Council: November 18th 2019

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL
Mayfield Village Civic Hall – Mayfield Village Civic Center
Monday, November 18, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

The Council of Mayfield Village met in Regular Session on Monday, November 18, 2019, at Mayfield Village Civic Hall.   Council President Saponaro called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL:

Present: Mr. Marquardt, Mr. Meyers, Mrs. Mills, Mr. Schutt, Mr. Saponaro, and Mr. Williams

Also Present: Mr. Wynne, Mr. Coyne, Mr. Cappello, Chief Carcioppolo, Chief Matias, Mr. Marrelli, Mr. McAvinew, Mr. Metzung, Mr. Marquart, Ms. Wolgamuth, and Mrs. Betsa

Absent: Dr. Parker and Mayor Bodnar

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given.

  • Proposed Ordinance No. 2019-17, entitled, “An Ordinance revising the zone map of Mayfield Village so as to amend the zoning classification of land located on SOM Center Road, Mayfield Village and known as Permanent Parcel Number 831-15-003 from its current classification to Office Laboratory District.” Introduced by Mayor Bodnar (First Reading – August 19, 2019; Second Reading–September 23, 2019) (Administration)

Council President Saponaro stated, this is a public hearing.  I am going to ask Law Director Anthony Coyne to provide comments at this time.

  • COMMENTS BY LAW DIRECTOR ANTHONY J. COYNE

Thank you Council President.  There are actually two items on the agenda that relate to public hearings for the rezoning of land within Mayfield Village.  Those of you who are here for Ordinance 2019-18 which is the second item on the agenda affecting property at 6625 Wilson Mills Road currently owned by the Board of Education, the same rules will apply so if you could just listen to me so I don’t have to repeat the ground rules a second time.

This is a public hearing.  We will hear from the applicant for this rezoning matter before you that was just read.  The applicant will present the rezoning and generally discuss what’s expected to be used with the property.  When the applicant has concluded, we will ask any members of the audience who have comments or questions and are in favor of the zoning change to speak so the first opportunity for those in favor of the zoning change will be given an opportunity to speak.

When they are done, whoever they are, we will ask those who are opposed to the zoning matter to also address the Council body.  We will let those folks speak as well.  After that, we will close the public portion of that matter on the agenda and if the Council members have questions, we can discuss those then.  They won’t be taking action at this time.  There is a regular Council meeting after this, but that’s the ground rules for the public hearing.  If anyone has any questions, I can answer them now or we can proceed.

  • PRESENTATION BY REPRESENTATIVES OF GEORGIAN MEDICAL ARTS II, LLC

Council President Saponaro stated, all right.  Now we will have a presentation by the representatives of Georgian Medical Arts II, LLC.  If you can please go to the podium, state your name and address for the record.

Dennis Nevar
Kenneth Fisher, LPA
2100 Terminal Tower
50 Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio   44113

Also in attendance with me are Dr. Yoram Moyal, the property owner and Ed Parker of Meld Architects.  This ordinance requests the rezoning from the single-family residence district to the office-laboratory district.  Mr. Parker will go through the proposed project development here with you all shortly.  We are looking for an office-laboratory rezoning. Certainly pursuant to the Charter, this will have to go to the electorate hopefully within the time limitations we are dealing with, at the March 17, 2020 election.

We are in active negotiations with the Village in regard to a Development Agreement. We are still working on a couple points in there.  Specifically as it currently stands, the Village is requesting that construction commence within 12 months of the rezoning with a potential 12 month extension at the Village’s discretion.  We contend that that time limitation is a little short here because we certainly need to come back to the Village in the event that rezoning is approved and work through the administrative approval process including, without limitation, a conditional use permit for this property.  We are also working on a couple of issues relative to potential traffic issues and infrastructure which we would like to see as part of the administrative approval process and not carry forward after construction has been completed and certificate of occupancy issued.

In short, before I turn this to Dr. Moyal, I would request that Ordinance 2019-17 be approved and this issue be submitted to the electorate at the March 17, 2020 election.

