Granville Community Calendar

Tree & Landscape Minutes December 10, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of December 10, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger

Guests: Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel


The minutes of the November meeting were distributed and approved. Michelle Lerner commented on the tree removal list mentioned in the minutes.  She would like to add the large sugar maple on the Summit Street side of her property to the list.  She has provided us with pictures of the tree in the past, and it is in decline.  Terry Hopkins will be contacted regarding the request.


Fall tree planting – Forty-one new trees were ordered and planted by Klauder, not forty-two as was previously recorded. Albyn’s replaced a yellowwood on Shawn Ct. that was planted in 2012 and died.


Tree City USA Application – Don Hostetter and Mollie Prasher submitted the application online on Dec. 6th which was ahead of the deadline.  It is on file upstairs at the village office. Our expenditures for 2013 included $9998 for new trees. (We actually had forty-one planted by Klauder, not forty-two as previously reported.) Data for the village services department included 474 hours @$13,000 for trimming/pruning, 799 hours @$23,000 for removals, @$11,000 for equipment, along with other areas such as work done in Opera House Park.  Our commission volunteer hours totaled 647 hours at @$12,000. The dollar costs are exact on the application. The goal of the Tree City USA designation is to have each community spend more on urban forestry each year.  In 2013 Granville spent $100,211.66 on the tree program, which comes out to just over $25 per resident.

We may qualify for the Growth Award based on the partnering with Denison University (4pts) and the acquisition of additional grant money from the village for Opera House Park (8pts).  Ten points are necessary for the Growth Award. Don Hostetter attended a breakfast at Denison. The new president wants to see increased student involvement in the community so we may be able to utilize students in the tree program, the tree inventory, and the park.

Opera House Park –We reviewed progress on the park’s renovation and what was accomplished this year:  the clearing and then planting of the northwest corner with new perennials, the masonry reconstruction of the bell pedestal, and the replacement of many stones around the fence. Also the benches were refurbished and re-installed, and there was additional brick put in behind the bell to create a walkway to the historical marker and to connect the two Broadway corners.  The east side was tilled and seeded with grass as a temporary solution to make the area usable and more attractive. Next year we should be able to put permanent plantings in the northeast corner, and when St. Luke’s addition is completed, begin work on the east and south sides of the park.

Spring Community Seminar -Don Hostetter has communicated to Bruce Cramer our desire to hold another spring seminar at the mansion. We discussed potential topics of pruning, mulching around trees, tree selection, and the responsibilities residents have for their street trees.  Also discussed was possibly coordinating the seminar with AEP.  Could this be a good opportunity for a forum on the upcoming scheduled pruning? Could this tie in with tree species selection?  Would it be appropriate to do one seminar in the spring, and another in the fall, closer to the start of AEP’s trimming?

Reports/Remarks -Michelle Lerner reported that the budget for 2014 was approved by Village Council.

Jim Siegel reported on the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board meeting he attended.  The recent twenty-eight page master plan was reviewed, including proposed changes which will affect the landscape and require new plantings.  Of note will be an upgrade to the flagpole area outside Slayter Hall.

Don Hostetter will draft a letter of appreciation to Emily Kishler for updating the village’s tree inventory.

Don H. congratulated Michelle on her new position as Headmaster at Welsh Hills School. 

The next meeting will be January 14th at 7 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes November 15, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission Friday Work Session

November 15, 2013

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Jim Siegel, Steve Stilwell, Terry



Village Manager Steve Stilwell called our meeting to discuss with us a way to handle the upcoming scheduled AEP trimming. He stated that in other communities a program has been used that provides funds to plant new trees under power lines where excessive trimming would to be done on existing trees.  This is done on a case-by-case basis, where property owners are notified in advance that their tree would be severely trimmed, and are offered the option of having that tree removed and a new, smaller one planted.  This would necessitate that money be allocated to sponsor this, and would require that Terry Hopkins and an AEP representative would  identify trees subject to heavy trimming ahead of time, and would contact property owners about this option.  It would make for positive communication between the village, residents, and AEP before the trimming occurs.  Discussion followed.  Terry is in favor of this proposed plan.  Scheduled trimming would likely begin next fall.


Terry distributed copies of the 2013-2014 Winter Tree Removal Listing.  There are sixty-five listings, of which twenty are white ash trees and nineteen are green ash trees.  Many of the ash trees are on Ballymore Court, Longford Drive, Kilkenny Court, Jones Road, and on the Bryn Du Mansion property and are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. A few are in the uptown area; one with a DBH of 47” is on East Maple St.  Nineteen trees on the list are large sugar maples, almost all of which are in the uptown area. The last large elm is dying and will be removed from in front of the former Baptist church.  Terry also warned that the old “Christmas tree” in the Broadway bed is in decline, which was more evident when it was decorated by the services department for the holidays.

Tree & Landscape Minutes November 12, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of November 12, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests: Jim Siegel, Darren Willey

Minutes from the October meeting were approved.

