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Welcome to the Online Edition of the Granville November Election Candidate Forum


Sponsored by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Granville Sentinel


The Forum was developed by the Chamber and Sentinel based on our understanding of current issues, to those running for Trustee and Council. Each candidate had the opportunity to participate in a live public forum and was also provided the full list of questions in order to provide written responses. All written responses received are posted below.

 2015 Candidates

 

Granville Township Trustee

Candidates: B. Kevin Bennett, Ronda Saunders, Andrew King, MattMcGowan, Daniel D. Vanness

 

Township Fiscal Officer

Candidate: Jerry Miller

 

Village Council

Candidates: Dan Finkleman, Jeremy Johnson, Steven W. Mershon, Rob Montgomery, Jackie O'Keefe, Robert (Bob) A. Ramsay, Dan Rogers

 

Board of Education

Candidates: Amy Deeds, Russell T. Ginise, Andrew E. Kohn

 

2015 Candidate Questions

 

GRANVILLE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

 

  1. Village, township and school government are struggling with fewer tax revenues due to cutbacks at the state level, which has led to discussion about broadening the business tax base in the Granville School District. What should the township trustees’ role in this effort be?

    Andrew King: Granville is a great location for businesses; so, we should encourage them to locate in the well-established commercial areas. The Trustees have to be strong leaders because the Route 16 corridor (in the Township) is the best location for large businesses. Growing the tax base is the only long-term solution for avoiding tax increases.

    Matt McGowan: I think the Granville Township Trustees need to work with the Village Council to help broaden our tax base while still maintaining our small town quality of life.  (See question #3)

    Ronda Saunders: My role as Granville Township Trustee would be to keep the township portion of the tax rate as low as possible by eliminating the Open Space Tax and keeping operating expenses as low as possible.  For existing and new business, we need to be responsive to their needs in order to keep/welcome them in the community and be more open to extending water and sewer into the township.

  2. Also regarding tax revenue, the township’s general fund is expected to go into red ink by approximately year 2021 without additional revenue. Would you support a new general operations tax for that fund? Why?

    Andrew King: Homeowners already pay too much tax. We contribute to excellent schools, great parks, well-kept roads, and outstanding fire services. I believe that homeowners are paying their fair share. The Township, Village, and School District have lost a lot of state funding, but we need to look to other solutions before considering a new levy.  These solutions include the following. First, we need to find ways to spend less. For my part, I am refusing to take health insurance to cut costs. Second, we need to grow the tax base. The River Road and Route 16 areas already have a commercial footprint and are natural places to grow. Third, we need to look at all the levies and be selective in the levies placed on the ballot.  Ending part of the open-space levy was a good first-step to lowering the tax burden.

    Matt McGowan: It is important to maintain the Township quality of services.  The community needs to decide what important services they expect.  Perhaps the township can look at ways to be more efficient and effective. If needed the residents may decide to vote for a new general operations tax levy to maintain our quality of life.

    Jerry Miller: Granville Township’s General Fund will run out of money without additional revenue.  Road, Cemetery, Open Space and Fire Department property taxes are restricted monies and can only be spent as voted.  Restricted monies cannot be used to cover the general operation of the Township.  The General Fund’s balance become an issue for Granville Township, and many other local governments, when the State eliminated the inheritance tax at the end of 2012.  Granville Township received an average of $250,000 annually in inheritance tax over the last ten years (2004-2013).  Now my projections have the Generals Funds annual income estimated at $90,000 and the general operational expenses at $300,000.  This will quickly spend down the Generals Fund’s balance.Our cemetery levy keeps our cemeteries operational, a fire department levy’s keep the fire department operational, a General Fund Levy will be needed to keep the Township operational.  I am committed to supporting the Trustees as we work together to solve the General Fund issue.

    Ronda Saunders:  In today’s economy, 5 years is a long time.  I will question expenditures and keep overhead low.

  3. In the Granville Comprehensive Plan, areas are designated for light industrial and commercial uses. However, some of those areas lack services such as sewer or water. What should the Granville Township Trustees do to encourage business growth here?

    Andrew King: Water and (especially) sewer are necessary to develop the areas off Route 16. We need growth in that area to broaden our tax base. The preferred partner for delivering these services would be the Village, as it already provides service as far south as Kendal. The Township can encourage this extension through a variety of widely used economic development mechanisms, such as joint economic development districts and tax increment financing. I am certain that the Township must be the leaders in growing that area. 

