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T & L Minutes December 12, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

December 12, 2017 meeting

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger

Guests: Jeremy King, Denison University; Aidan Eells, Denison student; Jon Miller, Assistant Village Planner; Darren Willey, Village Services Dept.

Minutes of the November 14th meeting were approved.

The airspading estimate from McCullough’s is $5,854 for twenty trees uptown.  Jeremy King reported that Denison had about fifty trees air-spaded on the east quad recently. Jon Miller said we can go ahead and send in a requisition if we only choose to do 2-3 trees, as has been suggested as a test to see if airspading will help these trees.  January-March is the time of year that McCullough’s felt best to do this treatment.  Dick Mortensen said that it would take about two leaf-outs before knowing if the treatment worked on those trees.

We had forty trees planted by Albyn’s this December, at a cost of $11,800. Tree species include: Black Maple, American Elm, Paperbark Maple, Honey Locust, European Hornbeam, Gingko, Shumard Oak, Norwegian Maple, Yellowwood, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Black Gum, Red Bud, Red Horsechestnut, and Sweet Gum.

Klauder has things in place for planting at Thornwood Crossing. Straw is on the ground now to prevent freezing.  Jon and Debi Yost had prepared packets for us outlining Phase 1, now, at $4,980.  Phase 2 will come later, to a projected total of $10,975. Commission members questioned the addition of arborvitae to the plans as this is known to attract deer.  It was disappointing that ODOT will not allow the planting of Yellowwood trees, citing potential size as a concern.

Tree Cookie – Jon has emailed Wade (where the tree slice is now) and the Franklin Park Conservatory and is waiting to hear back from them on their advice for protecting the cookie from the elements. 

Don Hostetter and Mollie Prasher made the December 1st deadline for our Tree City USA application. 

Darren Willey reported that they will be wrapping up leaf pick-up in another week.  This week the services department will be removing a tree on College St. at Burke Hall.  There are several dead ash trees in Fanchion Lewis Park and another on Fern Hill to remove.

Jeremy King brought news of projects at Denison.  There is some discussion over starting their own nursery, planting thirty-fifty saplings a year of more rare types.

Aidan Eells presented his research to us on the existing trees in the uptown area, six blocks of East and West Broadway, one block north and south on Main Street, and one block north and south on Prospect St. Aidan logged 184 trees and, using the GIS Collector App, entered data for street name, block number, estimated height, diameter, estimated health on a 5-point scale, yearly tree growth, species, made notes on the tree collar and exposed roots, the canopy and trunk, and any pertinent notes about the tree pit, lawn, etc.  He also photographed each tree.  Don Pheneger asked that we could have those also to compare to in the future.

Through a power point presentation, he shared a species layout pie graph and a tree distribution list.  (Jon will send Aidan’s full report to us.)  Aidan observed issues with mulch mounding, compaction, poor watering, including drainage issues caused by trapped water, salt and pollution.  Options to consider include 1) preventing mounding, adding compost and vital nutrients, 2) re-digging a section of the tree pits and adding Silva cells and 3) completely re-digging the tree pits while also adding new soil including structured soil.  Good structured soil consists of stone, clay loam, and good fresh soil. 

Re-digging and redesigning the tree pits could allow for the trees to be planted lower than the surrounding sidewalks, allowing them to benefit more from rainwater run-off.  Jon feels grants could be available for projects concerning erosion and storm water run-off. There are also grants available through the Arbor Day Foundation.  Darren mentioned a solution the services department used in an area with compaction from trucks.  They installed black plastic honeycomb-like structures and planted grass on top. This was much less expensive than Silva cells and has held up well so far.

It was mentioned again that some of these struggling trees in the business district may not have been planted and pruned correctly early on.  Events during the lifetime of these trees, such as the extensive sidewalk work done years ago, may have compromised their success. Aidan observed some that appeared to have been planted too high, some too low.

We look forward to receiving Aidan’s full report and using the data he has collected on these trees.

