An election will be held this spring for two city council positions that come open in April.

Ward 1 and Ward II are currently occupied by Ed Trumbull and Mayor Marty Follis. Their terms expire in April and the election for those offices will be held April 4.

After the meeting Follis said he “would likely” run again and Trumbull, who did not attend Tuesday’s night meeting said he is planning to run for another term in office.

Ward 1 covers west of the city to Sail Boat Bridge, including the Wolf Creek area, Orchard Grove, Red Bud Drive and Cedar Oaks. Ward II is from the Sports and Recreation ballfields, to the Northeast Oklahoma A & M College area to the area behind St. Andrew's Church.

The filing period is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, Feb. 6 to 8.

Other business 

In other city business, the council voted 4-0 to approve a Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for the Grove Regional Airport.

“This is just a plan, not a commitment,” Follis said about the plan.

Some of the previous airport projects had been moved and rearranged, said City Manager Bill Keefer.

Three projects are on the five-year plan are Hangar Access Taxilanes, Perimeter Fencing and Rehabilitating Runway Lightening.

The Hangar Access Taxilanes is the first project on the plan at an estimated cost of $812,000, followed by the Perimeter at $353,000 and Rehabilitating Runway Lightening at $715,000. Some of the costs will be offset by federal grants, records show.

“Two people want to build two larger hangars,” said Lisa Jewett, airport manager.

Other long-term projects include extending the 5,250 feet runaway 800 feet, she said.

The council also approved a change order for the Downtown Streetscape Project. Keefer said he anticipate another change order during the course of the project.

APAC-Central, Inc. was approved by the council for the primary supplier of asphaltic materials for the second half the city’s fiscal year. Longan Asphalt Construction Company was approved as the secondary supplier.

Assistant city manager Debbie Bottoroff was appointed to the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association Board of Directors.

The council also went into executive session for 35 minutes to discuss an economic development proposal involving the city. When the council returned from executive session, it was announced they took no action.

Keefer also addressed concerns about the intersection near Grove High School where several accidents occurred over the years.

The intersection known as Ford Road and State Highway 10 is expected to see a rise in traffic due to new construction at the Industrial Park and the construction of a Performing Arts Center at the Grove High School.

No date has been set for the intersection project but the project is one of city’s long term goals, he said. The estimated cost for the project is over $3 million, Keefer said.

“The widening of the highway, installing a turn lane, drainage (problems), and relocation of utilities are some of the road issues,” Keefer said.

Grove Police Chief Mark Morris and Follis said the situation at the intersection is not good and addressing the problem is important for public safety.

“It shouldn’t take a death for something to be done,” Follis said.