Granville Community Calendar

Tree & Landscape Minutes August 29, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – August 29, 2014

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel 

Concerning North Pearl Street – We have no start date yet from AEP for the work replacing the power poles. 

Don Hostetter has requested advice from John Klauder for an appropriate hedge for the police dept. parking area. John will also look at the area in front of the post office and make recommendations. Heavy pedestrian and dog-walking traffic have led to die-back in the taxus bushes. Jim Siegel feels the postmaster should be consulted about any landscape work being discussed. 

Frits Rizor will be at our next meeting on September 9th and can go over the lists of acceptable street trees and make recommendations.  Ann Bonner, ODNR urban forester, sent lists from three towns in her district.  It may be a good idea for us to create our own working list for Granille. 

Don H. sent a message to John Smith, AEP, about the public forum on the scheduled AEP trimming in the village on October 23rd at the Bryn Du mansion.  We need to come up with an official title for the event. 

Gloria Hoover at 213 East College St. has turned in a request for removal of a maple tree from her treelawn. We have a request from Laura Joseph for a tree to be planted in front of her home at 216 Sunrise St.  A tree was planted there a few years ago, and there is concern that there may not be adequate room in the treelawn for another.  We will re-look at the situation.

The remaining time was used reviewing several lists from different areas of acceptable street trees.

Tree & Landscape Minutes August 12, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of August 12, 2014

Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds, Jim Siegel

Guests: Regis Birckbichler, Bill Dargusch


The minutes of the June meeting were approved.


Bill Dargusch of St. Luke’s church reported that the church did get the final set of drawings for the addition at the end of June. Most of the bids are back.  When everything is in place, they will campaign publicly to raise funds.  Construction will probably start in 2015.  Don Hostetter raised the possibility that the asphalt behind the church and bank will have cured by then.  Next summer maybe more of the park will be useable if a section of the parking lot can be utilized as a staging area or entrance/egress for equipment. Bill will keep us informed of any updates.

The Historical Society has a landscape plan, but will wait for the construction to be completed at St. Luke’s before proceeding.

Don H. reviewed the previous Friday morning’s meeting when Debi Walker presented landscape drawings of the front of the village office, Reader’s Garden, and the police department parking lot. She also had a drawing for the sidewalk area and tree pits for the brick building on North Prospect St. Her preference for the trees would be columnar-shaped  Princeton Sentry Gingkos. She is seeking recommendations for low-growing shrubs for the parking lot behind the police department.

North Pearl Street – The meeting on July 30th at Michelle Lerner’s house with North Pearl Street residents, AEP representatives, Village Council members, Services Department personnel, and Tree and Landscape Commission members did clarify the upcoming work to be done on replacing the power poles. That circuit has not been updated in 47 years. It was brought up that the cable and phone companies using the same poles would also have to trim around their lines.  Council members present felt that another meeting with those parties was warranted.  So far, the cable company has not returned calls.

Village Manager Steve Stilwell suggested re-contacting owners, who can choose to keep or not keep their trees.  They can make a selection for a replacement from an approved list.  Don H. is waiting to hear from Lisa Bowers about whether or not there is a recent ODNR list of street trees. Ann Bonner sent lists from three communities who have their own lists (Athens, Somerset, Wellston). Dick and Don feel we should draft our own list. We will ask Frits to look over and make recommendations.  AEP’s utility forester, John Smith, will go with Terry Hopkins on this second round of homeowner visits.

It was decided to re-survey last fall’s plantings on Thursday, August 23rd at 1:00 pm.

Linda Reynolds reports there has been more damage to a sprinkler head (as of today) in the Broadway Beds.  We have received no word yet from the letter sent to the Granville Milling Company from Steve Stilwell concerning farm equipment using West Broadway.

At the conclusion of the meeting, members examined the NE corner of Opera House Park.  The boxwoods put in temporarily will remain where they are; they are doing well and the semi-circular shape matches the arc around the bell.  Linda felt a good design would be to mirror the plantings in the NW corner.  All those planted last summer have done quite well.  Don H. will sketch out Linda’s ideas and will contact Fackler’s who did the work. 