The next meeting will be January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes November 14, 2017

Attending: Don Hostetter, chairman; Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Linda Reynolds

Guests: Jurgen Pape, Lisa Bowers, Urban Forester; Tyler Stevenson, Program Director at ODNR; Jeremy King, Denison University; Aidan Eells, Denison University student; Jon Miller, Asst. Village Planner; Darren Willey, Village Services Dept.

Don Hostetter opened with introductions.  The minutes were distributed and approved.

Jurgen Pape reported his notes and observations of the 172 young trees he recently completed directional trimming and fertilization on, those planted in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  He was impressed with the evident improvements he saw in recent planting practices. The survival and the selection of these young trees was very good. He found the height of them to be good also, and there were only 5-6 trees with mulch that was too high, which is an improvement.  He recommended we avoid choosing Washington Hawthorns in the future as street trees; there is another variety (European) that is medium-sized and has a nice bloom he feels would work better. He particularly pointed out that the dogwoods are looking stronger, and the elms, yellowwoods, and red maples are doing great

Jon Miller reported that there were edits made to the list of trees we selected for Thornwood Crossing. John Klauder did send an estimate for the plantings and the village council is considering planting them  in phases.

Concerning our tree cookie planned for Opera House Park, Jon has talked with Dawes Arboretum and the Franklin Park Conservatory concerning protective finishes they have used for outdoor displays.  Wade advises that a bar top acrylic finish will yellow from UV rays.  Jeremy King said that Denison has tried several things on a display behind the art building and there is yearly peeling and treatment.  Nothing has proven to be a longterm solution. He suggested we enclose the tree cookie in an acrylic box or just fasten acrylic to the top (instead of applying it), and replace just that as it yellows.

Lisa Bowers and Tyler Stevenson presented an evaluation and recommendations for the Broadway street trees from Locust Place east through the business district.  Things to factor in are planting practices, structural pruning, sidewalk repair, and soil volume and quality. Tyer feels the estimate for removing and planting twelve trees in the tree pits soon is appropriate. It may be advisable to replant the new trees bare root by removing the containers they are delivered in, and planting to grade instead of mounding. We have already upgraded our planting directives to the ANSI standards and it is evident this is working. We’ve had very few substitutions and have received very good stock from both Mike Flood at Albyn’s and John Klauder. Lisa noted there are free specifications for acceptable/rejectable root balls and proper directional pruning. Trees planted years ago, including the maples in front of Opera House Park are struggling due to girdling. The soil sample we submitted a couple months ago from this area showed a pH of 8, which is very alkaline (possibly from the concrete sidewalk.) The magnesium level was high and the manganese level was very low.  Lisa pointed out that the species that work best in soil with a high pH are mostly large trees – Oak, London Planetree, Hardy Rubbertree, Hackberry, Sugarberry, Turkish Filbert, Kentucky Coffeetree, Linden, Honey Locust, American Elm and elm hybrids.

Lisa and Tyler recommend air spading 2-3 struggling trees and waiting two years to see if that helps.  Tyler asked about the sidewalk policies when tree roots damage existing walks.  Darren Willey explained there have been several new ways used recently, such as a slight ramping over big roots (South Main St.)and shaving sidewalks flat to eliminate tripping hazards (Longwood Dr.) He reports there has been great cooperation between local contractors and the services department on these issues. He said each situation is looked at individually and each approach fits the location’s set of circumstances. The London Planetree in front of the library (which will be removed) may have been disturbed too much when hard surface improvements were made years ago and the alley was removed.  Linda Reynolds feels the decline in uptown trees is the result of trenching and disturbing roots years ago when extensive work was done uptown, and that it is showing up now. Tyler recommended using “the recipe” for the empty tree pit in front of the Aladdin restaurant to prepare the site.  Commission members who took the Tree City Academy have information on this.

