Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Meeting of April 13, 2010
Present: Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds Guests: Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Tom McCray, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey
The minutes from the March meeting were distributed and approved.
Jim Siegel and Jeremy King gave an update on the Denison Tree Commission. Progress is being made toward their goal of becoming a Tree Campus USA by the end of the year. They are reviewing ordinances from other places as a step in designing their own and are considering developing an arboretum. A representative from Dawes has consulted with them. Mark Comisford of Denison suggested they designate existing trees as a memorial trees, with the money collected going towards plaques. On April 30th their environmental education group will plant three trees with second graders.
Lynne gave an update on the plans for the Arbor Day tree planting and fifth grade poster contest. Don H. has contacted Whit’s about the gift certificates and t-shirts, and Mollie Prasher is preparing the proclamation to be read.
Tree City USA will be held April 22nd in Groveport. Regis, Don H., Don P., and Lynne will attend.
The company we purchased Eradicoat from (to control the Gypsy moths) appears to have ceased operation. Darren was able to purchase the last of the supply Frits Rizor had on hand. The area to be treated this year along Newark-Granville Rd. will extend from St. Edward’s church to the green space by The Colony. Don H. commented that the banding of the trees raises awareness of the gypsy moth and the action taken to control the spread. The last week of May is EAB Awareness Week.
Kathryn Dunlap of 123 East College Street has requested her street trees, which are healthy locust trees, be removed. This is not the first time she has made this request. It is possible the street work on College Street may damage these trees, so Don H. suggested to her that we wait and see how they do following the completion of the work. Darren reported the roots of the street trees at the corner of College and Pearl were up against the curbs when the work was begun.
Darren received a call from Harold Greten in The Colony – the homeowners would like to see new trees planted this spring. Don H. advised them trees would go in with the fall planting. Ann Bonner will be here on May 20th to meet with homeowners, commission members, and the street department to look at situation at The Colony and offer advice.
Linda advised that the Broadway beds have been cleaned out and mulched. The plants won’t be available until the first of June.
Jim proposed and Don H. agreed that it’s time to consider re-planting some of the shrubbery at Opera House Park. It could be put in the budget for next year and done in stages. Darren reported one of the benches in the park was re-done this winter and is in storage.
Davey will be doing the annual fertilization of the uptown trees and the price is the same as last year - $1755. Both Christmas trees are included as well.
Darren reported the tree that blew over in a recent storm on Newark-Granville Rd. near The Colony was infested with bugs. The roots may have been damaged by water/sewer lines. There is Northern Dogtooth Fungus (according to Don H.) on nearby trees, indicating probable problems inside the trees.
Tom notified us they will finish up trimming in town this week, then move on to Hankinson Rd. and Route 16. An AEP independent audit of the trimming in the village gave a failing grade. The PUCO will come in to audit now. Tom predicted this would happen.
Michelle reported that the village will not be applying for the ODOT grant for the proposed pathway on Burg Street. The required width of ten feet would mean sixty-nine trees would have to be removed.
Rose Wingert is stepping down as our representative from the Garden Club. There is a memorial tree request pending – a small flowering tree to be planted or designated near the Presbyterian church.
Don Hostetter advised us of a Michigan State webinar Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. on the mono-culture effect. We set up a time earlier that day to conduct a driving tour check on the trees planted in fall 2009.
The next meeting will be May 11, 2010 at 7 p.m.