Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Meeting of January 8, 2013
Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger
Guests: Regis Birckbichler, Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey
The minutes of the December 2012 meeting were approved.
Opera House Park – The Christmas trees in Opera House Park (along with the ones uptown) were removed today. There has been no excavation work and no further information concerning the drainage issue at the church. Efforts to locate any plans of drain pipes placed underground in the 1980s have been unsuccessful so far. Darren Willey feels any work, if done at all, may have been planned out verbally and with no drawings filed.
Fall tree planting – The tree pits in front of CVS and Huntington Bank need further work – deeper stump grinding before the maple trees are planted. They have been placed temporarily in the pits and will be lifted to allow better preparation of the sites, and then re-planted. Albyn’s Nursery found a concrete slab in the pit on the corner. Before it is removed to allow proper root growth, it needs to be identified as unnecessary. Discussion followed as to what existed there previously during different businesses.
Don Hostetter was approached by resident Gloria Hoover about the impact of air quality on the health of citizens and trees, and whether or not Granville’s air had ever been monitored professionally. Is it feasible or beneficial to have this done? Michelle Lerner will take this to council.
A final drawing of the northwest corner of Opera House Park needs to be drawn so that we can move forward when the church’s drainage issues are resolved and spring arrives.
Don H. has been working to set up a date in April to host a second community tree seminar at the Bryn Du mansion. This year would be an update on new treatments for the Emerald Ash Borer and the information on the Asian Longhorn Beetle. Dick Mortensen has a list of experts from OSU who could be asked to speak. Regis Birckbichler mentioned that perhaps newly-retired Drew Todd of the ODNR could be invited.
Reports – Don H. complimented Darren Willey and the services department on the holiday decorations.
Regis reported that the Memorial Tree Program officially comes under Alison Terry’s office. He prepared a potential plan, as a starting place for discussion, and Alison fine-tuned it. Other towns across the country have very different programs for handling memorial trees; it is up to us to decide what will be the most appropriate for Granville. Regis worded the proposed text in such a way to spell out that once a tree is donated, it becomes the property of the village, not the donor. Jeremy suggested we have an initial publication that is brief, followed by one with additional details when citizens inquire. The plaques Denison has started putting in @ $20 apiece have been holding up well and have generally not been vandalized. We looked over the comprehensive notebook Rose Wingert (formerly the Garden Club liaison to our commission) compiled in 2007 of the inventory of Granville’s memorial trees. Jeremy King suggested that the information we have available could be put on the village website. Previous donors and family members of those honored could check for accuracy of our records. Other issues to be decided upon include tax deduction and which species should be allowed based on tree site and planting zone.
Michelle Lerner advised us that the Union Cemetery Commission wants to formalize an agreement concerning tree care for the Old Colony Burying Ground so our roles are defined. Michael King is the new part-time law director for the village. Village councilmember Jeremy Johnson, who lives across from the Welsh Hills School, approached Michelle questioning the recent planting of trees on Newark-Granville Rd. because of the power lines overhead. The eighteen trees put in are serviceberry and tree lilacs and shouldn’t grow tall enough to cause a problem.
Jeremy King notified us of the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee meeting to be held the first week of February. We will send a representative. Jeremy will go ahead with advertising the summer intern position. Don H. will ask Steve Stilwell to whom the applications should be directed.
The next meeting will be February 12th at 7:00 pm.