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.