Members of the Grove City Council will take the next step, in securing a home for the F-4 Phantom Jet, if the ordinance annexing a portion of Ferra Aerospace’s property is approved this week.
The ordinance, which focuses on the land donated to the city by Ferra Aerospace officials during a meeting in September, will come before the council during the 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, council meeting.
That meeting takes place in Room 5 of the Grove Community Center.
If approved by the council, the annexation meets requirements set forth by the Oklahoma State Agency for Surplus Property. Those standards include the loaned aircraft will be placed on “city owned property” and located “within the corporate limits” of Grove.
According to information released by Assistant City Manager Debbie Bottoroff, city officials will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the loaned aircraft, while Ferra Aerospace officials will be responsible for mowing and maintaining the property.
The council will also consider the request, by Donnie Crain, the new Grove Area Chamber of Commerce president, to use the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau’s logo as a model for an updated chamber logo.
City Manager Bill Keefer said the idea is to create a unified “branding” between the city, CTB and chamber.
Keefer said if the council approves, the city will also use the same logo or a similar version, to replace the city’s current “wave or swoosh” logo.
During the public comment section of the meeting, Grove Police Officers David McCracken and Jeff Glenn, and Detective John Morrow, will be honored for meritorious service in the line of duty.
In other business:
• the council will consider making a one-time salary adjustment for city employees not yet eligible for longevity pay.
Per the city’s personal policies, an employe who has been employed by the city for a minimum of four consecutive years, is eligible for longevity pay or $5 per month of employment with a maximum of $1,200. For those not employed for four years, a one-time salary adjustment of $150 is given, if the city’s budget allows.
Lisa Allred, city treasurer, estimates the longevity pay, combined with the salary adjustment pay, if approved by the council, will cost the city budget $50,450 for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
• entertain a request from Garver, LLC, to replace the existing airport rotating beacon with a new beacon on top of the water tower located adjacent to the former Grove Battery plant.
Keefer said the project will be eligible for a 90 percent reimbursement from the FAA. He said because the design work for the new beacon was not included in the current budget, the airport authority will provide the city with the necessary funds for the design work - $8,600, and in turn, upon reimbursement from the FAA, the city will pass those funds back to the authority.
Keefer said the Airport Authority will absorb the 10 percent match, for design work.
In a related matter, council will also consider approving the 2018 Airport Capital Improvement Plan.
• consider a new management agreement with DOCServices, Inc., to serve as the manager for the Grove Senior Center.
The new agreement replaces the existing one, which expired approximately one year ago.
• entertain a request by officials from the Delaware County Health Department to use the Grove Civic Center in the event of a “disaster or crisis” for the purpose of “providing vaccination clinics and/or mass antibiotic distribution centers.”
If approved, the memorandum of understanding will replace one which has been in existence between the health department and the city since 2013.
• consider the list of proposed street repairs for the 2017-18 Street Repair program, or year three of the project.
• consider approving a termination of the lease by Trinity Baptist Church, for the facility at 206 Elk Street, effective Nov. 17, 2017, as the congregation plans to begin worshiping in its new location - the former Grace Presbyterian Church at Fourth and Main.
In turn, the council has also been asked to consider leasing the facility on Elk Street to the Grace Presbyterian Church congregation, who is in need of a new building since the sale of their structure to Trinity Baptist Church. The lease, if approved, would be $1,200 per month, for the congregation.
• will consider a resolution to amend the personnel policy regarding the accrual of vacation leave. The change, to the policy created in 2009, is designed to actual practice of the payroll procedures, rather than allow employees to accrue more than the maximum vacation leave allowed until their anniversary date.
• consider awarding a bid to repair roofs on five different city facilities. This is the second time the project has been let for bid. In August the bids were rejected because some were incomplete and the one which was complete exceeded the city’s budget for the project.
• consider establishing a CPR policy, including the cost per class, to allow members of the fire department to raise the cost of a CPR class from $50 to $65 per person.