Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
February 12, 2013 meeting
Members present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds
Guests: Regis Birckbichler, Frits Rizor, Jim Siegel
The minutes of the January meeting were approved.
Opera House Park -The commission asked Frits Rizor to review Linda Reynolds’s plant list and landscape plan for the NW corner of Opera House Park and offer his input. He feels the boxwoods should be treated at the base once a year. He reported that Ortho now has a deer resistant product that could be used to treat taxus when they are new plants and again going into the winter months. The Wardii variety, when mature is 4-5’ tall with a spread of 6-7’ and should be pruned once a year. He saw no potential concerns with the plant list. New plantings could be added to the NE corner at the same time as the NW; the boxwoods added last fall were not the complete planting. Bids can be prepared and sent out as soon as possible.
There is no news on a solution to the drainage problem from the roof of St. Luke’s Church. The village services department performed a dye test two weeks ago, beginning at the downspouts, and the dye did not reappear at the curb on Main Street. The next step will be to try a camera to locate a former underground drain system. The new system installed in South Main a few years ago did not hook into a system under the park. Michelle Lerner again proposed rain barrels; it was felt that in a heavy downpour, the amount of water from the roof would be too much for barrels to handle. A part of the work the church will be doing involves digging a trench along the west wall of the building, redoing the stairwell, and removing the concrete curbing.
Fall Planting -Albyn’s Landscaping has added mulch to the tree pits in front of CVS; however, it was placed on top of the temporary “setting” of the new trees. The reworking of the beds is still to be done.
Summer Intern – Jeremy King has advertised the summer intern position. Hopefully this can be a continuing program with the village. Don Hostetter and Jim Siegel attended the recent meeting of the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board.
Spring Community Program -Don H. has made arrangements for the workshop on the Emerald Ash Borer/ Asian Longhorn Beetle to be April 4th at the Bryn Du mansion. Michelle advised getting the announcement on the village’s events calendar now.
Earth Day -On April 21 at 2:00 pm, the Parks and Recreation Commission is planning to plant two trees at Wildwood Park to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the building of the playground and also Earth Day. Lesa Miller has approached Don H. about our participation. Sycamore or London Plain trees would be able to handle the damp/occasional flooded conditions in the park. The Rec Commission will decide on the sites. One tree has been requested for the Dog Park.
Memorial Tree Program - Regis Birckbichler put together a possible certificate that could be given to tree donors. Don Pheneger showed us a memorial tree application he found from another community that had an attractive color tree background. We discussed possible ways to recognize donors. As far as making the donation of a tree a tax deduction, the village currently does not have an IRS number.
Report from Village Council -Michelle reported that Jackie O’Keefe would like to see a program on the use of pesticides and their impact on the environment. Those questions could be covered under the Q and A portion of the April 4th program. Future topics for these annual community seminars will be diversified. The village services department, as a rule, does not routinely spray pesticides.
Remarks –Jim Siegel and Dick Mortensen have both noticed a younger tree on the north side of Newark-Granville Rd. that recently appears topped. It is likely we will continue to see delayed damage in trees weakened by last June’s derecho. Dick reported seeing many large logs down on the west side of Sugar Loaf, which are visible now.
The next meeting will be March 12th at 7:00 pm.