Mr. Coyne stated, if I could just chime in briefly.  The issue of the Development Agreement will probably be discussed at the Council meeting this evening so we don’t need to address that as it relates to the zoning change in front of the body tonight. We will at the next meeting in an hour.

Dr. Yoram Moyal
730 SOM Center Road
Mayfield Village, Ohio

Thank you Council members. The Mayor’s not present.  Thank you Mayor.  My main comments are by the proposed project we will hopefully get through here.  As you all know, medicine is changing.  Medicine used to be primary in-patient medicine.  A patient went into the hospital to get a procedure done.  They had surgery done and normally they would stay a few days in the hospital and if things are well they would be discharged and go home.  The gist of healthcare now is changing from an in-patient to an outpatient procedure.  Most of the healthcare dollars today are spent primarily in the healthcare but they are really pushing our patients to be outpatient for procedures and so on.

The new investment in healthcare today especially in surgical healthcare, they allow procedures to be done as an outpatient in a very expeditious way, very safe and very very clean without infections, without complications.  Those are done in a medical health center and procedure center where we do cataract surgery, colonoscopies, certain orthopedic procedures are at the urgent care center or surgery center.  We are planning to with this proposed healthcare center or surgery center, outpatient center, in a facility which we can go along with our medical building. We have a large medical building which is sitting in the back of our property.  It’s about 51,000 square foot.  47,000 square foot is occupied with medical professionals.  We have been with Mayfield Village for almost 19 years.  We have been providing healthcare for a lot of the residents here, a lot of outside residents who do come here.  There’s really no outside or close outpatient urgent care surgery type or one-day procedure for people to come in, have their surgery, and be discharged home to their own safe environment.  Most of our residents have to travel out of the city into other cities and then drive back.  We think that this center would be an enhancement to our care here.

We are a partnership with University Hospital which is obviously one of the top healthcare systems here in the city and also nationally. Some people like the Clinic.  That’s perfectly fine, but I think that having this center here in our front lot would enhance two major things.  One is healthcare delivery to our patients, one day delivery that would be also very advantageous to our own patients here in the Village and also our residents that live in the Village.  We of course have worked with the city before. We will continue to work with the city.  We have worked pretty closely with the architect of the city.  We will try to be the least intrusive as possible.  Everybody is not right for healthcare. It is excellent healthcare delivery through the system that we have.  Hopefully you can extend it.  It would be a tremendous asset to the city and to our residents and I think it’s a very wonderful project.  Thank you.

Council President Saponaro asked, Dr. Moyal, you had mentioned, you said the term urgent care?

Dr. Moyal clarified, urgent care facility.  The outpatient surgeries.

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you.  I just want to be clear.  This is a surgery center, not an urgent care center.

Dr. Moyal stated, no, no.  It’s an outpatient surgery center.  It’s a one-day surgery center.  If anyone needed a tonsillectomy, it’s an in and out cataract surgery, in and out procedure on knee surgeries.  No complexity surgeries.

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you.  I just wanted to clarify that.

Dr. Moyal asked, any questions?  Am I out of line if I ask for questions?

Council President Saponaro replied, it’s fine.  But we will get questions from the general public and then from Council as well.

Dr. Moyal stated, thank you very much.

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you.

