Grove City Council approved an ordinance designed to simplify exterior construction requirements for businesses on Grove’s most heavily trafficked streets at a regular meeting Tuesday night.

Ordinance #551, which amends Chapter 4 of the city’s zoning ordinances, was unanimously approved by the four council members who attended the meeting.

At Large Council Member Mike Davenport was out of town.

The approved ordinance reduces the percentage of masonry required on the exteriors of buildings located on primary arterial streets and on Highways 59 and 10, from 80/20 percent to 60/40 percent

In other business, the council voted to provide and exception to city ordinance #544 regarding unlawful obstruction to sidewalks and street for Grove Second Saturdays, a special monthly event to be held from April to October by the Downtown Merchants’ Association.

The council also approved a request from Ron Carder, representing Endless Memories Car Show, to close Fourth Street between Broadway Avenue and Grand Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

Carder said the car show will benefit Clothes For Kids and give Grove another activity to draw people to town. He added that his organization expects between 70 and 90 cars to be entered in the show.

In addition, the council approved a resolution proclaiming Friday, March 21, as Arbor Day and authorizing the planting of trees on city property.

Troy Helms made the request and stated that the trees would be planted just west of the restrooms at Rotary Park in order to provide shade and cooling to the building.

Helms said the Crimson Spire Oak and Long Oak trees for the special planting are being provided by Honey Creek Nursery.

In further business, the council approved an application submitted by Randall Fidler to rezone a property at the corner of Ninth and Grand from R-1 residential to R-2 residential.