Meeting of February 13, 2012
Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds
Guests: Jeremy King, Jim Siegel
The minutes of the February meeting were approved.
Don Hostetter spoke with the person in charge of the Tree City USA event being held in Dublin. They would like to use the banner and signs we had made for last year’s program.
Memorial Tree Program – Don Pheneger is researching memorial tree programs in other communities.
Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board – Jeremy King shared with us the pamphlet they are working on to showcase and provide information about their trees. They request a $1000 donation for planting a new memorial tree, or $500 to dedicate an existing tree. A sweet gum tree will be planted on campus in memory of Allison Sitton, daughter of Denison president, Dale Knobel. The board is developing a list of potential tree sites and species they would like to add to their arboretum. They have also added pest alert notices to the Denison arboretum web site.
Linda reported that the Cherry Valley Lodge’s arboretum has about six memorial trees. Each tree is marked with a brass plaque mounted on a concrete base.
Concerning the Community USDA-APHIS presentation - we hope to finalize a date in the first part of April. Jim suggested the program, and information about the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorn Beetle, could be promoted through the Rotary, Kiwanis, and the Garden Club. Notices could be placed at the post office, coffee shop, etc. and in The Granville Sentinel. For those unable to attend Paul Kanninen’s presentation, information will be available at the village office and on the village web site.
Opera House Park – The street department has removed the dead maple tree on South Main Street, allowing access to the park for work to be done. Don H. has advised John Klauder to schedule the work to begin as soon as weather permits and the removal of trees and shrubs on the east side is complete.
Jim Siegel contacted Friesinger’s, the iron works company in Zanesville who did the initial work on the fence and benches in the park. They do not do the work on site, due to environmental impact issues.
Lynne requested that the moldy blue awning over the door at the St. Luke’s church office (building owned by the village)be replaced now, instead of waiting for the updates on the south side of the park. Jim will check on this with the village office, where new awnings were installed last year.
Don Hostetter feels it is time to take another look at our EAB Plan, adopted in 2006, to see if it needs to be updated. We will check into how other communities have prepared for, and handled infestations. The EAB has recently been found in New Albany, and all Ohio counties have now been quarantined.
The next meeting will be March 13th at 7:00 p.m.