Ed Parker
Meld Architects
6716 Metropark Drive
Mayfield Village, Ohio

Basically what you are looking at at the screens here, you have the aerial top right which shows you exactly where it is, 730 SOM Center Road, right next to Smokin’ Q’s Barbecue and the drive that actually leads to an ODOT salt shed.  The existing site as it is zoned right now, this is a buildable area, right down the center you have an easement for the utilities of the UH building.  Basically the lot is zoned for two single-family homes, not very complimentary to what is existing there.  Almost unbuildable if you look at the northernmost part of the lot.  The proposed building is to be a single story building only, two buildings.  The one at the south would be approximately 12,000-14,000 square feet.  As mentioned, a surgery center.  The north building would be approximately 5,000-7,000 square feet and this would be geared towards medical offices, maybe family practice doctors, more individual type offices.  But both buildings have the function of just during business hours, 7:00-7:00 basically.  So when you think about traffic, you are really talking about just the people who are going to come in and park.  They are not staying overnight.  Business closes as the building in the back already operates.  The proposed buildings are in the Georgian style right now to complement the existing.  There’s discussion of what else could happen there as far as the actual architecture but the focus here is to realize that it’s a one-story building.  It’s not a three-story building as in the rear of the property.  All of it is to compliment the surrounding area. One thing to mention, on the setbacks, it’s more to follow across the street, Smokin’ Q’s on the property south are very close to the road and we would be following the setbacks that are actually aerial more to the bottom right of the screen.  It’s the grayed out area.  It shows you where that is.  Here’s some views.  Just a proposal of it, how it would actually impact that drive.

Council President Saponaro stated, okay, so now we will open up to the public.  Anyone who is in favor of this project and wants to speak on it, please come up.  Please state your name and your address and come to the podium and speak in favor of it.

There were no comments.

Council President Saponaro stated, so now we will have those who are not in favor of it to please come to the podium and speak on it.

OPEN PORTION:

5-minute limit imposed by Chair. Those who wish to speak must first state their name and address.  (The public is requested to limit their discussion to agenda item only.

Derek McDowell
6543 Highland Road
Mayfield Village, Ohio

I just have some questions.  I am not for or against it.  My questions are just mainly two points, concerns that I have had about obviously businesses growing in the community, particularly a surgical center.  I just was wondering, would you have a private ambulance service contract in place for transports or surgeries that might go south, or would you plan on utilizing Mayfield Village’s Fire and EMS service?  The other question I would have would be about capacities.  About how many offices or physicians would you have and also an estimated number of surgeries per day in terms of about how many people would you anticipate in terms of these offices and how many people would you have coming and going through these offices, particularly for traffic?  And would we need eventually a light at this intersection?

Council President Saponaro stated to Dr. Moyal, to make this easy and I appreciate your questions, you need to go up to the podium just so that everyone can hear what your answers are.

Dr. Moyal stated, one question is about the number of patients.  It’s a one-day center.  Patients are scheduled throughout the day.  The volume is not going to be that high.  Just for reference, we see in the medical center behind about 12,000 visits a year.  I don’t know what impact that has on the traffic, but we don’t have any issues coming in or patients who complain about parking.  We can say that our parking lot is never ever full.  As far as patient care, I don’t believe it’s going to affect the city or the traffic. Our building has grown.  We have an increased number of professionals, surgeons, pediatrics, eye doctors, podiatrists and so on and so forth.  Even now, because when we first started we didn’t have the number of physicians.  Even now that the building is full, almost 100% occupied, we don’t have any issues.  I don’t know if the police department can attest to it to with any issues with traffic going in and out.  The main issue we have is basically the traffic coming out of Progressive.  At about 5:00, like any big city that has traffic, we have a little bit of traffic.  I think as far as putting a light there, I am not sure.  I am not the expert to speak.  People actually do those studies, they come in and they run the numbers and see if you need a traffic light.  In short, I don’t foresee any tremendous increase in volume that would affect traffic pattern or parking.  There was another question.

Council President Saponaro stated, the other question was dealing with the private ambulance in case there’s a problem with a surgery.

Dr. Moyal stated, those are one-day. That means, you come in, you have your knee done and you are going home.  Somebody’s going to take you, bring you in and take you home.  Emergencies are emergencies. Somebody has a heart attack, we have to attend to it.  If somebody has a complication, we have to attend to it.  We have those services and we call 911 like everybody else does.  Do we have anyone from the Fire Department here?  I don’t know how many times we call you from the building.  We have seen 12,000 patients a year.   I don’t know how many 911 calls you get from the building.  That is going to be far less than 12,000.  It’s not even going to be close.

