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.
Submitted by Lynne Kishler