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T & L Minutes October 13, 2009

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission


Meeting of October 13, 2009

Present:  Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests:  Terry Hopkins, Tom McCray, Darren Willey


The minutes of the September meeting were reviewed and approved.  Don advised that we will now have a sign-in book for citizens present in our meetings.


Old Business: 

We discussed the Urban Forestry Conference we attended in September.  Of particular interest is the declining health of our maple trees.  Don H. shared information on “maple decline” he found.  Terry feels the most prevalent issues with our maples are space and soil compaction.


Concerning the tree root/sidewalk issues on North Prospect in front of the Del Mar Restaurant: the trees will be removed, the sidewalk will be replaced in the spring, and the owner of the building will plant an ornamental species in the tree pits.


New Business:

The bids received for the fall tree planting were opened at the meeting, with Klauder’s bid coming in the lowest at $5,860.  Albyn’s bid was $6,854 and Fackler’s was $7,568.  Regis moved that we accept the Klauder bid and all agreed.


Budget considerations: The money saved this year on trees will go towards the new plantings for the end caps on the West Broadway beds.  Terry encouraged Linda to make out the purchase order by the end of November.  The shrubs can be planted this fall, the daffodils will stay, and the mums will be removed.   Linda advised that the sprinkler system needs to be checked for leaks in the west end of the eastern-most bed where she has noticed standing water.  She would like the contracted mowers to use weed-and-feed on the grass in the islands.  Terry said he may be using workers from LICCO next year.


We discussed the Tree City USA 2011 to be held here.  Lisa Bowers will be contacted about the budget and Bruce Cramer will be asked to confirm the date at the Bryn Du mansion clubhouse. 


Scheduled tree removals will begin soon.  The orange dots are on the trees.  Terry wrote an article for The Sentinel explaining the difference between that scheduled work done by the village street department and the AEP trimming being done now.


Don H. was advised that we need to do an inventory of Opera House Park soon as St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be doing major structural exterior work and may need the park to store materials and park a crane.  We agreed to meet there Monday, Oct. 19th at 2:00 p.m. to list trees, plantings, benches, plaques, etc.  Frits Rizor will be asked to assist with the identification/documentation, and we will take pictures. 


Tom McCray reported that the AEP crews are working in the Dry Creek Rd. area and will be in town in November.  He advised us to look into grants that may be available through the Boy Scouts in commemoration of their 100-year celebration


Darren reported that the resident on Newark-Granville Rd. across from Bryn Du has requested two trees to replace one that was taken out.  That will be done next year.


The next meeting will be November 10th at 7 p.m.

T & L Minutes September 8, 2009

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission


Meeting of September 8, 2009

Present:  Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests:  Connie Barsky, Tom McCray, Darren Willey, Rose Wingert


The minutes of the August meeting were reviewed and approved.


Ben Barton of Pinehurst Drive spoke to the commission concerning four serviceberry trees he had removed from the right-of-way in front of his home.  One tree was dead, another uprooted, and he wanted the others removed to maintain visibility up and down the street for kids playing, etc.  Regis agreed that visibility is an issue on the curve.  Barton offered to replace the trees he removed with others elsewhere in the village; we agreed not to plant in the tree lawn there.


Old Business


We are aware of no new Gypsy Moth infestation in the village. 


Fall tree planting – We will plant about two dozen trees this fall.  Don H. suggested that we get three bids and choose one to do all the planting, since the number of trees is down this year, and we agreed.  Rose asked if the trees in the uptown pits will be replaced.  Possibly male gingkoes will go in those. 


Don circulated the tree removal list.  It was noted that twenty-nine on the list are maples, some of which are relatively young and are in developments like The Colony and Erinwood.  We will be looking into why this seems to be occurring and if other communities are finding this in maples.


New Business


Don Holycross and the Village Council have called a meeting on September 14th with representatives from AEP and the PUCO to discuss the tree trimming in the village.  Connie asked Tom if the trimming could be halted until the meeting, and Tom said they already have the work orders in for the work being done currently.  It is the same as what was done four years ago and is in keeping with the 50-year ordinance the village granted in 1970.  There will be more discussion at the September 14th meeting.


There is a problem with the sidewalk sections in front of the Del Mar restaurant heaving up and causing drainage issues.  Connie suggested including Don Holycross in the discussion.  Darren reported that the water stays and freezes there, causing a safety issue.  Regis advised that the pavement actually slopes towards the building instead of away and that it’s more an engineering problem.


Lisa Bowers will be on temporary duty for the next two years in the Woodlands Division and Ann Bonner will be covering us with urban forestry issues.  Lisa will continue to handle Tree City USA.


Darren reported the street division is doing some clearance trimming.  The scheduled tree removals will be completed after leaf pick-up.  Overgrown yews behind the Granville Historical Museum will be removed.