Lisa complimented us on the size of our downtown tree pits.  They range from the smallest at 7’ x 7.5’ x 3’ (157.5 cubic ft.) to the largest at 18’ x 8’ x3’ (432 cubic ft.) Ideally this should be 504 cubic feet, which can also be achieved by digging the pits four feet deep instead of three. The practice of trees sharing soil under the sidewalk can be effective by installing a 6’ wide soil trench between pits.  Darren stated that some trees were planted years ago too high because of the presence of underground gas lines. According to Tyler, some were planted too deep as well, making for decay pathogens underground. Suspended pavement systems (like silva cells) can have utility lines run through them.  These systems make more soil volume available to the trees and act as storage systems for rainwater.  It was asked if the upcoming Cherry St. project could be a demonstration area for this type of system.

Tyler and Lisa offered to do a pruning workshop in February or March. Tyler emphasized he was available for help whenever we need him.

Don Hostetter and Mollie Prasher will be working on and submitting our application for Tree City USA.  It is due to Lisa Bowers on December 1st.

The next meeting will be December 12th at 7:00 pm. 

T & L Minutes October 10, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

October 10, 2017

Attending: Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger

Guests: Lisa Bowers, Urban Forester; Aidan Eells, Denison University student; Michelle Lerner, Village Council; Jon Miller, Asst. Village Planner

Minutes of the September meeting were distributed and approved.

Following introductions, Aidan Eells explained he has started inventorying the street trees on West Broadway to Plum St, East Broadway to Granger St, and North and South Prospect St. He is assessing their health, and researching workable options for the tree pits.  He has spoken with a representative of Silva Cells, which he described as similar to an underground network of plastic shelving units. The installation of these would be between $9,000 and $15,000 per tree, and Aidan mentioned grants might be available. Lisa Bowers referred to the use of Silva Cells on the state fairgrounds, and the area between Granville’s library and post office is an area that could be used to demo the system. It is best to install these when other street work and pedestrian improvements are being done. Michelle feels that street tree improvements should be discussed whenever street projects are proposed. For example,  tree pit improvements could be combined with storm-water run-off projects.  Aidan said lowering the tree pits is also something that can be done to increase the volume of rainwater available to the roots.

The estimate requested from McCullough’s Tree Service to air spade, fertilize, and add amendments to soil in the trees pits in the downtown area has been received.  The total of $5,854 is for twenty trees. They urge us to do these treatments to the trees doing well to prevent or stall future decline, in addition to treating those struggling currently. Jeremy King advised that the trees slated for removal in the uptown area be removed carefully and the roots studied to possibly determine why they failed. Denison University is currently having air spade work done on some of their trees in the A-Quad.  Jeremy proposed the idea of having Granville school students create signs for new trees around the theme of “Don’t Step on My Toes” to discourage pedestrian compaction of roots.

Village Planner Debi Yost informed Don Hostetter that ODOT has issued the permit to allow trees to be planted at Thornwood Crossing and Newark-Granville Rd, where we have proposed 26 trees be planted on the east and south sides. Village Manager Steve Pyles has approved the plan, and the village will be contracting with John Klauder to plant the area in phases.

We are part-way through the process of selecting trees and sites for the 2017 fall tree planting list.

Jeremy shared the plans for Denison’s fall Arbor Day. Dr. Hauck will be giving a tree tour on campus. Trees will be tagged with tree birthdays. Campus trees are being treated with air spading and the removal of any remaining volcano mulch. One hundred to one hundred fifty White Pines, Norway Spruce, and White Spruce will be planted to shield the new solar array. In between the rows of panels, oats and wildflowers will be planted.  Denison is also working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Dept. New trails will be added in the Bio Reserve to go around the solar array.

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

T & L Minutes September 19, 2017

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

Guests:  Jonathan Miller, Assistant Village Planner

Minutes of the August meeting were distributed and approved.

Linda Reynolds has two people who are weeding/trimming on the Broadway beds and village office beds.  They will finish up through the fall season. She emphasized we will need a person dedicated to gardening and tree care to do this going forward.

Thornwood Crossing – We turned in our plan in the spring for twenty-six trees. Is there a separate budget for these? Does the soil need to be amended before planting?  Terry Hopkins said ODOT put the topsoil back that was removed.

