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T & L Minutes December 13, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of December 13, 2011

Members present:  Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger

Guests:  Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, John Smith, Darren Willey

Minutes of the November meeting were approved.

Fall planting – Commission members placed stakes for the new trees on Friday, Dec. 2nd.  Utilities had been flagged at the sites. Many trees were delivered to those sites by Albyn’s on Monday, Dec. 12th.

Tree City USA Application – Don Hostetter worked with Mollie Prasher at the village office to finish the online application process to meet the Dec. 9th deadline of sending them to Lisa Bowers for initial approval. This year we showed a significant increase in volunteer hours (largely due to hosting the Tree City USA ceremony in April and the planning for renovation in Opera House Park).  In 2010, there were 300 volunteer hours to 2011’s 888 hours.  Don H. wrote the narratives for the Growth Award application.  New for Granville in 2011 was the formation of the Tree Trimming Commission and the grant money acquired in Jan. 2011 from the Robinson Estate for Opera House Park. 

2012 Budget – The commission’s budgeted amount will remain the same as in 2011, $10,000 for parks and $15,000 for trees.  As to our request for additional funding from the village for OHP, Michelle Lerner reported there has been no final discussion in council.

Tree Trimming Commission – Don H. reported that Jurgen Pape, chairperson for the group, will be updating the village council soon. Don H. feels they are consulting with valuable resources, such as electrical engineers, and have good contacts, from which has come productive discussion and cooperation. They now have seven active members and have held five meetings since June. They are planning advance education for the community, and to be proactive, rather than reactive.  The next big scheduled trimming is set for 2014, after which the commission will be disbanded.

Denison Tree and Landscaping Advisory Board – Jeremy King has arranged for a student, who is already familiar with the tree survey computer program, to help enter data into the village GIS. Denison is planning a formal promotional opening event for their arboretum on Arbor Day, April 27th. They have re-applied for Tree Campus USA status.

Ohio State University and Dawes Arboretum have both endorsed the selection of “Rudy Haag,” a non-invasive variety of burning bush we are planning to use on the east side of Opera House Park.  Dawes is removing all but one specimen of their other burning bushes due to their invasive nature.

Old Colony Burying Ground -Terry Hopkins called Don H. to advise him of trimming being done by McCullough Tree Service in the Old Colony Burying Ground. In particular, much concern is over trimming done to the specimen pin oak we have slated for nomination to Ohio Big Trees in 2012.  This led to discussion over the cemetery, which lies within village limits but is maintained by the Union Cemetery Board of Trustees which oversees a handful of cemeteries in Granville Township.  Michelle was able to ascertain the three current members of the board are Paul Jenks, Connie Barsky, and Rob Drake. There is an immediate need to clarify roles concerning the trees in the Old Colony.  Don H. will contact them to initiate communication.

Darren reported that there will be one final leaf pick-up, then Christmas tree pick-up after the holidays.

Michelle asked us to state the advantages to the community of being designated a Tree City USA, so if asked by a resident, she could respond with the commission’s answers. In summary, the requirements of becoming a Tree City set a standard to live up to; it is a mark of achievement. There are educational opportunities and conferences that put us in touch with other communities who share common goals, problems, and solutions.  Renewing the designation yearly makes towns accountable, and the Growth Award challenges them to enhance existing programs and initiate new ones.  Relationships between individuals, groups, and departments are fostered to achieve the goals.

Regis Birckbichler’s appointment to the Tree and Landscape Commission is up in January, and he has decided not to serve another term, so the opening on the commission will be posted.  Regis has served faithfully for nine years, and he has offered to continue working to get the Memorial Tree Program running.

The next meeting will be January 10th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes Novfember 8, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of November 8, 2011

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

Guests:  Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey, Kraig Koester, Justin Lodge

The minutes of the October meeting were accepted.

Visitors Kraig Koester and Justin Lodge introduced themselves as board members of the Granville Recreation District who wanted to become acquainted with our commission as our two groups will have some areas of overlap, such as Wildwood Park and Raccoon Valley Park, which is land shared equally by the village and the township.

Opera House Park – Although we were hoping for removal of the shrubbery and hemlocks on the east side of the park this fall, this may not happen until 2012. There is money the village has available for capital expenditures and we can and are applying for additional funding for use in Opera House Park.  Don Hostetter is drafting our letter to village council, which will include our plans for maintenance and improvements to the park done in phases over the next few years.

