The next phase of a plan to bring a decommissioned F-4 Phantom aircraft to Grove will be up for discussion as the Grove City Council meets on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

In the meeting, set for 6 p.m., in room 5 of the Grove Community Center, the council will address a request by F-4 project organizers David and Beverly Helms and Pete Norwood, about placing the jet on a piece of property currently owned by Ferra Aerospace on Highway 10.

Initially, the group considered placing the jet on the Grove Municipal Airport grounds, however, it was decided to consider placing it on Highway 10, where it would have a greater visibility.

City Manager Bill Keefer said the property, which abuts Highway 10, must be owned by the city in order to meet state and federal requirements regarding the Phantom’s display.

In his pre-council report, Keefer said Ferra officials have agreed to deed the property to the city “for the sole purpose of ‘housing’ the static display.”

If something should change, and the jet not be placed on that property, the land would revert back to Ferra.

Keefer said Ferra officials have also agreed to “mow and maintain the property with the maintenance of the static display and related improvements relegated to the City through the F-4 Project group.”

Action needed to be taken by the council includes accepting the quit claim deed for the site of the F-4 display, as well as the formal petition to annex the tract of land into th city limits.

If those two items take place during Tuesday’s meeting, the annexation of the land would take place during the Nov. 7 meeting.

Community Center

The council will also consider a project to repair the parking area located on the south side of the community center, which is the main parking for the City of Grove offices.

A preliminary cost of the project is $360,00, which Keefer said, includes the coast of engineering fees.

The estimate, which was made in 2005, when city officials had a preliminary set of engineering plans prepared, includes the replacement of the south parking lot, as well as the area located along fourth street. Keefer said the parking will include ADA access.

There is $370,00 provided in the current capital fund budget for the project, but the cost estimate does not include lighting, landscaping and/or site electrical improvements.

Keefer said he recommends the basic lighting improvements and upgraded landscaping, which costs approximately $46,500, be added to the project. The agreement before the council also includes $30,000 for engineering services provided by Rose & McCrary.

Other business

In other business, the council will:

• name Jennifer Harmon, office manager for the GMSA, as the employee of the quarter by members of her department.

• consider selecting a bridge inspector, as required by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, to help with the city’s oversight and management of five bridges located within the corporate limits. Staff recommends the city use the same contractor as county officials, or Guy Engineering.

• consider a resolution amending personnel policy adding “specific language” requiring employees to to wear seat belts while operating “a vehicle, equipment or machinery that is equipped with seat belts.”

Assistant Police Chief Dan Hinman made the request for the ordinance, while working an the requirements for a safety grant.

• discuss authorizing Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager, with applying for reimbursement through the Oklahoma Quality Incentive Act for the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series on Grand Lake, set for April 26 to 29 in Grove.

• consider the bid for one used bucket truck. Only on bid was received, from Utility One Source, from Bryan, Texas. Their bid of $58,500 is within the budgeted purchase amount of $60,000. If approved the city will purchase a 2010 International 4300 cab and chassis with 53,179 miles and an Altec 1.42 MH utility bucket bed. The vehicle is available for inspection and pick up at the firm’s Kansas City facility.

• Accept memorandums of understanding from the Monkey Island Fire Department, the Bernice Fire Department and the Cowskin Fire Department for 911 services. As of Oct. 11, city officials were still waiting to hear back from Butler, Zena, Hickory Grove and Seneca Cayuga/Paradise Point Fire Departments.