Granville Community Calendar

Tree & Landscape Minutes December 9, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – December 9, 2016

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


The commission met as requested to review the submitted landscape plans for the proposed Performing Arts Center at Denison University.  We found the extensive plans include very thorough specifications –plantings are to be inspected prior to transporting to the site and planting steps outlined are illustrated and very detailed.  Most of the species chosen are moderately deer-resistant and have been found to do well in this area.  We have concerns over the choice of arborvitae and hosta in one area being attractive to the deer which do frequent this spot.  Also, the islands in the parking lot we feel will be a bit small for the Fall Fiesta Sugar Maples proposed (when mature) and the ground under the pavement will be compacted creating a less-than-ideal setting for such large trees.  Fruit from the Serviceberry trees may be a nuisance on the sidewalk.  We could not find the location of a proposed Sweet Bay Magnolia, nor an entry for 18 trees in the Southeast portion of the plan labeled CR PH.  Don Hostetter will draft a letter outlining our recommendations.

Dick Mortensen attended the Denison University Tree and Landscape Advisory Board meeting on December 8th.  He reported that the new water line needed to supply the proposed performing arts center will require the removal of trees along South Cherry St.  Denison is planning to cover the cost of replacement for these trees.

Tree & Landscape Minutes November 15, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

November 15, 2016

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


The minutes of the October meeting were distributed and approved.  Members who attended the Fall Urban Forestry Conference at Denison held October 21st provided a summary of the event.

Don Hostetter has been in contact with Adam at John Cooper’s workshop in Newark concerning the elm tree slice or “cookie” for the kiosk in Opera House Park.  The estimate for materials for them to build the kiosk is $500-$700.  John has generously offered to donate the cost of the labor. We re-studied the possible designs put together by Don Pheneger. Our hope is to have it mounted in Henry Bolen Park close to the wall of St. Luke’s parish house.  We will present the design to the planning commission and council for approval, and hope to have it installed Memorial Day Weekend.

We opened the bids received from Klauder Landscaping and Albyn’s Nursery for our fall planting.  For twenty-five trees, the winning bid was Albyn’s for $7,015.  Don H. will notify them.  Don Pheneger obtained the stakes and we will do door hangers and letters to the home owners. The two Stewartia japonica trees planted in June will be considered as part of this year’s planting for budget purposes.  The Services Department also recently installed ten trees where trees had been removed, making a total of thirty-seven (37) trees planted in the village right-of-way this fall.

We turned in our volunteer hours to Don Hostetter. He and Mollie Prasher are working on the online submission for our Tree City USA award which is due December 2nd to Urban Forester Lisa Bowers.

We studied the landscape plans submitted for the Roots housing addition off of West Broadway.  We noticed that there is only sidewalk on the west side of the cul-de-sac and it extends back on the south end to the bike path.  The species selected –hornbeam, yellowwood, black gum, serviceberry, and crabapple – are appropriate, but we feel they should be alternating by species instead of adjacent.  We were also requested to suggest some replacement trees in the approach area from West Broadway in the likely event some of the existing trees may have to be removed or may die following construction.  Don Hostetter will draft a letter outlining our suggestions for improvements to the plan. 

The next meeting will be December 13th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Minutes October 11, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

October 11, 2016

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

Guest:  Jeremy King                                                                                                                                                                       


Don Hostetter congratulated Jim Siegel on the honor he received at the dedication of a White Oak  planted for him by Mike Flood and Albyn’s Landscaping.  The ceremony was held September 27th at the Bryn Du mansion, and an article and picture appeared in The Sentinel praising Jim for his many years of service to the tree commission.


We have not received word back yet about our suggestions for the plantings proposed for the building addition at Middleton Senior Living. 


Don Hostetter reported on the status of the elm tree “cookie” for Opera House Park. John Cooper has it at his shop in Newark to be refinished. It won’t be placed in the park before next spring.  They will also build the shelter/kiosk to protect the display.  Don Pheneger has pulled together the possible designs.  Adam is the contact person at JJC. 


The brick walkways have been finished at the park.  Without landscaping, the five-foot-wide pathway that circles the park appears to be very wide.  The light posts will be repositioned soon.  St. Luke’s is preparing to reinstall the stone wall at the rear of the church. 


Don Pheneger and Dick Mortensen have been compiling lists of the possible tree sites for the fall planting. Jeremy King asked about our procedure for locating sites and we discussed those under consideration.  We were hoping to replant where ash trees were removed on West Broadway, but Jeremy warned we should wait before planting any on the lower quad because of the upcoming construction scheduled beside Burke Hall. Our goal is to have the final list ready to send out by the end of October.  We will meet this Friday morning (9/14) to work on the list.


