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.