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
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.
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.