The Fall Urban Forestry Conference is set for Thursday, October 20th at Denison University.  Don H. is preparing a welcome from either the mayor or the village manager.  Jeremy outlined the program for the day, which includes Dr. Joan Maloof who will speak on Old Growth Forests and then Friday morning she will dedicate a forest at Flint Ridge.  Lunch will be served cafeteria-style in the dining hall. 


Linda Reynolds has placed the plant order with Wilson’s for next spring for the Broadway beds and areas around the village office.  She was able to hire a person to assist in the removal of this year’s annuals and prepare the islands for winter. It took him most of a day to do the heavy work. They will pull up the plants in OHP and at the village office and police station soon.


The next meeting will be November 15th at 7:00 pm. 

Tree & Landscape Minutes Special Meeting September 23, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session

September 23, 2016

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel


Final arrangements were made for the tree dedication at Bryn Du on September 27th at 3:00.  Lynne will contact Craig McDonald at The Sentinel.  Athena will be the person in charge that day at the mansion.  Don Hostetter has the cookies, napkins, and trays for the reception.  He and Mollie Prasher have designed and printed the programs, which highlight Jim Siegel’s contributions to the tree commission.  Mike Flood of Albyn’s, Jurgen Pape (Bryn Du Mansion), and Mayor Melissa Hartfield will speak at the dedication.

Don H. has prepared a memo to Debi Walker outlining the list of plants and trees proposed for the Middleton Senior Living complex that we have some concerns about. 

Don H. has turned in the list of attendees from our commission for the Fall Urban Forestry Conference.

Concerning the request for additional seasonal help for Linda Reynolds, that will likely come under Terry Hopkins’s seasonal work crew.  Terry has said the work could be contracted out.  Linda Reynolds has estimated 75 hours of work over the months May – October.  Additional work at Opera House Park would add to that number.  We estimate it will be over 100 hours of work.

John Klauder & Associates will install the bricks in the hardscape in Opera House Park.  He provided replacement stones under the wrought iron fencing a couple years ago and we will contact him about the need for additional stones it will take to close the west entrance than the park.

Some discussion followed about the fall tree planting site list.

Tree & Landscape Minutes Special Meeting September 16, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session

September 16, 2016

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


After studying the landscape plans for the new phase of Middleton Senior Living, we felt that it was a good plan.  The forty-foot spacing of proposed trees is appropriate.  Our only concerns are about the attractiveness of certain plantings to deer.  Those include the dense yews and day lilies.  Possible invasive tendency concerns include the English ivy, the burning bushes, and the red bud trees.  It was felt that if there is adequate attention to groundskeeping, those problems should be able to be controlled.  The trees should have deer guards.


Don H. will prepare a memo explaining the commission’s general acceptance of the proposed plan and our concerns.

Tree & Landscape Minutes September 13, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

September 13, 2016

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

Guest: Michelle Lerner, Darren Willey


The minutes of the August meeting were distributed and approved. 


Work has begun on the hardscape in Opera House Park.  At a recent council meeting, and as a result of Michelle Lerner’s report, the Village Council unanimously voted to provide the funding to use brick instead of sand-finish concrete for the pathways in the park.  On Monday Layton Concrete Contractors began the prep work for pouring the concrete that will serve as a base for the bricks in the pathways and in Harry Bolen Park.  They expect to finish this phase Thursday. 


The Granville Historical Society was pleased with the crabapple tree planted at the Old Colony Burying Ground in July to honor Lyn and Keith Boone.


The ceremony to dedicate the White Oak donated and planted by Albyn’s in honor of Jim Siegel will take place Tuesday, September 27th at 3:00 at the Bryn Du mansion.


Don Hostetter has been working on the request for a seasonal employee to work in the Broadway beds and in Opera House Park in the future. Linda Reynolds and Don H. will write the job description and calculate the anticipated number of hours the work will entail.  Michelle noted that budget requests will be studied soon.


The Fall Urban Forestry Conference will be October 20th at Denison University.  The following day, the keynote speaker will be dedicating an Old Growth Forest at Flint Ridge and we are invited to attend.


Our list of fall tree planting sites should be compiled soon.  Don Pheneger will begin organizing the list.  The trees at 347 Cedar Street under the power lines have been removed and a suitable species can be selected. The trees at 129 West College St. will be evaluated by an AEP bucket truck.  Michelle Lerner requested the tree by her driveway on Summit Street -which has been watched for a few years –is a hazard and should be removed soon. This would need to be done by AEP due to power line involvement.