Chief Carcioppolo stated, I can look it up.

Dr. Moyal asked, would you?  I would appreciate it.

Mr. Coyne stated, let me help out a little bit.

Dr. Moyal stated, I don’t think it’s an undue burden on the Fire Department.

Mr. Coyne stated, doctor, if I can assist to some degree.  There is a Development Agreement that has been drafted and there are a few modifications that are being requested. Among the modifications not being requested are the fact that the applicant has recognized that there will be the appropriate due diligence by professional staff and likely a traffic study to determine if infrastructure improvements are going to be needed.  That will probably be done up front.  We currently want to be able to revisit that but we will talk about that given the Development Agreement’s language.

The second thing that’s in the Development Agreement that hasn’t been contested at all and has been agreed to in principle, is the use of private ambulatory services generally speaking.  So you are going to have to have the developer of the property with Dr. Moyal will have to have a private ambulatory service available for the patients that are coming to or from the facility for surgical procedures, okay?  Now, that’s not uncommon in a lot of communities, but the caveat always is, if there’s an emergency independently, the safety forces of this community will respond to those and have to respond to those.  But by and large, the burden will be on the developer of the surgery center to have their own private ambulatory system.

  • QUESTIONS/COMMENTS BY COUNCIL/BOARDS/COMMISSIONS

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you. All right.  That being everyone who wanted to speak on that issue, does any member of Council or any Boards or Commission members who may be present have any comments that they would like to make?

Mr. Williams asked, you mentioned colonoscopy, is that they will do or won’t do colonoscopies there?

Dr. Moyal replied, will.  It’s an outpatient procedure

Council President Saponaro asked, any other questions?

Kenny Simmons
721 SOM Center Road

A couple of questions I have, how close is the building going to be from the street?

Council President Saponaro stated, the setback they have listed up there.  It’s a normal setback.

Mr. Coyne replied, it’s 60 feet.  That building is much farther back.

Mr. Simmons asked, and the parking lot would be right inside?

Mr. Coyne replied, it will be behind the building.

Council President Saponaro stated, proposed parking is this light pink area.

Mr. Simmons stated, I was concerned about lighting the parking lot.  When you guys moved in there a few years back, the lights were glaring.  You took care of it right away.  That was my big concern about lights.  They will come right through my front window.  60 feet back, there won’t be any problems with the lights and if there are you will be able to put shields on them?

Mr. Coyne replied, as part of the Development Agreement, the applicant has not objected to the hours of operation until 7:00 p.m., so in terms of lighting, they will have sufficient lighting for safety, but they won’t be going all night if that’s your question.

Mr. Simmons stated, okay.  That was my big question.

Council President Saponaro stated, all right.  Thank you sir.

Derek McDowell
6543 Highland Road

Are the lights going to be directional in the Development Agreement?

Mr. Coyne replied, the Development Agreement doesn’t get into that kind of specificity because that’s not the stage we are at.  That will get reviewed by professional staff here at the Village at that time and I am sure those issues will be addressed.

Mr. McDowell asked, Mayfield Village has ordinances on that?

Mr. Coyne replied, yes, light pollution and there are things we will look at in that respect, yes.

Mr. McDowell asked, do we know what the policy is currently in place for parking lot lights?

Mr. Coyne stated, John can answer that.

Mr. Marrelli replied, we require a lighting diagram showing that there’s no foot candles off of the property line.

Mr. McDowell stated, okay thank you.

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you Mr. Marrelli.

Chief Carcioppolo stated, Council President, I have those numbers on the calls.  In 2018, there were 18 calls to the current building and in 2019 to date, we are at 11.  That gives you a bearing on volume based on his statement of how many patients they see at the current building.

Council President Saponaro stated, okay.  Thank you Chief Carcioppolo.

