With a unanimous decision, members of the Grove City Council have approved the city's partnership as the host for a 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in 2018.

The sponsorship agreement, for the April 26 to 29, 2018 tournament, came before the council during the Wednesday, July 5, meeting.

The city, along with along with the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau, will serve as sponsored alongside Cherokee Casino Grove.

The event, which spans four days, will launch and weigh-in from Wolf Creek Park.

In addition to the use of the city’s boat ramps, pre-tournament meetings and receptions will take place at the Grove Civic Center on South Main.

Other organizations and entities taking part in the event include the Grove Police Department - for coordination of emergency services; the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, for the sponsorship of the pre-tournament reception food and beverages; and the Grove Rotary Club, to help with various volunteer roles.

Keefer said city officials will use the $25,000 earmarked in the new 2017-18 fiscal year budget to provide financing for the city’s sponsorship fees. The remaining monies, to make up the total host fee of $45,000, will come from Cherokee Nation Entertainment. The CTB will be tapped, if approved later this month, to provide sponsorship of the hotel room nights for Bassmaster staff.  

Drug crimes

The council also approved a change in the city's ordinances in relation to certain non-violent drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

The ordinance change was needed because of the passage of State Question 780 and 781.

The ordinance amended the city code to limit the fine to a maximum of $800 plus court costs and penalties, or by imprisonment of not more than 60 days, or both.

During the meeting City Attorney Darrin Cook expressed frustration with the limits placed on the city by state statutes, which went into effect on July 1. 

He said the longest people can be held at the city's jail is 10, based on its licensure. For longer sentences, a prisoner would need to be transferred to the Delaware County Jail in Jay.

Other business

The council approved, in other business:

• a resolution designating the mayor, vice-mayor, city clerk and city treasurer, as the offices available for financial matters. Three signatures are needed on each check, and the fourth is named so if one person is absent, a check can still be signed.

• financial support for Grand Gateway Economic Development Association for the Pelivan Transit Program, DOC Services for use of the Grove Senior Citizen center for it’s meal services, and the Community Crisis Center for the domestic violence safe house in Grove.

This includes $56,000 for the Pelivan program, $7,000 for the DOC, and $8,000 for the Community Crisis Center.

• approved a field use agreement with Grove Public Schools for the Jim Beauchamp Field for the upcoming school year.