Darren reported that the services department has been busy grinding stumps and doing ash tree removals on Newark-Granville Road.   They are working with AEP on the removal of an oak tree at East Elm and South Pearl Streets.  Michelle inquired about sugar maples on Newark-Granville Rd near Cherry Valley Road as a result of the ODOT interchange construction.  Darren said some trees in that area will have to be removed. Discussions are being held concerning right-of-way lines and responsibility for snow removal and grass mowing in the area of the interchange. 


Debi Walker recently forwarded on to us the landscape plans for the expansion phase at Middleton Senior Living complex. Most of the new phase will be on the Cherry Street side. We have concerns about a few of the species being attractive to deer. We will meet this Friday morning to further look at the plans and get Linda Reynold’s recommendations.


The next meeting will be October 11th at 7:00 pm.                            

Tree & Landscape Minutes August 9, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

August 9, 2016

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

Guests: Michelle Lerner, Steve Pyles


The minutes of the June meeting were distributed and approved.


Don Hostetter introduced our new village manager, Steve Pyles, and then introduced us and updated him on the responsibilities and activities of the commission. He also outlined the background of Opera House Park and its funding, along with our budget, and the tree inventory update being done with the assistance of Denison University.


Don Hostetter has been in communication with Terry Hopkins about the hardscape contractor who has plans to get underway with the work in Opera House Park after Labor Day.  This is the same company who has done work at Bryn Du mansion and other places for the village. Jim Siegel asked about the layout of the meandering pathway and Don H. assured us we would be included in laying it out.


Mike Flood/Albyn’s Landscaping planted a Royal Raindrops crabapple in the Old Colony Burying Ground for the July event in which the Fannins were honored for their twenty-five years of restoration work in the cemetery.  The tree honors the work of Lyn and Keith Boone.


A date needs to be selected this fall to dedicate the White Oak planted at the mansion honoring Jim Siegel’s work on the tree commission and for the community.  The tree was planted there in the spring and given by Albyn’s.


The spring inspection of the fall 2015 trees showed all the trees were doing well.  However, the new flowering trees along Jones Road have suffered the summer heat and the lack of rainfall.  A few of them will probably need to be replaced.


Linda Reynolds has asked Don Hostetter to request a seasonal employee to do the planting/heavy work in the Broadway islands and village office beds next spring.  She will continue to design the beds, select the flowers, and oversee the project. This part-time person could do landscaping maintenance in Opera House Park following the renovation.


We will offer our assistance with the Fall Urban Forestry Conference to be held at Denison University October 20th. We are invited to The Southeast Ohio fall conference in Athens on September 29th if any wish to attend.


Following two homeowner requests and evaluation by commission members, the decision was made to remove two Norway Maples at 347 Cedar Street and replace them with a species more suitable for under power lines.  Two tall Sugar Maples at 129 West College Street will be pruned and watched, but not removed at this time. Terry Hopkins and Darren Willey will re-visit the tree at 217 South Plum and trim those branches on the house.  The Blue Ash at 926 Burg Street is dying and, with exposed root structure presents a risk of falling into the road, so it will be removed.


The next meeting will be September 13th at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Minutes June 14, 2016

Granville Tree & Landscape Commission

Minutes, June 14, 2016 Meeting


June 15, 2016


Present: Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Jim Siegel ex officio


Absent: Lynne Kishler, Linda Reynolds


Official minutes of the May 10, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved by those present.


The first issue discussed was the spring planting of annuals at the village offices and the West Broadway beds. Linda Reynolds has reluctantly announced that physical limitations will not allow her to continue spring planting, maintenance, and Fall preparation of annual plantings. Part-time help will be needed for future plantings and maintenance activities. Linda will remain as the primary planner and supervisor of the annual planting program. A proposal for additional budgetary support will be drafted for consideration by the Village Manager and the Council.


The white oak donated by Mr. Mike Flood, Albyn’s Landscape & Nursery Center, Newark, Ohio commemorating Jim Siegel’s over 27 yrs service to the Village T&LC will be scheduled at Bryn Du Mansion. Weather permitting, a dedication ceremony will occur in June or July or later during the Fall planting event.


On June 07, 2016 Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, and Don Pheneger inspected the 98 trees planted in December, 2015. As of this date, all new trees appeared to have survived the winter months and were judged to be in “good condition.” Rain is desperately needed at this time.


A “Royal Raindrops” crab apple tree will be installed at the Old Colony Burying Ground Cemetery in conjunction with the Granville Historical Society.  A ceremony honoring 25 years of tomb stone preservation work conducted by Mr. & Mrs Fanin will occur in July, 2016.