  • Proposed Ordinance No. 2019-18, entitled, “An Ordinance revising the zone map of Mayfield Village so as to amend the zoning classification of 0.379 acres of land located at 6625 Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village and known as a portion of Permanent Parcel Number 831-15-014 from its current classification to Small Office Building District.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar (First Reading–August 19, 2019; Second Reading- September 23, 2019) (Administration)

Council President Saponaro stated, Mr. Coyne has previously made comments regarding the process.  Now we would ask the representatives from the Mayfield City School Board if you could please come up, state your name and address and your title with this Board so we know who you are.  Welcome.

  • PRESENTATION BY REPRESENTATIVES OF MAYFIELD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Scott Snyder
Treasurer, Mayfield City Schools
1101 SOM Center Road
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Thank you Council President Saponaro and members of Council.  Presenting with me this evening is Mr. Steve Nedlik, our Assistant Superintendent who’s on my left and Mr. Jeff Henderson, architect with ThenDesign Architecture on my right.  I will let them introduce themselves when they take the microphone if that’s okay.  With us this evening are three Board members. In the green shirt is Mr. Al Hess.  On his left is Ms. Sue Groszek and on her left is Mr. George Hughes.

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you.

Mr. Snyder stated, I will provide the background information on the building and its historical use.

Mr. Coyne stated, point of order Council President, I just wanted to note for the record, so we all know for the record exactly which property this is.  There has been in the past two different addresses used for the property. On the ordinance and in the language with your agenda, it’s 6625 Wilson Mills Road, but there is indication in the past and on the building that an address has been used as 784 SOM Center Road so while we all know which building we are talking about, I just wanted the record to reflect there have been two addresses used for that property.  So you can proceed.

Mr. Snyder stated, the street address for that property is 784.

Mr. Coyne stated, right.

Mr. Snyder continued, the parcel itself is linked to the Center School building which is why it’s confusing.

Mr. Coyne stated, right, correct.

Mr. Snyder stated, we are talking about the building that you’re seeing on the screen which is known as the old schoolhouse for our purposes.  As you can see in the one area, the building has most recently been used as an administrative building.  It’s been an administrative building for district operations.  It has also been an administrative or office use building for Mayfield Village. As another point of reference from our perspective, it’s acted as almost an enterprise in that our community education and recreation department which was serving patrons, registering patrons, having both foot and car traffic on to that site, was also housed in that facility.  Most recently we attempted to use it as a professional development building but because of its limitations which Mr. Nedlik will get into in a moment, it didn’t necessarily conform or fit with that type of use.  Currently it is not being used by the district and we have a tenant in there at the moment.

Council President Saponaro asked, Mr. Snyder, just for the record, the spelling of your last name?

Mr. Snyder replied, S-n-y-d-e-r.

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you so much.

Mr. Snyder replied, thank you.

Steve Nedlik
Assistant Superintendent
Mayfield City Schools
1101 SOM Center Road

Thank you Council President and members of Council.  Currently, the building has remained off-line and inactive for approximately 10 years.  In that time period, the building has continued to cost the district funds to continue to heat it, insure it, and maintain the grounds and the areas around it.  It is not ADA compliant.  The only restroom is in the cellar of the building.  There is no lift or elevator to the second or third floors.  It can’t be used at this particular time for any educational purpose.  We cannot put students in that facility to conduct any type of programming or class.  It is currently zoned residential. We are seeking a change to office use which is primarily what it has been used for in the past.

Jeff Henderson
TDA Architecture
4135 Gary Street
Willoughby

What you see now is the proposed split, the proposed property surrounding the existing building.  The process, we have gone through the city, with Planning and Zoning.  They’ve seen and reviewed this.  We have also talked to traffic and reviewed some of the traffic flows which really don’t change a whole lot with this proposal.  This shows the aerial.  It kind of shows the property and then the proposed parking around the site.

Scott Snyder
Treasurer, Mayfield City Schools

The parking, as you can see is angled on the top sheet.  We have already moved the parking inside the proposed lot split so it can conform to the office use that we are proposing.  However, you can see we are also going to be maintaining a permanent easement for our traffic flow so that in the event that anything happened with that parcel in the future that it would not impede our primary function and that is operating Center School.