Don Hostetter reported that Terry also gave a December/January timeline for removal of the dead and dying trees uptown in the tree pits. Linda Reynolds thinks the extensive roadwork done about fifteen years ago that exposed and damaged roots is showing up now in these trees struggling and dying.    Tyler Stevenson from ODNR has indicated he would share information on Silva Cell Systems for urban street trees with the Tree and Landscape Commission and Village administrators.  Arrangements are being considered. Don H. said we need a vision for how these would work in twenty years and on into the future.  We will be exploring what is feasible for the village to do, and then will provide a recommendation. 

Don Hostetter shared photos of Newark’s landscaping in their newly-redone downtown square.  Short permanent attractive fencing surrounds new street trees to protect them from compaction. Don also had photos from a trip to Iowa City showing urban trees surrounded by clean-lined, low, white blocks that would allow rain run-off to reach tree roots while discouraging foot traffic.

Our soil samples taken by Don H. and Lisa Bowers, Urban Forester, were processed at CLC Labs in Delaware, Ohio.  These samples were from the south side of Broadway. It was determined the biggest problem may be a lack of sufficient manganese in the soil.  Adding that back in, and using an air spade to cut girdling tree roots may be successful in saving struggling trees.  We will be receiving an estimate for this work from McCullough Tree Service.

Aidan Eells is a Denison University student with an interest in forestry who is working for community service hours. Jonathan Miller told us about Aidan’s project.  He will collect data from scratch using GIS and make a presentation on the ways we can improve the survivability of the street trees on Broadway from Plum Street to North Granger and on North and South Prospect. Then he will research the best management practices and planned replacements. He will present to us and to council early in December.

The Fall Urban Forestry Conference will be October 19th at the state capitol building.  Don Pheneger, Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Darren Willey, and possibly Jonathan Miller will attend.

Jurgen Pape will do directional pruning and fertilize the 162 street trees planted in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The fertilizer has been purchased from Albyn’s.

Village Council member Michelle Lerner sent us an email September 13 asking for budget requests.

The services department is catching up on stump grinding before leaf collection begins.  The shaving of uneven sidewalks on Longford Drive has been done as an alternative to digging up the sidewalk and cutting roots.

Our next meeting will be October 10th at 7:00 p.m.

T & L Minutes August 8, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

August 8, 2017

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

Guest: Jeremy King, Michelle Lerner

The minutes of the June 13 meeting were distributed and accepted.

Commission members did a check June 20th of all trees planted in December 2016, and all were found to have survived the winter and looked good.  The two oak trees in front of the Kramers’ house on S. Mulberry Street have been removed by the services department.  Also, the large tree on the Summit Street side of Michelle Lerner’s house on North Pearl St. has been removed by AEP.

Status of the tree cookie display – Debi Yost has spoken with Wade Eagle who is refinishing the cookie.  There isn’t any epoxy that can be used to treat the wood that will withstand longterm exposure to UV rays.  They are looking at an acrylic material that could surround the cookie to protect it. The commission had previously proposed a small wooden kiosk similar to those found in state and metro parks, but this design did not meet the standards of the Village Planner.  Debi, John Miller, Village Manager Steve Pyles, and Wade have subsequently discussed a design using an antique canal rock as a base and a fabricated iron support for the cookie.  This is currently underway by Wade Eagle, Newark, Ohio. 

Linda Reynolds advises we search for a person to hire for next year for planting and maintenance of the Broadway beds.  She started with a crew of four workers; two are still working occasionally, under her direction. 

ODOT status at Thornwood Crossing – Trucks are continuing to work and drive in and out on the west side.  The soil in that area will need to be amended as the topsoil has been stripped off.  Michelle Lerner stated a memorial bench in that area, on the east side with the bike path would be nice.

We received a letter from Paul Barnes requesting that a yellowwood planted in the treelawn at his pie shaped property on Kerry Court be removed to make room for a driveway. This tree was planted in 2012 and is five inches in caliper now, too big to be moved successfully.  At the time it appeared to the commission that the property belonged to the house next door at 137 Kerry Court, and so those neighbors received the doorhanger prior to planting.  Dr. Barnes’s property is very narrow and options for a driveway are limited because there is also a street light and a power box in the short treelawn on the cul-de-sac.  Don H. will draft a letter to him. The recommendation for “permission to remove” will be forwarded to the village manager for his consideration and approval as part of the overall approval process when Dr. Barnes submits plans to the village to build on that lot.

