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.