The City of Grove is still waiting for a District Court Decision regarding a lawsuit filed against Vernon Boyce and All American Outdoor to stop construction of two billboards within the city limits on Highway 59.

So far, the city has spent $36,800 in legal and engineering fees to block the installation.

The issue hinges upon whether GRDA acquire the property prior to annexation by the city, according to court documents.

According to court documents, Boyce contends that the land is not within the city limits and that GRDA acquired the property in 1958 and it was later transferred to Wayne Heffelman via Quitclaim Deed.

The city has argued that the sale was subject to rights of GRDA within a flowage easement, which is owned by the United States of America.

The city filed suit in July 2008 after someone noticed the billboard company had installed two large poles on the north side of the highway. 

The paperwork involved to date weighs at least 10 pounds.

Boyce filed a motion for summary judgment Dec. 3, 2008.

A city ordinance adopted in Feb. 2000 prohibits new billboards from being erected within the city limits.