Jim Siegel mentioned the dead corner shrubs in the square bed in front of the post office.  The postmaster will be consulted. Linda reported one in front of the village flag pole is also dead.

The next meeting will be September 9th at 7:00 pm. Don H. will be out of town.  Dick Mortensen will preside at the meeting.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes August 8, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – August 8, 2014

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

Guests: Debi Walker, Asst. Village Planner, Dan Bellman, N. Pearl St. resident


Debi Walker explained detailed drawings she made for the sidewalk area in front of the brick building on North Prospect St. The concrete has been dug up and re-done to drain away from the building.  In her plan, she allowed for a 3-foot strip adjacent to the building for café tables and chairs, if needed.  Four tree pits which measure 3’ by 5’are based on the size used in a Baltimore model.  The old soil was removed from the former tree pits and new topsoil was put in.  It was suggested that extra nutrients could also be added.  New trees will be eighteen feet apart and she feels should be columnar in shape.  She advised us that a solid brick layer was discovered 24-30” deep in the pits, so that should be taken into consideration. Electrical boxes were put in each tree pit.


Additionally, she presented us with drawings she prepared for the area between the front steps of the village office and Reader’s Garden. These have been approved by Alison Terry.  Damage from salt used in the winter has made it difficult for anything to do well in this area.  Plans include a raised concrete area with a black decorative urn.  Debi has offered to care for the plants used in the urn and surrounding area.  In front of the village office window, at the western end of the ramp she has proposed another  footer with flower pot/urn.  This will break up the row of proposed boxwoods and provide much-needed color. Jim Siegel warned her that the lack of light reaching the long bed have kept other plantings from doing well there in the past.


Landscaping changes for the police parking lot are outlined in drawings done by John Klauder. The existing taxus bushes along the sidewalk are overgrown and need to be replaced with something shorter.  Frits Rizor and Linda Reynolds will be consulted for suggestions.


Discussion followed concerning the uptown tree pits, grating systems, and Don Hostetter’s idea to defer foot traffic around the pits with bench placement.  Debi monitors the furniture placement of tables and chairs in front of the restaurants and feels a furniture reconfiguration (including the green benches) on the north side of Broadway would benefit the need for an ample pedestrian pathway while allowing for seating.


A meeting was held July 30th with North Pearl Street residents, village council members, AEP representatives, and tree commission members to answer questions and concerns.  An article in the August 7th Sentinel quoted a mid-Sept start date for AEP to begin work.  Don Hostetter advised that Terry Hopkins will revisit homeowners -probably with John Smith of AEP- in the near future. 


Dan Bellman commented on our 2006 tree ordinances, specifically with regard to the rule of not planting a tree within thirty feet of an intersection.  He feels this should be standardized as all corner curbs are curved differently.  The measuring point could be from the center of the intersection.  He also thinks this rule is not necessary for visibility at four-way-stops and could be a guideline, not a hard rule in many cases.  He would also like to see an enlarged tree list for under power lines given the additional 13 feet of air space with the new lines that will be placed on North Pearl.  Don Hostetter has already requested this from the ODNR.


Don Hostetter circulated copies of the letter he sent to Steve Stilwell June 11th concerning damage done to the West Broadway beds by large farm equipment.  This included photos taken of tire tracks and offered possible options for resolution of the problem.  In response, Steve Stilwell has written a memo to Phil Watts of the Granville Milling Company requesting communication between the agricultural community and the village to address this issue.


Tree & Landscape Minutes June 10, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of June 10, 2014

Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds, Jim Siegel

Guests:  Michelle Lerner, Jurgen Pape, John Smith, Darren Willey, Dan Bellman


Minutes of the May meeting were approved with a correction. Jurgen Pape trimmed the trees planted in 2011, 2012, 2013.  Jurgen presented us with a report of the work done on 138 trees. In summary, he found the young trees to be in good shape.  He was pleased to find homeowners had not piled mulch as high around trees as he had seen in the past.  The new yellow wood trees are looking good.  Some maples look good; others not so good.  He discovered the homeowners at 137 Wicklow have planted a red bud and a gingko in the tree lawn. Jurgen complimented the tree planting program for the quality and diversity of new trees planted.  He suggested we consider planting some horse chestnuts in the future. Don Hostetter thanked Jurgen for his work and his detailed report.