    Matt McGowan: While on council, I voted to extend water and sewer to the Granville Intermediate School.  It will be important for the Village and Township to look at the Granville Comprehensive Plan and work together to help attract light industrial and positive commercial uses to help with the tax base while not destroying our small town quality of life.  I would be in favor of working with the Village Council for limited extension of sewer and water to meet those needs.

    Ronda Saunders:  The discussion needs to be reopened with the Village of Granville to discuss providing services to the township without annexation.  If they are not willing to provide services, dialog needs to be opened with the Southwest Licking Water and Sewer District.

  4. There is currently more than $4 million in the township’s Open Space levy fund, with an additional $300,000 added each year through a 1-mill tax levy. Has the Green Space program fulfilled its goals? Is it still needed and/or is the levy still needed?

    Andrew King: The Open-Space Levy served its primary purpose, which was to prevent annexation into Newark and preserve critical parcels from high-density development. With many parcels already acquired, in conjunction with the Township’s zoning, Granville’s future as a rural, historic place is now safe. So, the Township needs to take a hard look at whether this is still a necessary levy because there are now millions of dollars sitting idle, waiting to be spent. As it stands, it looks like a levy without a plan. If the Open Space Levy is going to continue, then we need to have a long-term plan with specific land targeted.

    Matt McGowan: While I was the Mayor I worked with Vice Mayor Candi Moore to acquire the Bryn Du property.  I think this property will continue to be an asset to the community for future generations.  I was glad to see that the second Green Space levy was not placed on the ballot last year.  However, the current 1 mill tax levy was approved by the majority of the residents.  Thus, it seems the majority of the resident would like to continue to use the green space levy money to enhance the Granville community.  I feel the Trustees need to get public input on what property would be a good investment in using the green space tax money.

    Ronda Saunders:  The Green Space Levy needs to be discontinued.  What its goals are is a matter of heated discussion.  Granville Township already has tools to slow development, such as zoning and comprehensive plan, and could use Agricultural Protection Districts at no cost to the tax payer.  By selling land that they already own, the trustees are sending a mixed message to the tax payer.

  5. What is your opinion of the ongoing discussions around building a new firehouse? Are you convinced that a new fire station is needed at this time and do you have a strong view as to where it should be built?

    Andrew King: No one seriously disputes that we need an improved fire station. The current fire station was configured when Granville still had a small, private fire department. We need to have great fire service now and into the future. The 2010 study concluded that a new station should be built in the core area of the Village, which is where about 90% of the calls come from. The study is a good starting place for discussion between all residents, especially if the police department can share the building.     

    Matt McGowan: On a personal note I am glad the fire station is uptown as I walked to the station last summer with a health issue and they did an excellent job.  One solution I have not heard discussed is whether or not to keep the fire station as is and build a smaller satellite station on the Denison property or on the south side of Rt 16.  I am not sure if a new fire station is needed at this time, but we need to continue exploring further our needs for the future and set priorities. I feel is it important to see what the community wants and are willing to fund with a bond issue.

    Ronda Saunders:  A new or remodeled fire house is in Granville’s future to allow the department to meet OSHA requirements and continue to provide the quality service that gives Granville a 3 ISO rating.   My concern is whether meeting the architectural requirements of the village will drive the costs of utilizing the current location above that of new construction outside the village.  Placement of the fire house is a key issue in response times.  I believe the final decision should be put to the voters.

VILLAGE COUNCIL SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

 

  1. Village, township and school government are struggling with fewer tax revenues due to cutbacks at the state level, which has led to discussion about broadening the business tax base in the Granville School District. What should Village Council’s role in this effort be?

    Dan Finkelman: At a minimum, Council’s role should be to encourage creative thinking, be open to new ideas while ensuring that any new development conforms to, and/or strengthens the ambiance and small town character of Granville.  Council, along with the Planning Commission and the Township may also choose to be more proactive and put forward a perspective to encourage specific and particular types of business activity within the Village.

    Jeremy Johnson: I believe Council should partner with the Granville School District and the Granville Township Trustees to collaboratively develop a clear, short, outline to share with prospective businesses.   This outline should define what properties are available, what services we can provide (water & sewer), and what zoning requirements are in place for the areas being considered for development.  We have great resources to offer and are well positioned to partner with interested businesses.  

    Rob Montgomery: Village Council should consider two things. First, does it make sense to extend utilities if the business is outside the Village. Second, if the business development is within the Village, does it make sense to forego Tax Increment Financing (TIF). This is what the Village did in the case of the Middleton assisted living facility that is under construction at Weaver Dr and Cherry St. Many entities will be enjoying the increased tax base that is emerging at this location.

