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Council Minutes January 18, 2017

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE

COUNCIL MINUTES

January 18, 2017

 

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

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 18, 2017 agenda.  Second by Councilmember Finkelman.  Motion passed.

CITIZENS COMMENTS (7:31pm)

As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed Citizen Comments at 7:32pm.

PRESENTATION

New reserve police officers Lee Ericson and Matthew Newlun were sworn in by Mayor Hartfield.  Chief Caskey recognized both officers’ family in attendance.  Officer Ericson was in the Air Force from 1985 until 2008.  From 2008 through 2014, he worked as a Special Operations Specialist.  Officer Ericson currently worked for the Defense Supply Center as an explosives specialist.  Officer Ericson had a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

Office Newlun was a graduate of Lakewood High School.  He also was the first recipient of the Thomas Cottrell Award presented to him at his graduation from the Police Academy.

PUBLIC HEARING

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

As no one appeared to speak, Mayor Hartfield closed the Public Hearing at 7:40pm.

OLD BUSINESS

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 introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe. 

Discussion:

Councilmember Lerner recused herself from the meeting. 

Councilmember McGowan commented that the extension was needed to allow the school adequate time to fundraise. 

Councilmember Johnson moved to amend Ordinance No. 01-2017 to allow for a three-year extension instead of a two-year extension for the modular units.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve the amendment to extend the use of the modular units from two years to three years for Ordinance No. 01-2017:  Finkelman (yes); Johnson (yes); McGowan (yes); O’Keefe (yes); Vice Montgomery (yes); Mayor Hartfield (yes).  Motion passed 6-0.  The amendment to Ordinance No. 01-2017 was approved.

Mayor Hartfield called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance No. 01-2017as amended:  Johnson (yes); McGowan (yes); O’Keefe (yes); Finkelman (yes); Vice Montgomery (yes); Mayor Hartfield (yes).  Motion passed 6-0.  Ordinance No. 01-2017 was approved as amended.

Councilmember Lerner returned to the meeting.

NEW BUSINESS         

Resolution No. 2017-05, A Resolution to Express Appreciation to Bradley Smith for Service on the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember Johnson.  Second by Councilmember Finkelman.

No discussion.

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-05.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2017-05 was approved.

Resolution No. 2017-06, A Resolution to (Re)Appoint Members to the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals reappointing current members Jeff Gill and Kenneth Kemper and appointing Rob Rhodes was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Second by Councilmember Johnson.

Discussion:

Councilmember O’Keefe commented that Mr. Rhodes looked like a great candidate.

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-06.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2017-06 was approved.

Resolution No. 2017-07, A Resolution to (Re)Appoint Members to the Planning Commission reappointing Bill Wilken, appointing Carl Jennings to the Commission and Vice Mayor Rob Montgomery as Council’s Ex-Officio member was introduced and moved for approval by Vice Mayor Montgomery.  Second by Councilmember McGowan.

No discussion.

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-07.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2017-07 was approved.

Resolution No. 2017-04, A Resolution Authorizing the Village Manager to Prepare and Submit a Letter of Interest to the Ohio Department of Transportation for Funding Through the Transportation Alternative Program for Pedestrian Improvements to the Newark-Granville Road / Jones Road Intersection, the West Broadway Mid-Block Crosswalk Near Wildwood Park and Other Intersections as Specified was introduced and moved for approval by Councilmember McGowan.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.

Discussion:

Vice Mayor Montgomery commented that the numbers for the cost of the project were not adding up to the total amount requested.  Vice Mayor Montgomery also felt moving forward on these projects through a grant process was great, especially the Newark-Granville Road / Jones Road project.  He wondered if the savings on these projects would allow for the extension of the Newark-Granville Road pathway past Thornwood Crossing.  Manager Pyles advised that the total requested dollar amount of $48,500 was correct.  He would check each project number as the amounts were adjusted due to updated quotes.

Councilmember Johnson questioned why the flashing beacon at the South Main Street crosswalk was so expensive compared to the other signs being proposed.  Manager Pyles indicated that the flashing beacon on South Main Street was like the newly installed beacon on North Pearl Street.  The other flashing units were just signs with LED lighting outlining the sign.  Those lights were also just solar powered.

Councilmember O’Keefe asked if the speed limit on Newark-Granville Road could be lowered to 25mph.  Manager Pyles indicated that the speed limit could not be lowered.