Old Business:

Fall planting sites – We went over the final list and changes prepared by Don Pheneger. Don Hostetter met with John Klauder Nov. 11th to make the changes. Two late changes allowed granting requests from property owners on North Plum and South Mulberry Streets. There will be forty-two trees at an agreed upon amount of $9998. Planting will take place in December, and John will contact Jim Patin about the sites in the cemetery. Jim Siegel suggested keeping the bid/price list from Klauder as a guide when preparing our list next year so we don’t go over the budgeted amount and then have to cut back.

Tree removal list – Darren advised there are many ash trees to be removed this winter.

New Business:

Staking of the tree sites for planting will take place closer to the planting date. Lynne Kishler has the doorhangers and Mollie is sending a letter to the Buxton Inn concerning the trees sites on S. Pearl St.

Re-certification for Tree City USA – The online application for recertification is due December 12th.  Mollie Prasher and Don Hostetter are working on completing it. Don requested we turn in our individual volunteer hours for 2013 so our commission total can be calculated. Darren Willey presented the fact sheet that the service department prepared with calculated figures for hours/work completed, equipment used, manpower, etc. which is submitted as an important part of the application.  Lynne thanked Darren for having this ready early.

Linda Reynolds reported that the Broadway flower beds, area around the bell in Opera House Park, and beds in front of the village office and police station have been cleared and prepared for winter.  Don H. complimented Linda on her fine work this year. She has decided on the color scheme for summer 2014.

Don H. and Jim attended the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board meeting last week. They were updated on the new shrubs and plantings around the Mitchell Center.  Denison is looking at constructing their own software for their tree inventory. 

Don Hostetter participated today with several other Granville residents/officials in a community observation/evaluation of Oberlin as it appears to visitors.  They made observations and talked to people in businesses, etc. Don made note of tree pits in the downtown and asked questions about their tree program. This town-to-town matching program is being carried out by OSU. Folks from Oberlin will come anonymously into town and provide feedback to Granville.

The next meeting will be December 10, 2013. 

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes October 25, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – Friday, October 25, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler, Terry Hopkins, Jim Siegel

Terry Hopkins reviewed our list of proposed trees and requested we reconsider species for the tree planned for 209 East Elm. After discussion, we decided on American Hornbeam.  For 133 South Pearl, he feels that the porch roof of the house is so close to the sidewalk that a tree with a more narrow mature shape would work better.  We changed that selection from elms to two Little Leaf Lindens.  The homeowner at 129 North Plum St. contacted Don H. to request a tree where one was removed.  We will re-plant with a Serviceberry in that site.  Terry did like our choice of American elm for 432 North Granger St. as that site is very open and can accommodate a mature elm. He added that another nearby tree will be removed in the future and another elm could go in there in future plantings.

We re-totaled the dollar amount, and Don H. will be meeting with John Klauder soon to go over the final list. Don Pheneger, who has been updating our tree list throughout the selection process, will make the changes.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes October 18, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – Friday, October 18, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Jim Siegel

Returned bids for planting the commission’s list of trees for fall 2013 were received from three landscape nurseries within the requested ten days and were opened.  They were as follows:

Albyn’s (Mike Flood)     $13,963

Klauder                            $11,455

Fackler                             $14,047

Because the tree budget is set at $10,000, we took the lowest quote, Klauder, and trimmed down our list of trees to meet the budgeted amount.  We will wait until 2014 to plant the one tulip($279) and one pin oak ($249)planned for Newark-Granville Rd.  Don Hostetter asked Jurgen Pape if the Japanese Pagoda trees ($777 for three) requested for the Bryn Du mansion could also be planted in 2014, and he agreed.  A Sugar maple, two Prairiefire  crabapples, and the two Kousa dogwoods will remain on the planting list for the mansion property. Also cut from the list was a tree lilac ($255) for N. Plum St.  This brought the amount to $9895.  Don Hostetter will contact John Klauder about the changes and will also send letters to Albyn’s and Fackler’s.

Tree & Landscape Minutes October 8, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

October 8, 2013

Present:  Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger

Guests: Michelle Lerner, Jim Patin, Darren Willey

Dick Mortensen led the meeting; Don Hostetter is out of town. The minutes of the September meeting were distributed and approved.

Old Colony Burying Ground -Jim Patin of the Union Cemetery Board came to discuss the trees planned for the Old Colony Burying Ground.  Jim has talked to Don Hostetter and Jim Siegel. Three tree sites have been located in the cemetery, one of which is a replacement.  Jim Patin will contact Terry Hopkins concerning a stump that needs to be removed. Cemetery records go back to 1876 and they believe there will be no issues or surprises in planting these three trees.  The Tree and Landscape Commission has selected Sugar Maple, Swamp White Oak, and Sweet Gum.  We will inform Jim P. as soon as we know the landscape contractor and planting date so arrangements for access into the cemetery, etc. can be made.