    Jackie O’Keefe: By making Council decisions in a timely way and by ensuring that ordinances which are relevant to business expansion are clear and predictable, the Village can make it easier for business to encourage business. The Village Council is cognizant of budget pressures and we have approved, while I have been on Council, fiscally responsible budgets which include reserves for unexpected expenses as well as for budgets going forward.  We completed a study about 3 years ago which analyzed what our future income and expenses will be in the next 5 to 10 years and will keep this in mind when we approve our next budget.

    Bob Ramsay: First off - I will keep my views brief. The Village and the Township should develop a team to market our community to prospective business opportunities, a combined effort.  We need to solicit new business, not just wait for it to land in our laps. We also need to start thinking as a single team on all issues we face together.

  2. In the Granville Village/Township Comprehensive Plan, areas are designated for light industrial and commercial uses. However, some of those areas lack interested land owners, sufficient sewer or water and competitive tax packages. What is the Village Council’s role to do to encourage business growth here?

    Dan Finkelman:  Related to #1 above, the Village has tremendous leverage in its willingness (or not) to extend water/sewer services and/or to provide tax incentives.  I would believe that attractive candidates should be extended such encouragements, as appropriate.  As we contemplate adding an economic development resource to our Village planning resources, we would be in a much healthier position to play matchmaker between land owners and those interested in land for industrial and commercial uses.  I believe (again, along with the Planning Commission and the Township) this would be an area in which it would be very appropriate for Village Council to be involved.

    Jeremy Johnson: Same as #1 above.

    Rob Montgomery: If opportunities that make sense present themselves, Council should consider the specific situation. The Middleton assisted living facility is a good example of the Village acting in the interest of many parties, when a situation that made sense presented itself.

    Jackie O’Keefe: In the past, the Village developed a JEDD, a Joint Economic Development District which is an arrangement where the Village  and township would agree to work together to develop township land for commercial or industrial purposes.  I worked on this JEDD.  In this case water and sewer could be brought to the township.  At the time it was proposed, no entity was interested.  But this is a tool that could be used to bring business to the township.  Recently, the Village with the approval of Council, of which I was a part, pushed through the annexation in a timely fashion, of the property on which the new Senior Assisted Living complex is located.

    Bob Ramsay: I believe that the Comprehensive Plan is merely a guideline for us.  A property will only bring what it's worth in today's real estate market.  If it has short-comings, it has short-comings.  If and when the time comes that sewer and water becomes available then perhaps it will be utilized.

  3. When people think of retail and entertainment in Granville, they mostly think about Broadway between Main and Prospect streets. How do we encourage expanding walkable Granville business opportunities down South Main Street and to Weaver and River roads. Should we?

    Dan Finkelman:  Regardless of area, I believe we should always be encouraging “walkable” business opportunities.  Certainly, the River/Weaver Road area appears to be an attractive one for business development, given the nature of what is currently in the area and the fact that it is relatively separate from residential use.  Parts of South Main may also fit that bill, but we need to be mindful of the impact of “mixed use” activities on residential areas.

    Jeremy Johnson: I certainly believe we should encourage business in these areas.  Additionally, walkability is an overall Granville initiative that I support.  That said, I would also not want to see the downtown be “relocated” to these areas.  

    Rob Montgomery: I like retail and entertainment in the central business district, which is set up well for walkability. Main, Weaver and River Rd could potentially accommodate new parking.

    Jackie O’Keefe: Granville is a walkable community.  Residents want this.  Granville down south Main Street is a mixed use area, with residences and businesses located on that street.  One of the objectives of the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, whose Steering Committee I was a member of, was that Mixed Uses was something that should be encouraged.  It allows residents to walk to shops, banks, restaurants, etc.  As for expanding retail and entertainment on Weaver and River Roads, the Village has spoken with property owners and is willing to bring water and sewer to those areas, when they are interested in annexation.  The property on the corner of State Route 16 and Weaver was easily and quickly annexed by the present Council.  So too, we have agreed to the sidewalk on 16 by that Senior Citizen complex.

    Bob Ramsay: I feel that the current spread of retail/commercial area, as we may call Broadway between Main & Pearl Streets suits my taste.  I really don't want to imagine it otherwise.  Prospect and South Main Streets already have commercial/retail zoning but they seem to be on the periphery of downtown for our visitors. We do need to draw a line somewhere.  As for Weaver Drive and River Road, I don't just don't see them in the same context as our downtown experience.  By the way, there is already a walking/bicycle path (and bridge) to this area. Please remember, all new business start-ups are not necessarily retail in nature.

