Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Meeting of January 10, 2012
Members present: Regis Birckbichler, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds
Guests: Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey, Dick Mortensen
The minutes of the December 2011 meeting were approved. Dick Mortensen was introduced. He is considering applying for the upcoming vacancy on the commission.
Fall tree planting – All thirty-six trees are in now. There were five sites that were not ready in time so those trees -crabapple, tulip, and elm- have been planted at the Bryn Du Mansion property.
Don Hostetter received an email from Lisa Bowers stating that we were not eligible for the Growth Award because the village had not spent more in 2011 than in 2010. Upon further investigation, it was found that the portion of the application asking for the amount spent on the thirty-six trees had been misinterpreted and filled in as the average amount per tree, and not the total spent, which was $6900. Given the way the new online application gives prompts, it is impossible to go back and see the prompts again, only the answers are shown. This makes it difficult to proofread once it is completed. The error was corrected by Don H. and Mollie Prasher and the Tree City Application/Growth Award was re-submitted. We may request hard copy applications be made available as “work copies” to be used before filing.
Budget for 2012 -We are anticipating no cuts to our 2012 budget at this time.
Memorial Tree Program – Regis will be getting this up and going online for the commission. We agreed to wait to advertise tree donating options until it is on the website and we are ready to move forward.
Community USDA-APHIS presentation – Paul Kanninen has agreed to come speak on the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorn Beetle. The EAB is now in all 88 counties in Ohio, and it is time to inform the community about the potential arrival of these pests. We will host this program in the spring, on a weekday, in conjunction with Denison University. The commission will review Granville’s EAB strategic plan drafted and adopted a few years ago.
Opera House Park – Preparatory work for the east side needs to be planned as soon as the ground is ready this spring. We will resume our Friday morning meetings again on January 27th at 9:30.
Don Hostetter met with the members of the Union Cemetery Board. In the future, there will be communication between both the commission and the board concerning the trees in the Old Colony Burying Ground. The trimming the board contracted for this fall was because of concern for limbs falling on the headstones.
Regis received material from the Arbor Day Foundation that encouraged communities to consider planting Hazelnuts. We are aware of one tree variety on the NE corner of Pearl and Broadway, in the corner of the Granville Inn parking lot.
The next meeting will be Monday, February 13th at 7:00 pm.