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.