Council President Saponaro stated, okay, you guys are all finished?  Awesome.  So I am going to open it up to anyone who is in favor of this proposal.  Please come up, state your name and address, show your support.

There were no comments.

Council President Saponaro asked, anyone who is opposed, state your name and address and show your support.

OPEN PORTION:

5-minute limit imposed by Chair. Those who wish to speak must first state their name and address.  (The public is requested to limit their discussion to agenda item only.

Derek McDowell
6543 Highland Road

You stated that the parcel is currently zoned residential and has not been active for 10 years.  The School Board has stated that it’s currently occupied.  Who’s currently occupying the building?

Mr. Nedlik replied, Skoda Construction has a short-term lease for that building at this time.

Mr. McDowell asked, is that the only tenant?

Mr. Nedlik replied, I believe Chris is also sharing some of it with MELD.

Mr. McDowell asked, when did the lease start?

Mr. Nedlik replied, April.

Mr. McDowell asked, April 2019?

Mr. Nedlik replied, April 2019 to current.

Mr. McDowell stated, in the Voice of the Village, Mr. Coyne stated in order for office use other than a school district to be permitted here, a zoning change is necessary.  Is that true, Mr. Coyne?

Mr. Coyne replied, the Village or the School District is exempt from those restrictions because it’s administrative use.

Mr. McDowell asked, tenants are exempt as well?

Mr. Coyne replied, I have not looked at the tenant issue on that but it’s something that obviously is being addressed given what’s happening with the development of the property.

Mr. McDowell asked, so if I had an in-home assisted care facility in my house, that would be okay?

Mr. Coyne replied, there are certain home occupations that you actually can have in your house, absolutely.  We updated that recently.  We have a whole list of home occupations that you can have.

Mr. McDowell stated, I just thought zoning was maintained for the occupancy of the building.

Mr. Coyne replied, correct.  The building itself is historic as well, so this seems to be a way to preserve that.  The building is landmarked as well.

Mr. McDowell asked, so do all of the tenants in the school building currently undergo background checks as it is a school building?

Mr. Coyne replied, I don’t know if that’s something they would do for the record.  This wouldn’t be the time to get into that.

Mr. Dell said, so as my daughter goes to Center Elementary, I am concerned for the safety of my child.  That’s what my concern is is that the school and this rezoning and the process and the end goal is for that to be a privately-owned business and building?

Mr. Coyne replied, that would be the case with any privately-owned business.

Mr. McDowell stated, but it’s currently not private.

Mr. Coyne stated, it is publicly-owned, correct.

Mr. McDowell stated, that’s my concern.  One of my concerns is safety and close proximity of the school.  You guys don’t know for the record.

Mr. Nedlik stated, Council President, when we drafted a short-term lease with the tenant, there was not a requirement for background checks.  It’s very limited use.  It’s only a handful of people in that building.  It’s in the very same proximity to the Village Community Room which is right across the parking lot as well which has folks in and out for different events throughout the day.   Our Resource Officer is also present at Center School in the event there is any kind of disturbance either on the property or outside of the property.  At this particular time, with the short-term lease that we’ve had, we have been studying its impact on traffic, its impact on parking, the impact it may or may not have to the school community.  That’s kind of where we are at to present.  The next step was to see if the zoning would be considered to be put on the election in March and if that were to pass, we have some options for our Board of Education to consider moving forward.

Mr. Coyne stated, okay.  Fair enough.

Mr. McDowell stated, if I understand this correctly, the goal of the Village rezoning this is ultimately to ease traffic and remove lights on Wilson Mills by the high school, is that correct?

Council President Saponaro stated, that has nothing to do with this property.

Mr. Coyne stated, it’s just a rezoning.  That’s a separate property.

