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.