Fall Survey – Two American Hornbeams planted last fall have died on North Granger St. One Sweet Gum in the Old Colony Burying Ground did not survive the winter. Two trees on Donegal Drive that died showed obvious weed whacker damage. We received a tree request at 221 South Mulberry where an ash was recently removed. At 222 South Mulberry homeowners had put out a sign advising motorists not to park under a street maple tree because it dropped branches.  The village has since trimmed that tree, which likely suffered damage during the derecho in 2012.

Discussion followed about farm equipment using West Broadway and driving over the islands.  Linda reported there is damage on both sides of the islands – equipment driving east and west through town, damaging the plantings and also the irrigation system. Is it possible to find out who is doing it so they can be communicated with? Can they be fined for damages? Don Hostetter will talk to the police department about the issue.  Michelle will bring it up with village council. When there are no cars parked along the street there is adequate room for the equipment.

Concerning North Pearl Street, Terry Hopkins has been attempting to contact Windstream and Time Warner Cable and others with lines attached lower on the power poles to see where they will put their lines on the new poles – will it be at the current height or will it be higher?  John Smith advised that the new poles will be set slightly closer to the sidewalk than the current ones.  The lines will be live when transferred to the new poles.  We do not yet have a start date from AEP, or word back from the other utilities to Terry.  He will meet with homeowners once that happens. 

Opera House Park -There is no word yet concerning a starting date for St. Luke’s addition.  The fence surrounding the park was painted at a cost of $600.

Dick Mortensen commented on the trees that have died on the west side of the post office. At least two  sets of trees planted in the last several years have all died.  Don Pheneger suggested a soil test be conducted.  Darren Willey advised that the tree pits in front of the brick building on North Prospect (former Del Mar Restaurant) will be redone with new soil. The extra site preparation in the tree pits in front of CVS appears to have been worthwhile.

Don Hostetter complimented Linda Reynolds for the planting done in the Broadway Beds.  He has heard compliments from neighbors on West Broadway.  She also planted flowers at the bell in Opera House Park and at the Village Office.

The Granville Historical Society will submit landscape plans to the commission for the rear of the new addition once the work at St. Luke’s is completed.

Don Hostetter and Jim Siegel were both quoted in an article published in the Advocate today which will also appear in the Sentinel this week concerning the Emerald Ash Borer.  The timing is good, following our plan to keep residents notified and informed.  Dick Mortensen commented on a study being done to hybridize American ash trees with resistant Asian ash trees.  Saplings with this genetic material are being grown in Wooster, Ohio.

John Smith reported that AEP will be removing all ash trees near power lines, including ash trees on private property and in the rear of some residences. He asked when would be a good time to do that removal work in respect to other work going on in the village. Darren felt probably fall/winter when other planned work – and traffic disruption – will have finished. Terry Hopkins, Steve Stilwell, and Darren will discuss this timing.  Dan Bellman suggested that residents could be informed of AEP’s work through a notice on the water bills.

Jim Siegel asked Darren to have the services department do some limbing up work on the SE corner of South Pearl and East Elm Streets.

There will be no meeting in July.  The next meeting will be August 12th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special May 16, 2014

Friday work session – May 16, 2014

Attending: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler, Jim Siegel


Council members Jackie O’Keefe, Michelle Lerner, Village Manager Steve Stilwell, Service Director Terry Hopkins, Don Hostetter, and North Pearl resident Dan Bellman met on Wednesday, May 14th and walked North Pearl Street examining the trees considered for removal. The list has been reduced to 17 trees at the most. The large Sycamore on the NE corner of Summit and North Pearl will be trimmed only over North Pearl.  Terry Hopkins will consult with Windstream, etc. concerning how far from the ground, if at all, the other lines will be moved up.  There should be 43’ actual feet of pole above the ground. Ten feet of clearance includes the space to the street to get equipment trucks close to the curb.  AEP will donate up to $200 per tree for removal and replacement.  We are bound by ordinance as to what species can go back into those sites.