At least six trees downtown on Broadway are dying and will be removed this fall – one is on the corner in front of the post office, one is at the NW corner of OHP, and two on each side of the street in tree pits.  Urban Forester Lisa Bowers will meet this week with Don Hostetter and Terry Hopkins to offer advice for the tree pits in the downtown area, and to assess if utilizing an air spade to cut the girdling tree roots would be enough to save the trees. New soil will be needed in the pits.  Michelle added that she observed urban trees in elevated pits while traveling in Henderson, North Carolina.  That solution would eliminate compaction due to foot traffic and damage from salt run-off.

We plan to begin identifying and listing fall planting sites. 

Jeremy King, Denison University, reported on several projects underway on campus. Kevin Mercer is the new Grounds and Landscape Services Manager.  Denison has hired a preservation company that has trimmed and cabled trees.  Some of the planned solar panels have been installed by Third Sun Solar of Athens, Ohio.  Those within the village limits will be completed by November.  Denison is partnering with Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative for the planting of native wildflowers in the solar panel area.  There will be a platform built for birdwatching.  Kevin has volunteered to be the speaker for our April community talk at the Bryn Du Mansion.

Due to travel, the September meeting will be moved to the third Tuesday, September 19th, at 7:00 pm.


T & L Minutes June 13, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

June 13, 2017

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

Guests: Darren Willey, Terry Hopkins, Michelle Lerner



Doug and Connie Kramer, 120 South Mulberry Street, were present to explain their request to have the two large oak trees in their tree lawn removed. Doug had prepared handouts outlining damage that had occurred during the ice storm of 2004, the hurricane in 2008, and the derecho in 2012, along with damage caused by a branch that fell during a recent thunderstorm onto their front patio. The village had responded after each of these occurrences and inspections conducted each time had found these trees to be healthy, but the Kramers stated their dissatisfaction with the outcome in 2012 when they wanted them removed.  Doug tracked and illustrated how the damage has increased each time because of the growth of the trees and is convinced that they are hazardous.  The last time he told the village that they would be responsible for the damage caused by a limb falling, and estimates have been acquired for repair of the recent storm. Terry Hopkins stated that the trees have been trimmed after the earlier storms and that more trimming would ultimately weaken the structure of the trees.  Based on the weight of the limbs and the height of the trees, any future damage to their home that might occur would have the potential to be worse. Lynne Kishler pointed out the merits and benefits of the trees to their property and to the village, and the effect that losing these trees would have.  The power lines will limit the village to replacing them with small trees only. Mr. Kramer cited the Tree Ordinances Section 909 showed that the damage had been documented each time and had increased, and as such, these trees were indeed hazardous.  Don Hostetter called for a vote, and Dick Mortensen made the motion that these trees be removed as they qualify as being hazardous under the ordinances.  Three voted in favor of removing the trees, one member abstained, and one was absent.

Minutes of the May meeting were distributed and approved. Don Hostetter gave out the volunteer pins to those members unable to attend the village’s volunteer reception June 1st.

Opera House Park – Don Hostetter stated that we may have to go back to earlier plans and have the kiosk and the elm tree cookie located in the cut-out in the SW corner. He cited a letter from Stephen Applegate of St. Luke’s church expressing concern over the proposed location in Harry Bolen Park near the parish house.

Darren Willey asked the commission about any plans for the elm tree benches that were formerly in the park and have been stored at the services department.  Darren photographed the benches for the history of the park. The commission was in agreement that the benches do not need to be saved any longer.  The services department has been working on tree removals.

When ODOT completes their work on Thornwood Crossing we can move forward with plans for the planting of 26 trees on the east and west sides of the road.  Previously Jeremy King had offered to organize a volunteer effort to plant these trees, and this option will be considered. It was mentioned that Jeremy has a volunteer day for landscaping work at Denison University.  Could this strategy be used for spring clean-up in Opera House Park?

