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.
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.
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.