Following the article in The Sentinel which mentioned our desire to plant burning bush shrubs in the park, we received letters from two citizens concerned about the invasive nature of burning bush. We re-examined our options, and Don Pheneger found a non-invasive cultivar, compactus “Rudy Haag.”

Fall Urban Forestry Conference -   Don H. reported on the conference we attended on October 27th at Dawes Arboretum.  The Emerald Ash Borer has now been found in New Albany. Don H. suggested we invite Paul Kanninen, quarantine officer from the USDA to come to speak to the community to increase awareness of the EAB and the Asian Longhorned Beetle. 

Fall Tree Planting – We asked for bids for thirty-six trees to be planted; all four landscapers returned bids with Albyn’s being the lowest at $6,904. We’ll plan to put stakes in the sites and notify homeowners.

Tree City USA - applications are due in by December 9th to Lisa Bowers. 

The Pin Oak tree in the Old Colony Burying Ground was re-measured by Jeremy King and Don H. using instrumentation to get an accurate reading of 138.2 ft. in height, 134.2 ft. in canopy spread for a total score of 371. Granville currently does have two Flowering Dogwoods in Maple Grove cemetery that are listed in the Ohio Big Trees Register.  We will nominate the Pin Oak specimen tree before next July for the 2012 Ohio Big Trees listing.


Jeremy demonstrated the online web page for Denison’s arboretum.   By going to a campus map of trees and clicking on a specific tree, one can now obtain the common name, scientific name, height, circumference, any memorial information or history of the tree, along with information about the species.  In addition, they have marked thirty-four of their memorial trees with plaques.  Some are designated with an Ohio outline to show it is a native tree and all have a QR code for more information. Each tree is also assigned an identification number beginning with DUARB.  Jeremy also shared with us copies of the new color pamphlet “A Walk Among Giants” they have created showcasing Denison’s arboretum trees. There is a photograph not only of the tree, but also a close-up of its bark. Survey data from Davey can be imported to Google Earth. 

Darren reported that the leaf pick-up crews have been able to keep up and street department employees have also been setting up for the Christmas Walking Tour on December 3rd.

The next meeting will be December 13th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes October 4, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of October 4, 2011

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

Guests:  Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey

The minutes of the September meeting were approved.

Old Business:

Opera House Park – The tearing out of trees and plantings on the east side along St. Luke’s has been delayed by weather.  Don Hostetter was interviewed by the Sentinel about the upcoming renovation of Opera House Park.  The feature article will run this week.

Fall tree planting – The latest list requires thirteen removals.  Possibly only half of those sites will be fully ready to plant this fall.  Twenty-seven of the trees on the list are because of recent or pending removals.  Two more trees have been requested for the Bryn Du Mansion for a total of seven.

The last island on Kildare has a dead tree.  Don H. has contacted Jeff Gill of the homeowners’ association to see who is responsible.  It was noted we have seen some Sudden Oak Death – one at Monomoy on West Broadway and also on South Galway.  John Klauder has already replaced the one at Monomoy.  Those on South Galway have struggled with exposure and less than ideal soil.  Two were replaced this past year.  Don H. will be asking for enhancement/fresh soil for those trees to be planted in the Longford Drive area.

Requests for tree bids will be sent to four contractors this year – Albyn’s, Fackler, Klauder, and Timber Run.  

The Fall Urban Forestry Conference will be October 27th at Dawes Arboretum.  Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Regis, Lynne, Jim, and Darren will attend.

New Business:

Regis has offered to begin work on the records of the Memorial Tree Program.  It is likely we can use Denison’s new model to inventory, track, and mark our memorial trees.


Darren reported leaf pick-up will begin the week of October 10th.  While doing sidewalk replacements, the village is no longer trimming back major roots, but is trying to individualize the treatment to fit the circumstances for each case.

The next meeting will be November 8th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes September 13, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of September 13, 2011

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

Guests:  Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel

The minutes of the August meeting were approved.

Old Business

Linda Neuenschwander of the Bryn Du Homeowners Association communicated to Don Hostetter that the homeowners request the now-dead evergreen in the treelawn at the corner of Glyn Tawel and Bryn Du Drive be removed.  Don H. has been photographing the progression of damage to the trees following the lawn application of Imprelis.  Four trees are showing the effects.