Jim Patin lives in The Colony on Carreg Cain.  He reported that the homeowners association had McCullough Tree Service prune and feed the trees in the center island areas as well as some street trees last year.  He asked about pruning and feeding policies done in the village on street trees.

Fall Planting Sites – Don Pheneger distributed lists of the latest fall tree sites and selections made by the commission.  On October 7th Don H. sent bid requests to Fackler’s, Klauder, Mike Flood (Albyn’s) and Marc Brockman(Timber Run). These are due back by October 18th.  The residents of Onnen Ct. have selected five Black Gums (Tupelo) for the street trees and three Korean Dogwoods for the large island.

S.E. Ohio Tree Conference in Athens –Dick and Don H. attended.  Dick reported that Ann Bonner gave an interesting and entertaining talk on the conflicts of sidewalks and trees. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is now in Ohio, having “jumped” the Ohio River.  They are attempting to control - by spraying – in the Wayne National Forest.  It has also been found in the Hocking Hills.  The attendees heard a report about the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation and isolation efforts in Clermont County.

Fall Urban Forestry Conference – Dick, Don P., Lynne, and Darren will attend this on October 17th at Westgate Park in Columbus.

Granville Senior Living Project – Michelle Lerner noted there will be earth-moving to mitigate flooding potential in the area. The facility will be built close to Weaver Drive, not close to Raccoon Creek.

Remarks – Lynne will get in touch with Michelle Lerner in December concerning recognizing Emily Kishler’s work updating the tree inventory.

The next meeting will be November 12th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes September 27, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday, September 27, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler

Fall tree planting – The Weinbergs have chosen Swamp White Oak for in front of Monomoy Place. Ann Bonner may have advice on species to plant in the Old Colony Burying Ground.  Lynne suggested sugar maples because a better environment exists for them to thrive in the cemetery than in tree lawns.

We considered different tree species for Onnen Court.  A list of our recommendations will go to the residents (contact person is Brett Jump.)  Possibilities discussed included Kentucky Coffee trees, American Elms, Gingkos, Silver Lindens, Yellowwoods, Tulips, Cucumber Magnolias, English Oaks, Swamp White Oaks, Shumard Oaks, Northern Red Oaks, Sweet Gums, Black Gums, and American Hornbeams.  For the extra-large island at the end of the court, we propose three flowering crabapples to go around the fairly new tree in the center.  Lynne particularly likes the Prairiefire crabapple variety.

We drove to Onnen Court and placed stakes at possible sites in the tree lawn and the island.  Other stakes were located on North Granger Street and on Newark-Granville Road.

Further work will be done on the fall planting list and staking of sites Tuesday, October 1st.

Tree & Landscape Minutes September 10, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

September 10, 2013

Members present:  Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests: Jeremy King, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey

Dick called the meeting to order and the minutes of the August meeting were distributed and approved.

Opera House Park – Linda Reynolds asked whether or not the sprinkler heads were working in the park as she noticed the lawn and new grass is dry.  This system is turned on manually.  Darren Willey will locate the connector hose at the services department and Jim Siegel will hook it up. Klauder has completed the brick work around the back of the bell pedestal with previously used pavers from the village. The work is excellent and matches up perfectly.  The replacement of perimeter stones outside the fence should be done in one-two weeks.

Fall Tree Planting -The Union Cemetery Board has selected and staked three sites for new trees in the Old Colony Burying Ground.  Large trees will work; possibly oaks or elms.  We will decide what we think will work best for the spots and get back to them. The contact person is Jim Patin.

Jeremy King mentioned there are open tree sites on North Granger Street. Also, a few trees have been removed recently on Chapin Circle.  Village/township/Denison boundary lines on Chapin Circle were checked on a map in the council chamber.  Extra new street tree forms were made available.

Granville Senior Living Project landscape design – Don Hostetter sent a letter to Village Manager Steve Stilwell outlining our recommendations for more deer-resistant trees and shrubs for that area.

The Fall Urban Forestry Conference will be held Thursday, October 17th at Westgate Park in Columbus. Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, and Lynne Kishler will attend.  We were also invited to the SE Ohio Tree Care Conference on September 26th in Athens by urban forester Ann Bonner.  Don H. and Dick will attend.

Reports:  Jeremy King reported on the recent meeting of the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board.  The new president’s wife, Ann Weinberg, attended and had given input as to the plantings in front of Monomoy Place now that the two large trees in the tree lawn have been removed.  Replacement ideas include elms, sassafras, hop tree, red maple, birch, American hornbeam, black gum, sourwood, tulip, and cucumber magnolia.  Jeremy stated that elms originally stood in front of Monomoy. The Weinbergs will let us know their preference.