Councilmember Finkelman asked if the new lighted crosswalk signs could be removed and used elsewhere in the future.  Manager Pyles responded in the affirmative.

Mayor Hartfield called for a vote to approve Resolution No. 2017-08.  Motion carried.  Resolution No. 2017-08 was approved.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Regularly Scheduled Meeting of January 4, 2017

Vice Mayor Montgomery made a motion to approve the January 4, 2017 minutes. Second by Councilmember Lerner.  Motion passed.

MAYOR'S REPORT – December

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

Vice Mayor Montgomery commented that the number of rear-end collisions have dropped dramatically now that the Thornwood Crossing interchange was opened. 

Councilmember Finkelman moved to accept the December 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.

MANAGER'S REPORT – December

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

Vice Mayor Montgomery commented that part of the reason tax revenues were higher than expected in 2016 was due to 2016 being a transition year.  With the changes in the tax law, the Village received five payments in 2016, instead of the usual four.  In 2017, the Village should see a better representation of how the new tax laws will impact Village revenues.

Councilmember O’Keefe asked how the Village was to report which homes might have lead solder.  Manager Pyles said the water department staff would base their conclusions on when the home was constructed and the age of the house.

Vice Mayor Montgomery suggested that the Village should not take down the leaf pick-up signs if the pick-up season was extended, as it caused hardship for the service department to pick-up leafs around parked vehicles. 

Councilmember Johnson asked why the Village was working on the pond in the Bryn Du subdivision.  Manager Pyles stated that the pond needed to be dredged to remove excessive silt deposits.  The pond was dedicated to the Village when that phase of the subdivision was built, so it was the Village’s responsibility.

Councilmember McGowan moved to accept the December Manager’s Report.  Second by Vice Mayor Montgomery.  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)

No report

Granville Recreation District – (Johnson)

No report.

Planning Commission – (Montgomery)

Vice Mayor Montgomery reported that Donatos four-foot projecting sign was approved.  It met all Village zoning requirements, but extends substantially out from the building.  Donatos wanted that sign located on the eastern side of the porch overhand.  Donatos withdrew their application for a “Hot Pizza, Cold Beer”  sign.  The Village Roots preliminary plat was also approved.

Councilmember Johnson expressed concern that Donatos projecting sign projected too far out over the sidewalk.  He questioned why they were not required to seek a right-of-way permit.  Law Director King advised that all Village downtown projecting signs were technically in the right-of-way, but the Village did not require a permit as the signs were above the sidewalk.  Councilmember Johnson again expressed his concern about the size of the sign and how far it projected from the building.  Other Councilmembers concurred.

Councilmember Johnson made a motion to request a review hearing regarding the Planning Commission approval of the Donatos projecting sign.  Second by Councilmember O’Keefe.  Motion passed.

Granville Arts Commission (O’Keefe)

Councilmember O’Keefe reported that the Commission approved a grant for the Denison Suzuki program, a $300 grant for the Chamber Art Walk and $2,000 for a consultant to be hired to assist the Community Arts forum.

Open Space Committee (Finkelman)

No report.

Tree & Landscape Commission – (Lerner)

Councilmember Lerner reported that the Tree & Landscape Commission was planning a community education event about the use of mulch for some time in April.

Union Cemetery – (McGowan)

No report.

OTHER COUNCIL MATTERS

Mayor Hartfield asked staff to plan to place plant materials at the southwest corner of Thornwood Crossing and Newark-Granville Road this spring, not wait until fall planting.

Councilmember Lerner asked the date of the Council Retreat.  Council advised it was scheduled for Saturday, February 25th from 9:00am until 1:00pm.

Councilmember Lerner explained that Mike Schmidt of Habitat for Humanity approached the Village about supporting the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Paint the Town program.  Councilmember Finkelman stated that he would contact Mr. Schmidt to determine how specifically they could help.  Clerk Prasher would forward the program information to Councilmember Finkelman.

Mayor Hartfield advised Council that a resident had contacted the Village wanting “Black Lives Matter” signs removed from yards as the signs were offensive.  Law Director King explained that he had spoken with the resident and tried to explain that the signs were protected by the Constitution as an expression of free speech.  Staff would continue to reach out to the esident.

OTHER STAFF MATTERS

Law Director King advised that the attorney representing Taco Dan’s case with the Fifth District Court requested a delay until February 10, 2017.

ADJOURNMENT (8:50pm

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

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