Michelle reported that the Cherry Street storm sewer line project has been postponed until next year due to the discovery of a void under the street that had to be repaired first. 

The Ulands, 208 Wicklow, have requested a street tree and have asked specifically for a non-fruiting variety. A drive-around to check on the trees planted last December was planned for Tuesday, June 20th.

The commission will not meet in July unless a need arises.  The next scheduled meeting will be August 8th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes May 9, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

May 9, 2017

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

Guests: Jeremy King, Darren Willey

There was no meeting in April.  Minutes of the March meeting were distributed and approved with one correction – it is “Snow Day Surprise” Pearlbush instead of the “The Bride.”

Opera House Park –

Darren Willey is meeting with John Klauder soon about watering in the park- one and a half hours a week. Darren advised that the picnic tables have been delivered and will be installed in the SE corner.

There was discussion about Mike Ecker’s talk on mulching at Bryn Du in early April. Lynne Kishler suggested future programs could be held shortly after the daffodil show and promoted there as the show is heavily attended.  Jeremy King says that just offering the program can really be considered a public service, and that low attendance is not uncommon for these types of programs.

In talking about mulching practices, Darren talked about how trees are sometimes planted too high when the gas lines are not buried very deep. So, landscapers concerned about hitting utility lines tend to plant a bit higher.  Jeremy commented that long term, improperly planted trees will be an expensive problem for the village as these trees fail.

Tree removals – Darren reported on the large silver maple on Newark-Granville Road that came down in a recent storm.  The roots were rotten.  Another one just eight feet away to the west is in bad shape and may need to be removed.  American Electric Power is coming in June to help with a few removals, including two on College Street and one on the Summit St. side at Michelle Lerner’s house, which has been on the removal list.  Also removed will be one at South Main and Munson.  There is an owner request to have a tall Y-shaped tree removed on North Granger St. close to East College St.  Also they have been working to clear 60-70 ash trees on both the north and south sides of Milner Rd. ahead of road paving. The services department has been catching up with stump grinding of ash trees.

Linda Reynolds has hired four employees to help with the Broadway beds, the village office, and in front of the bell in Opera House Park. She recently returned from Canada with eight pearlbushes which were planted in the park.  The village will reimburse her for these.

Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler, and Mayor Melissa Hartfield conducted the program at the intermediate school with the fifth graders for National Arbor Day.  The five winning posters are on display in the village office window and an article and photo will appear in the May 18th issue of The Sentinel.

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

T & L Minutes March 14, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

March 14, 2017

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

Minutes of the February meetings were distributed and approved.

Thornwood Crossing – The village will obtain a permit from ODOT to begin planting there.  Terry Hopkins now advises that ODOT may not release the area until the end of July, meaning a fall instead of a spring planting. Don Hostetter has made a site drawing of the trees selected for the area. Consideration was given to adding Golden raintree to the list of trees for the right-of-way, but it may be invasive and not the best choice. 

Dick Mortensen reported that the dead ash trees on Glyn Tawel Drive have now been removed.  Given the milder winter weather, the services department has been able to spend more time on tree removal.

Tree Cookie and Kiosk for Opera House Park - In preparation for meeting with Debi Walker Yost and presenting to the Planning Commission, Don H. drew up plans and made a scale model of the proposed kiosk that will house the “cookie.”  The proposed location three feet from the wall of St. Luke’s parish house in Harry Bolen Park was chosen for protection from weather and vandalism.

Linda Reynolds and Lynne Kishler have been working on the planting list for the park.  The completed list includes a dwarf lilac, Russian Sage, Pearlbush “The Bride,” Caryopteris, Heuchera Lime, Hydrangea “Little Lime,” Judd Viburnum, and three clump River Birch. Holly bushes will be added to the small beds at the west entrance to Harry Bolen Park with the short sections of refurbished fence.  In the area where the old burning bushes and opening were, two “Rudy Haag” burning bushes will be planted. It was also chosen to omit the Pachysandra on the east side of the park from John Klauder’s plan and instead fill in the narrow area with mulch. The existing myrtle will stay in the southwest corner.  Copies of the drawing Linda and Lynne made were shared.

