VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
January 4, 2017
CALL TO ORDER (by Mayor Hartfield at 7:29pm)
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Those responding to the roll call were Councilmembers Finkelman, Johnson, Lerner, McGowan, O’Keefe, Vice Mayor Montgomery, Mayor Hartfield, Manager Pyles and Law Director King.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Councilmember McGowan moved to approve the January 4, 2017 agenda. Second by Councilmember Johnson. Motion passed.
CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:30pm)
As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:31pm.
New police Sergeant Scott King was sworn in as sergeant. Chief Caskey recognized his family in attendance. Officer King has been an officer for twenty years serving as a reserve Ohio Highway Patrol officer and a Licking County reserve officer before coming to work for the Village in October 2000. Chief Caskey stated that Officer King holds himself to the highest of standards and will serve the Village well in his new leadership capacity. Mayor Hartfield and Council congratulated Officer King on his promotion.
Ordinance No. 11-2016, An Ordinance to Authorize the Village Manage to Execute a Contract Providing for the Sale of Water to Owens Corning Sales, LLC
As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the Public Hearing at 7:37pm.
Ordinance No. 11-2016, An Ordinance to Authorize the Village Manage to Execute a Contract Providing for the Sale of Water to Owens Corning Sales, LLC was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the Village of Alexandria also paid that 1.3 rate and how much did non-residents pay for water. Manager Pyles replied that both Alexandria and Kendal paid the same 1.3 rate for contracted, bulk water. Non-residents paid twice the residential rate.
Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 11-2016: Finkelman (yes); Johnson (yes); Lerner (yes); McGowan (yes); O’Keefe (yes); Vice Montgomery (yes); Mayor Hartfield (yes). Motion passed 7-0. Ordinance No. 11-2016 was approved
Resolution No. 2017-01, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Advertise for Bids for Various Village Projects and items Throughout 2017 was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Johnson. Second by Councilmember Finkelman.
Councilmember Lerner asked if the crosswalk signal bids will have options regarding the type/style of lights provided to the contractors. Manager Pyles advised that most likely a style will be selected prior to the bid process.
Vice Mayor Montgomery commented that the crosswalk signals at the new Thornwood Crossing were nice.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the storm water replacement project will solve the issue of ponding water at the South Cherry Street and West Broadway area. Manager Pyles responded in the affirmative as the new line will have increased capacity.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-01. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2017-01 was approved.
Resolution No. 2017-02, A Resolution to Permit the Demolition of the Ace Morgan Theater at 221 West College Street was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Finkelman. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked if Planning Commission’s concern about prohibiting student parking during events at the new venue should be part of this legislation. Law Director King indicated that issue should not be part of this legislation.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-02. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2017-02 was approved.
Resolution No. 2017-03, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Licking County Parks District was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Lerner. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Mayor Hartfield commented that this Memorandum outlining a process for oversight of the pathway was a great idea.
Councilmember O’Keefe asked how frequently the Village would patrol the T J Evans pathway. Manager Pyles indicated that the Village currently regularly drives the pathway checking for problems. The Village also currently reacts when residents call in and identify specific problems.
Councilmember Johnson appreciated that structure that this Memorandum would bring to maintaining the pathway. Manager Pyles advised that this agreement would formalize an existing arrangement between the Park District and the Village.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-03. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2017-03 was approved.
Resolution No. 2017-04, A Resolution to Authorize the Village Manager to Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Licking County Humane Society was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan. Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.
Councilmember O’Keefe commented that this agreement was a great idea. She also asked if staff knew how often the Humane Society responded to issues in Granville. Manager Pyles said the agreement was a great bargain as it cost the Village $1 per day. Regarding responses, the Humane Society responded to just a few calls in 2014, but in 2015 responded to several calls with all calls involving issues with cats, no dog issues.
Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-04. Motion carried. Resolution No. 2017-04 was approved.
Ordinance No. 01-2017, An Ordinance to Extend the Minor Amendment to the Site Development Plan for Spring Hills Baptist Church for the Granville Christian Academy was introduced and a hearing date recommended for January 18, 2017 by Councilmember O’Keefe. Second by Councilmember McGowan.
Mayor Hartfield scheduled a public hearing for Ordinance No. 01-2017 for the January 18, 2017 Council meeting.
Justine Nadolson, Board member of the Granville Christian Academy, advised Council that a church member purchase the property next door to the church at 1812 Newark-Granville Road. The Board intends to sell the property with the house in the front and build a middle and high school complex on the property in the rear. This information was not available at the time the request to extend use of the modular unit as a classroom. The Board has since released the information regarding their plans.
Councilmember Finkelman expressed some concern about the potential loss of tress on the back portion of the 1812 Newark-Granville Road property.
Councilmember Johnson asked if the Board was developing a strategic fundraising plan. Ms. Nadolson advised that they would be hiring a full-time development director.
Councilmember Johnson asked Law Director King if Council could extend the amendment to the development to three years even though the Planning Commission’s recommendation was for a two-year extension. Law Director King responded that Council could make an independent choice.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regularly Scheduled Meeting of January 4, 2017
Councilmember Johnson made a motion to approve the January 4, 2017 minutes. Second by Vice Mayor Montgomery. Motion passed.
Granville Community Foundation – (Lerner)
Councilmember Lerner reported that the next grant application deadline was January 15, 2017.
Granville Recreation District – (Johnson)
Planning Commission – (Montgomery)
Granville Arts Commission (O’Keefe)
Open Space Committee (Finkelman)
Councilmember Finkelman reported that the Committee was actively considering purchasing properties.
Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)
Union Cemetery – (McGowan)
OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS
Manager Pyles asked Council if Saturday, February 25th would be amenable to hold the next Council retreat in the Carriage House at Bryn Du. The retreat would be held from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
Council was presented with meeting dates for 2017. Council decided to cancel the July 5th meeting due to the holiday. Council also requested to cancel the December 20th meeting, if possible.
Vice Mayor Montgomery asked who was responsible for plowing the Newark-Granville Road pathway. He suggested that the Village be responsible for clearing the pathway during snow events. He requested that Council study the feasibility, time and associated cost issues. Mayor Hartfield responded that this issue had been discussed many times with no specific resolution. Council asked Manager Pyles to provide information regarding costs and feasibility for the Village to clear that pathway as well as a list prioritizing how snow was removed from Village roadways.
Councilmember Finkelman asked if staff had noted a change/reduction in traffic in the Village since the opening of the new Thornwood Crossing. Manager Pyles indicated that his observations seemed to indicate reduction. LCATS would be conducting a traffic survey in a month or two that would allow for a comparison with the study completed last summer.
Councilmember O’Keefe provided Council with a copy of the minutes from the recent Wellhead Protection Committee meeting. There was no new information discussed.
OTHER STAFF MATTERS
There were no Other Staff Matters.
Councilmember McGowan made a motion to adjourn. Second by Councilmember Finkelman. Motion carried.