Members of the Grove City Council officially approved a resolution and ordinance allowing city officials to have a special election on August 28, to extend the current four-tenths of a cent sales tax.

“We have reviewed the documents and approve the wording in the amended ordinance,” City Manager Bill Keefer said during the meeting on Tuesday, May 15.

The four-tenths of a percent sale tax is set to expire June 30, 2021. Extending the 20-year sales tax will help pay down the debt associated with the water and wastewater plant and funds are also earmarked for future city needs, in particular infrastructure, according to Keefer.

In other business, the council formally approved Keefer’s new employment contract by a 3-0 vote. Council members Marty Dyer and Ivan Devitt were not in attendance. 

The contract is from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 and is based on reviews and evaluations. Keefer is eligible for the three percent raise in July, the contract states.

Darrell Mastin addressed the council members about annual Independence Day Celebration. The fireworks and musical event will take place Tuesday, July 3 at Wolf Creek Park.

“We are ready to do another one,” Mastin said. “Fireworks were great last year, same venue and a great tradition.”

The musical groups for this year’s activities include, Bluegrass, Gospel and Southern Rock, he said.

“The entertainment is going to be good,” Mastin said.

Council members reappointed Jan Ditmore to the Grove Library Board. That term expires April 2023.

The Grove Municipal Services Authority board vacancy remains open prompting the council members to re-advertize for the position.

The council did not receive any bids for a city project that would reline the existing sewer lines at the Grove Community Center and city hall.

Since we did not receive any bids for this project, Oklahoma statutes allow the city to solicit bid proposals from venders, Keefer said.

The council approved Keefer to seek proposals.

The board also approved a plat identified as Patricia Island Phase VIII-A. The Grove Planning and Zoning Board approved the plat at the May 10 meeting, said Assistant City Manager Debbie Bottoroff.

“The market has picked up,” said Andy Stewart, referencing the request to have the plat request approved.

An amended administrative order for a residence located at 131 S. Cherokee Street was discussed during the meeting.

Bottoroff showed photographs of the residence and said there was a misunderstanding between the city and the homeowner, Valerie Vitro. The council amended the order giving Vitro until May 31 for the property to be cleaned up and six months to complete repairs.

The council also approved amending the city budget by $16,600, which is for an insurance reimbursement and a cash carryover, said Lisa Allred, city treasurer.

In other budget-related business, Allred said monies were moved in the General Municipal Services Authority general and capital fund accounts to prevent the departments from going over the limit, she said.

The city also denied a claim by Patricia Pope for a sewer backup incident, based on the recommendations by officials with the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group.

The council voted not to go into executive session to discuss the city treasurer’s annual evaluation due to Dyer and Devitt’s absence.