Mike Ecker of Dawes Arboretum will be speaking on proper mulching techniques at the mansion on April 11th at 7:00 pm. Dick will handle the promotion for the event.  It has been put on the Granville village calendar and Bryn Du schedule under the Life/ Local series. Denison University is co-sponsoring this event with us.

The Tree City USA recognition ceremony will be April 19th at the 4-H building at OSU.  Don Pheneger, Dick Mortensen, Lynne Kishler, Darren Willey, and Jeremy King will attend.  Granville will also be receiving the Growth Award.

Arbor Day is Friday, April 28th.  Don Hostetter will contact John Smith from AEP and Mike Flood from Albyn’s about the tree for planting at the intermediate school.  Lynne will coordinate the poster contest.

The April meeting of the Tree and Landscape Commission will be replaced with Mike Ecker’s talk.  The next commission meeting will be May 9th at 7:00 pm.

T & L Minutes Special February 24, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday morning work session February 24, 2017

Present:  Don Hostetter, Lynne Kishler, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Darren Willey

We met at Thornwood Crossing and Newark-Granville Rd. to measure and plan for the number and species of trees to be planted.  Following our walking, measuring and marking, we came up with twenty-six tree sites for the east and west sides of Thornwood Crossing.  The plan is to use a similar list of flowering trees as was planted on the east side of Jones Rd. to be a colorful gateway into the village.

Don Hostetter prepared the following report and species list:

“After our visual survey of the area at Thornwood Crossing and establishing measurements based on power line, service box, storm drainage, ODOT Right-of-Way (ROW) I put together a proposed ‘species list.’  This list consists of ‘small’ (30-40 ft.) flowering trees that have interesting spring/fall foliage, flowers, fruit, and bark and that are suitable for the soil and traffic at this location. (see attached)  Spacing between trees will be 30 feet to allow mulching, mowing, and maintenance.  The east side of the roadway between the bike path and the boundary fence has space for nine (9) trees.  The West side of the roadway from the South boundary (intersection of white fence and chain link fence) to the North boundary has space for ten (10) trees. These trees will be sited ten feet west of the storm drainage ditch. The area west of the power line from the South boundary to the North boundary has space for seven (7) trees at this time (i.e. spring installation.) The total proposed for spring installation is twenty-six (26).  Trees on the West side of the roadway will be ‘staggered’ with 7 sited trees to the rear centered between the 10 trees nearest the storm ditch.”

“Tree List:  I have proposed eight (8) species for this planting area for your consideration. We can ‘mix and match’ species in a number of ways but if we use 6 species with 4 repetitions plus two we’ll have 26. This would be 5 species with 4 trees each and 1 species with 6. The higher number of trees/species the lower the price.  This will provide good diversity for this space.  We may follow up with additional trees this fall.  The fall planting advantages were discussed with Deb Yost but she has considered the watering needs and has researched that area (Services has a water tank, ‘gator bags,’ etc.) and suggests we go with the spring installation of these 26 trees.”


1) Service berry, Amelanchier grandiflora, “cumulus” tree form

2) Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa “chinensis” Stellar pink

3) “Winter King” Hawthorn, Crataegus viridis

4) “PrairiFire”Crabapple, Malus sp., “Royal Raindrops,” “Spring Snow,” etc.

5) Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata

6) White Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus, “males & females”

7) Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis

8) Yellowwood, Cladrastis kentukea

T & L Minutes Special February 17, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

Friday work session

February 17, 2017

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

Guests:  Debi Walker Yost, Terry Hopkins

Terry Hopkins reported to us that he has contracted with Eagle Machine and Welding in Newark to make the additional 24 ft. of iron matching fencing to close the opening on the west side of Opera House Park.  They will also straighten and fix the short sections for the western edge of Harry Bolen Park that were removed and stored.  Additional short sections will be interspersed with large stones on the south side of Opera House Park in the SE corner. The Harry Bolen plaque will be refurbished as well. Eagle Machine and Welding will also be re-painting the white iron fencing at St. Luke’s.

