Granville Community Calendar

Tree & Landscape Minutes December 8, 2015

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.                               

Tree & Landscape Minutes November 10, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

November 10, 2015

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

Guest:  Darren Willey

Minutes of the October meeting were distributed and approved.

Fall Planting List -

Bids were received today from Albyn’s, Klauder, and Fackler for the fall planting.   We opened the envelopes and agreed to accept the lowest bid of $28,750 from Albyn’s for ninety-nine trees.  This includes the planting of thirty-eight flowering trees on Jones Road (@$10,700), which is covered from money separate from our 2015 budget of $17,000. 

The fall planting list includes: Hedge Maples, Kousa Dogwoods, Littleleaf Lindens, Black Maples, Yellowwoods, Ivory Silk Tree Lilacs, Harvest Gold Crabapples, Black Gums, a Red Oak, Red Horsechestnuts, Tatarian Maples, Serviceberries, Stewartias,  Goldenraintrees, English Oaks, Cornelian Cherry Dogwoods, Sweetgums, Redbuds, Star Magnolias, and Winter King Hawthorns. Don Hostetter thanked Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, and Lynne Kishler for their work in completing the list. 

Opera House Park -

Village Manager Steve Stilwell requested documentation of the damages caused by the trenching work done by St. Luke’s church.  We combined an itemized list of damages and discussed estimated costs. A meeting with Bird and Bull Engineering will likely be scheduled in the next two weeks.  We will need to decide on the “flooring” or elevation of Harry Bolen Park now that it has been altered significantly and there is no longer a step down on the west side of the door to the church office.  Drainage needs and code requirements may make the decision. The lawn of Opera House Park was trenched and compacted by heavy equipment.  Although the area was quickly graded and seeded, the result is very uneven ground and is unsatisfactory.  Three trees were removed – one Paperbark Maple from the tree lawn at the Main Street entrance between the burning bushes, one Ivory Silk Tree Lilac from the tree lawn opposite Harry Bolen and one additional lilac from the fence entrance to Harry Bolen Park by the trash can.  The large lilac at the top of the stairs from the church basement was removed for installation of new stairs.  It was hoped that it could be replanted in a matter of days, but because the project took longer than expected, the lilac died. The stone wall separating OHP and HBP needs to be repaired. Two sections of wrought-iron fencing need to re-installed, and the remaining section needs to be repaired.  We had asked beforehand for the flagstones to be saved if possible, but they were broken up and removed.   The removed brick pavers were saved and stored.  We roughly estimated the repair/replacement costs at $9300 - $10,900. 

The village Christmas tree will be decorated this holiday and will be removed early in 2016 by the Services Dept.  Don Hostetter acquired one quote for a replacement, a sixteen-seventeen foot Norway Spruce.  Steve Stilwell and Terry Hopkins are getting another quote.  

Darren Willey reported that the village took delivery of a new bucket truck.  It is white with a 65-foot bucket and cost $178,000.  The new truck replaces the current twenty-three year old truck. 

The row of eighteen flowering trees on the north side of Newark-Granville Road at the east end of the village was removed by ODOT during the first week of November as part of the interchange project.   The serviceberries and tree lilacs were planted in fall 2012, and could have been relocated if we had been advised beforehand.  The purpose of these trees was to enhance the entrance into the village, and before planting, the commission was assured the interchange work would not involve this area.  We will seek reimbursement for the loss. 

The next meeting is scheduled for December 8th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Minutes October 6, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

October 6, 2015

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

Guests:  Darren Willey 

Old Business:

On September 22nd Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Lynne Kishler, and Don Hostetter worked with ODNR Urban Forester Lisa Bowers on using the urban site index system to assess tree sites on Broadway between Mulberry and Pearl Streets, along with sections of Jones Road and Longford Drive.  This is  homework for the Tree City Academy and was done to plan for future plantings based on site/soil conditions.  Valuable time was spent studying the current tree pits and issues we are seeing with trees uptown, as well as looking at the Broadway islands.  Planting conditions in the islands was found to be very good, but over the years mulch has been piled too high around the flowering trees. Because the root flare has been buried, small roots have formed near the surface above the root flare. 

New Business:

Fall tree planting sites – Don Hostetter has revised the planting specifications from seven to thirteen requirements based on additional studies and recommendations by ODNR for successful survival.  These new specifications will be sent to the landscapers for this fall’s planting. Mulching has been shown to change the pH of the soil. 

Our tree budget for 2015 was increased to $15,000 and then an additional $2,000 was recently requested by Michelle Lerner, which was granted by village council.  We are indeed grateful for this additional funding which will help replace ash trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer. 

Opera House Park – Steve Stilwell, Village Manager, has requested that we list the damages to Opera House Park and Harry Bolen Park caused by the trenching work contracted by St. Luke’s church.  Also requested is our final landscape design for the parks, including the surface elevation of Harry Bolen Park.  Will it have a step down to sidewalk level on the west side of the door to the church office building as before, or should it have a gentle incline throughout?  The final drawing specs will be sent by the village to Bird & Bull Engineering and the work will be put out for bids in February.  This will include the irrigation lines. 

Don Hostetter has been investigating replacement possibilities for the large Christmas tree on the flagpole island.  The current evergreen is dying, but will not be removed until after the holidays.  The new one will be in place by next Christmas.  He was advised that an evergreen 16-17 feet tall would survive transplanting and could be moved with a 54-inch spade.  A Norway spruce will grow about a foot a year.  A Canaan fir would be another possibility. 

