive image. 

David Agosta, 410 East Broadway, questioned why speed bumps were installed on East Elm Street and South Pearl Street.  Vice Mayor Montgomery advised that the neighbors in that area requested help with speed and stop sign issues.  The Village installed the speed humps to address those concerns.  Mr. Agosta complained the area where the speed bumps were installed had more than eighty percent speed compliance.  He lived on East Broadway where compliance was less than seven percent.  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.  Traffic control should be Council’s top concern.  Efforts should be made to change the culture of the community.  Vice Mayor Montgomery stated that safety was one of Council’s top concerns and acknowledged that decline in driver courtesy.  He suggested stepping up enforcement.  Mayor Hartfield commented that the construction on the Thornwood Crossing interchange was diverting more traffic into the Village.  Councilmember Finkelman stated that people may not be aware of the traffic laws.

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.  Additionally, Chief advised Council that he took Mr. Franks-Rogers complaint seriously and counseled the officer. 

As no one else appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:49pm. 


There is no Old Business. 


Resolution No. 2016-30, A Resolution to (Re)Appoint Members to the Bryn Du Commission was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Finkelman.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.


Mayor Hartfield indicated that the existing three Bryn Du members were interested in continuing to serve on the Commission.  The Village had also received two applications from very qualified individuals. 

Councilmember Finkelman spoke of Keith Myers’ towering expertise and thought that Council should retain his services.  He was not familiar with the other two appointees.  Councilmember Finkelman also suggested that Council might want to consider term limits for individuals to allow other residents an opportunity to serve. 

Vice Mayor Montgomery commented that it was nice to have a selection of candidates.  He would be in favor of appointing the current members.  He did request that existing members should be asked to complete a new application when they request to be reappointed. 

Councilmember Johnson moved to amend Resolution No. 2016-30 to reappoint Stewart Dyke, Keith Myers and Jurgen Pape.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to amend Resolution No. 2016-30 to reappoint the existing members:  Finkelman (yes); Johnson (yes); McGowan (yes); O’Keefe (yes); Vice Montgomery (yes); Mayor Hartfield (yes).  The motion to amend Resolution No. 2016-30 passed 6-0. 

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2016-30 as amended.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2016-30 was approved as amended.

Resolution No. 2016-31, A Resolution to Appoint members to the Volunteer Peace Officers Dependents Fund Board in Accordance with the Provision of the Ohio Revised Code Section 143.02 was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember Finkelman.


Chief Caskey advised Council that the state mandated this legislation with a quick timeline for approval and implementation.  He had contacted residents who had served on police hiring boards previously to serve on this board.  The legislation was being enacted statewide to provide some financial compensation for families of part-time officers who were killed in the line of duty. 

Vice Mayor Montgomery asked if this board was just for our local community with state oversight of these boards.  Chief Caskey responded in the affirmative.

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2016-31.   Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2016-31 was adopted. 

Ordinance No. 03-2016, An Ordinance to Amend Sections 1133.03, 1137.01, 1139.06, 1141.06, 1177.11, 1185.02, 1189.13 and 1191.03 of the Codified Ordinance of Granville, Ohio was introduced and requested a public hearing be set for May 4, 2016 by Councilmember Finkelman.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.

Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 03-2016 for May 4, 2016.


Regularly Scheduled Meeting of April 6, 2016

Councilmember McGowan made a motion to approve the April 6, 2016 minutes.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.   Motion carried.


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

Councilmember Johnson indicated that the issuance of speeding tickets had increased.  He would be in favor of supporting additional funding for extra enforcement.  Councilmember Johnson also added that the speed bumps on East Elm Street and South Pearl Street were installed as a test area to determine the effectiveness, not just because the residents requested them.

Vice Mayor Montgomery also expressed his support for additional enforcement.  Chief Caskey indicated that the department an increase enforcement from its already increased level. 

Councilmember O’Keefe advised Council that residents on Sunset Hill and Samson Place had set out signs requesting the traffic slow down.  Most of the speeding traffic was felt to come from Denison.

Councilmember Finkelman suggested the use of traffic cameras as they were effective in changing traffic behavior. 

Manager Stilwell stated that he would meet with Chief Caskey and discuss some possible solutions. 

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the March Mayor’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. 


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

Councilmember O’Keefe commented about the heavy semi-trucks that came through the Village.  Manager Stilwell reminded Council that he had asked their opinions about repairing and utilizing the truck scales.  Most of the truck traffic was between Mt. Vernon and Newark or the Granville Mill.

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the March 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 Community Foundation – (Lerner)

No report. 

Granville Recreation District – (Johnson)

No report. 

Planning Commission – (Montgomery)

Vice Mayor Montgomery reported that the Planning Commission reviewed two sign applications for the new bakery and a two-story addition to a home on South Prospect Street.  There was also a work session with Denison University regarding their proposed arts complex.  Denison presented the Commission with conceptual renderings as the project was still in the early phases.  Mayor Hartfield and Councilmember Finkelman indicated that Denison had met with the neighbors and were very receptive to their suggestions. 

Granville Arts Commission (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Arts Commission was working with the Bryn Du Commission on a community arts initiative.  The group had already met and would be appointing members to three separate committees: communication, organization and funding and community culture.  The Arts Commission approved $3,100 in community grants with $5,100 having been requested. 

Open Space Committee (Finkelman)

No report.

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

No report.

Union Cemetery – (McGowan)

Councilmember McGowan reported that Union Cemetery Board would be meeting on April 21, 2016.


Mayor Hartfield advised Council that the Joint Union Cemetery Board would meet on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers with the Granville Township Trustees for the annual meeting. 

Councilmember O’Keefe commented that Upper Arlington promoted sustainability through a refuse program that charged based on the amount of garbage collected.  Councilmember McGowan advised that residents purchased stickers to attach to bags and cans.  Manager Stilwell stated that the Upper Arlington system was based on consumption and may encourage recycling. 

Vice Mayor Montgomery stated that he would like to see the annual clean-up / fix-up week brought back.  He indicated that he would like to see the savings or alternate assignments of the service department regarding ending clean-up / fix-up week. 

Vice Mayor Montgomery indicated that he had received a letter from the electrical aggregation supplier Constellation regarding a rate increase.  Clerk Prasher responded that the increase was being passed through as the increase was federally mandated in order to improve the Pennsylvania, Jersey and Maryland electrical grid.   There would also be a rate increase in 2017 and a larger increase in 2018. 


There were no Other Staff Matters. 


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

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