  4. The Village Zoning Code has been amended a number of times recently. Does the current code and review process appropriately protect valuable community assets or does it erect unnecessary barriers to investment?

    Dan Finkelman:  From my limited exposure (to-date), the current code and review process does indeed protect valuable community assets.  Moreover, the code has been often revised in light of opportunities and newly found needs and thus I believe presents no significant barriers to the Village doing what it wants and needs to do to encourage investment that is an appropriate fit with Granville.

    Jeremy Johnson: The current code and review process appropriately protect valuable community assets.  Further, we have made many changes to the zoning code to make it more predictable and reasonable.  Finally, the BZBA regularly hears applications for variances and grants those that are in the best interest of the community.

    Rob Montgomery: It appropriately protects valuable community assets.

    Jackie O’Keefe: As an ad hoc member of the Planning Commission, I have seen that there is room for improvement in our zoning code, to streamline approval by administrative approval. However, the purpose of our codes is to protect the charm and character of Granville as the majority of those responding to the survey for the Comprehensive Plan indicated that they wanted. I believe a zoning code is an evolving process.  And as needs occur, the code will address them.  Right now, we are looking at the code to see how we can address Denison University’s request for solar panels which will reduce its carbon footprint and help the environment.

    Bob Ramsay: I am not knowledgeable as to how significant the recent amendments have been.  I have seen the hoops and hurdles that it take for the Historic Area homeowners need to overcome for pretty standard home upkeep.  And the same for the local downtown businesses. Granville is not Williamsburg VA in my opinion.  Codes and zoning requirement just seem to keep adding up, one on top of another for years at a time.  I feel that the codes need a serious overhaul to remove obstructions, while preserving our village's nature. Change is constant, if we don't keep up, we will be left behind.

  5. The Bryn Du Commission that oversees the Bryn Du Mansion property is 10 years old. In your view has it fulfilled the mission that it was given when the Village and Township purchased the property? How should the Bryn Du mansion property change in the next ten years? What should be the Village Council’s role in such changes?

    Dan Finkelman:  I think the Bryn Du Commission has done a truly commendable job in adding recreational, arts, public and private events to the property.  This progress and success is a great example of what Township/Village cooperation is capable of achieving.  I do not have a crystal ball of any accuracy, but my guess is that the next 10 years should bring a continuation of the use case already established with perhaps even added emphasis on cultural events.

    Jeremy Johnson: I believe the Bryn Du Commission has done a good job of working towards the original mission it was given.  They continue to work diligently to fulfill the mission and provide first class services to guests and the Community.  As progress continues, I would like to see an increase in events open to the public.  As to the Council’s role, I believe we need to continue to support the good work being done through encouraging volunteering, appointing members to the Commission and, when appropriate, providing fiscal support for Community based initiatives.  

    Rob Montgomery: The Bryn Du commission is doing a great job of facilitating the community enjoyment of the Bryn Du mansion property. If anything, I think that it would be great to increase public event use at the property. I would be in favor of considering increased public funding to the sight if it meant that more of the public could enjoy the site, and it was a benefit to the business community.

    Jackie O’Keefe: The Village has supported Bryn Du by contributing to infrastructure improvements.  It has also supported such programs and the Granville Studio for the Visual Arts.  The Village’s aim when it purchased it was to preserve this treasure for the community.  Many community event such as the art show each spring which showcases local artists’ works and lectures on historical topics enrich the cultural life of our community.  I see more cultural events happening and the Village and I if reelected will continue to support them.

    Bob Ramsay: I would like to see our Village population have the opportunity to better utilize the Mansion. It seems to me that all I see is well-to-do weddings and polo - both out of my league.  Perhaps 1 or 2 charity events. Or an new annual, district youth sporting tournament of some sort.  Maybe the Porsche car show or the Blues Festival.  I have to admit that I do not know how many activities go on behind the front doors of that house but there is huge potential there we should take advantage of.

  6. The Village Council enacted a policy earlier this year regulating the number and kinds of events allowed in the downtown’s public rights of way. Do you think there are too many events in Granville or two few, and how do they help or hurt our community? Are there enough controls to balance neighborhood concerns with encouraging business vitality?