Fall planting list –  The latest count is 26 new trees.  We are intentionally staying away from planting maples in tree lawns due to recent problems with survival. At the request of Bruce Cramer, five trees will be planted at the Bryn Du mansion and Jurgen Pape has made the selected the species.

Tree Trimming Committee – They will now be meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch indicated success in Upper Arlington in establishing communication and homeowner satisfaction with recent power company trimming.

New Business

Denison Tree and Landscaping Advisory Board- Don H. attended their last meeting and complimented Jeremy King on their organization and on how efficiently they’ve accomplished so much.  Davey will be coming back to Denison in October and will be comparing their survey with Denison’s new inventory as their software is compatible.  Jeremy shared the “Walk Among Giants” informational brochure from the alum reunion in June.  He also brought samples of the plaques they have designed to post on specimen and memorial trees.   A QR code will allow someone with a smartphone to tap into additional information on the trees or the honoree.  Using GPS coordinates and Google Earth, it will be possible to “view” the trees via the internet.

Jeremy offered to share what Denison has done with their software inventory.  He feels there would be college students interested in doing an internship updating our data from a few years ago.  Terry Hopkins would know where things stand with our most recent Davey survey and what needs to be done.

Michelle contacted the village manager concerning our use of grant money for Opera House Park and she then forwarded his response to questions to all of us.

The Colorado Spruce at the Bryn Du mansion property given in memory of Buck Sargent had become infected with a fungus.  It was removed and replaced recently with a 12-15 foot Norway Spruce.

The next meeting will be October 4th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes August 9, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of August 9, 2011

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

Guests:   Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Linda Neuenschwander, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey

Minutes of the July meeting were reviewed and approved.

Citizens’ comments:  Linda Neuenschwander (Bryn Du Homeowners Assoc.) reported that the large Norway spruces in the green space and right-of-way at Bryn Du Drive and Glyn Tawel are turning brown  following lawn treatment by Absolute Lawn Care who used Imprelis in that area.  Imprelis, newly marketed this year by DuPont, has been found to damage evergreen trees.  The Ohio Agricultural Department had previously approved this product as being environmentally safe. Linda has been investigating and has learned that it also harms fruit trees in addition to blue spruce and white pines.  She plans to submit the official form reporting the damage.

Opera House Park – Meeting with John Klauder and holding weekly meeting concerning the possibilities for the park have resulted in a lot of good discussion about the direction we want to take with the renovation.  Michelle requested recycling, in addition to trash cans, be provided in the park. We will be meeting with representatives from St. Luke’s at the park on Saturday morning to share ideas/concerns about the eastern border along the church, and the need to screen the existing windows and pipelines.

Michelle will seek advice concerning our use of the grant money, and whether or not we need council’s approval to move forward.  Also, do we need to get bids to get contract work completed?

Fall tree planting – Don H. will compare notes with Terry Hopkins and then we will conduct a drive-around to check on potential sites.  Our budgeted amount is again $15,000.

The Tree Trimming Committee will not meet in August.  The next meeting will be September 20, and Jurgen Pape has volunteered to chair the committee.  Regis noted that there are other alternatives, other answers to the issue of trees and power lines besides burying lines underground.

Denison University – Jeremy King and a student intern have inventoried 743 trees on the campus.  Seven White Elms were discovered while doing the inventory.  Thirty trees were removed adjacent to the former Fiji House (uphill from the tennis courts) to allow for expansion; however, a large elm was saved due to their efforts.  He has ordered forty marker posts for the first part of the arboretum.   Denison is considering feasible ways to treat the ash trees on campus in anticipation of the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer, and Jeremy will keep us updated on their plans and recommendations.

The next meeting will be September 13th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes July 12, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of July 12, 2011

Members present:  Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger,  Linda Reynolds

Guests:  Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, John Smith, Darren Willey

The minutes of the June meeting were read and approved.

Opera House Park – We decided to meet Monday, July 18th at 10:00 am with John Klauder to look at his plans for the park.  The bell has been stabilized.  Don H. complimented Linda on the flowers in the park. Albyn’s has completed the trimming around the village office building.  Jim Siegel mentioned that the  trimming/weeding work at the base of Mt. Parnassus needs to be extended further uphill.