Representatives from the Village Council, Services Dept., Denison University T&L Committee, and AEP were absent; no reports were available.


Don Hostetter and Terry Hopkins, Director of Services will survey specific tree issue within the Village during a periodic routine “drive about” at 11:00 AM, Wednesday June 15 2016.


Don Hostetter entered a motion “to forgo the July 12 meeting” in observance of the annual July 4th Village celebration of family and class reunions. Don Pheneger seconded the motion and it was approved by those present.


There being no other business or discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.


The next T&LC meeting will be August 09, 2016, or as needed depending on events.

Tree & Landscape Minutes May 10, 2016

 Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

May 10, 2016

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

Guests:  Michelle Lerner, Darren Willey


Minutes of the April meeting were reviewed and approved.


Lyn Boone of the Cemetery Board had photos for us of the proposed spot for the commemorative tree to be planted in the Old Colony Burying Ground.  Don Hostetter provided her with information on tree species that will most likely work in that spot. She will get back to us with the board’s choice.


Opera House Park update – There is no news on the status of the bidding process. On May 23rd the plan for the park will be presented to the planning commission for approval. On May 18th, Don Hostetter will be meeting with Stephen Applegate and Steve Stilwell concerning reimbursement for damages to the park last summer.  St. Luke’s is moving forward with replacement of their lower windows -as we had recommended - prior to the renovation of the park.


Linda Reynolds has not gotten any response to a request for high school summer help for the Broadway flower beds. She has an employee from the Cherry Valley Lodge who is interested in part time work.


A Celebration Maple was planted in front of Granville Intermediate School on Arbor Day.  The fifth grade poster contest winners were Brooke Lemert, Morgan Parker, Taylor Smith, Emery Johnson, and Connor Pyle.  A photo and article appeared in The Sentinel.


The elm tree “cookie” was moved from Ron Mack’s garage to John Cooper’s workshop.  Marine varnish will be used, and it is expected to be finished by October.  Debi Walker will be coordinating the materials for the kiosk.  Don Hostetter has talked to Laura Evans about providing the facts for the timeline.


Granville received a Silver Award at the Tree City Awards Ceremony for earning a Growth Award for ten years.  There were only three communities in our district that earned Growth Awards.  Don Hostetter accepted the Tree City Award and thanked Michelle Lerner/Village Council and Darren Willey/Services Dept. for their support of the tree program.


Klauder Landscaping has planted the new village Christmas tree in the island. The plaque acknowledging the Sargent family for the donation is in place and a new spigot for watering is now nearby.



Michelle Lerner reported that resumes are coming in for the new village manager position.  There will be a “meet and greet” scheduled at the Bryn Du Mansion for the public to meet the final candidates.


Darren Willey reported that the services department ground a stump at 177 Bryn Du Drive and found utilities are located fairly high in the ground in that subdivision. 


Steve and Grace Michael of 273 East Maple St. have requested either a Redbud or a Thornless Cocksure Hawthorn be planted in the fall as an ash replacement. (site is on South Pearl St. side of the property)


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

Tree & Landscape Minutes April 12, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

April 12, 2016

Present: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortenson, Don Pheneger

Guests:  Darren Willey, Bill Kuster

Bill Kuster of the Colony at Bryn Du came by to give us an update and to thank us for the reimbursement of their newly planted street trees.  Twelve trees – 2 Amur Maackia, 3 Kentucky Coffeetrees, 3 European Hornbeams, 3 Gingkos, and 1 Freeman Maple – were planted bare root, replacing the ash trees killed by EAB infestation.  The Colony worked with Rich Larsen from Dawes Arboretum to select the trees.  Cost of the trees is $1650.  They have noticed canker on the spruces at the Colony

The commission will be meeting with the Cemetery Board to coordinate the planting of a tree during the commemoration of twenty-five years restoration work done in the Old Colony Burying Ground by the Fannins.  An informational plaque has been designed and a special reception will take place in July.

This year’s Tree City USA event will be Thursday, April 21st in Westerville.  Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortenson, Darren Willey, and Lynne Kishler will attend

Linda Reynolds has approached Jim Reding, science teacher at the high school, about acquiring student summer help.  The village would pay $8.10 an hour

Mike Flood and Albyn’s Nursery, have planted a White Oak in honor of Jim Siegel and another in memory of Alan Montgomery at the Bryn Du Mansion. 