Don Hostetter contacted homeowner Jenny Stone at 104 Shawn Court.  She does want a replacement yellowwood, so that will be added to the fall list.  Commission members will work to finalize the tree list to go out for bid later this month.  The list will include thirty-eight flowering trees for Jones Rd. and one requested for Ballymore and two requested for South Mulberry that were to have been planted this spring.  Terry Hopkins has the list of trees requested by homeowners on North Pearl St. following the AEP work last fall - these will be planted by John Klauder.

Linda Reynolds advised that the crabapples on the Broadway islands need to be pruned up. 

Don Hostetter advised Darren that there are two dead ash trees at the intersection of Fern Hill and Victoria Drive that appear threatening and may fall into the road. 

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

Tree & Landscape Minutes September 8, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

September 8, 2015

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

Guest:  Michelle Lerner

Dick Mortensen presided over the meeting for Don Hostetter, who was out of town. Minutes from the August meeting were distributed and approved.

Old Business:

Opera House Park update – St. Luke’s church has completed replacement of their sewer lines which involved major trenching through Harry Bolen Park and the back portion of Opera House Park.  All the asphalt and pavers along with the bushes, small shrubs, a piece of fencing, brick edging, and a lilac were removed.  A lilac bush and short fencing on the south side at the Main St. entrance remain.  Don Pheneger showed pictures he had taken of the construction process and damage.  On Friday, September 4th topsoil, grass seed, and straw were spread over the park section.  Gravel will be put in Harry Bolen Park. South Main St. will be closed tonight to allow the pavement to be cut and the final coupling of the lines completed under the street.  The commission decided to delay any landscaping work in Opera House Park until early in 2016.

We are expecting a list from Terry Hopkins of trees removed/tree sites prepared so we can begin preparing our fall planting list.

New Business:

Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, and Lynne Kishler completed the second course of the Tree Commission Academy in late August.  For homework, they will be working with urban forester Lisa Bowers to utilize the urban site index on street tree sites in Granville.

According to Lisa Bowers, the next fall urban forestry conference for our district will be in 2016.

Remarks:

Linda Reynolds has noticed a dead street tree on West Maple- west of Cherry St. - that needs to be added to the removal list.

Michelle Lerner is still waiting to have her large tree on Summit Street removed.  Terry Hopkins advised her that AEP needs to remove it because of the lines running through it.

Lynne Kishler gave a summary of the Friday morning September 4th meeting.

Linda Reynolds has cut back the day lilies in the islands for the season.

The next meeting will be October 6th at 7:00 pm. 

Tree & Landscape Special Mintues September 4, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – September 4, 2015

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

We began with discussion concerning Opera House Park and construction being done by St. Luke’s church that has involved considerably more trenching and damage than we had anticipated.  The new sewer lines have been installed up to the edge of South Main St.  Work on tying those in under the street will have to be completed at night because of traffic.  Don Hostetter stated that he feels we cannot go ahead with our plans for installation of the hardscape on the west and south sides of the park until the ground has time to settle.  He redirected the commission’s attention to the upcoming fall planting sites, the memorial for the park, the replacement of the Christmas tree, ash tree replacements, and other pressing issues. 

Terry Hopkins will be providing us with a tree removal list.  Council has granted a request for additional funds to replace removed ash trees.  Thirty-eight trees will be planted on the east side of Jones Rd from Newark-Granville Rd to opposite the Bryn Du Mansion entrance. These are considered to be separate from our regular fall list. Dick Mortensen encouraged us to consider planting trees in Wildwood Park to replace removals done in recent years.

The Google mapping inventory is not yet fully interactive.

Don Hostetter was approached by Denison University environmental studies professor Olivia Aguilar.  She is interested in involving students from her classes in community tree activities where we need additional manpower.  She suggested a tie-in to our ash tree/Emerald Ash Borer efforts .  This could be on-going, year to year with small projects.  She will be attending one of our meetings.

We will meet at 1:00 pm today at Ron Mack’s home to look at the elm tree “cookie” and discuss the feasibility of the memorial kiosk idea with local woodworkers Jon Bennett and John Cooper.  Don H. has contacted Granville historian Laura Evans about the timeline for the display.  Don complimented Don Pheneger on his design and work on the project.

Don Hostetter and Lisa Bowers have examined a dying hornbeam street tree on E. Elm St. at S. Pearl St.  He has called the homeowners.  It appears this tree could possibly have been exposed to harmful chemicals through landscaping/lawn treatments.  Because of the small treelawn, the roots are probably higher and more vulnerable to chemicals. Don H. reported that today it appears that the tree is partially leafed-out on one side, and may be trying to recover.

Jim Siegel reported that a memorial shrub dogwood (given in memory of Grace Dils) on Mt. Parnassus was accidentally removed and needs to be replaced.  He also noted that a new building lot on the back of Mt. Parnassus currently has street trees – Alison Terry, village planner, needs to be informed as this becomes a building site.

Tree & Landscape Minutes August 11, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

August 11, 2015

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

Guests:  Jeremy King, Denison Univ., Darren Willey, Services Dept., Bob Ramsay, resident

Citizens’ Comments:  Bob Ramsay introduced himself as a lifelong resident of Granville and asked questions concerning the replacement of ash trees, how village trees are budgeted for, how species are selected, and other general questions about the commission.  He is running for one of the open village council seats and is familiarizing himself with the work of various commissions.