The Village of Granville Tree Trimming Committee had its first meeting with nine of the twelve members present.    The two township trustees wish to participate as observers.   American Electric Power representatives on the committee are John Smith and Ron Winrod.  Members are forming their goals and personal involvement/contributions to the group.  Their next meeting is July 19th.

Trees - Fire blight has been found again this year on pear trees at the offices on the north side of Newark-Granville Rd.  There is a memorial cherry tree in the Colony open space that is infested with black knot.  The tulip trees on Derwyn Dell Way being watched seem to be fine now, and the large sycamore on Newark-Granville Rd. has finally fully “leafed out.” 

Denison Tree Commission – Jeremy King reported there was a lot of interest in the campus tree program expressed by Denison alums attending the reunion weekend.  Sixty-five went on a tree walk; many showed interest in donating.   Davey is coming in October, and Denison has started inventory work of their own, noting type, height, diameter at breast height, condition, and then recording it with a photo.  They are looking into a Smartphone application.  For tree markers, they are working with Mike Willis on Westgate Drive and also with Dawes. 

Don Hostetter has been in conversation with Marilyn Ortt of the Marietta Tree Commission.  Marietta has a very nice arboretum with specimen trees in a small park.  Don noticed the metal plaques for the trees have the Tree City insignia.  Are those available from the Arbor Day Foundation?

Michelle Lerner reported that the new village manager will begin officially on July 25th.

John Smith advised that AEP is assisting the village with the removal of a tree on East Elm.  The PUCO feels recent trimming has resulted in fewer power outages this year, along with speeding up repairs.

Regis complimented Jim on being the Grand Marshal of the July 4th parade.

The next meeting will be August 9th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes June 14, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of June 14, 2011

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

Guests:  Michelle Lerner

Minutes of the May meeting were approved. 

Carie Kraner, finance director, has settled up the last of the bills for the Tree City USA event.

 Opera House Park – Don Hostetter has turned in the purchase order for the stabilization of the bell, new braces to anchor it to the base.  The work will be completed before the Fourth of July street fair by Law General Contracting Co., and will cost @ $800.  Don was able to provide John Klauder with the original blue prints for the park.  We should be receiving a plan from him in the next few weeks.

Tree removal – Two trees have been removed on East College and two more will be removed on East Elm beside the funeral home, along with one on North Granger.  The large ash on the NW corner of West Maple and Cherry will be trimmed for now.  Dogtooth fungus is present on a Hackberry tree on the north side of Newark-Granville Road along the bike/foot path, indicating that the tree is declining internally. 

Paul Feldman, interim village manager, has asked Don H. to convene the first meeting of the tree trimming committee on June 21st.  Michelle explained she feels educating the community on why trimming needs to be done is an important component.  Another desired outcome is laying groundwork for non-confrontational trimming in the future.

There has been a report of Spider Mite in Norway Spruce trees on Linnell Dr.  The homeowner has been treating it by spraying it with water; Don H. suggested adding dish detergent.   Dieback has occurred on one side of the spruces.  More cases of fire blight have been noticed on pear trees in the village as well. 

The large sycamore tree on Newark-Granville Rd. at Kildare St. has been slow to leaf out.  Jim Siegel feels the wet spring weather likely caused this.  We will continue to watch this.

Linda has planted the flowers around the bell in Opera House Park and in front of the village office in a white and silver color scheme.  She removed two dead boxwoods beside the steps into the office. Exposure to salt over the winter was probably too hard on them.  Mike Flood and Albyn’s will prune at the village office.

The next meeting will be July 12th at 7 pm.

T & L Minutes May 10, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of May 10, 2011

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

Guests:  Jeremy King, Jim Siegel

Minutes of the April meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Old Business:

Don H. gave a final report to Village Council on our Tree City USA event.  With 104 paid attendees of the 126 there that day, we are about $300 over our budget, with all our bills paid.  An itemized list of our expenditures was prepared by Don. We have received positive comments from many about the day.

 The Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony at the intermediate school also went well.  Winners of the poster contest were Anna Krempasky, Katherine Stickley, Taylor Ryan, Luke Pritchard, and Jackie Spieles.   They received Whit’s gift certificates and t-shirts, which were given to us at a discount.  Mike Flood and Albyn’s Nursery prepared the sites for two Ft. McNair horse chestnut trees donated by AEP.

