Original Tree Plantings is Greenhills

The planting of trees was part of the Village’s development back in the 1930s. I came across a document that identified original tree plantings in Greenhills.  I compiled a list from that document which you can view below.  It is fun to look at the list and compare it to the trees you see growing along your street.  Many of our original trees are still surviving but we continually supplement the original inventory with new trees to insure we always have our beautiful tree canopy for future generations.

Planting strategies have improved over the years. For example, we no longer plant just one type of tree along a particular street as done originally.  We diversify the selection just a bit to be sure we do not have a total loss of tree coverage as we did – for example – along Gambier with the Emerald Ash Borer disease.  We no longer plant within 10 feet of a driveway, or within 20 feet of another tree.

Below is the original planting list that was used in the Village.

Adelle Walk                            None listed

Alcott Lane                             Red Maple

Alcott Park                              Red Maple on outside of park, plus Honeylocust and Norway Maple inside

Andover Rd                            American Elm and Pin Oak

Ashby St                                 Ash, any species

Avenell Ln                              Ash, any species

Avenell Park                           Japanese Cherry on outside of park, Swamp White Oak on inside

Bachman St                            Pin Oak

Belknap Pl                               Pin oak on outside of park, Ornamental crabs on inside

Bradnor Pl                               Norway maple

Briarwood Ln                          Japanese cherry

Brompton Ln                          Ash, Sweetgum in circle

Burley Circle                           Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak

Burnham St                             Norway Maple

Chalmers Ct                            Sweetg um

Chalmers Ln                           Swamp White Oak

Cromwell Rd                          Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak

Damon Rd                              Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak

DeWitt St                                Norway Maple

DeWitt Ct                               Scarlet Oak, plus some American Elm

Drummond St                         Texas Oak – any variety

Enfield St                                Red Oak on north side of shopping center

                                                Londonplane in rear of shopping center

Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak in front of community building

Eswin St                                  Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak in front of Commons

                                                Londonplane in front of shopping center

Falcon Ln                                Ash, any species of Fraxinus)

Farragut Rd                             Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak from Winton to Flanders, then Sophora from Flanders to Hadley

Flanders Ln                             Sugar Maple

Foxworth Ln                           Scarlet Oak

Funston Ln                              Sugar Maple

Flanders/Funston Circle          Sweetgum

Gambier Circle                        Ash

Hadley Rd                               Thornless Honeylocust

Ingram Rd                               Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak

Jack Molloy Ln                       Pin Oak or Scarlet Oak

Winton Rd                              Pin Oak from south border to Cromwell

Sugar Maple, with replacements of American Elm and Pin Oak from Cromwell to Damon

Thornless Honeylocust from Damon to Sharon

Parking Over Sidewalks

You probably know that in certain parts of the Village, on-street parking is very limited. Within the boundaries of the original historic district, there are many driveways, and just some garage complexes fronted with small drives, that aren’t long enough to allow a car to pull up to the garage door without blocking the sidewalk. Such driveways exist on streets such as Falcon, Farragut, Flanders, Chalmers Lane, Drummond, Brompton, Burley and Andover. The situation is not the same in other parts of town, where longer driveways and on-street parking are more prevalent.

Blocking the sidewalk is actually not legal.  However, because of our unique situations on the streets listed above, we exercise some leniency when enforcing this requirement. When out of necessity – not just for convenience – a parked vehicle blocks the sidewalk, we are typically not citing them, as long as a pedestrian can get around the vehicle without stepping off pavement into the street. Please be mindful of this when parking your car over the sidewalk! If you have somewhere other than over the sidewalk to park, you are encouraged to do so!

Business Registration Needed

Businesses operating in the Village of Greenhills will soon be required to register their business annually with the Village. Once issued, the registration certificate must be posted in a prominent place on the premises of the business. Any business that does not comply will be subject to an administrative fine; the property owner will be fined as well. Fines not paid in full within ten days of written notice will be filed with the Hamilton County Auditor for placement of a lien on the offending property.

Unfortunately, many businesses fail to contact the Village before leasing and/or moving into a space. This leads to businesses operating in spaces that are not adequate for the subject business in terms of ingress/egress, fire protection, and other serious safety issues.

There may even be times when the situation is severe enough to warrant Village Council declaring it a public nuisance.  Once it is declared a public nuisance, the business may have their Zoning Certificate revoked – if they even obtained one; may have a sign placed on the property indicating that the property has been declared a public nuisance and declaring that the premises may not be occupied or utilized until such violation has been corrected; or may have chains, locks, or other mechanisms put in place to prevent use of the premises until violations have been corrected.