Granville Tree and Landscape Commission
December 8, 2015
Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel
Guests: Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Darren Willey
Meeting minutes from the November 10th meeting were distributed and approved.
Fall tree planting – Mike Flood (Albyn’s Landscaping) hopes to begin planting the trees the week of December 14th. Don Hostetter provided him with the site revisions of a few trees.
Don H. has talked to Bill Kuster, chairman of the homeowners’ association for The Colony. We had planned to plant a Hedge Maple at 210 Carreg Cain, but that is not what the association wants. They are anxious to have eleven dead ash trees removed, and desire input in the selections. That Hedge Maple, along with three Tree Lilacs, will be planted along the walking path in the greenspace that borders the Colony to the west. Don H. urged Bill to begin talking with homeowners about the ash replacements, and promised that we would work with them on appropriate species for the sites.
Opera House Park – Emails between St. Luke’s church and Steve Stilwill confirm that contractors are again trenching in the park to hook up a sanitary sewer line and connect water and gas lines between the church and the parish house. The village has entered into a contract with Bird and Bull Engineering Firm for $12,000. They will do a survey of the park. They need information from us, and a meeting will be scheduled in the near future. The hope is to finish the renovation by the Fourth of July.
New Christmas tree – plans are for the tree in the Broadway island to be replaced in the spring.
Concerning the eighteen flowering trees on Newark-Granville Rd, seventeen of which were removed by ODOT – the trees were removed because the road is being widened, the grade is being raised, and the ditch is being moved. As these trees were purposely and obviously planted in a row, and were young enough to be successfully relocated, we feel the supervisor of the project should have alerted the village ahead of their removal. Michelle Lerner encouraged us to act on our dissatisfaction. Don Hostetter has made a formal complaint to Village Manager Steve Stilwell. Don will follow up and pursue the village seeking reimbursement for the loss.
Reports: Jeremy King – Denison is working on a renovation of Chapel Walk from Swasey Chapel to East Quad. They are also looking at short and long-term answers to improve the safety of the crosswalk on North Pearl St. Denison will be planting eleven new trees soon. Jeremy offered to keep our tree data currently in the GIS and to add the 2015 plantings, and we accepted his offer! He expressed the hope that Alison Terry’s replacement as Village Planner will have skill working with GIS systems. Denison is currently working on their annual recertification as a Tree Campus USA. They will host the Fall Urban Forestry Conference in 2016 (likely October 20) and extended the invitation to co-host the event with them.
The next meeting will be January 12th at 7:00 pm.