Friday work session, May 31, 2019
Present: Don Hostetter, chairman, Dick Mortensen, Don Pheneger, Lynne Kishler, Darren Willey
We discussed temporary barriers for the new trees during the Fourth of July festivities. Don Pheneger asked Darren Willey if the village has enough saw horses to make triangles around the trees; Darren said that could be done. Snow fencing may be used also.
The drive-around on May 17th found that the trees planted last fall were in very good shape with the exception of two that died at Wildwood Playground, a Zelkova and a Redbud. Two other Zelkovas were not fully leafed-out. Mike Flood says he expects those two Zelkovas will rebound and do well, and the two trees at the playground will be replaced. He asked if we would like them to be replaced now or in the fall, and we agreed on waiting until the fall.
Don H. shared an email he received from Dan Bellman about damage he noticed on the W. Broadway islands from farm equipment. We were already aware of this. As it has been a few years since we contacted the Granville Mill and worked on solutions, it is time to revisit the issue and strategies. When we did this before, the number of incidents did decline. Damage usually occurs when there are lots of cars or trucks parked on W. Broadway, reducing the width to one lane.
Dick Mortensen contacted Mike Ecker at Dawes about counting the rings on the elm tree cookie slice. Mike referred him to David Brandenburg who asked for cell phone photos of the cookie. We will ask him if he could visit the cookie in person, either at John Cooper’s shop or at the library. Don H. reported that Anita Carroll from the library has communicated with John about moving the cookie to the library. She advised Don that there is a member of the library board from Denison who might be able to count the rings for us.
Concerning the veteran’s memorial and other new landscaping at the entrance to Maple Grove Cemetery, we will need more of an updated landscape plan before we can promise how many new trees we can accommodate in our fall planting list. Are there other sources of funds, like memorial donations? Will the landscaping be done in stages over a couple years?