John Klauder has been advised about the two American Hornbeams on North Granger St. that need to be replaced.

Discussion followed about the declining health of the old Christmas tree in the island. Jim Siegel will look into this. Legend Lawn has been doing the work in the islands.  What chemicals have they been using?

Lynne Kishler mentioned the fence surrounding Opera House Park needs to be painted. 

We walked to the park to examine the fence and then the Christmas tree.

Tree & Landscape May 13, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of May 13, 2014

Members Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

Guests: Dan Bellman, Bill Dargusch, Michelle Lerner, Darren Willey


Bill Dargusch was present to give us an update on the addition to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The start has been delayed until July.  The final drawings are finished and the bids are out now.  A memo of understanding between the church and the village concerning the use of part of Opera House Park has been agreed upon and is ready to be signed.  The construction company will attempt to save the maple tree behind the church.  They will repair the stone wall.  The removal of the stairs and lower level door on the park side will be dependent on the fire codes.  Don Pheneger asked about the timing of the work on the west side (windows, removal of pipes, etc.)so we could landscape that edge of the park.  Bill felt that section would not be completed first. Bill will be back to update us at our June meeting.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved. 

Discussion followed about farm equipment using West Broadway.  Lynne Kishler observed a farming vehicle with rounded tires drive up onto the islands and over the daffodils and bushes when there were cars parked on the westbound side of the street.  We will look into how this might be prevented.

Lynne attended the Village Council meeting on May 7th, presented the new Tree City USA flag, 23-year stickers and Growth Award, and thanked council for their on-going support of the tree program. Discussion followed about displaying the flags on Broadway during the last week of April each year and also having one permanently in the council chamber.  Lynne and Darren Willey will work on this.

Lynne reported on the Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at Granville Intermediate School. Poster contest winners were:  Olivia Libertini, Sarah Lodge, Abby Knobeloch, Michael Donelan, and Dylan Kretchmar.  Rain forced the ceremony indoors, but afterwards six other fifth grade students assisted with planting the Jane Magnolia in the front lawn of the school.  Regis Birckbichler helped with the event. An article with two pictures appeared in The Sentinel.

Concerning the trees on North Pearl St., Don Hostetter read a letter he had written to Steve Stilwell.  Removal decisions are still pending.  We have not yet been notified of the date AEP anticipates work on the pole replacement will begin.  A subcommittee of Lights, Safety ,Streets and Sidewalks, and Utilities – LSSU-  along with Don H., Steve Stilwell, and Michelle Lerner will do a site walk tomorrow morning of the trees under the power lines. 

Dan Bellman spoke.  As a resident of North Pearl St. and member of the former Tree Trimming Committee, he doesn’t feel any trees need to be removed at this time when the new poles are placed.  He quoted the equation of 2’ plus 10% of the pole height will be above ground.  A trimming of 10’ beneath the new lines will mean 25’ above ground will be available for trees.  In particular, he has spoken with the homeowner who lives on the NE corner of Summit and North Pearl Streets who is concerned he will lose all the shade for the porch of his home for the length of time he anticipates living there.  

Don H. advised Dan that the commission has been selecting species that are appropriate for planting beneath power lines.  Lynne assured him that discussions were always planned for with all affected homeowners prior to any removal decisions.  Homeowners will also take part in the decision of which new trees, from the approved list, are chosen for in front of their homes.  Don H. invited Dan to join the site walk on May 14th.

Survey of fall tree planting –On May 8th two American Hornbeams on N. Granger St. were found to be dead; they will be replaced by John Klauder. All others look good, with some that need to be watched because they have not leafed out yet.   The eighteen trees on Newark-Granville Rd. are all blooming.

Jurgen Pape will do directional pruning on the trees planted in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  He will charge per tree for the work.