The next meeting will be October 8th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes June 14, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday, June 14, 2013

Attending:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

We discussed the current brochure for memorial trees at the Bryn Du mansion and came up with suggestions that would clarify our involvement in the program, while also mentioning that arrangements could be made for trees to be planted on village streets if so desired.  Much discussion followed about the details of the merger and of the need to correctly handle the cash flow since checks will be written to Bryn Du and we will order the trees.  The village finance director will need to oversee this transfer of funds and ensure it is done correctly.  We also talked about our obligation to separately maintain our formerly donated trees.  We have funds that were transferred to our tree commission from the Granville Garden Club.

Don Pheneger shared that the Maple Grove Cemetery, which is maintained by the township trustees, has a memorial tree program and the trees are marked.

Tree & Landscape Minutes June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013

Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests: Michelle Lerner, Keith Myers, Jim Siegel

Keith Myers of St. Luke’s church went over the plans for the addition to the rear of the church, including the interior plans for the rear of the sanctuary.  Work on the church began over a year ago with the damage from the derecho. Michelle applauded the historical look to the exterior design. Keith said the church appreciates our patience with the construction that has already taken place that has halted our progress on Opera House Park. Construction on the rear addition will likely take place from April to December 2014. He said the landscape plans are somewhat incomplete and not set as to the stairs from the lower level garden area.  Lynne Kishler feels the stairs in the rear should lead to the east to the pedestrian pathway and to the majority of the parking spaces the church members will use instead of both stairs leading west to the park. 

The current mature maple tree in the rear that was inside the stone wall may be spared, but there is concern over the root structure that will be cut.  Don Hostetter described to Keith our vision of the SE corner and our plans for continuing the brick walk around to connect to the existing walk at the south end of the park, plus our thoughts on screening plants along the west wall of the church.  The irrigation system currently in place will have to be reconfigured to reach the new plantings.  Jim Siegel explained our plan for pavers behind the fence in the SE corner. 

Don H. mentioned the “tree cookie” slice from the elm tree that stood in front of the Opera House, and actually pre-dated it!  It is being kept in Ron Mack’s garage. It has been discussed how it will best be used as a timeline of Granville’s history, whether in the Historical Society or in the park.  Michelle mentioned there is such a display at COSI in Columbus.  If displayed in the park, it might need to be protected with a small roof. Keith suggested a swing for the east side of the park.

The minutes of the May meeting were approved.

Opera House Park -Klauder probably won’t be able to get to the projects in the park by the 4th of July.  

Fall planting -Don H. will call Mike Flood about caring for the beds at the village office and the base of Mt. Parnassus. We will also advise him that there are a couple of dead trees from the fall planting that need to be replaced.

Concerning the pedestrian pathway landscape plans, Don H. contacted Kevin Bennett about coordinating the historical society’s planting at the same time as the church’s, but Kevin explained they may not be able to financially handle it now, but they do have a plan.

Jim Siegel reported that he talked to the post office about the three dying trees on Prospect St. planted last fall.  Fackler’s provides the lawn service at the post office, but does not spray.  Perhaps salt damage is to blame. Michelle Lerner suggested putting a note in the Sentinel warning those with new trees not to plant flowers, spray Round-Up, or use excessive salt close to the trees.

Don Hostetter received the bill ($170.24) from Wilson’s for the street tree that Sara Jean Wilhelm requested be planted at this time. This tree will go in our count for 2013 fall trees.

Don Pheneger feels we should encourage residents to report to the village any ash trees on their properties that are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer so that we can track the spread/concentration in Granville.

We will meet on Friday June 14th to review Bryn Du’s Memorial Tree/Bench brochure for changes that will reflect our involvement/merger.

There will be no July meeting.  The next meeting will be August 13th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes June 7, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Work Session Friday, June 7, 2013

Attending:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Jim Siegel

We received an estimate from Klauder for the proposed work in Opera House Park.  It includes resetting @75’ of the stone edge, replacing @50’ with new stones ($3,360); installing a walk around the sign and the bell and resetting existing pavers – new pavers 120 sq. ft. and relaying existing pavers 70 sq. ft. ($1,760); spraying Roundup along the east side of the park where plantings were removed last year, prepping the soil, and re-seeding with grass ($450). Klauder Landscaping has been advised to go ahead with the work.

Jim took the information we had gathered for a new awning to Rev. Applegate. This is for the main entrance to the church annex in Harry Bolen Park.

We received landscape plans for the pedestrian pathway between St. Luke’s and the Granville Historical Society.  Prepared by Klauder, they outline using Globe Thistle (@ 40 plants) and May Night Salvia for a border.  Also included are three permanent raised planters, each 36” in length for the middle section for annuals.  We contacted Linda Reynolds and Lesa Miller for advice on these plants.  Lesa Miller was able to provide pictures of the Globe Thistle. We noted there are no plans for the historical society side.

