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Report to the DRC Board Meeting of October 9, 2017 by Alan Bunker, Committee Chairperson

September 12th through October 8th, 2017 – As needed, maintenance of the planted areas along the Path to the Taft was performed. Despite September’s high temps and lack of rain, the plants look reasonably good. Some are spreading and have formed adjoining new plants (sprouts) for next year.

Only four black-eyed Susan flowers and several Shasta daisies and lilies-of the-valley have failed since their planting in May. The plants were watered twice since September nnd. Helpful rain did fall on October 5th. Vandalism of the plants continues to be a non-issue. Minor weeding and trash pick-up were performed.

Although there is less vegetative cover along the Path than before, there are signs that someone might be attempting to make this site a temporary camp. The few ‘homeless articles scattered about were removed. Stones will continue to be placed on the steep-sloped entrance to the site to minimize soil erosion. Much of the poison ivy sprayed a few weeks earlier has died. Re-treatment of some spots will likely be needed next year. Some minor pruning of small trees and the removal of remaining bush honeysuckle and stumps will be performed over the winter.

Information on obtaining paint for painting the retaining wall at the south end of the Path continues to be sought but with no positive response. The DRC membership will be notified of a date for the painting as soon as the plan is finalized.

Minor weeding and trash pick-up were performed on the planting pots, permanent planting beds and pavement curbs on the Ohio side of the Purple People Bridge (PPB). The pots’ irrigation systems continued to work as evidenced by the lush growth of the flowers.

I was out of town and therefore did not attend the monthly Safe/Clean/Beautiful Committee meeting at Downtown Cincinnati Inc.