Michelle asked about the browning of many boxwoods following the harsh winter.  Many are being given the advice to wait and give the bushes time to see if they recover.

Darren reported the services department has finished trimming and removals on New Burg St. and will remove the stumps and complete the job.  Denison University complimented the work done there.  The Homestead received the cut wood.

The next meeting will be June 10th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Minutes April 8, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of April 8, 2014

Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests: Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner

Minutes of the March meeting were approved.


Old Business:


North Pearl Street tree removals and replacements – Don H. circulated copies of the current removal list in the village, including the list of selected trees on North Pearl St to be considered for removal prior to AEP placing new poles. Commission members have looked at these trees. Don H. has discussed this with resident Dan Bellman who had questions.  Terry Hopkins will conduct door-to-door conversations with homeowners.  AEP’s presence would facilitate the conversations.  This has been recommended by the utility forester.  It is a good time to plant the right trees in the right spots for future growth under the power lines.  An article will be published ahead of time to notify Granville residents.


Michelle Lerner (also a North Pearl St. resident) suggested that we stagger the removals over a few years to lessen the impact of removing/replacing all 23 trees at once. Jeremy also felt this would be less severe and more easily accepted by the community.  Commission members liked this approach.


Opera House Park – Twenty-four of the sandstone border stones disintegrated to dust with this winter’s below zero temperatures. Don H. contacted John Klauder, who has already replaced them.


New Business:


The Tree City USA event will be April 17th in New Albany at the Winding Hollow Golf Course. Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, and Darren Willey will attend.


Arbor Day Poster Contest and Tree Planting – Lynne has been in contact with the principal and the fifth grade teachers at Granville Intermediate School and it is set for Friday, April 25th at 1:00 pm. Don H. has contacted Mike Flood about a tree and John Smith concerning an AEP donation; both have agreed.



Michelle Lerner has let Steve Stilwell know that we will need additional funds to pay for extra help with the landscaping in the Broadway beds and Opera House Park.


Jeremy King - on April 17th Darren Hauck will do a wildflower and tree walk at noon.  A Denison alum will be donating five smaller flowering trees for the south side of Chapel Walk. This summer Denison will be transferring their tree inventory data to a Google software format. Jeremy advised that Dawes will be doing more community service – they will be offering some help for free.  Gina Dow is working with Denison students who need service hours to graduate – that could be a source of help for us. We may also contact Jim Reding for high school student involvement.


The next meeting will be May 13th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes March 7, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – March 7, 2014

Attending – Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel, Terry Hopkins

Final preparations for our third annual community seminar March 11th at Bryn Du were discussed. It is posted two places in the Sentinel and is on the Chamber of Commerce website. The flyers designed by Mollie Prasher were distributed around town on bulletin boards and Don H and Jim passed them out at the recent Denison T & L Advisory Board meeting. Mollie also offered to send out an email notification. Responsibilities for refreshments were divided up.  Don H. has checked in with both Bruce Cramer at Bryn Du, and with speaker Frits Rizor.

Terry Hopkins advised that clearing work has begun in Raccoon Valley Park for construction of the bridge over Raccoon Creek connecting to the bike path.  On New Burg Street the village will be trimming back the canopy over the road.  An older, dead elm is being removed at the SW corner of Main and Broadway today.  AEP will be putting in new, taller poles on North Pearl St.  Terry will be going around with John Smith (AEP) to identify trees for removal and to talk with homeowners.

Tree & Landscape Special February 28, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – February 28, 2014

Attending – Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel, Lesa Miller


Lesa Miller, Granville Recreation District, met with us to discuss planting a tree with the T & L Commission again this year to celebrate Earth Day, which is Monday, April 21st.  Arbor Day, and our ceremony at the intermediate school, will be Friday, April 25th.  We settled on Sunday, April 27th at

2:00 pm.  Their intent is to plant at Raccoon Valley Park, in the west section that doesn’t flood.  The GRC has a tree map/plan for the park; most trees planted there so far are maples and a flowering variety. The GRC would like to add another tree to the dog park adjacent to Wildwood Park.