John Klauder will be acquiring the large stones for the SE corner that will be tall enough for low seating. The lawn will be regraded early this spring and new soil brought in before the grass is planted by Klauder Landscaping.  Terry feels strongly that this new lawn surface should have a year to establish without being compressed, so this summer it will not be available for events.  (such as the Great Granville Garage Sale in May and the Kiwanis bingo tent at the 4th of July.)  The irrigation phase will be done later. We studied the plant list that Klauder suggested and we will modify it.  Lynne Kishler will get it to Linda Reynolds for re-working.

Our proposal is to locate the kiosk and elm tree cookie in Harry Bolen Park, no more than four feet from the wall of St. Luke’s parish house.  We will need to have both the design and location approved by the Planning Commission.

Thornwood Crossing – Terry informed us that we will soon need to select trees for the east and west sides in the right-of-way.  The allotted amount to be provided is $6000, and Terry feels the trees should reach a mature height of no more than 35 feet.  Don Hostetter  suggested  flowering trees as this will be a gateway into Granville, and could be the same species as those planted on the east side of Jones Rd. in 2015. The area will have to be surveyed for underground lines.  On the west side, trees can be planted between the ditch and the fence.

Terry asked us to select ten trees to replace those slated for removal on the west side of Cherry Street between West Broadway and West Elm St.  These trees will be removed this spring when a new 36-inch storm sewer is put in to replace a much older one that is only 12 inches in diameter. The line will also extend west on West Broadway and cross a Broadway bed.  Before adjourning, commission members chose two Upright European Hornbeams, three Littleleaf Lindens, two Hedge Maples, and three Celebration Maples as replacement trees.

T & L Minutes January 10, 2017

Granville Tree and Landscape Commission

January 10, 2017

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

Guests:  Village Manager Steve Pyles, Darren Willey

Minutes of the December meeting were distributed and approved. 

All trees on the fall planting list were installed by Albyn’s in December.  No problems were encountered.

Concerning the landscaping plans for The Roots development, Debi Walker indicated to Don Hostetter today that we might have to revisit the plan.  Steve Pyles said we may be asked about trees to screen between the Shepherdson condos to the east where there is an elevation difference of eleven feet.  Dick Mortensen has viewed the area and says the trees marked for removal in the southern part of the development are not in good shape.

Don Hostetter has kept in contact with John Cooper where the elm tree “cookie” is being refinished for use in Opera House Park.  John has offered to do the work on the kiosk for the cost of the materials only. The plans for the kiosk and the location of the kiosk in the park both need to be approved by the Planning Commission.  Work has been held up on the reinstallation of the stone wall behind St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Steve Pyles reported that he applied for a grant from the Solid Waste District for funds for Opera House Park and it was awarded!  The money will cover one of the two picnic tables we have planned for the SE corner.  He presented pictures of some he found that have composite legs molded in a design that resembles the decorative ends of the benches already in the park.  The material is guaranteed to withstand the weather and not fade.  Given the choice of three colors for the top, we chose the wood-tone to match the existing benches.  Given our approval, he will go ahead and order two of them.  One will have a wheelchair or stroller pull-up on one side. The commission complimented Steve on securing the grant money and researching the picnic tables. Terry Hopkins has found stone to match for the fence sections needed to complete the wall.

We told Steve we have plans for the plantings for the park.  He assured us that council will come up with the funding.  Linda Reynolds offered some from her yard as she needs to split some varieties of plants we will be using.  Steve also reported that money was budgeted for help with planting and maintaining the Broadway beds this summer.

Darren Willey reported that the services department removed the two Turkish Filberts at the SW corner of the Granville Inn property.  They are also working to remove dead trees near the pedestrian pathway on the west edge of The Colony.  Piles of discarded brush in this area continues to be an issue.

The next meeting will be February 21st at 7:00 pm.

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