Sara Jean Wilhelm of West College and Thresher Streets called Don Hostetter to request a Little Twist Cherry tree for in front of her home where a large tree was removed seventeen months ago.  Don advised her of our fall planting rationale, but she insists she will water it. Currently the tree is on sale at Wilson’s Garden Center.  Don gave the okay for the planting, she will send the bill to us, and we will count it in our 2013 street tree planting.

Don H. attended the recent Tree Trimming Committee.  Steve Stilwell, who joined us at this point, feels there are good ways to improve AEP reliability to Granville.

We looked at the most recent site plans of St. Luke’s.  On Monday, June 10th, Keith Myers will present them to the Planning Commission.  On June 11th, he will present them to us at our meeting.

Lynne Kishler asked for clarification of the merger of the memorial tree programs.  We need to decide on our recommended changes to the current brochure the Bryn Du mansion has.  We did recommend they plant 2” to 2 ½” trees instead of the printed 4” ones. As we invision it, in partnering with them, Jurgen Pape would be the contact person; they would handle the administration; we would order the trees.  We would continue to be stewards of the memorial trees formerly planted in the village, along with any additional ones planted as street trees.

Emily Kishler is available to begin entering data into the tree inventory.  It was suggested Jeremy King or Aaron from Denison could assist her in getting started.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes May 31, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday, May 31, 2013

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

Guests:  Stephen Applegate, Jurgen Pape, Devon Rittenhouse

Rev. Stephen Applegate brought church plans for the proposed addition which we reviewed.  We are in agreement that they can continue to plant annuals in the beds bordering the church annex, which falls inside Harry Bolen Park.  They would like to have the magnolia and the serviceberry trees located close to the building removed.  They would also like to do some trimming/removal of the taxus bushes under the awning.  They are requesting to take this area on for the purposes of planting and maintenance, with the work being done (planting and weeding) by Devon Rittenhouse.

The church sees the project – church, church addition, pedestrian pathway, church annex, Opera House Park, and Harry Bolen Park-  as an “integration the corner.” The entire area has been surveyed recently. Keith Myers, architect and member of St. Luke’s, will present the plans to the Planning Commission on June 10th and to us on June 11th at our monthly meeting.

Don H. described how we decided to do our park renovation plan incrementally.  He also noted the potential loss of the mature maple tree in back of the church. Dick M. asked Rev. Applegate about their plans for the stairwell on the west side of the church.  They will eliminate it if allowed to do so – it will not be needed with the addition’s lower level exit and currently contributes to water problems in the church as rain water spills freely down the steps. 

The entire area has been surveyed recently.  Their mechanicals are planned for the east side of the park, screened by shrubs, which they have offered to maintain.  We also discussed the proposed entrance/exit spot for the dump trucks to remove dirt during excavation of the church addition – this is proposed to be through the western entrance to the park between the current mature burning bushes on the Main Street side and will proceed through the park. The burning bush to the south along the fence would likely need to be removed and the slight slope re-graded afterward.  There was concern over damage to park plantings during this process, which the church has agreed to replace, and questions arose as to why the entrance/exit points have to be through the park.  The new asphalt to the rear of the church and Park National Bank will not have cured enough to withstand the weight of the trucks by next April when the work is slated to begin.

In response to Dick Mortensen’s inquiry, Jurgen Pape presented us with the drawing for the access points/drive at the rear NW corner of the mansion. They currently have only the Jones Rd entrance/exit.  The mansion needs, and has the option to build, an access road with a gate. He discussed the history of what was attempted during the past several years to maintain the right-of-way for that to be possible.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes May 24, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Work session Friday, May 24, 2013 Bryn Du Mansion

Attending: Bruce Cramer, Jurgen Pape, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

Opera House Park -We will meet with Klauder Landscaping next Wednesday about laying pavers behind the bell and around the light.  It may be possible to combine the job with the replacement of the broken stones around the fence.  It would be desirable to have stones that are similar in color and feel, if not exactly matching in size. Keith Myers has asked to speak to us at our June 11th meeting concerning the church’s proposed addition and a walkway from the back of the church into the park.

Memorial tree program – Don Hostetter stated we as a commission are in agreement that merging our memorial tree programs is a good idea.  Jurgen Pape and Bruce Cramer conveyed that there is also consent among the mansion’s board members to merge the efforts of both groups. The only concern raised by the mansion board was how time consuming this would be to Bruce’s job.  How much of the administration of the program will go through Tree and Landscape?

The plans for additional trees at the mansion include expanding the grove of honey locusts at the veteran’s memorial.  Jurgen went over the plans for the property, highlighting that there is plenty of room for trees, especially along the western boundary fence.  They have an overlay, prepared by Jobes and Henderson, and hope to soon separate out the tree layer. This would be a good time to add a memorial tree index.  Don H. asked if we could pre-plant some of the desired trees, to get them started. Then those existing young trees could be “adopted.”

