Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
Meeting of November 12, 2013
Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds
Guests: Jim Siegel, Darren Willey
Minutes from the October meeting were approved.
Fall planting sites – We went over the final list and changes prepared by Don Pheneger. Don Hostetter met with John Klauder Nov. 11th to make the changes. Two late changes allowed granting requests from property owners on North Plum and South Mulberry Streets. There will be forty-two trees at an agreed upon amount of $9998. Planting will take place in December, and John will contact Jim Patin about the sites in the cemetery. Jim Siegel suggested keeping the bid/price list from Klauder as a guide when preparing our list next year so we don’t go over the budgeted amount and then have to cut back.
Tree removal list – Darren advised there are many ash trees to be removed this winter.
Staking of the tree sites for planting will take place closer to the planting date. Lynne Kishler has the doorhangers and Mollie is sending a letter to the Buxton Inn concerning the trees sites on S. Pearl St.
Re-certification for Tree City USA – The online application for recertification is due December 12th. Mollie Prasher and Don Hostetter are working on completing it. Don requested we turn in our individual volunteer hours for 2013 so our commission total can be calculated. Darren Willey presented the fact sheet that the service department prepared with calculated figures for hours/work completed, equipment used, manpower, etc. which is submitted as an important part of the application. Lynne thanked Darren for having this ready early.
Linda Reynolds reported that the Broadway flower beds, area around the bell in Opera House Park, and beds in front of the village office and police station have been cleared and prepared for winter. Don H. complimented Linda on her fine work this year. She has decided on the color scheme for summer 2014.
Don H. and Jim attended the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board meeting last week. They were updated on the new shrubs and plantings around the Mitchell Center. Denison is looking at constructing their own software for their tree inventory.
Don Hostetter participated today with several other Granville residents/officials in a community observation/evaluation of Oberlin as it appears to visitors. They made observations and talked to people in businesses, etc. Don made note of tree pits in the downtown and asked questions about their tree program. This town-to-town matching program is being carried out by OSU. Folks from Oberlin will come anonymously into town and provide feedback to Granville.
The next meeting will be December 10, 2013.