Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Meeting of June 12, 2012
Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds
Guests: Regis Birckbichler, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey, Michelle Lerner, Jon Bennett
The minutes of the May meeting were distributed and approved.
Opera House Park
Jon Bennett, resident of Granville Township, made a presentation about the product StaLok as an option for the walkway at Opera House Park. It has recently been installed at Children's Hospital and City Centre Park in Columbus. Comprised of ground seed hulls, decomposed granite, and ground limestone, it is spread on a 1 and 1/2 inch base of gravel and then coated with a stabilizer. It is about one third the cost of asphalt. If installed correctly, the surface is ADA-approved and is easy to care for in that it is permeable, standing up to freezing and thawing. Michelle asked about the feasibility of repairing sections and Linda asked whether or not the material cracks with tree root growth. It was questioned how the material handles salt application. Members decided to visit one of the sites where StaLok has been installed.
Jim contacted Capital Awning for an estimate for replacing the awning over the doorway into St. Luke's office which overhangs Harry Bolen Park and is a visible part of the park. The estimate is for $500-$600. However, since it attaches to the building, formerly owned by the village and now owned by St. Luke's, the awning is currently the church's responsibility.
McCullough's Tree Service completed and generously donated trimming work in Opera House Park. A bill of $95 is only for the product used to feed the Japanese Scholar tree in the NW corner. Michelle will let the village council know of McCullough's donation to the park and it will be entered into public record.
Linda Reynolds will be taking the other commission members on a tour of the trees and shrubs at the Cherry Valley Lodge to help identify plantings appropriate for the park.
Fall 2011 Tree Planting
Don H., Don P., Dick, and Lynne have together checked on the trees planted last fall and they all look good so far.
Don Hostetter and Terry Hopkins have together looked at the upcoming tree removals. The four ash trees in front of the former Del Mar restaurant on North Prospect were removed by the village. When the upper sections were removed, the Emerald Ash Borer marks were extensive, meaning the infestation had been there more than just one year. These tree sections have been on display in the
council chambers for the past couple weeks. Locating and notifying the current owner of the building prior to tree removal was difficult. In surveying other trees in other places, no EAB emergence holes have been seen at eye level, but repeated checking will be done.
Concerning the Green Mountain Maple in front of CVS that are dying, Jim feels that maybe we need to change species when replanting there. Linda feels that the tree loss in the last couple of years in the uptown tree pits is likely the result of the street work -involving excavation- done a few years ago that harmed the root structures of the trees. Don H. visited a town in Pennsylvania with small tree pits and somehow great trees. Discussion followed about re-doing the pits and the possibility of bench placement and chunky gravel to deter foot traffic and soil compaction.
A letter was received from Robert and Christine Gravitt at 205 South Pearl St. who wish to remove a large Norway Spruce that is on East Elm St., inside the sidewalk but within the village right-of-way. Don H. sent a letter to the Gravitts signed by the village manager, advising them of the village ordinances concerning such cases.
Michelle forwarded to us a question from a citizen concerning trees removed on North Granger St. Darren advised that the two trees had been over-trimmed and were hollow, making them unstable. The council has decided that the commission will receive the requested amount of money for maintenance and renovation of Opera House Park in two installments over the next two years. Don H. stated his appreciation of the support given by the village council.
There will be no meeting in July. Our next meeting will be August 14th at 7:00 pm.