    Dan Finkelman:  We live just a few minutes walk from the center of town, so we are keenly aware of most events and we do not believe there are too many.  Moreover, we find that, overwhelmingly, the events are well managed and well controlled.  Yes, there is a lot more parking on my street on those days, but we find that a relatively small price to pay.  It is both fun and invigorating to see the town busy, or contributing to a good cause, or creating great memories.  I firmly believe the type and quality of events that we choose to host help our community in a number of ways.  For the most part, events boost local business.  Second, events introduce folks to Granville, who then come back to patronize the town’s amenities.  And finally, those events make this an interesting place to live.  While I would not want to see major productions every weekend, I do appreciate what we have and believe that a few more would not be counter-productive.

    Jeremy Johnson: I believe Community events bring the Community together.  That said, we do need to continue to balance downtown events with the needs and desires of our approximately 3,500 permanent residents as well as local businesses.  It should be noted, many events occur outside of the public right of way and are not regulated by the Village.  The Council has placed a greater emphasis on reviewing the downtown event calendar and on any impacts newly requested events would have prior to approving the event.

    Rob Montgomery: I voted for this policy. There are not too few events. Entertainment is good. More business customers are good. It's not good if the residents are inconvenienced more than they are enjoying the event, and it's not good if businesses are getting less customers because those who want to patronize businesses can't get to them. It's a balancing act that the policy has attempted to address.

    Jackie O’Keefe: We must balance downtown events with the needs of those who live in the vicinity of downtown. The Council has listened to both sides and tried to balance the needs of both residents and events promoters.  We will continue to do so.

    Bob Ramsay: I, like others, have noticed a surge events here, downtown.  It's a beautiful and popular place in the summer.  As for there being too many, as this time, I'll say no.  But I feel that we're approaching an overload.  If you live within 3 blocks of the downtown traffic can be a bear. If you just want to get across town, it's problematic.  I do not know the current equation for the number of events.  I do feel there should be a balance - 1 to 2 events, at most, a month. And let them pay for the police overtime.

  7. What is the appropriate role of tourism for Granville? Should tourism be promoted or curtailed?

    Dan Finkelman:  Under any and all circumstances, I believe that tourism should be promoted and not curtailed.  As above, tourism supports local businesses which in turn benefits Granville residents.

    Jeremy Johnson: I believe tourism is certainly important to both the vibrancy of our local business and to the general character of our downtown.  I do believe though tourism requires balance.  We have approximately 3,500 permanent residents many of who would tell you they moved to Granville for the “small town” atmosphere.  Thus, we need to assure the residents are also able to enjoy their Village.

    Rob Montgomery: As a famous movie line goes: "If you build it, they will come." We have two historic hotels and restaurants which are very popular. As for how much and what to build, that's to be considered one case at a time.

    Jackie O’Keefe: Granville is a charming, but small community.  I believe that the Chamber of Commerce has a large role in promoting tourism.  The Village helps by ensuring that we have a charming, clean, and safe community.  We work with the Chamber on such events as the Christmas Candlelight Walk. We also communicate with the museums in town and have supported them by giving funds through the Villages Granville Arts Commission which receives  proposals for funding, evaluates the requests, and distributes funds to support the programs of the museums and cultural events at Bryn Du. These events will draw in tourists.  I recently had an exchange student from Tunisia visit Granville.  He said “Granville is the most beautiful place. I would love to live here”  Our town speaks for itself.

    Bob Ramsay: Tourism should be promoted. We would we be without it?

  8. With the search for a new Village Planner underway, the Council has suggested that economic development be added as a responsibility for this role. Do you agree with this idea, and what qualities or priorities would you like to see for the next Village Planner?

    Dan Finkelman:  Yes, I agree wholeheartedly with this idea.  Preparing and doing the hard thinking about economic development cannot help but produce a better result for the community.

    Jeremy Johnson: I believe the addition of Economic Development emphasis is needed.  What this actually looks like is still undetermined.  If the next Village Planner has the right skill set and knowledge to add these responsibilities then perhaps this would be a good addition.  However, there may also be other avenues which need explored in implementing this emphasis such as a joint, limited time position, shared by the Village and the Township.

    Rob Montgomery: I was in favor of this idea. Among other things, I think that having a Village Planner that can help make the zoning regulations easily understood and not difficult to follow would be great.

    Jackie O’Keefe: I like the idea of having an economic development component added to Village Planner responsibilities.  That component has already been written into the job description of Village Planner.  Since the planner knows our regulations she/he can give future business developers information to help them decide how best to locate in Granville. And in fact previous businesses have worked with our Planner to develop their enterprises, i.e., the Senior Citizen’s Assisted Living Complex on Weaver Drive.