Don Hostetter explained our new budget of $15,000 a year for trees, and the one-time request of $22,400 for ash replacements and the fact that 8-10% of the village’s right-of-way trees were ash. In asking for this amount, the estimated average figure of $350 per new tree includes delivery, planting, soil amendments, deer guards, and a one-year guarantee.

The minutes of the July meeting prepared by Don Hostetter were distributed and approved.

Old Business:

The installation of the new stairwell from the basement of St. Luke’s into Opera House Park has been completed and the new railing is in place.  Linda Reynolds has drafted a final design for the landscaping on the east side of the park including the SE corner.  It will be ready to go out for bid soon.  Concerning the replacement of trees on North Pearl Street following the upgrade of power poles- the new sidewalk sections are now in and the trees can be planted this fall.

New Business:

Don Hostetter distributed copies of an August 10th memo between Village Manager Steve Stilwell, Bill Wilken and Bill Dargusch of St. Luke’s church, Doug Hooper of Midstate Contractors, and Don H. concerning work to be done by the church. The first step is to locate the sewer line connections from the parish house and then repair, or possibly re-install new sewer lines to connect under South Main St.  The church’s sewer line connection also needs to be located.  It is believed to flow north to a line under Broadway. The next step is to clean out the storm water line and connect the east downspout from the parish house to the new catch basin. 

This memo also served as a memo of understanding between the church and the village and put into writing what was discussed in a walk-through of the project.  This concerns the components of the Harry Bolen section of Opera House Park where exploration/repair/installation trenching will take place, outlining what might become necessary to remove in order to install new lines and connect them to the village system under South Main Street.  The tree lilacs at the west end of the park will likely need to be removed.  Don Hostetter requested that when the stone pavers are removed, they be saved and stacked, and if the entire path is removed, level gravel be put in place to serve as a temporary walk.  Should any dismantling of the short stone wall between Opera House Park and Harry Bolen Park be necessary, it will be put back.  Work will begin on this immediately.  Don Pheneger photographed these areas.

Concerning the elm tree cookie and Bea Mack memorial, Don Pheneger has talked to Jon Bennett about building the kiosk timeline display as designed by Don Pheneger.

Report from Jeremy King – The next meeting of the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board will be September 1 at 10:00 am. In late September/early October, the Licking County Court of Common Pleas will render a decision concerning the installation of solar panels in the Denison Bio-Reserve. 

The next meeting will be September 8 at 7:00 pm. 

July 14, 2015 Tree & Landscape Minutes

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Minutes

July 14, 2015

Present: Don Hostetter, Dick Mortenson, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds, Jim Siegel Ex Officio

Absent: Lynne Kishler 

Guests: Mr. Tim Schoenenberger, 101 Mt. Parnassus

Don Hostetter called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM and recognized Mr. Schoenenberger who reiterated (February 10, 2015 T & L meeting) his continued concern about falling branches and debris from the silver maple in front of his residence at the intersection of Mt. Parnassus and Granville/Newark Rd. He requested that his tree be removed or trimmed as it presents safety hazard for school children who await buses at this intersection as well as to his residence. This tree has been designated for removal by the Services Dept; however, due to its size and location special equipment will be required. Mr. Schoenenberger stated he would contact Terry Hopkins, Director of the Services Dept. to expedite his request. 

The minutes from the June 09, 1015 were reviewed and approved. Don Hostetter presented an update on the stairwell on the West side of St. Luke’s church in Opera House Park (OHP). The drainage system has been installed and the construction work has been completed with the exception of the decorative railing that will surround the stairwell. Don Hostetter contacted Rev. Applegate about re-installation of St. Luke’s stone wall at the west end of the church. Rev. Applegate state re-installation was not imminent and that our landscaping should proceed. The boundary from the SW corner of St. Luke’s to the asphalt walkway separating OHP from St. Luke’s parish house will be re-defined. Space will be allocated for future installation of the removed stone wall and any damage to OHP at the time of re-installation would be the responsibility of St. Luke’s. 

Significant progress has been made with integrating the currently available village tree inventory data into a Google Maps platform. This was achieved during the last week of Logan Smith’s, (Denison Univ.) internship in cooperation with Jeremy King also of Denison. A program is now in place to update and utilize this tool in managing street trees in the village. The “running total” of trees removed throughout the village will be compiled by the Services Dept and available in the near future. 

Weather and construction delays have precluded replacement of removed trees on N. Pearl Street during the spring months. Planting will probably not occur until this fall. Terry Hopkins and Don Hostetter surveyed planting sites along the North side of Jones Rd. from its intersection with Granville/Newark Rd to just South of Bryn Du mansion where 21 ash trees have been removed. Thirty Eight (38) trees can be planted (30 ft spacing) in this area. Medium size flowering species will be proposed since power lines are present. Twenty Six (26) additional sites have been designated throughout the village all as a result of removal due to emerald ash borer infestation. The estimated cost of replacing these sixty four (64) trees is $22,400.00 and will be submitted to the Village Council for consideration. 

Linda Reynolds was charged with revising a planting diagram for the East side of OHP based on the student designs submitted in March by Landscape design students at Hocking College. Five plans were submitted based on specified parameters. The plan submitted by student Brady Schardine (with minor modification of the pathway), was selected by the T & L. A working diagram delineating specifics will be drafted so bidding can be requested for this phase of construction. 

