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.