Granville Tree and Landscape Commission Friday Work Session
November 15, 2013
Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Jim Siegel, Steve Stilwell, Terry
Village Manager Steve Stilwell called our meeting to discuss with us a way to handle the upcoming scheduled AEP trimming. He stated that in other communities a program has been used that provides funds to plant new trees under power lines where excessive trimming would to be done on existing trees. This is done on a case-by-case basis, where property owners are notified in advance that their tree would be severely trimmed, and are offered the option of having that tree removed and a new, smaller one planted. This would necessitate that money be allocated to sponsor this, and would require that Terry Hopkins and an AEP representative would identify trees subject to heavy trimming ahead of time, and would contact property owners about this option. It would make for positive communication between the village, residents, and AEP before the trimming occurs. Discussion followed. Terry is in favor of this proposed plan. Scheduled trimming would likely begin next fall.
Terry distributed copies of the 2013-2014 Winter Tree Removal Listing. There are sixty-five listings, of which twenty are white ash trees and nineteen are green ash trees. Many of the ash trees are on Ballymore Court, Longford Drive, Kilkenny Court, Jones Road, and on the Bryn Du Mansion property and are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. A few are in the uptown area; one with a DBH of 47” is on East Maple St. Nineteen trees on the list are large sugar maples, almost all of which are in the uptown area. The last large elm is dying and will be removed from in front of the former Baptist church. Terry also warned that the old “Christmas tree” in the Broadway bed is in decline, which was more evident when it was decorated by the services department for the holidays.