Don Pheneger presented his design for a kiosk memorializing Bea Mack a native of Granville whose husband, Ron, a former chief of the Granville Volunteer Fire Department, who served for 42 yrs. Don Pheneger’s design was enthusiastically approved by those present. Ron was on duty in April, 1984 when the Opera House burned to the ground. A huge American elm tree in front of the Opera House at the corner of W. Broadway and S. Main Street died as a result of the fire. A four inch (4”) cross section of this tree was salvaged at the time of its removal and has since been in the possession of the Mack family. The section will be prepared as a historic exhibit with significant events of Granville history noted by the annual growth rings. Donations of family and friends of the Mack family will provide for this memorial. The final design and location of the kiosk within OHP is pending; however, 

Representatives from the Village Council, Services Department, Denison University, and AEP were not in attendance and the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM. 

Next meeting will be August 11, 2015.

Submitted July 16, 2015.

Tree & Landscape Minutes June 9, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

June 9, 2015

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

Guests:  Michelle Lerner, Tyler Stevenson 

Don Hostetter introduced Tyler Stevenson, ODNR Urban Forester Coordinator, and quickly updated him on our commission’s recent activities. 

The minutes of the May meeting were distributed and approved. 

Don Hostetter thanked Dick Mortenson who worked with the Granville High School Enviro Team prepare for the new focus area on urban forestry that was part of their upcoming competition.  Much of the information was in line with what we were taught in the Tree Commission Academy in May. Tyler Stevenson, who served as a judge for the event, praised the Granville students on their knowledge and preparedness. 

The stairwell in Opera House Park that leads to the basement of St. Luke’s has been finished and the grass reseeded as of June 5th.   The railing needs to be installed once the concrete has thoroughly set.  Jim Siegel suggested that maybe the railing at the top could be decorative and match either the church’s white fencing or the park’s black fencing.  Don H. will check with St. Luke’s on what has been planned.  Now that the work is almost completed, it is time for us to finalize the hardscape plans – sprinkler system and brick pathway.  Linda Reynolds will combine the elements of our two favorite landscape designs drawn up by Frits Rizor’s students from Hocking College. 

The village tree inventory has been very difficult to obtain for use by our Denison summer intern.  Terry Hopkins’s computer, where the most complete listing was, has “crashed” and Don H. and Jeremy King have been working diligently at trying to retrieve the data from “the cloud” so that it can be integrated into Google Maps.  Help has been sought from Davey Tree, and Mollie Prasher in the village office is working on it also.  Apparently we did not know a few years ago to purchase software from Davey that would have made it easier to access all along.  This has been ongoing and time-consuming. Jeremy King and Logan Smith, summer intern from Denison, have now successfully integrated the available village tree inventory into a Google Maps format.  New trees planted 2008-2014 have been added, and removal data will be updated as we become familiar with the program.

Don Hostetter advised that services department removed the catalpa tree on Glyn Tawel we were made aware of last month.  It was decided that its condition was a safety concern and that it needed to be removed immediately. 

Tree removal requests were received from Laura and David Edelblute at 193 Wildwood Drive, Steven Michael at 273 East Maple St., and Mark Andrew at 217 West Elm St.  The first two will be scheduled for removal, and Don Hostetter has written to Mark Andrew expressing our reasoning for wanting to wait to see how the maple trees topped by Asplundh for line clearance do in the next couple years.

Don Pheneger and Lynne Kishler did a drive-around check of the trees planted last fall.  They reported that all thirty-eight appear healthy, with just two being placed on “watch.”  There are some black spots on the Tartarian Maples on Kilkenny and Ballymore.  Don and Lynne also completed a check of all the trees planted on Arbor Day at the intermediate school.  New deer guards provided by Mike Flood were placed on some trees and others pruned.  Currently there are sixteen trees: one buckeye, one serviceberry, three crabapples, three horse chestnuts, one tree lilac, one redbud, two tulip poplars, three magnolias, and the new maple. 

Michelle Lerner advised that there are two young trees on North Granger St. in front of the elementary school near the alley that are being climbed on by small children waiting with parents for school to let out.  The trees are too small and vulnerable and will likely be damaged or destroyed if this continues.

Michelle has also been contacted by a homeowner on Newark-Granville Rd. who is concerned about trees recently removed. Trees removed on the north side of Newark-Granville Rd. east of the intersection of Fern Hill Drive were removed at the request of the homeowner. 

The large Granville Christmas tree in the West Broadway island that has been in decline for some time is now dying, and Village Manager Steve Stilwell has been contacted by a possible donor for a new tree.  Steve notified Don Hostetter of this possibility and suggested a cost estimate and a time line for a suitable replacement be initiated. Discussion followed as to what type would be most suitable and salt tolerant for the site.  Tyler suggested possibly a fir; Don H. thought maybe a white spruce. 

The next meeting will be July 14th at 7:00 pm.          

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes May 20, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – May 22, 2015

Present: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler

Discussion was held about the memorial for Bea Mack for Opera House Park.  An account has been set up at Park National Bank for the money that has been donated.

Bill Wilken from St. Luke’s has notified us that the concrete work on the steps is complete.  The railing will be installed after the concrete has cured. The awning that overhangs the entrance to their offices and also Harry Bolen Park is in the process of being replaced.  The village will remove the magnolia near the entrance which was damaged by ice this winter.