According to their new color brochure, an installation donation of $400 per tree would include maintenance of the tree. It was agreed this brochure can continue to be used after the merger, with only minor changes.  We feel a 2” or 2 ½” tree will do better after transplanting than the 4” they were proposing. For trees donated within the village, but outside the mansion, we would handle it as we normally do.  Jim Siegel has checked with our attorney, and we could have a tax exempt status.

Donated benches will be labeled with a plaque, and are made of imported wood, commercially grown.  They already have six, ready to be assembled; one is spoken for.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes May 17, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Work Session Friday, May 17, 2013, Bryn Du mansion

Attending: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Jim Siegel, Lynne Kishler

Jim Siegel reported  -at the Bryn Du mansion- one tree at the end of the walk to the barn is half-dead and needs to be removed.  It was planted last fall; we should let Mike Flood know it needs to be replaced. The rest of the trees in the row look okay.

Opera House Park – The benches will be delivered by Friesingers today at 2:00 pm. The wood slats have been replaced with a composite material. In the past Jim had been re-varnishing them each year.

Jim attended The Cemetery Board once-a-year meeting.  Members of the committee include Paul Jenks who represents the township and Connie Barsky who is the chairman.  Lynn Boone is taking over for Flo Hoffman. The Old Colony Burying Ground is under our domain.  Dawes did a survey four-five years ago, and we have a copy of that inventory.  Jim reported that one medium-age maple tree has come down. We will be in contact with them as to any additional trees desired for the cemetery.

Steve Stilwell sat in on our meeting to discuss the merger of the memorial tree program with the new program at Bryn Du.  Don Hostetter said care of the trees would be provided by Bryn Du. Steve would like to see a memorial tree layer on the village website.  He also mentioned that our GIS update will become more valuable as the EAB infestation becomes more widespread.  He proposed writing out the need to expand the program with Bryn Du.

Steve also advised that it may be that during the excavation of the addition to the rear of St. Luke’s church that dirt is carried out through the south side of Opera House Park, perhaps through Harry Bolen Park. There may be a temporary construction easement.  Steve feels St. Luke’s could be approached about making a contribution to Opera House Park to offset any damage caused by construction.  A new storm sewer will be going in soon between Lisa McKivergin’s office and the St. Luke’s office building that will connect to Main St.

We discussed the possibility of hiring a student or perhaps a retired teacher to update the GIS/memorial tree layer.

Tree & Landscape Minutes May 14, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of May 14, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger

Guests: Regis Birckbichler, Bruce Cramer, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey

Minutes of the April meeting were distributed and approved.

Old Business:

Opera House Park –Facklers was to start the landscaping in the NW corner last week, so it is expected soon.  The work on the bell pedestal is now complete; the work was done by Michael Kraner.  The center, formerly comprised of rubble, is now concrete.  The curing is done, a water resistant coating was applied, and the bell has been reattached. It was rebuilt using the same stones, so it is still original.  The village services department assisted with moving the bell.

Fall plantings- A date needs to be set for a drive-around check of the fall 2012 trees. 

Tree Removals – The services department has removed many trees/stumps on the removal list in recent weeks.

New Business:

Memorial Tree Program - Discussion was held concerning the possibility of merging our memorial tree program with the Bryn Du Mansion Memorial Tree and Bench Program, which is being developed.  Regis provided us with handouts of our own proposal, re-worded and polished.  He included a summary of programs provided by sixteen other towns and universities, a sample donation form, and sample certificate.  We plan to have our memorial tree listing available on the village website. Bruce Cramer shared a sample of their new color tri-fold brochure.  Bryn Du has a master plan for where they would like to locate benches (all wooden, one type costing donors $1000) and trees ($400). Their plan is to have the honorees listed on a map, and not to mark individual trees with a plaque or marker.  There is a lot of space on the grounds, especially along the west fence. Regis noted that Bryn Du has 501c status, making donations tax deductible.  The village currently does not. It is possible that there will be citizens wishing to donate a memorial tree within the village, but outside of the Bryn Du property.

Don Hostetter posed the question, should we entertain combining forces with the Bryn Du memorial tree program, if their board approves and the details are worked out? This would allow us to work together and avoid any duplication of programs. There are questions concerning the blending of the two entities that the village law director should be able to address. 

Dick Mortensen made the motion that the Granville Tree and Landscape Commission move forward and seek further information on a merger of our memorial tree program and the Bryn Du memorial tree and bench program by consulting with the Bryn Du Commission.  Seconded by Don Hostetter. Bruce Cramer will put us on the agenda for their June meeting.  The motion passed unanimously.

We will meet at Bryn Du on Friday morning, May 24th to discuss this further.

Remarks – Darren reported that the two large trees in the front of the NW corner of South Pearl and East Elm will be removed.

The Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board will not meet over the summer.

We received a request for a new tree from Cathy Paumier, 329 North Granger St.  A tree estimated to be 100 years old was removed from the treelawn last year.

The next meeting will be June 11th at 7 pm.

