Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Meeting of September 21, 2010
Present: Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds
Guests: Merrin Jefferies, Michelle Lerner, Skip Wille
Minutes of the August meeting were distributed and approved.
Gypsy Moth Action Team (GMAT) - Merrin Jefferies of GHS distributed copies of the initial report, which included results, observations, and final conclusion. There will be an article in The Sentinel. Don H. complimented Merrin and the other eleven GHS students for their participation in the Gypsy Moth survey. They will be continuing the study of the presence of the moth in Granville with an egg mass survey. Skip feels the exact same study will not be done next year, but may be modified for other Gypsy Moth-related issues. Regis thanked Merrin for her work for the community.
Fall planting sites – Don H. will be talking to Darren and Terry concerning tree removals and site preparedness. He has been approached by a representative from the Wexford homeowners association who indicated they would like street trees. Regis suggested asking for their species preference.
Don Hostetter reported that the work at St. Luke’s is nearly complete and that there has been no damage to Opera House Park. It was agreed a professional opinion is needed for a re-do of some of the older plantings and shrubs in the park.
The Fall Urban Forestry Conference will be held in Lancaster on October 28th.
Report from Michelle – Council has asked about the abundance of fall webworms this year. Don H. explained the differences between the webworms, tent caterpillars, and bag worms. The webworms enclose the foliage and have outbreaks every five to seven years. They are usually killed by frost. Except for small fruit trees, most infested trees survive.
Don Hostetter prepared a request for funding from the village to host Tree City USA in April. Our requested estimate of $2400 (to be in addition to the fee charged attendees) was delivered to financial director Carie Kraner. We are expecting up to 120 attendees from 44 Tree City USA communities. We have our speakers confirmed for the day, as well as the menu and caterer decided upon. The Grill on 21st will prepare the noon meal; we will handle the coffee, juice, doughnuts, and fruit in the morning. A tentative time schedule has been mapped out. A walk-through at the mansion gave us a feel for the set-up of chairs, tables, audio-visual needs, etc.
Linda was complimented for her work on the Broadway beds and the village office beds. Don Hostetter said people in the community have noticed and mentioned to him how beautiful the plantings look.
The next meeting will be October 12th at 7 p.m.