We discussed our community seminar March 11th at 7 pm at Bryn Du.  Frits Rizor will be speaking on “Sustainable Practices for the Landscape.“  We asked Mollie Prasher to design a flyer to post around town. We are co-hosting this with Denison, so she will incorporate both our logo and theirs.  Jim Siegel suggested “Mr. Wilson” from WTVN’s Saturday morning show as a future seminar speaker.


It should be possible to go ahead this year with a final planting for the NE corner of Opera House Park.

Tree & Landscape Minutes February 11, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission


Meeting of February 11, 2014

Present: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds, Michelle Lerner

Guests: Jeremy King, Jurgen Pape


Minutes of January 14, 2014 meeting were approved.


Don Hostetter provided an update on arrangements for the Village urban forestry seminar at Bryn Du mansion. The date is March 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Frits Rizor will present a lecture on “Sustainable Practices for the Landscape.” Don H. will request a current biographical sketch from Frits for publicity purposes in media announcements before the event.


Jeremy King, Director of Sustainability and chair of the Denison Tree & Landscape Committee, appeared in support of increasing collaborative efforts between Denison University (DU) and the Village Tree & Landscape Commission (T&LC) when practical. He is particularly interested in supporting the March 11, 2014 seminar at Bryn Du and the Village program for Arbor Day at the intermediate school (Friday, April 25, 2014). Members present unanimously supported this proposal emphasizing the benefits that will result for both Denison and Granville Village.


 Jim Siegel suggested the possibility of a memorial tree commemorating the life and contributions of Mr. Ted Barkley who recently died. Mr. Barkley was a faculty member of the DU athletic department who made significant contributions to the community.  J. King indicated it might be possible to select a prominent site between the Village and DU for a tree (e.g. adjacent to Monomoy House).


A brief discussion of the T&LC budget and projected expenditures ensued with a resolution to request additional labor for L. Reynolds during the spring planting season (APR - MAY). Linda has a tentative arrangement with two members of her staff to assist with the planting. Linda estimates that labor would require 40 - 60 hrs.


Future maintenance of Opera House Park (OHP) was also discussed. A request to the Village Manager and Council for consideration of additional funds to support a “full-time, part-time” worker beginning in FY 2015 will be initiated. It was suggested that this individual be assigned to the Services Department with primary duties of maintenance and monitoring plantings and hardscape at OHP as well as the Broadway beds and the area around the Village Offices. Secondary responsibilities could be maintenance of the Village computerized tree inventory as well as other duties appropriate for the skill level of the person selected. This proposal would be contingent upon available funding and approval of the Director of the Services department.


T&LC along with J. King, will continue to seek a student intern for hourly labor to maintain the village tree inventory for the remainder of this year. It was also suggested that if no response is forthcoming from DU that a similar search be initiated within the science department at Granville High School.


Mr. Jurgen Pape was an invited guest and has accepted our request to preform “training pruning” of street trees that were planted in 2011-2013. Jurgen has performed this service in previous years and we need to continue to use his expertise in pruning to ensure our street trees are developing to their full capacity.


A brief discussion of alternative funding sources for the T&LC was conducted with several new ideas and approaches of possible additional support considered.


Preliminary review of the “memorandum of understanding” between the principals (Village, St. Luke’s, & Midstate Contractors Inc.) was conducted. Appropriate comments and suggestions were noted for revision before forwarding to the Village Manager.


The next scheduled meeting of the T&LC will be March 18, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes January 24, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session January 24, 2014

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel, Steve Stilwell, Terry Hopkins


St. Luke’s Church construction – If work begins on the NW corner of the church we can go ahead and put in more permanent landscaping in the NE corner of Opera House Park.  With Steve Stilwell, we discussed the memo to be drafted outlining:  1) the church’s responsibility for returning the park to its pre-construction condition and 2) establishing the construction company/church as the primary party responsible for safety. Steve advised us that prior to such projects, the village video-tapes property to have the pre-construction condition, including plantings, recorded.  Steve also mentioned that he noticed the declining condition of the village Christmas tree in the Broadway island.


