As the first meeting since the April municipal elections, members of the Grove City Council will reorganize, electing a new mayor and vice mayor for the upcoming term.
The meeting, set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, at the Grove Community Center, will be Josh McElhaney's first meeting as the representative from Ward II.
McElhaney and Ed Trumbull, who currently serves as vice mayor, were sworn into office on Friday, April 14, by Grove Municipal Judge Richard James.
The pair won their respective seats automatically, when no other candidate filed to run against them.
McElhaney replaces former Mayor Marty Follis, who was unable to file for re-election after moving from his ward.
Trumbull, who represents Ward II, is beginning his seventh year in office. Because his first three years in office were through appointment, Trumbull is now beginning his second elected term.
Following the election of officers, the council will conduct seven public hearings concerning properties on the city's "dilapidated structure" list.
Those locations include:
• 17 West O'Daniel - the structure known locally as the Village Barn, owned by the Brush and Palette Club. The pre-council packet indicates city staff have met with the club members concerning the property and its ability to stand once the east one half of the structure is demolished. A study report has been requested to determine if the club's portion can remain as a standalone structure. If not, city officials recommend the building be demolished.
• Lot 3, Block 6, South Broadway - a location with an open cellar in disrepair, which is not repairable. No contact or action has been taken by the property owner, which is listed as Brent Sanders, and Delanie and Lance Sanders. City officials recommend filling in the cellar and making the ground level, so that it may be mowed and maintained.
• 131 South Cherokee - the property has two outbuildings which are in disrepair. City officials recommend the council instruct the property owner Valarie Vitro, demolish the structures within 30 days.
• 200 East Fourth Street - the property, owned by Jimmy Claude Williams, contains a house and garage in disrepair, along with an unsecured open cellar. The owner has indicated he wants to sell the property - including the buildings. City officials recommend the council approve demolishing the house and garage, and filling in of the cellar.
• 115 East Sixth Street - the Village Apartments. City officials said units 206 and 208 are in disrepair and units 105, 107, 108, 205 and 207 are unsecured, with broken windows and open doors. All units are repairable, according to the city report. No owner, beyond a corporate address, is listed in the pre-council packet.
• 1513 98th Street NW - the property, owned by Nollie and Tommy Barker, has two mobile homes on it in disrepair. City officials recommend the structures be removed and the ground made so it can be mowed. The report indicates the owners have obtained a demolition permit and are in the process of working on the property.
In other business the council will consider:
• appointing Mark Lee to the Grove Municipal Airport Managing Authority to fill the unexpired term of Dave Claggett. Lee was the only person to apply for the position.
• the bid from Mike Reed to hay the city own properties for a bid of $101. No other bids were received.
• the bid submitted by Joe Brown Company for mowing of code violations properties. The bid was submitted for $40 per hour. No other bids were received.
• awarding the bid for demolition of dilapidated structures, identified by the fire chief and code enforcement officers, to Joe Brown Company for $75 per hour. No other bids were received.
• awarding the bid for a purchase of a 1992 36-foot Fleetwood Bounder Motor Home, declared surplus property, to the Delaware County Children's Advocacy Center in Jay. No other bids were received.
• entering into a preliminary geotechnical engineering service agreement with Terracon Consultants, Inc., to study the geotechnical considerations on the 21.2 acres of property the city is considering purchasing for the new civic center. The agreement is for $5,700, which will be funded through the current budget.
• setting a meeting at 4 p.m., on Thursday, May 25, to serve as a budget work session and review of the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.