The spring tree removal is running slightly behind.  A recent storm damaged the tree at E. College and N. Granger Sts. which was already slated for removal; now it will be done immediately.

New Business:

Opera House Park Renovation– Don H. proposed continuing our Friday morning meetings to work on this goal, with the first meeting to be a walk-through.   John Klauder will be contacted concerning a plan.

Memorial Tree Program – Mollie Prasher has offered to post the program on the village web site.

Don H. and Don P. checked on the trees planted last fall.  All look good, with some concern about the tops of the tulip trees on Derwyn Del Way.


Jeremy King announced that the Denison University tree committee has been re-named the Denison Tree and Landscaping Advisory Board.  Denison will be having another Davey survey completed.  The group is currently negotiating their position with the facilities group, and is working to protect a very large elm tree (160” diameter)near the Fiji House during construction. 

Linda reported that the flower order will be delivered tomorrow afternoon. 

The next meeting will be June 14, 2011.

T & L Minutes April 12, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of April  12, 2011

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

Guests: Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, John Smith (AEP)

The minutes of the March meeting were approved.

Opera House Park – Among the first items to address are the erosion of the sandstone under the fencing and a wide crack in the base holding the bell.  Don Hostetter has learned that we have a six-inch thick slice of the large elm that was in front of the Opera House before the fire in 1982.  He discussed with Ann Bonner how this could be used educationally, perhaps through the Granville Historical Society. 

Don H. shared pictures he received from Harold Greten.  They show Newark –Granville Rd. lined with large trees and early work (1980s)being done at Opera House Park. 

Members have been appointed to the village tree trimming committee and will serve until 2013.  Don H. will attend the meetings and stated that this position could be shared among commission members.

Terry Hopkins, Don Hostetter, and Michelle Lerner looked at five trees that are slated for removal – an ash on Cherry St., two sugar maples on East College St., another maple at East College and Granger Sts., and one on Summit St. 

Tree City USA – Lisa Bowers will be here Friday morning when we meet for the final preparations.  Times for the delivery of chairs from Kiwanis and items from Main Event will need to be confirmed, along with details for breakfast.  We now have the final list of attendees.

Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony – Don H. spoke with Mike Flood who will choose the species and arrange for the trees to be planted at the intermediate school.  John Smith will contact Mike concerning the donation amount.  The event is set for one o’clock on Friday the 29th and the teachers have chosen the theme “Trees are Terrific . . . in All Shapes and Sizes!”  Lynne discovered that the Arbor Day Foundation is no longer sponsoring the poster contest on a national level.

Jim Siegel reported on Denison University’s tree program.  They will be starting an arboretum and hope to identify 40-50 species. Mike Eckert will be making plastic plaques to identify the species and donor. These will be on posts in the ground.  Their Arbor Day tree planting will take place at 4:30 pm at the Spring Valley Nature Preserve. 

Commission members studied and approved the landscape plan prepared by John Klauder for 1919 Lancaster Rd. 

The next meeting will be May 10 at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes March 8, 2011

Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of March 8, 2011

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

Guests: Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel

Old Business:

Tree City USA event – Our Friday morning planning meetings have continued and we feel we are on schedule time-wise.  Updates tonight include that an 8’ x 8’ screen is available from Main Event which will stand on a 54-inch square table.  We have yet to finalize a list of vendors and decide on table flowers.  We are pleased that all the speakers are still available.  Mollie Prasher will print the nametags along with the programs.  We have seen a rough copy of the programs and they look very nice.  The invitations and agendas Mollie prepared were stuffed into envelopes for mailing before tonight’s meeting. 

Memorial Tree Program -Rose Wingert has delivered additional records from the Garden Club.  Jeremy informed us that Denison has about forty memorial trees, twenty of which are marked.  The program will develop as they work towards an arboretum.

Opera House Park –Mike Flood should be consulted about the landscaping.  The base of the bell is cracked and will have to be rebuilt.  Jim mentioned that the fence work shouldn’t be finished until the plantings are removed. It was decided that we should prioritize as follows:

1.)    What needs to be done

2.)    What can be done by village personnel

3.)    What needs to be contracted out

The deadline to apply to the village to be on the new committee on tree trimming has been extended.