Louise Denny advised Don H. about a branch from a sycamore tree in front of the Robbins Hunter Museum that needs to be trimmed back.

Lynne Kishler raised concern about a sycamore tree under power lines on N. Main St. just north of the Methodist church.  It has been heavily trimmed and dropped a heavy branch stub near the sidewalk.

Steven Michael at 273 East Maple St. has sent a letter requesting an ash tree in the tree lawn be removed.  It was trimmed by Asplundh recently during the trimming cycle, but was not removed. Don H. has sent the request on to Terry Hopkins.

Don H. has been in communication with Jeremy King about accessing the village’s Davey Tree Inventory and downloading it for Logan Smith, the DU summer student intern. 

Tree & Landscape Minutes May 12, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

May 12, 2015

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

Minutes of the April meeting were distributed and approved.

Don Hostetter and Terry Hopkins toured the east side of Jones Rd. where trees under power lines, many of which were ash, were removed by AEP. There is space for eighteen replacement trees between Newark-Granville Rd. and Longford Dr., and another twenty from Longford Dr. to the mansion. They could be a mixture of Cornelian dogwoods, serviceberries, and redbuds for diversity and would be of appropriate height for the lines overhead.  Terry has prepared a list of the trees removed in this area to accompany a letter Village Manager Steve Stilwell will send to council requesting additional funding for these replacement trees.  These would be in addition to our fall planting list.

Klauder Landscaping is to plant the new replacement trees on North Pearl St. this spring, along with one on Ballymore, two on South Mulberry and a replacement yellowwood on Shawn Court.

Don Pheneger and Lynne Kishler will do a drive-around next week to check the trees planted last fall.

Arbor Day – A Celebration Maple and a replacement Jane Magnolia were planted in front of the intermediate school on April 24 with the fifth grade students.  These were arranged for, delivered, and placed in sites by Albyn’s Nursery.  Mayor Melissa Hartfield read the proclamation.  The winners of the poster contest were Seb Motsch (first place), Matthew Bolton, Ella Young, Nathan Hunter, and Layla Baker.  A story was submitted to The Sentinel.

Opera House Park – The restoration of the stairwell on the west side of St. Luke’s continues.  The drain has been connected to the catch basin and new concrete steps poured. Ahead of this construction, the services department removed the large lilac adjacent to the original steps and placed it nearby.  Hopefully it can be re-planted following the project. They also removed the short piece of fencing at the south end of the park and the small bushes to allow for equipment to get in and out of the park.

Don Hostetter was contacted by the homeowner at 101 Mt. Parnassus who has a very large Silver Maple he would like to have removed because of limb drop.  Members have looked at the tree, and it is of considerable size.  We would like it to be studied higher up from a bucket truck if possible to assess the condition of the tree.  There are dead branches that need to be removed.

Concerning the request for removal of a leaning Catalpa tree on Glyn Tawel near Merywen Circle , the village right-of-way there is fifty feet, and the tree appears to be outside that boundary, so it is the responsibility of the homeowner.

The next meeting will be June 9, 2015.

April 14, 2015 Tree & Landscape Minutes

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

April 14, 2015

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

Guests:  Jeremy King, Darren Willey

Minutes of the March meeting were distributed and approved.

Most of the AEP five-year-cycle trimming around power lines has been completed.  Currently, Asplundh crews are working on side streets near the village, specifically including Vill-Edge Drive, Burg Street, Briarwood, Chapin, and Samson.  The communication efforts to inform and educate residents ahead of this trimming were beneficial.

Concerning spring planting, the stumps on North Pearl St. are currently being removed.  Sections of sidewalk need to be replaced before the new trees go in.  Trees will also be planted at 101 Ballymore and on South Mulberry per homeowner request.

The integration of our data into Google Tree program has slowed due to a variety of roadblocks.  Jeremy King will contact Terry Hopkins next to set up a time to download our data in preparation for our Denison University summer intern. A laptop has been designated for use with the inventory.

Opera House Park – Jim Siegel has contacted a person in Newark to refinish the elm “cookie.”  St. Luke’s stairwell/drainage project will take fifteen days to complete once work begins, which is scheduled for April 15th.  Don H. has submitted his article about the Hocking College students and their design projects for the park in to the Athens Messenger.

Broadway beds – Frits Rizor’s daughter is interested in helping Linda Reynolds.  Linda reported that a couple bushes in front of the flagpole are dead.  Darren Willey will schedule removing them. Kevin Reiner had offered to do the design and work on the end caps, but has not been in contact recently.

Tree City USA will be held April 16th in Bellefontaine.  Don H., Don P., Dick, and Lynne will attend.

Arbor Day – Lynne has scheduled the event with the fifth grade science teachers at the intermediate school for April 24th at 2:45 pm.  Don H. has ordered the gift cards and t-shirts from Whit’s for the winners of the poster contest.  The prizes will be $30 for first place, $25 for second, and $15 for third, fourth, and fifth places.  Don has also confirmed the tree planting with Mike Flood of Albyn’s Nursery and John Smith of AEP for the sponsorship.  Mayor Melissa Hartfield will read the proclamation. Don Pheneger will handle the photography.

Jeremy King has Earth Week activities planned, including the planting of three flowering memorial trees on campus and a tree walk with Warren Hauk scheduled for Thursday at 11:45 am.

