Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Work session Friday, May 24, 2013 Bryn Du Mansion
Attending: Bruce Cramer, Jurgen Pape, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel
Opera House Park -We will meet with Klauder Landscaping next Wednesday about laying pavers behind the bell and around the light. It may be possible to combine the job with the replacement of the broken stones around the fence. It would be desirable to have stones that are similar in color and feel, if not exactly matching in size. Keith Myers has asked to speak to us at our June 11th meeting concerning the church’s proposed addition and a walkway from the back of the church into the park.
Memorial tree program – Don Hostetter stated we as a commission are in agreement that merging our memorial tree programs is a good idea. Jurgen Pape and Bruce Cramer conveyed that there is also consent among the mansion’s board members to merge the efforts of both groups. The only concern raised by the mansion board was how time consuming this would be to Bruce’s job. How much of the administration of the program will go through Tree and Landscape?
The plans for additional trees at the mansion include expanding the grove of honey locusts at the veteran’s memorial. Jurgen went over the plans for the property, highlighting that there is plenty of room for trees, especially along the western boundary fence. They have an overlay, prepared by Jobes and Henderson, and hope to soon separate out the tree layer. This would be a good time to add a memorial tree index. Don H. asked if we could pre-plant some of the desired trees, to get them started. Then those existing young trees could be “adopted.”
According to their new color brochure, an installation donation of $400 per tree would include maintenance of the tree. It was agreed this brochure can continue to be used after the merger, with only minor changes. We feel a 2” or 2 ½” tree will do better after transplanting than the 4” they were proposing. For trees donated within the village, but outside the mansion, we would handle it as we normally do. Jim Siegel has checked with our attorney, and we could have a tax exempt status.
Donated benches will be labeled with a plaque, and are made of imported wood, commercially grown. They already have six, ready to be assembled; one is spoken for.