Tree & Landscape Minutes April 9, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of April 9, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Linda Reynolds

Guests: Regis Birckbichler, Michelle Lerner, Lesa Miller, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey

Minutes of the March meeting were distributed and approved.

Earth Day:  Lesa Miller, Granville Recreation Commission, went over the details of the April 21st Earth Day/Wildwood Playground 20th Anniversary Celebration which will begin at 2:00 pm.  We will be partnering with the rec commission for this event, which will include the planting of a flowering tree at the playground and two London Plain trees in the dog park.  Mike Flood will arrange for the trees and tree sites.  Other plans for the playground include the pruning up of trees and re-establishing bushes.  Recently, the services department removed a dead Austrian pine and a box elder from the park.

Opera House Park:  Don Hostetter sent a letter on March 22nd to the village and St. Luke’s church encouraging communication between the three involved parties about work happening in the park, or work at the church impacting the park.  In response we received a letter from Steve Stilwell thanking the commission for reprioritizing our plan for improvements to the park and agreeing to open communication.  Additionally, work on the pedestrian pathway on the east side of the church will re-start soon and should resolve water problems in that area experienced by both the church and the Granville Historical Society due to the height of the alley between the buildings.

Fackler’s bid was the lowest for landscape work to be done on the NW corner of the park.  Don H. has been communicating with Chris Nichols at Fackler’s and Terry Hopkins concerning timing. Jim Siegel and Don Pheneger cleaned up the seating areas of fruit from the trees, leaves, and debris.  Jim reported that the benches should be done by mid-April. 

Tree City USA:  Don H., Don P., Dick, and Lynne will be attending the event on April 18th in Urbana.  Brian Miller of The Sentinel requested information on the Growth Award and history on Granville’s Tree City status.  Of the forty communities in our district, only six got the Growth Award this year.  Granville is by far the smallest community to receive it. There are four new Tree Campus recipients.

Arbor Day: Lynne confirmed that the tree planting ceremony will be held on Friday, April 26th at 1:00 pm at the intermediate school.  The fifth grade teachers have chosen the theme “Trees are Terrific . . . in all Shapes and Sizes.”  Lynne will contact Mike Flood about the tree planting.  Don H. will obtain the gift certificates from Whit’s Frozen Custard and ask Mollie Prasher for the proclamation to be prepared.  

Tree Removals:  On April 7th Don H. and Terry Hopkins marked trees for removal.  The selected trees were either dead or clearly dangerous.  A few maples on East College and on Newark-Granville Road, which had been previously cabled, were found to be unstable and need to be taken down.  A very large ash on South Mulberry Street across from Sugar Loaf is dying at the top.  Due to its size and location, there is little room to maneuver equipment and will be a challenge to remove. We received a request to remove a Linden from the Delta Delta Delta sorority house on Mulberry and College Streets.  After inspecting the tree, it was deemed that the row of trees there can be trimmed, but are healthy, and will not be removed.

EAB/ALB Community Seminar:  About twenty people attended the workshop at the Bryn Du mansion.  This is more than last year. We had good publicity in the Granville, Newark, and Pataskala newspapers along with posters around town.  Michelle Lerner, however, feels this is a good number of interested citizens.  We may consider moving the seminar uptown. 

Remarks:  Don H. and Jim Siegel attended the recent Denison Tree and Landscape meeting.  The landscaping is almost complete around the new Mitchell Center.  There are still no applicants for the summer intern position.

The next meeting will be May 14th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes March 22, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Work Session Friday, March 22, 2013

Attending: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortenson, Jim Siegel

Village Manager Steve Stilwell reported to us that St. Luke’s church has applied to the village council to add onto the south end of the current church building.  Steve had copies of the plans to show us.  It was noted that the addition will require the removal of a large maple tree from the current garden area behind the building. Because the church sits on village ground, this is a village tree.  It was also noted that a door is planned for the SW corner of the building, which may require us to alter our landscaping concepts for the adjacent area of the park. Don Hostetter has drafted a letter stressing the need for communication between the church, the village, and the commission during the construction phase and our landscaping improvements to Opera House Park.

Concerning Opera House Park, we may turn our attention to the pedestal for the bell, the brick walk behind the bell, and the stones surrounding the park (under the fencing) that need to be replaced.  It was mentioned that both John Klauder and Mike Flood have replaced individual stones as needed in the past.  Should all the stones be replaced now so they match or should we continue to do that as they deteriorate?  Terry Hopkins will look into who does masonry work and could advise us on the bell support. Dick Mortenson feels there may be extra stones at the Bryn Du Mansion.

Mike Flood is in communication with Terry Hopkins about the re-digging of the tree pits and the re-planting of the new trees in front of CVS.

