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.