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.