Jeremy King reported on the most recent meeting of the Denison tree committee.  Photographs were taken of nineteen future planting sites and suggestions on species were made.  They hope to again involve DU students in the process on Arbor Day and repeat the plantings with second graders at Spring Valley Park as they did last year.  They have hired a student to work with their Davey survey and mapping over the summer. 

The next meeting will be April 12th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes February 8, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of February 8, 2011

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

Guests:  Jeremy King, Mindy Kshywonis (Granville Garden Club), Jim Siegel

Old Business

Tree City USA – Don Hostetter sent confirmation inquiries with our suggested times to Tony Lisska and Dick Shiels.  Jeremy King will be meeting this Thursday with Bruce Cramer about the audio-visual set-up.  Several commission members will try to be there as well.  Regis asked about the availability of Bryn Du for set-up on the day before.  We have been meeting on Friday mornings, and our planning for the event seems to be on track. 

Opera House Park renovation – Ann Bonner has offered to come look at the park.

Memorial Tree Program – Carie Craner has helped set up the account with $1,750 from the Granville Garden Club.  We discussed the need for acknowledging the memorial trees, for making the identification and locations available to the public.  A notebook kept in the village office and/or a map or plaque placed in Opera House Park or Bryn Du are possibilities.  Mindy Kshywonis suggested that perhaps students could do the computer mapping.

Jeremy King said that Denison also has quite a few memorial trees, and is dealing with similar issues, especially the identifying/marking of such trees.  He would like to incorporate their tree survey with a layered map.  Don H. noted that New Albany has an interactive computer program for the public.  It was decided that Granville and Denison should coordinate our efforts and together find what works, perhaps even cost-sharing. 

Regis asked Mindy about the problems the Garden Club has encountered.  One is the often lack of a suitable site where the donor wants a tree.  Jeremy reported that Denison is also dedicating existing trees, as was just done through Granville’s program with a tree at the Presbyterian Church.  Denison sends a certificate to the family, along with a picture of the tree.  Any extra donated money goes toward tree upkeep projects, and the donor name is entered in a book.  They are working toward arboretum status and are going to use small tags like Dawes uses.

New Business

Village Tree Trimming Committee – Don H. has applied to be on the committee which will work on solutions ahead of the next scheduled trimming for power lines in three-four years.  He has contacted Granby, Connecticut to learn how they handle utilities and village trees.

The next meeting will be March 8th at 7 pm.

T & L Minutes January 18, 2011

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of January 18, 2011

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

Guests:  Michelle Lerner, Frits Rizor, Jim Siegel

Minutes of the December meeting were approved.

Opera House Park renovation – Frits was asked to assist us with a plan.  He began the discussion by asking the purpose of the park, which we agreed was to be flexible in use, allowing space for vacation bible school, the Kiwanis tent, etc. meaning that the center of the park needs to remain open.  This specification would rule out construction of things like a bandstand, gazebo, fountain.  Frits mentioned that a town map could be displayed for visitors who were looking for shopping, restaurants, museums.

 It was suggested that perhaps the walkway could be continued along the east side to the back of the park to complete the circle and encourage people to use the SE corner and south side.  Don Hostetter asked if the village has more pavers in storage.   The hemlocks in the SE corner are memorial trees, so that will need to be taken into consideration as that area is re-worked.  Don Pheneger asked about the boundary of the church property.

Frits feels that the physical needs should be addressed first.  This would include getting bids for the masonry work for the base of the wrought iron fence and the bell, and then looking at the remaining funds.  The second step would be to write specs for an overall plan.  He brainstormed this could be offered as a contest of local landscape designers, but also cautioned that we should consider those who could actually complete the work of the project.  

Memorial Tree Program – Don Hostetter and Mindy Kshywonis will meet in the next couple of weeks to complete the transfer of funds from the Granville Garden Club. 

Our budget will be the same for 2011 as it was for 2010, with the addition of $2,000 for hosting Tree City USA and $25,000 from the Robinson estate to be used for Opera House Park. The acceptance of the money for the park will go before council for public hearing protocol.

We will meet with Lisa Bowers on Friday morning to work on details for Tree City USA.

Due to extensive water line work to correct a problem at Pearl and College Streets, a street tree may have to be removed on the NE corner.


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