Don Hostetter thanked Dick Mortenson for the April 5th event we hosted with Denison University at the Bryn Du Mansion.  Dick was able to quickly pull together the program, arranging Doug Spieles as the speaker and putting together the publicity.  We had a good attendance that evening.  Don Hostetter has asked Bruce Cramer to put us on the calendar next spring to hold another similar event for the public

Don Hostetter went to John Cooper’s to work out arrangements for the refinishing of the elm tree cookie for Opera House Park.  He was advised that John is currently four months behind schedule-wise.  We will coordinate moving the tree slice from Ron Mack’s home to John’s workshop.

Don Hostetter gave a report of the April Denison Tree and Landscape Advisory Board.  He encouraged Darren to attend these meetings when possible as we share common boundaries, street trees, and issues

Lynne Kishler gave an update on the Arbor Day ceremony with the fifth grade at Granville Intermediate School.  It will be April 29th at 2:45 pm.  Science teacher Alison Weate is making arrangements at the school.  Don H. has talked to Mike Flood about the tree to be planted, and John Smith of AEP has again agreed to donate the cost.  Don H. will pick up the gift cards and t-shirts from Whit’s for the winners of the poster contest

Darren Willey reported that two trees were blown over in the wind storm a couple weekends ago – an evergreen at Denison Drive and Newark-Granville Rd. and a Sugar Maple in front of the Welsh Hills School.  Denison lost a couple trees also, but it was noted that considering the high winds that day, there was not much damage to trees.  Another large Sugar Maple on South Mulberry St. will be taken down tomorrow.  Recent structural changes noticed about the tree have classified it as hazardous and likely to fail, resulting in the need to remove it quickly.  The village street department will be removing some ash trees on Newark-Granville Rd. and in Fanchion Lewis Park.  They also removed an ash tree at 273 East Maple St that was topped by AEP last summer and removal was requested by the homeowner

The next meeting will be May 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Tree & Landscape Minutes March 8, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

March 8, 2016

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

Guests: Norm Kennedy; Jeremy King, Denison University; Michelle Lerner, Village Council; Darren Willey, Services Dept.

Opera House Park -Jim Siegel showed us slides of the aftermath of the 1982 Opera House fire, the clearing of debris in preparation for the park, and the removal of the historic elm tree from the corner of West Broadway and South Main St. Norm Kennedy, who was a volunteer with the Granville Fire Department at the time, was there to view and add comments about the photos.

Acting Village Planner Debi Walker provided a sample brick (Hamilton Parker, Building Supply, Columbus, OH) that is a possibility for the Opera House Park renovation. On February 26th we approved the final revised drawing drafted by Greg Krobot. Debi and Terry Hopkins have been preparing the bid specifications. Two estimates will be requested – one for brick and one for sand finish concrete, the alternate to brick, for the meandering pathway. The difficulty in obtaining information on sand finish concrete has been a slight delay. Construction will begin after July 4th.

Tree Removal Update –The twelve street trees, eleven of which were dead ash, were removed from The Colony at Bryn Du and the stumps have been ground. Darren Willey reported that the three large ash trees on Newark-Granville Road that were recently removed each had 120-150 growth rings. The services department has been busy grinding stumps from earlier removals. Don Hostetter had a telephone conversation with the Sandins, 217 South Plum Street, concerning their request for removal of a large maple in front of their home. It appears to be healthy, but will be examined again in a few months.

The Tree City USA ceremony will be held April 21st in Westerville. Don Hostetter, Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Lynne Kishler, and Darren Willey will attend. 

Part time help will be sought to assist Linda Reynolds with planting and weeding the Broadway beds and village office beds. We will approach Jim Reding at Granville High School about the possibility of an interested student. Jeremy King suggested contacting Cookie Sunkle’s office at Denison University. If a planting day is set, she could help arrange a team of student volunteers. The future plan is to move toward having a part-time employee to maintain the beds as well as Opera House Park once the work is completed. Perhaps this employee’s position could include working for the services department for additional hours. Michelle Lerner added that she let council know we would be asking for additional funding for this in the budget. 

Don Hostetter will be finalizing with Mike Flood of Albyn’s Nursery the planting of a specimen White Oak at the Bryn Du Mansion in honor of Jim Siegel’s contributions to the tree commission and the village. Mindy Kshywonis of the Granville Garden Club approached Don H. about donating a Swamp White Oak at the mansion in memory of Alan Montgomery. Jurgen Pape and Bruce Cramer, directors at Bryn Du, have decided on sites and the stakes are in the ground for both trees. Financial arrangements will be coordinated with the Director of Finance. This is the first request for a memorial tree since the village memorial tree program merged with the Bryn Du Mansion program several years ago.

