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.