Darren Willey reported the street department is grinding stumps and preparing tree sites.  Two large maples were removed on East College St.  One tree had actually grown around a metal fence post.  Darren reported a substantial amount of metal and stone in the ground at the baseof the trees. In addition, AEP/Asplundh crews are currently removing all ash trees near power lines because of Emerald Ash Borer infestation.  Several of these huge trees have been on Broadway and South Main St.  Village crews have been assisting Asplundh by removing the wood.   

Don H. reported that Karl and Linda Sandin of South Plum St. have requested removal of a maple tree on their property. 

The next meeting will be May 12th at 7:00 pm.                              

January 30, 2015 Tree & Landscape Minutes Special

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday, January 30, 2015

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger

A request has come from Robert Williams on Mt. Parnassus for the removal of a maple tree.  It is currently on the removal list. Mr. Williams feels a second tree on his property should also be considered for removal.  He submitted photos of the yard and trees in question.

Terry Hopkins, Stephen Applegate, Ken Rittenhouse, Frits Rizor, and five students from Hocking College met with Don Hostetter in Opera House Park January 22nd to discuss renovations on the east and south sides.  The students took measurements to begin on their design assignment. St. Luke’s will have drawings approved by the village council for the stairwell exit and drain on the west side of the church/east side of Opera House Park.  The structure and drain have to be brought up to current codes.

Karen Jackson has been contacted about laying the brick walk from the NE corner of the park to the SE corner.  Her previous estimate was based on $18 per square foot, totaling approximately $6000 for the completed project.  We will notify them of our timing so we can get the project on their schedule.

We discussed the prospect of a memorial for Bea Mack in Opera House Park.  Don Hostetter presented the idea to Ron Mack of using the “cookie” or slice that he has from the elm tree that stood in the treelawn on Broadway until the fire in 1982. It has been previously discussed that this could be preserved and used to depict a timeline of Granville’s history, and would need to be protected from the weather by a structure. Lynne Kishler will contact Kathy Raker who has collected funds for a memorial, and also Lisa Bowers who may know of contact persons for a project like this.

Don Hostetter shared the landscaping proposal packet that was presented at the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board meeting.  Most of the work is planned for the quad side of Huffman Hall and the Washington Drive entrance.

Terry Hopkins has contacted John Klauder to do the spring planting of trees on North Pearl Street that will replace those removed during the AEP project.  It may be possible at that time to also plant trees at 101 Ballymore and 222 South Mulberry where trees have been requested by homeowners.

January 13, 2015 Tree & Landscape Minutes

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

January 13, 2015

Members present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests:  Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner, Darren Willey

Minutes of the December 2014 meeting were distributed and approved.

Fall planting report – Albyn’s Landscaping got all the trees planted and they look good.  Since then, we’ve had requests for new street trees - from the resident at 101 Ballymore -an ash replacement - and one from the homeowner at 222 South Mulberry St. where a maple was removed last summer. Darren Willey advised that ash replacements should be considered for the properties north of Cedar St. on Rt. 661 across from Denison where several were recently removed.

AEP has begun their every four-five year trimming work in the village.  Along with earlier notifications, the village office sent a phone blast to alert residents. Don H. said the most noticeable trimming planned for will take place on the east side of Jones Rd, much of which is brush. The homeowner at 203 West Elm St. approached Michelle Lerner that he is concerned about the unbalanced lean of trees recently trimmed by AEP. Don Hostetter will check on this. Linda Reynolds will contact them concerning protecting a larch on her property.

Applications for the Tree Academy class in May are available.  Carie Kraner will send in the fee for those attending. 

Opera House Park – Don Hostetter has a meeting scheduled January 22nd with Steve Stilwell, Stephen Applegate, Frits Rizor, Terry Hopkins, and five Hocking College students concerning the project for the east and south sides of the park.

Frits Rizor has a presentation on Urban Site Index he will give at one of our upcoming meetings.

Reports:

Michelle Lerner reported that ODOT will be clearing all trees and brush between the Welsh Hills School and the Jehovah’s Witness church by the end of February to begin work on the Cherry Valley Road interchange.  This timing is because the area is a bat habitat and cannot be disturbed between March and June.  Besides natural undergrowth, the acres include some maples, box elders, and cherry trees.  Michelle is hoping fast-growing shrubs and trees can be planted to buffer the school property from the interchange. The fact that this is the eastern gateway to the village should be considered.

Jeremy King reported there will be a meeting January 20th of the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee.  Dr. Harry Heft, an expert on human interaction with constructed landscapes, will be present as proposed landscaping changes for the campus will be presented.  Denison’s solar array project did receive a conditional zoning permit.

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

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes March 27, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – March 27, 2015

 

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

Guest:  Logan Smith, Denison 

The purpose of this meeting was to meet Logan Smith, a Denison University junior who has applied for the tree specialist internship.  After introductions, Don Hostetter explained the commission’s responsibilities for the village, the status of our tree inventory, and what we would like him to do to update and analyze the data.  He is able to begin at the beginning of Denison’s summer, which is when we expect to have the inventory and a computer ready for him. He is also probably doing an internship for Sherrod Brown’s office, possibly spending part of the summer in Washington, D.C.  We feel he can still complete the work for us, given the flexibility of our timing. 

Terry Hopkins stopped by and asked about the existing curbing along the east side of the Opera House Park that begins at the stairwell and goes south.  We would like that to stay in place to serve as a boundary for the plantings and to provide an edge for an access walk to the west side of the St. Luke’s for maintenance.  With upcoming work on the stairwell exit and drain line work, Terry advised that the curb may have to be removed.  They will leave it in place if possible.