Mayor Melissa Hartfield asked Don Hostetter, as chair of the T & LC, to attend an initial informational meeting with over twenty other representatives from the village with the principal recruiter from the firm hired to find the new village manager. Areas covered were the responsibilities and activities of the various village committees and what they need and expect from a village manager.

Mike Flood (Albyn’s Nursery) will be surveying the trees planted last fall. Don Hostetter asked Mike to check that mulch is not placed above the root flare.

Kathy Masters, 926 Burg Street, contacted Don Hostetter about a large Blue Ash in her front yard which she claims is about half dead. Both Don H. and Darren had photos for us to see and there has been erosion of soil from around the roots on the street side. Terry Hopkins and Darren Willey have measured it and find the base of the root flare to be close to the village right-of-way line. A determination will be made about the right-of-way issue and the condition of the tree after the leaves are out this spring. There are only a handful of Blue Ashes in the village. Dick Mortensen suggested that since Blue Ash trees are relatively resistant to infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer that perhaps this tree has valuable genetic material which could be used by those studying and developing resistant hybrids. Don H. will consult with Urban Forester Lisa Bowers on this.

Dick Mortensen attended a talk at Dawes Arboretum given by Dr. Douglas Spieles about satellite images used to study canopy cover. He was very impressed and feels this topic would be of interest to many in our community. Don H. suggested this could be a program for our annual informational talk at the Bryn Du mansion. He will get available dates this spring from Bruce Cramer at the mansion, and Dick will approach Doug Spieles about speaking.

The next meeting will be April 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

Tree & Landscape Minutes February 26, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – February 26, 2016

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Jim Siegel, Debi Walker, Terry Hopkins 

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss and approve the latest drawing of the Opera House Park renovation prepared by Greg Krobot, Landscape Architect contracted by Bird & Bull. Debi Walker had provided enlarged copies for our use. 

Overall, the commission is pleased with the latest drawing and the changes made since our February 12th meeting. Members agreed via email that this drawing includes the specific details we want. Some small changes may be necessary in the plant list; however the hardscape can be sent out for bid. 

Debi proposed asking Greg Krobot for three samples of brick options. Terry Hopkins advised that it needs to be brick to hold up over time. Based on use in the village, pavers break up and fade with weather and use. The bid request will ask for an amount based on using brick, and one on using sand surface concrete for the pathways through the park. Harry Bolen Park will be done in the historic brick the village has in storage. The furniture – picnic tables and additional benches - will not be part of the bid as we will ask Friesingers to construct them along with additional pieces of matching fencing. 

Timing-wise, Terry thinks the realistic start date will likely be after July 4th. He will be meeting with Brian from Bird & Bull to get the bids out. This may also be required to go through the Planning Commission for approval. The timing may actually be better later, as the cost may be lower if we are not in a time constraint, and the weather may be more favorable to complete the project. 

Don Hostetter will send a formal email today informing Village Manager Steve Stilwell of our acceptance of the latest drawing. Terry Hopkins will talk to St. Luke’s about our plans and the timing of any work they wish to do on the west side of the church, especially with regard to repair of the lower windows. 

We discussed St. Luke’s financial responsibility for repairs from the trenching work/stairwell update done in 2015 in the park’s lawn area and in Harry Bolen. Last fall Don H. prepared a rough estimate outlining the damages caused by the construction, which was sent to Steve Stilwell and noted that to date he has heard nothing back in response. 

Tree & Landscape Special Minutes February 12, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – February 12, 2016

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel, Terry Hopkins, Steve Stilwell, Deb Walker, Darren Willey

Terry reported the village has approximately 2000 bricks, or two pallets, in storage for use in the park. A new “sand-finish” concrete was poured at the Bryn Du Mansion over the former pool area. Once sealed, the surface will appear slightly darker or wet. Terry suggested this material for use in the park as the amount of brick necessary to complete the plan as drawn, plus labor to install, will likely exceed our budget. The concrete needs to be sealed about every two years. The bids could include one for brick exclusively, and one for the sand finish concrete and brick. Heaved up areas of brick in the NW seating area from tree roots can be done at a later date.

Debi Walker suggested choosing another clump tree for the SE corner as river birch is messy when mature. Based on her experience, maintenance around/under river birch can be very time-consuming. Don Hostetter offered structural reasons (strong in wind) along with the pros of using native species. Don also reminded us of the ongoing need to plan budget-wise for part-time help once the park renovation is complete.