Concerning Harry Bolen Park – Michael Craner, who did the masonry work on the bell, will be asked about the improvements to the section of pavers. There is a question of timing to fit with the construction work at the church.  The village can pull up the pavers, and can also remove the table and bench. 


Spring community seminar – Bruce Cramer gave us a date of Tuesday, March 11th for the mansion.  Don Hostetter will invite Frits Rizor to be our presenter that evening.  We would like to have a community forum concerning the AEP trimming, perhaps closer to the scheduled trimming instead of this spring. Steve Stilwell feels we can go ahead and ask AEP, and he offered his assistance.


Steve explained the power line upgrade on North Pearl St.  AEP wants to replace the current poles with taller ones – 55 feet, seven feet of which will be underground.  The current poles are 33 feet tall. To place the lines underground would cost the village $700,000 to $900,000 and homeowners would be assessed $3,000 each, which they would have to agree to.  There are forty-one houses between Broadway and New Burg.

Tree & Landscape Minutes January 14, 2014

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of January 14, 2014

Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Linda Reynolds

Guests:  Bill Hanes, Jim Siegel, Darren Willey


Minutes of the December meeting were approved.


Don Hostetter attended the Nurseryman’s Show at the Ohio Expo Center and brought copies of the new Acorn Farms Price Guide.


St. Luke’s Construction -Don Hostetter will prepare a memo to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church establishing open communication and an understanding of responsibility between the village and the church and construction company.  Meetings so far between Don Hostetter, Darren Willey, and Terry Hopkins and with Steve Stilwell and Steve Applegate have gone well.


Bill Hanes, of St. Luke’s, presented us with an aerial picture of the SE corner of town that highlighted the construction zones and how much of Opera House Park will be used and taped off for safety.  He answered our questions and gave us copies of a timeline the construction company prepared, showing a start date of April 20 and an end date in early December. He explained that the west side of the building will be cleaned up, pipes removed, stairwell filled in, and lower windows replaced.  They will try to give us back as much of the park as quickly as possible, moving the safety fence to the south.  The excavation in the rear of the church will be only four feet deep.


We discussed what we will have to do prior to the construction.  The underground irrigation system will need to be removed and put back in new, the lamp posts (west side and southeast side) will need to be removed and stored. Watering this summer will need to be done manually from the faucet.  Their contractor will photograph the parts of the park to be used and offered to store our bench and marker. We also discussed whether or not the pavers in Harry Bolen Park should come up ahead of time, and the feeling was they probably should.  They will be careful of the trees in the SW corner.  Dick Mortensen asked if the cement trucks would be able to pump cement in for the basement walls from the street or from the bank parking lot.


Jim Siegel asked about the stairway up from the back area.  Bill said it will go on the west side as Sunday school is held in their office building.


Bill Hanes expressed appreciation for our patience. They feel Mid-State should stay on time; they were very pleased with them in the past.


Don H. has talked to Terry Hopkins about Michelle Lerner’s maple and it’s on the removal list.  He will contact Jurgen Pape about trimming young trees this year.


Darren Willey asked about the suckers on the Gingkos in the uptown tree pits.  Lisa Bowers advised us to cut them off.  The presence of prolific suckers is most always a bad sign for the health of the tree. Discussion followed on the tree pits uptown.


We have not yet heard from Tree City USA.  Don H. sent an email to Carie Kraner about our budgeted amount from the village.  We should receive what we had last year.

Don H. will set an April date with Bruce Cramer for our annual community seminar.


We will continue to pursue having a student for the tree inventory.


It was noted that Klauder’s employees did a lot of hand digging when planting the trees in December.


Linda Reynolds will need help this spring with planting the Broadway beds @May 17th-31st.  She has two employees from the Cherry Valley Lodge who are interested in picking up extra work, perhaps two-plus hours a day after work. The village could pay an hourly wage. She wants to see much less mulch used this year in the Broadway beds.


The next meeting will be February 11th at 7:00 pm.

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