An amendment to the city's refuse collection city code was narrowly passed by a 3-2 vote during the Tuesday, April 17 Grove City Council meeting.

Councilmen Don Nielsen and Josh McElhaney opposed the resolution and councilmen Marty Dyer, Ivan Devitt and Grove Mayor Trumbull passed the resolution.

The resolution calls for containers to be clean and sanitary and each container should be no more than 33-gallons or a 45-96-gallon poly cart and contents should be in a trash bag and not exceed 70 pounds.

The wordage was designed to meet specifications which exist in the city's current contract with Bernice Sanitation.

Assistant City Manager Debbie Bottoroff said after the meeting she believed the opposing votes were concerning senior citizens purchasing trash bags on a fixed income.

In a related piece of business, the council tabled the bid with Bernice Sanitation for the city's upcoming refuse contract.

During the meeting, Trumbull indicated the council would wait to discuss it until the May 1 meeting.

Bottoroff told the council city officials planned to meet with a representative from Bernice Sanitation later in the week to discuss the contract. 

Beautiful yards

Council members learned officials with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host a beautification contest beginning in May, honoring area yards each month.

“This contest is open to the Grove area – not just residences within the city limits,” said Donnie Crain, Grove Chamber president. “This is something we are doing in partnership with the Garden Club.”

The contest will run from May to October, and submissions are accepted through the end of month for the following month, he said.

“We are accepting nominations through April 30 for the May winner,” Crain said.

To nominate a yard, persons interested are asked to call the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce office. Each month’s winner will receive a decorative yard sign and recognition through social media and in print media.

Employee of the quarter

In other business, Shawna Moore, city animal control officer, was honored by the council as employee-of-the quarter for January through March.

“Shawna takes her job very seriously and takes great care of the animals that come into her trust,” said Mayor Ed Trumbull.

She is hardworking, takes great care of the animals, and strives to find a good home for each animal, he said.

Dilapidated buildings 

Council members took part in seven public meetings on structures that have been considered dilapidated.

Calvin Igney, Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer updated the council and gave recommendations on properties located at 131 S. Cherokee, 609 S. Cherokee, 615 S. Cherokee, 1563 110th Street, 1701 Gaslight Drive, 3361 Highway 59 and a structure on Dubois Street. 

• 131 S. Cherokee, Valerie Vitro

The council requested the homeowner to pull a remodeling permit, 30 days for cleaning up the property and report back in six months to show what kind of progress has been made. Igney also requested of the homeowner to see the inside of the residence.

• 609 S. Cherokee, Don Nelson

Some remodeling work has been completed; the council gave the homeowner 30 days to have the work finished.

• 615 S. Cherokee, Rick Farmer

The homeowner is attempting to have the 1907 home and on the state’s National Register of Historic Places. It is referred to as the “Pritchard Home.”

The adjacent barn is used to house straw, hay and building materials, and is the structure that is considered dilapidated.

“If it has historic value, we want to maintain it,” said City Manager Bill Keefer, referring to the house. Keefer also reminded the council of the difficulties on getting a structure listed on the state’s National Register of Historic Places.

The council recommending 14 days to have the barn secured and 30 days to clean up the property.

• 1563 110th street, William Sievert

The council recommended two weeks to finish the remodeling project.

• 1701 Gaslight Drive, Jerry and Bonnie Parker

Birds had taken up residency in an abandoned tree house. The council agreed to have the structure removed on Sept. 10, which is the end of the nesting cycle.

• 3361 South Highway 59, Nancy Garrett

The council gave the homeowner 30 days to provide the needed repairs.

• DuBois Street structure, Randy Fisher

The council recommend the structure be removed and the property be cleaned up in 30 days and should the property owner fail to follow through with the city’s recommendation the city will remove the structure. 

The council approved hosting a budget work session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29.

Other Business 

An agreement for swim lessons and water aerobics at the city pool with members of the Grand Lake Family YMCA was approved and bid from Circle B Underground for $453,229 for the South Highway 69 ODOT Highway Improvement Project. The bids are for relocating gas transmission lines.

Grove Chamber's Yard of the Month

Officials with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and Grove Garden Club announce the kickoff of the Grove Area Yard of the Month Contest beginning in May.

The purpose of the monthly contest is to recognize neighbors who demonstrate above-average efforts in maintaining their property and positively contribute to the appearance of the Grove Area. The contest is administered entirely by volunteers.

Each month from May through October, the Yard of the Month Committee will choose between submitted nominations that Grove Area lawn that best typifies the qualities of uniqueness, beauty and curb appeal.

The committee will select one residential yard as the “Yard of the Month” each month.

The winner of the Yard of the Month will be provided with a decorative yard sign for display indicating their winning yard, a photo and press release will be sent to local media, and winning yard will be recognized on social media.

All residential properties within the Grove area are eligible. The same property cannot receive more than one award in a 12-month calendar period.

Nominations for May’s Yard of the Month are due no later than Monday, April 30.

For more information on the contest or to nominate a yard, persons interested may contact the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 918-786-9079 or email grovecc@sbcglobal.net.