Mr. McDowell stated, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there’s-

Council President Saponaro stated, al we are talking about is this piece of property.  We are not talking about anything else.  So if you have a question regarding this property, please address it and if you don’t you can address that elsewhere.

Mr. McDowell asked, so, there’s no other purposes in the arrangement for the rezoning of this property?

Mr. Coyne replied, it’s just a rezoning on the property.

Council President Saponaro stated, it’s just a rezoning of the property. The School Board can’t use it.  No one can tear it down because it’s a historic building so we are trying to have the building have a use because it can’t be used for the children as the School Board has stated.

Mr. McDowell asked, so there’s not an agreement for a 3 property swap?

Council President Saponaro stated, no.  We are just talking about this building. I am not sure where you are getting your information, but at this meeting, we are talking about this building.  If you have an issue regarding this particular proposal, regarding this building, then that’s fine.  If you want to address anything you want with administration, you certainly can or any one of our Council, absolutely.  But not at this public meeting.  That’s fair afield for what our purposes are.

Mr. McDowell stated, my question is, I read an article –

Council President Saponaro stated, I understand that, but it has nothing to do with what we are doing tonight.  We have to stick to the public hearing.  The public hearing is about this building.  So that’s really what we have to talk about.

Mr. McDowell stated, okay.  All right.

Council President Saponaro stated, but you also have open portions of Council meetings that you are more than welcome to come to.  Talk to any of your Council members about that, you certainly can.  Or you can address it with Administration directly.  You have got a lot of options, absolutely.

Mr. McDowell stated, okay.  Sure.  So my other issue with this is as noted in the diagram, Center School is losing parking spaces.  I was at an event earlier this year.  I overheard a man talk to a police officer about how he was having trouble crossing the street.  There wasn’t enough parking spaces and he wanted to get to the event at the school.  My concern is about parking spaces.  At the Community Room, there’s about 121 spaces.  We lost about 10% of the spots.  This will again take about 10% of the parking spots away when we turn it over to a private business.  If you have ever been at an event at Center School, there’s tons of people parking across the street, walking over, parking here, walking over.  I am just wondering long term, that’s the concerns.  That area right there that’s highlighted is the parent drop-off and pick-up. If this gets rezoned and passed what’s the goal with the parking?

Mr. Coyne replied, first of all, it doesn’t interfere with the drop-off and pick-up.  As it relates to the parking that’s there and access to it, there’s going to be an easement established as well so that can certainly be discussed at that time once the zoning is changed.  Also, again, traffic and engineering will look at it to insure that that can be done safely.  If there’s a need for additional parking, certainly the eventual owner can certainly do something with the Village with the Community Center or with the School for after-school events.  That’s something that can be discussed, but that’s going to be between other parties.  This is just about the zoning change.

Steve Jerome
665 Robley Lane

Good evening.  I just wanted to state my wife and I’s feeling about something that’s so iconic.  My wife’s father was a fireman here for 33 years so they were around that property for many years.  We are against the proposed rezoning of the old schoolhouse. We feel that it doesn’t serve any benefit to the residents and we don’t need any more commercial activity in an already big intersection.  If anything I believe the Village is in a strong financial strategic position to purchase the building if the School District feels it is such a burden to keep.  I don’t know if that’s ever been discussed, but that’s I think an option if the School District is running out of options themselves, but I think changing into commercial is not in the best interest.  I am a young man.  I plan on being here a long time and raising a family and I feel if we do this we won’t be able to come back and this building’s going to be gone forever.  I understand it’s a historic building and they can’t tear it down.  I think once it goes into private hands, something down the road I am not in favor of.  Thank you.

Council President Saponaro stated, thank you Mr. Jerome.  Anyone else?

There were no further comments.

  • QUESTIONS/COMMENTS BY COUNCIL/BOARDS/COMMISSIONS

Council President Saponaro asked, any questions from members of Council or any other Boards or Commissions?

There were no questions.

ADJOURNMENT

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marquardt, made a motion to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.