Tom reported that AEP removed a sugar maple on South Pearl St. that was cabled together and found it had been stuffed with a tire!


The next meeting will be October 13th at 7:00 p.m.

T & L Minutes August 11, 2009

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission


Meeting of August 11, 2009

Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests:  Connie Barsky, Tom McCray, Darren Willey


Minutes of the June meeting were distributed and approved.


Don Hostetter brought in dead gypsy moths and their egg sacks for us to see. There is an infestation in several trees at the Newark Earthworks park.  Trees can survive two to three years of defoliation from gypsy moths before dying.


Don and Jim Siegel discussed Opera House Park.  A cherry tree stump is re-growing – Tom knows how to treat it so this won’t happen.  Some of us have been pitching in to help with weeding and trimming.  After the meeting we toured the park and agreed to return in a couple days to work on it together.  Overall, the park looks good and Linda’s plantings around the bell are doing well.  Don H. has worked  in the area in front of Reader’s Garden at their request. 


Old Business: 

Fall tree planting – There are about two dozen planting sites.  We should be ready to request bids soon.  Some trees can go in at the Bryn Du mansion. There are not too many tree lawn sites currently. It is difficult to plant where very large trees have recently been removed.  It was noted that some maple species are not doing well.  Frits Rizor and Mike Flood may help pick this fall’s plantings.


New Business:

The Fall Urban Forestry Conference will be September 17th at the Franklin Park Conservatory.  Don H., Don P., Lynne, and Regis will be attending. 


We discussed our upcoming hosting of Tree City USA in 2011.  Tom suggested we look at what is done in other regions in Ohio at their conferences for comparison.  Lynne pointed out we will need to think of a possible afternoon tour and gifts or door prizes for attendees.


Don H. is keeping up with citizen requests.


Reports:  Connie advised that Council continues to work on the Comprehensive Plan with regard to the location of green space, entranceways to the village, and a manageable plan for the River Road annexation which may include the relocation of roads.


Darren reported that tree trimming is being done for clearance on Cherry, Elm, Pearl, and North Prospect (Bradford pears.)  The height of the trimming needs to be at least fourteen feet.  Three trees along South Prospect by the post office are dying. There are no power lines on that side of the street.


Tom met with Terry Hopkins about closing East Elm to East Maple on South Pearl to remove a dead maple and set a new pole.   Starting Monday crews will be working on New Burg St. and then start moving toward the village.  Residents will receive phone messages about outages during the work.  Tom had AEP brochures entitled “Understanding Line Clearing Efforts” and handouts about clearing for the power line right-of-way for us. 



The next meeting will be September 8, 2009 at 7 p.m.

T & L Minutes June 9, 2009

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission


Meeting of June 9, 2009

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests:  Connie Barsky


The minutes of the May meeting were distributed and approved.


Linda was complimented on her planning and planting of the flower beds at the Broadway islands, Opera House Park, and the village office.


The scheduled tree fertilization of 29 public trees was completed by Davey Tree Co. at a cost of $1755.  Don and Don had measured all tree calipers prior to the treatment. 


Signs educating the public about the Emerald Ash Borer were posted by Don and Don for the week of May 17-24.  These were placed uptown and at the Lazy R Campground.  According to Lisa Bowers, currently there is no law restricting wood traveling into state parks.  The EAB has been found as far south as mid-Kentucky.


Plans will begin in August for the fall tree planting.  Already there have been some requests from the public.  Jim Siegel will assist with the site selection.


The ailing boxwoods in front of the village office were replaced by Frits Rizor (Village Flower Basket) at a cost of $24 apiece plus $3 each for composting and fertilizing.  They are all now uniform in size and health and look great.  We will take turns watering in the absence of sufficient rainfall.


Linda believes it is unwise to continue putting money and effort into the end-caps of the Broadway island beds as the deer are eating the yews and the day lily buds and the mums have gotten too big and bloom too late.  She and Kevin Reiner will design a new solution which will be forwarded through Don H. and Connie to council.


Linda Neuenschwander has asked about the trees behind the entrance wall to Bryn Du – who is responsible?  We believe the trees belong to the association. Don H. will ask Allison Terry for clarification.


The question was raised about the landscaping done at the new Enjoy Co., formerly the Goodyear Tire Center at Broadway and East College.  Don H. will look into this.


Jurgen Pape has completed his pruning of 170 trees at $5 per tree for a total of $850.


Concerning the memorial tree program, Don H. would like to see an article in the Sentinel.  He will call Louise Denny concerning the history of the group.


There is a lot of poison ivy in Opera House Park – will the service dept. handle this?


There will be no meeting in July.

The next meeting will be August 11th at 7 p.m.

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