The commission requests the addition of a stone wall with wrought iron fencing for the SE corner to delineate the property visually and to balance it with the other corners in the park. Debi Walker asked for a picture or drawing of what we have in mind. 

Don H. restated that the planning done by Bird & Bull needs to include a renovation of the lawn area. Debi said definitely a revitalization of the soil is necessary after the extensive disruption of soil layers. 

In designing the meandering path, Steve Stilwell suggested doing a chalk line. Don H. recommended using a garden hose in the park to plan just how the walkway will bend. 

In conclusion, Steve Stilwell restated the following points:

  • Specify more wrought iron fence, to be obtained from Friesingers in Zanesville, for the SE corner along with stone matching what is already in the park.
  • Include bids for both materials – 1) all brick and 2) brick with sand finish concrete.
  • Close off the existing west entrance on the Main Street side - because of code requirement the current slope is too steep to be safe. Use of the same materials of stone and fencing will continue the line. The existing large burning bushes will be removed.
  • The “stage area” at the south end of the park will be reduced in size and the “cap” removed.
  • The kiosk for the elm tree “cookie” will not be included in the bid, but the brick pad for it will be
  • River gravel will be put along the west wall of the church/east edge of the park to allow for maintenance to the church. The proposed line of boxwoods and pathway will be pushed back toward the church to open up more lawn space.

We will receive another version with these changes before moving forward.

Tree & Landscape Minutes February 9, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

February 9, 2016

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

Guests: Darren Willey, Jim Patin, Bill Custer

Jim Patin and Bill Custer were present to discuss the eleven dead ash trees (and one maple) in the The Colony. They wanted a definite answer as to when those street trees would be removed. Planted in June 2000, the ashes were professionally treated to prevent infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer, but those efforts were unsuccessful. Darren reported that crews are currently removing dead ash trees in the Village Green, and he will see to it that The Colony’s trees are removed as soon as possible. The Colony’s desire is to have the new trees, promised for the fall planting of 2016, put in as close as possible to the original sites for the visual even spacing of trees on the street to remain. Don Hostetter had previously given Bill a list of acceptable replacement trees, and Bill is seeking recommendations from Dawes Arboretum. Our understanding is that the utilities were placed high in the ground during construction of the association, and that impacts planting at the optimal depth in those sites. 

Minutes of the January meeting were distributed and approved. 

Don Hostetter received a follow up letter from Karl and Linda Sandin at 217 South Plum St. about their April 2015 request to have a large maple tree removed from their tree lawn because of problems with roots growing into their home’s sewer lines. Don H. is following up on this with the Sandins. 

Concerning Opera House Park, we reviewed the latest two drawings from Gregory Krobot which were forwarded to us through Debi Walker. We are disappointed that several key elements we wanted to see changed have not been. We will meet this Friday morning as we are not yet pleased with the plans. Linda Reynolds objects to the use of Vinca in the southwest corner as it is invasive and difficult to control. She would like to see another shrub instead of the proposed spirea along the new pathway on the east side of the park. The burning bush variety should be Rudy Haag. Linda will submit her suggested substitutions for shrubs. 

Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, and Lynne Kishler attended the third session of the Tree City Academy in Reynoldsburg January 20-21. Don Hostetter asked for a report. 

The Tree City USA Award Ceremony will be April 21st in Westerville.

Albyn’s Nursery will plant a commemorative White Oak at the Bryn Du Mansion to honor Jim Siegel. We will plan a ceremony to coincide with the planting.

An evaluation conducted in 2011 of the trees in the Old Colony Burying Ground has been emailed to us. Some treatments and/or replacement trees may be needed at this time. We will follow up with the condition of these trees.

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

Tree & Landscape Special Meeting Minutes January 15, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session – January 15, 2016

Present: Don Hostetter, chairman, Lynne Kishler, Don Pheneger, Jim Siegel, Debi Walker, Terry Hopkins, and Steve Stilwell

Possible sites for the white oak tree to be planted by Albyn’s in honor of Jim Siegel were discussed. Terry Hopkins expressed concern that the north side of Broadway has power lines. If planted there, eventually the tree would be severely pruned by American Electric Power. Terry feels the “forest area” near The Colony along Newark-Granville Road’s walking path would provide adequate space for unrestricted growth of the tree, along with being visible to all who use the path.

There was also discussion concerning possibilities for the kiosk designed by Don Pheneger and preparation of the elm tree “cookie.”

