Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Meeting of January 12, 2010
Present: Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger
Guests: Connie Barsky, Tom McCray, Darren Willey
Don Hostetter talked to Marilyn Ortt of the Marietta tree commission and looked at their ordinances. He will also be looking at other towns’ tree ordinances for comparison. As a side note, Marietta has a tree appraisal book.
The work at St. Luke’s church is progressing. The crane is positioned in the rear of the building and part of the stone wall has been dismantled. Don H. has been in contact with the construction engineer.
Our Tree City USA application was submitted. Lisa Bowers suggested the Growth Award application needed some additional work, so Don H. rewrote a portion of that.
Don Hostetter distributed copies of the monthly plan for the year to the members to have as a guideline for 2010.
EAB webinars – Don H. has been attending these sessions and suggested the rest of us sit in on them also. The next one is Thursday, January 14th and will be covering research on insecticides.
Tree City in Granville 2011- We discussed our need to obtain a speaker and to choose a tour spot for the end of the day. The Cherry Valley Inn arboretum was suggested along with Dawes and a tour of the Bryn Du mansion and grounds.
Regis, Don Pheneger, and Don Hostetter attended an ODNR Stakeholder Meeting, part of the Ohio Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy Program on January 5th. There is a 160 question survey that is available online for anyone to fill out. Tree farmers, tree commissioners, and utility foresters were invited to attend.
Arbor Day will be Friday, April 30th. Tom McCray offered generously to again donate trees to be planted at the intermediate school.
Reports: Tom gave a report on the outages from the December 16th high winds. He reported that AEP has crews trimming on Raccoon Valley Rd. They may start sooner in the village than expected as icy conditions have prevented them from getting to some sloped areas.
Connie reported there has been additional discussion from Council on the tree trimming issue. A letter went from Council to Ron Winrod asking AEP to notify the village if trimming anywhere in town is to be more extensive than what was done previously.
Darren reports that one snow plow was down for repairs. The salt supply is in good shape. The price of it has gone up considerably from a few years ago. The Christmas decorations will be coming down this week. They received many compliments on the decorations this year.
Our budget for 2010 will be $15,000.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m. The next meeting will be February 9 at 7 p.m.