Our April 4th community seminar on the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorn Beetle is on the Bryn Du website, and needs to go on the village website.  Posters should go up by the end of next week.  Don Pheneger has been working on this.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes March 15, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Work Session Friday, March 15, 2013

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

Don Hostetter reported that St. Luke’s will be applying to council to add an addition to the south end of the church building.  Drainage from most of the church roof will likely hook into the storm sewer line at some point under South Main Street.  Village Manager Steve Stilwell feels we should not plant along the east side of the park until this storm sewer line is dug.  Discussion followed about possible drain line routes, and the curbing along the west wall of the church.  There are nine public parking spaces currently behind the church that do not belong to Park National Bank.  Layton Excavating Company will be re-sculpting the parking lot grade.  The pedestrian pathway between the Granville Historical Society and the church is scheduled to finish June 1st.   We are encouraged to use drawings to identify the sections of the park we are working on to keep the church and the village informed during all the construction.

We opened returned bids for the plantings in the NW corner of Opera House Park that were received from Albyn’s and Klauder.  Ellinger has decided to decline bidding on the job.  As today is the 15th, additional bids may yet come in the mail.

Jim Siegel reminded us that Friesinger’s, who has inspected the Opera House fencing, does not want to paint the fence; we will need to look into other contractors.   The benches should be ready mid-April.

Tree & Landscape Minutes March 12, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of March 12, 2013

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests: Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, John Smith, Darren Willey

Minutes of the February meeting were distributed and approved.

Citizens’ Comments:  Jeannine Nock, 328 East Elm St. came to inquire about their large oak tree that is leaning out over the street.  We informed her that we took action on this issue, and on October 9th, a letter was sent to the village council recommending its removal based on the danger of its size and precarious angle.  A notice was sent to the adjoining neighbors and there were no objections received.  Darren Willey will follow up with scheduling the work.

Opera House Park:  Don Hostetter has been in communication with Steve Stilwell concerning St. Luke’s church and the drainage issue.  Because trenching through the park may still be completed, we cannot plan on planting the east side of the park in the near future.  Our drawing and request for bids for plantings in the NW corner of the park were sent out on March 1st to Marc Brockman, Facklers, John Klauder, Tom Ellinger, and Albyn’s.  March 15th was set as the deadline for returned quotes; Albyn’s bid has been received to date.  Finishing this corner will allow for the benches to be re-installed and that section of the park to be used.  Jim Siegel will check with Friesinger’s on the status of the refurbishing of the benches.

Emerald Ash Borer/Asian Longhorn Beetle Seminar:   to be held at 7 pm on April 4th at the Bryn Du mansion with Lisa Bowers and Paul Kanninen speaking.  Don H. has scheduled a meeting with Brian Miller of the Sentinel to do a brief announcement on March 21st and perhaps follow up with a longer article a week later.

Denison Intern:  The internship has been posted, but no applications have been received.  The environmental studies professor is advertising it to his students as well.  Although the position will not be compensated by the village, Jeremy King explained that students can apply for funding for unpaid internships through Denison. Jim Siegel asked if perhaps we should consider having a high school student.  Michelle asked if the tasks could be completed during the school year when the college students are already here.  Jeremy acknowledged that it could be done as community service through a work/study arrangement.

Wildwood Park Earth Day – Lesa Miller of the Recreation Commission is in the planning phase of this event which will take place on Sunday, April 21 and will include the planting of two trees.

Arbor Day Poster Contest – Lynne Kishler has confirmed the date, April 26th, with the Granville Intermediate School principal and fifth grade teachers for the annual poster contest and tree planting ceremony at the school.

Reports – Jeremy King suggested that we explain to the public why the eighteen flowering trees were planted last fall on Newark-Granville Rd. as comments and questions have come from citizens as to their placement under the power lines.  Explaining the selected species as being approved by AEP could be a positive step of communication.  Don H. will work on this. John Smith offered the AEP web site area titled “The Right Tree in the Right Place” as a source for citizens with questions.

John reported that AEP had copper grounding wire stolen from twenty poles/spans along the bike path between the water treatment plant and the playground.  This was a sophisticated crime requiring knowledge and time.

The next meeting will be April 9th at 7 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes March 5, 2013

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Work Session Tuesday, March 5, 2013  8:30 am

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

Don Hostetter prepared bid letters and color-coded drawings for landscape work for the NW corner of Opera House Park.  They went out Friday, March 1st to Marc Brockman, Facklers, John Klauder, Tom Ellinger, and Albyn’s.  March 15th was given as a deadline for returning quotes; work is to be completed by May 31st.  

Members present gave input as to a press release for the community seminar on April 4th. Lisa Bowers and Paul Kanninen will be the featured speakers.  Don H. will contact Brian Miller of the Sentinel, and also see if a notice can run in the Newark Advocate and the Pataskala Standard.  It should also be posted on the village’s website.  We plan on having this as an on-going, annual event and can cover tree and shrub varieties, pruning, etc.

There have been no applications returned yet for the Denison University summer internship.  Jeremy King will give it another push to boost interest.

The session ended at 9:15 am.

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