Members of the Grove City Council will gather during a special meeting on Tuesday, June 27, to discuss the potential sale - and future plans - for the Grove Civic Center.

The meeting comes as the council, along with members of the Grow With Grove team, have been researching the feasibility for a new civic center, should the current facility at 1702 South Main, Grove, be sold.

In December, a developer - who has yet to be named - approached the city concerning the potential purchase of the current civic center. 

In pre-council information, released by City Manager Bill Keefer, the special meeting is needed in order to view the site plan and floor plan for the potential new civic center by Gary Sparks.

The meeting is also needed, Keefer said, because several deadlines are approaching, including the deadline to file for a special election by the first of September, if city officials plan to submit a special ballot item to city voters. 

Other deadlines, which need to be addressed, Keefer said, include the expiration to purchase property by Dec. 1, and the purchase and sales agreement with Concept Development - which includes a 180 day feasibility period  and decision - by the end of November.

Keefer told council members he called the meeting in order to provide staff with direction concerning the future of both facilities. 

June 20 meeting

During the June 20 council meeting, the council took part in public hearings concerning four buildings: including the Village Barn, which includes the former Brush and Palette Club at 116 S. Main Street, and the former Village Barn Antique store at 17 West O'Daniel Street, as well as the Village Apartments at 115 East Sixth Street, and the Barker Resort Mobile Homes at 1513 98th Street, and a structure at 131 South Cherokee Street.

Action taken included the 4 to 0 vote, with Councilman Marty Dyer absent, to proceed with demolition of the Village Barn. 

They also heard from Oklahoma State Senator Wayne Shaw and State Representative Josh West concerning a review of the 2017 Oklahoma Legislative Session.

Mayor Ed Trumbull presented Megan Trammel, the 5A state pole vault champion, and Keely McLaughlin, the 5A state shot put champion, with proclamations outlining their achievements.

Tramel is a senior at Grove High School, while McLaughlin is a 2017 graduate of GHS.

Other business

In other business, the council approved:

• changes to the city's personnel and procedures manual in regards to city employees who have secondary employment in off-duty hours. The policy change clarified when an employee may or may not engage in secondary employment.

• an FAA grant offer agreement for the design of the west hangar taxiways for the Grove Regional Airport. The 90/10 grant will cost the city approximately $8,450.

• the appointment to the Grove Library Board trustees.

• the final draft of the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.