A public hearing concerning two lots on South Broadway will take place during the Tuesday, Sept. 19, Grove City Council meeting.
During the session, set for 6 p.m., in room 5 of the Grove Community Center, council members will address heirs and executors of the late Joyce Gibson’s estate, concerning the state of Gibson’s properties at 502 and 504 South Broadway.
According to information released by Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager, conversation concerning the properties began in 2008 between Gibson and then Code Enforcement Officer Kelly Kirkpatrick.
During 2008, Gibson agreed to comply with an administrative order to move and clean up the yard, remove a dilapidated garage and burned portion of the studio, and secure the main house. Those actions were not taken by Gibson.
Bottoroff said following the resignation of Kirpatrick, nothing was done with the structures again until July 2015.
At that time, Gibson was asked, through an administrative order, to bring the property under compliance by October 2015. In November 2015, Gibson appeared before the council requesting an extension. From December 2015 until Gibson’s death in June 2016, city officials began to work toward a resolution to the issues.
Since Gibson’s death, Bottoroff said, family members have worked to clean up the property, but the demolition of the structures has not taken place, nor has the probate process been completed.
Bottoroff’s recommendation to the council asks Gibson’s heirs and the executors of the estate, be given until Oct. 19 to remove the structures and debris, and level the ground so it can be mowed by Nov. 3.
If approved, any acts of non-compliance, will result in a lien being filed against the property for actual costs plus a $225 administrative fee.
Gibson’s two sisters, Helen Bergman and Jean Bohannan, have been contacted as the heirs and executors of her estate.
The council will consider bids, received to repair and replace the roofs of five city-owned facilities, including the library.
Four bids were received from Al-Con Roofing & Remodeling of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Double J. Improvements of Grove, A Grand Roofing Company of Grove, and Betty Foster Roofing of Mendon, Missouri.
The council will consider re-appointing Berwin Kock to a five year term on the Grove Municipal Services Authority. Kock is the only applicant for the position, of which he currently fills.
The council will also consider a budget amendment which moves monies from Contingencies 1 to legal service to cover the cost of arbitration services. The total amount being moved is $3,100.
Council members will hear a request by the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) to host the Costa Series fishing tournament March 22 to 24, 2018 at Wolf Creek Park. In a companion action, the council is expected to authorize Bottoroff to apply for and execute documents needed to qualify for the Oklahoma Quality Incentive Act. This act allows municipalities to recoup investments in qualified events through state tax increases.
The council will also consider awarding a bid to Sports Locker in Grove, for the purchase, embroidering, screen printing shirts and caps with the Wolf Creek Park and Wolfie logos.
Consider a revised agreement between the city of Grove’s police department and the Grove Public Schools, concerning the two School Resource officers.
The agreement, which calls for the city to be reimbursed by the school district $51,000 for the services provided by GPD Officers John Sherman and Tracy Bloss, for the 2017-18 school year. It also modifies past agreements to state the officers’ role includes “the enforcement of the school’s ‘code of conduct’.”
The council will also address a piece of the FOP agreement, which was approved during the Aug. 29, special meeting. The agreement did not reflect a change in language as it relates to off duty work when an employee is on sick or injury leave and is related to “light duty” and the “city cannot accommodate the return to work in a light duty role.”