Using Greg Krobot’s drawing that most closely represents what we want for Opera House Park, we worked with Debi Walker to incorporate our specific details. Terry will check the amount of pavers we have stored for use in the park. We discussed at length the surface of Harry Bolen Park and the use of pavers to replace the flagstones destroyed by the excavation. Harry Bolen Park will need to look visually separate while complimenting Opera House Park. The former entrance on South Main Street will, with the help of photos taken before the trenching, be returned to its original look, with the saved iron fencing re-installed and beds created with a lilac replanted on the north side. Benches (possibly two) built by Friesingers to match the others in the park will replace the former picnic table in that area. We will also ask Friesingers to design a picnic table to match. The surface of Harry Bolen may be done with the older Granville “historic” bricks, possibly set off in a “rug-like design.” The area immediately east of there will be pavers if financially possible. It may be set off from the main portion of the park by concrete border lines that are flush with the brick.

In keeping with the need for a large grassy area in the park, we reduced the six-foot pathway designed by Greg Krobot to five feet. Our original design called for four feet, so this is a compromise. Also, we requested the “stage area” drawn for the south end of the park be reduced substantially to allow for more grassy space.

We presented Debi with a sketch of the SE corner and side to be delineated with short sections of stonewalls (to compliment the SW corner and the bell pedestal) and sections of iron fencing to tie it together. Debi liked our concept of framing in the fourth corner in this way.

Greg Krobot’s drawing includes an oval pathway around the park to compliment the windows of St. Luke’s parish house, which would reduce the lawn area. We feel strongly that a slightly meandering path continued around the east side that will look more casual, go with the existing path on the west side, and encourage strolling through the park. This is the way we marked it with flags a couple years ago before the church renovation began.

Tree & Landscape Minutes January 12, 2016

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

January 12, 2016

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

Guests: Jeremy King, Denison University; Michelle Lerner, Village Council

Minutes of the December 8, 2015 meeting were distributed and approved.

The fall planting has been completed by Albyn’s, with the exception of two Stewartia trees which will be available and planted in the spring. Don Hostetter reported only a couple issues with homeowners concerning new trees, which were resolved. A gas line was hit during planting, but was not damaged. Don H. read a letter from Mike Flood expressing Albyn’s desire to plant a white oak to honor Jim Siegel for his many years of dedication to the commission and to Granville. Possible locations were discussed.

The Christmas tree in the Broadway Island has been undecorated, has been marked with orange dots, and will be removed soon by the services department. A 13-16 foot Norway Spruce (Picea abies), will replace it in March or April, 2016. The soil depth and condition at this location is excellent for this species. An irrigation system is in place that will provide additional insurance for a successful transplant this spring.

Opera House Park (OHP) – The decision was made by the village that Bird & Bull Engineering/Survey Co., Columbus would survey and develop specifications for the structural/mechanical/landscaping design necessary prior to the formal bid letting process for this project. Bids will be requested in February with the stipulation that the project be completed on or before July 01, 2016. The specific area of landscaping is the south section of Opera House Park to include the delineation of Harry Bolen Memorial Park located in the SW corner of the park. This was deemed necessary because of the destruction due to extensive excavation required for water and sewer lines for St. Luke’s church. Bird and Bull contracted with landscape architect Gregory R. Krobot of Columbus (GrKLA) who produced three (3) concept drawings for this area of OHP. In a meeting held at the village office January 7th, village officials Steve Stilwell, Terry Hopkins, Darren Willey, Mollie Prasher, Deb Walker; St. Luke’s representatives Stephen Applegate, Ken and Devon Rittenhouse; and representatives from Bird and Bull were present. All members of the Tree and Landscape Commission were present. The commission was not anticipating being presented with concept drawings for landscaping for OHP at this initial meeting. Because we did not have prior opportunity to meet with Mr. Krobot, there were many things he was not aware of (i.e. the existence of Harry Bolen Park in the SW corner.) Time was spent with him following the presentation advising him of our goals and vision for the park, the materials the village is storing (pavers, iron fencing)for future use, and the planned kiosk housing a cross section of a historically significant elm tree that will provide a historical timeline of the village and OHP. 

We will meet as a commission on Friday, January 15, 2016 to outline our key ideas for the park and to add these to Mr. Krobot’s drawing that closest matches what we have envisioned. In a January 10th memo Don Hostetter spelled out six items. (see below.) The compiled list will be submitted to GrKLA. A February 2nd completion date for the final drawings was set. Mechanical drawings will be done by Bird and Bull.

At this meeting (Jan. 12), after further examination of the drawings by those present, additional comments and suggestions were made relative to our perceived desires and specifications for OHP. 

Denison University – Jeremy reported that Denison planted several different tree species this fall, adding to the diversity of the arboretum.

The next meeting will be February 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

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