Don Hostetter advised that the Cemetery Board is permitting AEP to remove a large ash tree on the western edge of the Old Colony Burying Ground above the sidewalk on South Main St.  It is being removed by Asplundh as part of the removal of all ash trees near power lines.  It is immediately to the west of the number one-ranked Ohio Big Trees pin oak in the cemetery.  If limbs from the ash fell, they would damage the historic headstones as well. 

Timing-wise, the Sentinel wants to wait to run the article written by Don Hostetter about the Hocking College students and their design projects for Opera House Park until the landscaping work is being installed.  Don will send the article to Frits Rizor now so that it can be published near the college to give due credit to the class and the students. 

It was reported to Don H. that one of the young yellowwood trees on Shawn Ct. was vandalized and broken off near the base.

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes March 20, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – March 20, 2015

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

With Linda Reynolds, we again studied the Hocking College design boards with our criteria in mind.  Linda would like more color incorporated.  Her suggestions included St. John’s Wort which blooms yellow all summer and is about two and a half feet tall.  It could go in front of a taller boxwood.  Also purple catmint, limelight hydrangea, and a deep red “quick fire” oak leaf hydrangea.  She also recommended a dwarf variety butterfly bush that would bloom all summer. She likes the dwarf Korean lilac incorporated by a couple of the students. 

She also likes the circular seating design reduced to a crescent, moving the area farther south.  The heights of various varieties of boxwoods were discussed.  Ideally, the plantings against the church would reach a mature height of five to eight feet, above the lower windows, but below the tall windows.  Winterberry holly, used by the students, can be used on the border.  Although there is some concern about deer eating it, it was felt that deer have not specifically been in the park.  It can grow to ten feet, but could be pruned lower. 

It was determined the walk should be four feet wide to match the existing walks.  She is not especially in favor of a border of boxwoods along the walk. 

Linda and Ken Rittenhouse will come up with the final drawing that we will use.   

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes March 13, 2015

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – March 13, 2015

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

Village Manager Steve Stilwell advised there are two Asplundh crews working in the village currently, one for line clearance and one for ash tree removal.  He advised the commission to seek an additional, one-time fund from Village Council to replace ash trees removed because of the Emerald Ash Borer.  Three very large ash trees on West Broadway near Monomoy have been marked for imminent removal. Dick Mortensen suggested that blue and green ash tree varieties resistant to the EAB may be available in the near future. 

According to our 2007 data, 7% of village trees were ash, the breakdown being 158 white, 59 green, 7 blue, and 6 European.

We studied in detail the Hocking College design presentations for Opera House Park, selecting those things we felt would work best in the park, considering design flow with existing features, green space ample for tent set-up, maintenance required, and the amount of additional seating appropriate.  We contacted Linda Reynolds for her input.  We are undecided on inset walkway lighting and on bordering the walkway with low boxwoods.

March 10, 2015 Tree & Landscape Minutes

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of March 10, 2015

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

Guest:   Darren Willey

Minutes of the February meeting were distributed and approved.

Old Business

AEP tree trimming cycle – Asplundh is currently working on the edges of town.  Most of the work in the village has been completed.  They will be removing and trimming on Jones Road next.  AEP will begin removing all ash trees near power lines next.

Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, and Lynne Kishler will be attending the Tree Academy in Reynoldsburg on May 13th and 14th.

Don H. and Lynne attended the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board meeting at Denison on March 3rd.  Jeremy King did a demonstration of how their tree inventory has been integrated with Google Maps.  By clicking on a tree icon, a viewer gets detailed information about a specific tree. Jeremy believes our tree inventory can be converted to this system.  Other announcements at this meeting – Denison will receive a large grant for campus beautification from an alumna, their board will merge with their memorial bench committee, and Warren Hauck will do an arboretum tour during Earth Week.

New Business

Opera House Park – Frits Rizor’s class at Hocking College has a commitment to another town’s project, so we will be getting the designs for OHP only, not the purchasing and planting manpower on the east side of the park. We will select a design and arrange for completion of the planting. Frits’s students will present their design projects to us on March 12th at 11:30 am.

Village Council has approved St. Luke’s church’s improvement plans for the stairwell exit into the park.  In order to be up to code, they require an additional twelve inches into the park, which was granted.

Jeremy King has had a DU student apply for the tree inventory internship we have advertised.  We reviewed Logan Smith’s resume and agreed that he is very qualified. We will ask him to write a summary analyzing the data.

Don H. got a call from Jim Patin of the Colony requesting information on when the ash trees in that area will be removed.  Don assured him that they are on the list for removal.  Darren reported that the village is currently removing a large ash tree at the Bryn Du mansion. 

We discussed the elm tree “cookie” slice we wish to place in Opera House Park as a memorial to Bea Mack. Jim Siegel knows a person in Newark he will contact about the refinishing.

The next meeting will be April 14th at 7 pm.          Submitted by Lynne Kishler

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Meeting of March 10, 2015

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

Guest:   Darren Willey

Minutes of the February meeting were distributed and approved.

Old Business

AEP tree trimming cycle – Asplundh is currently working on the edges of town.  Most of the work in the village has been completed.  They will be removing and trimming on Jones Road next.  AEP will begin removing all ash trees near power lines next.

Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, and Lynne Kishler will be attending the Tree Academy in Reynoldsburg on May 13th and 14th.

Don H. and Lynne attended the Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board meeting at Denison on March 3rd.  Jeremy King did a demonstration of how their tree inventory has been integrated with Google Maps.  By clicking on a tree icon, a viewer gets detailed information about a specific tree. Jeremy believes our tree inventory can be converted to this system.  Other announcements at this meeting – Denison will receive a large grant for campus beautification from an alumna, their board will merge with their memorial bench committee, and Warren Hauck will do an arboretum tour during Earth Week.

New Business

Opera House Park – Frits Rizor’s class at Hocking College has a commitment to another town’s project, so we will be getting the designs for OHP only, not the purchasing and planting manpower on the east side of the park. We will select a design and arrange for completion of the planting. Frits’s students will present their design projects to us on March 12th at 11:30 am.

Village Council has approved St. Luke’s church’s improvement plans for the stairwell exit into the park.  In order to be up to code, they require an additional twelve inches into the park, which was granted.

Jeremy King has had a DU student apply for the tree inventory internship we have advertised.  We reviewed Logan Smith’s resume and agreed that he is very qualified. We will ask him to write a summary analyzing the data.

Don H. got a call from Jim Patin of the Colony requesting information on when the ash trees in that area will be removed.  Don assured him that they are on the list for removal.  Darren reported that the village is currently removing a large ash tree at the Bryn Du mansion. 

We discussed the elm tree “cookie” slice we wish to place in Opera House Park as a memorial to Bea Mack. Jim Siegel knows a person in Newark he will contact about the refinishing.

The next meeting will be April 14th at 7 pm.

February 10, 2015 Tree & Landscape Minutes

Granville Tree & Landscape Commission

Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2015

Present:  Don Hostetter, Linda Reynolds, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel

Absent:  Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen 

Guests: Michelle Lerner, Darren Willey, Jeremy King/Denison

Citizens Comments:  Mr. Jim Schoenenberger, 101 Mt. Parnassus Drive

Official minutes of January 10, 2015 meeting were not available but tentatively approved based on the electronic copy received by commissioners prior to the absence of secretary Kishler.

The first item was the concern of Mr. Schoenenberger, 101 Mt. Parnassus Dr. re: a large silver maple that abuts his property on the south side of the intersection of Granville/Newark Rd and Mt. Parnassus Drive. This tree has, and is, dropping dead limbs that present a clear and present danger to Mr. Schoenenberger’s property and children who await the school bus. Minimal trimming has been done in the past by AEP.  This tree needs to be evaluated ASAP and either properly trimmed or scheduled for removal to mitigate possible personal injury to school children and property. Mr. Schoenenberger has sustained damage to his home from falling limbs from this tree in the past and has requested evaluation. Darren Willey, Services Dept. will pursue this evaluation and recommend a course of action ASAP.

Don Hostetter presented a brief update on the current AEP tree trimming along the major electric circuits throughout the Village. Work is progressing on schedule and at this time no major controversies have surfaced from Village residents. Although removal of some of the large maples have been noted by Village residents. Jeremy King voiced concern about the “clear cut” proposed on the north side of the intersection of Cedar/Granger/Welsh Hills Rd at the north end of the Village. He noted that several dogwoods were in this area and suggested that these should be spared since they wouldn’t grow to heights that would interfere with AEP transmission lines. This request was directed to Darren Willey for evaluation with the Services Director, Mr. Terry Hopkins and field representatives of AEP and Asplundh Tree Trimming with the suggestion that this area be re-examined and tree species of “value” (i.e. dogwoods) be identified, and spared from removal.

Don Hostetter reported that commissioners Kishler, Pheneger, Mortensen and Hostetter had enrolled in the freshman class of the ODNR-Forestry Division sponsored Tree Academy Class scheduled May 13 & 14 2015 at the Reynoldsburg campus of ODNR. This workshop will provide the latest pertinent information on management and selection of street trees for municipalities.

Don Hostetter presented a brief update on Opera House Park renovation. The design phase of the proposed improvement for Opera House Park was initiated with Mr. Frits Rizor, Instructor of Landscape Design & Materials Estimations at Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH and his current class of five students (5) Mathew Dawson, Dan Williams, Brady Schardine, Ben Carsey & Jeff Bocook on Jan. 22, 2015. Mr. Ken Rittenhouse, Principal Landscape Designer, John Klauder & Associates, Granville, OH will mentor the students and provide guidance during the design phase. The project was outlined by Don Hostetter and Rev. Steven Applegate Rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Mr. Terry Hopkins, Director Village Services Department.  Parameters were set, questions answered and measurements were made by the students. The goal is to accept a suitable design and implementation of plants and materials with the goal for completion no later than May 08 2015. Progress on this project will be presented at the March 10 2015 T & L meeting.

Mr. Jeremy King, Chair Denison University T & L Committee presented information on utilization of the current Village tree inventory data in a visual display format that transposes the current G. P. S. spreadsheet data into a very “user friendly” tool when integrated into Google Maps. Jeremy will provide additional information and a tutorial to get this project started. This will be a very useful tool in managing the Village street trees!

Brief reports were presented by Michelle Lerner and Darren Willey on current topics pertinent to the Tree & Landscape Commission. No discussion of the proposed solar field project at Denison occurred at this meeting. Adjournment was shortly before 8:00 PM.

The next scheduled meeting of the T & L Commission is March 10, 2015.

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