    Bob Ramsay: As a new candidate, I am not familiar with the current Village Planner's duties.  It may make it more difficult to hire a Planner.

  9. Residents and visitors of Granville often perceive that we have a problem with parking, particularly on days when there are events in town. In your opinion, is parking an issue in Granville, and if so, what would you do to improve parking in Granville?

    Dan Finkelman:  No question, on high traffic/big event days, parking is at a premium in town.  On just normally busy nights/days, it is occasionally inconvenient, but usually possible to find parking, in my experience.  I am far from being an expert in this, but it does strike me that we could do a better job identifying and signing our available parking so that it is obvious where to go when Broadway parking is full.  Before embarking on any big infrastructure changes, I would want to hear from some real experts.

    Jeremy Johnson: I believe parking is an issue that we will continue to be challenged with as we balance the desire to maintain our small town atmosphere but attract visitors to the downtown.  I don’t believe the cost of a multi-level parking structure is something the Village Residents would want to bear.  That said, there are opportunities to explore existing or new flat lots on the Village perimeter from which an affordable trolley or other service could be offered.

    Rob Montgomery: I think more parking would be helpful. I would be in favor of studying the possibility of construction of a multi-story garage behind the businesses on the north side of East Broadway between Main and Prospect streets.

    Jackie O’Keefe: I do not believe parking is as serious a problem as some would think.  Yes, you cannot always park in front of the restaurant, post office, etc., and one might have to walk a bit.  But eventually, I believe one can find parking.  We have looked into building a parking lot in the past, however, the Village has limited options for doing that.  Things may change though and Council will listen and do what it can.

    Bob Ramsay: What happened to the days when you just pulled up to the front door of Taylor's Drugs and parked?  I admit that I'm not happy when I have to park 1 block away (after a loop around the block) and walk. Though in a few years it may be 2 blocks - in February.  Anyplace  that you vacation that is popular has a parking issue.  If it wasn't for the leniency of CVS and the Huntington Bank (thank you!) we'd all notice the difference.  When they move the fire station, I like to see a multi-level garage built in its' place. It could be used by downtown employees and visitors alike.  $1.00 a day. This problem will be worse before it gets better. Time to start facing the music on this issue.

Candidate Dan Rogers submitted the following response to the list of questions:
As a local businessman and long-time resident of Granville, I believe Granville is such a wonderful place to live and work. However, one must keep a watchful eye on the future. 

We need to increase our tax base and balance out our residential to commercial tax liabilities. By expanding our business opportunities in the township and by embracing our local small businesses in town, which are both essential to economic growth, we can develop a healthy tax base. When an economic plan is agreed upon, the village's role should be pro-business development. 

Despite the numerous discussions of code and zoning, the bottom line and most important aspect is planning for the future, including bringing new ideas to the table, for example. 

What I have seen as a major problem is the growing traffic in town. Granville residents experience it everyday. An expansion of business equals more traffic, and currently, there is not adequate parking in town. We critically need a parking structure on Main Street, for example, across from the IGA or at another suitable location. Such a parking structure would be used daily by the folks of our town who work at the post office, the police department, and other village employees, in addition to most, if not all, of the employees of the many small businesses in town. Furthermore, utilization of a parking structure by the many public buses that come to town will further free congestion, opening up parking in town and making parking easier and convenient for both the customer and the resident. 

Finally, on special events, additional parking would provide the perfect place for tourists and residents to park the overflow of cars that enter town. A small shuttle can be implemented to safely transport guests to and from their vehicles. Possible shuttle stop locations could include the River Road area, the Downtown area, or even the Bryn Du facility. Imagine enjoying a wonderful experience or outing in Granville with easy parking. 

We can increase the use of the Mansion by moving village offices to that area, which would free up more parking, retail and office space, while again increasing our tax base. We could make existing events better and more highly attended because of the increased ease of parking at those events, providing parking services for the local attendees, as well as decreasing congestion. With such an increase in tourism, everyone of the town benefits. Tourists and guests who visit will be eager to return to again frequent our local businesses, thus bringing continued revenue to Granville.

In particular, the village's role in economic development is essential for business growth and should go hand-in-hand with the township. The village should also increase its roll with the chamber of commerce to create a unified and functional business plan. 

In closing, we all love Granville for its small town nature and charm. A pro-business approach by the village is very important in keeping Granville a fun and successful place to live and visit. Granville's many restaurants and events represent a positive experience for all. Vote for Dan... Dan Rogers for Granville Village Council. Nov 5.