Joe Gray

Grove Sun

The Grove City Council will be taking more steps to save on energy costs in the future.

The Council heard a presentation on an energy action plan from Jeremy Townsend of CLEAResults Consulting, a consulting partner of PSO, on the adoption of the plan as a guide to lower the city’s energy costs.

The plan includes recommendations for improving heating and cooling efficiencies, lighting equipment and standards for prioritizing energy usage.

The city had previously retrofitted the lighting in City Hall, the Civic Center, and the Senior Center, which has resulted in a significant increase in energy usage, according to Townsend.

Council also moved to retain Kerr & Kerr as representation for an upcoming Tax Increment Financing package for the old hospital site, where a new Harps store will be constructed. The firm will be paid a $30,000 retainer fee, plus $20,000 at the end of the TIF period.

Ward III councilman Larry Parham suggested possibly financing that amount over some period of time, to make sure things were going smoothly, and the city was getting what it was paying for. Legal counsel representatives present said the terms of the agreement could be negotiated.

Seven individuals were nominated to serve on the Tax Increment Finance Committee as well, from which three will be selected. Councilman Parham was appointed as a council representative to the TIF Committee and will act as chair.