Joe Gray

Grove Sun

The Grove Civic Center, Arbor Day, and a potential new airport terminal took center stage at Tuesday’s Grove City Council meeting.

 Troy Helms kicked the meeting off by presenting the council members with their own trees for planting, and informed the group that free short leaf pines would be available on Friday at Grand Prosthetics and Orthotics at 14th and Main.

The Civic Center, and its related maintenance costs and potential uses took up most of the rest of the meeting, with councilman Larry Parham leading the way.

“The Civic Center doesn’t break even,” Parham said.  “We have a white elephant here, and we need to treat it as an investment.  It seems like everybody gets to use it for free.  I’d like to see the hotel/motel tax revisited to generate some money to manage, rebuild and promote it.”

“We need something besides an old Wal Mart building” councilman Mike Davenport said.  “We’re spending money we could be putting into a better facility.”

While both the council and audience agreed that a new civic center would be a good development, the council proceeded to accept a bid for roof repair to the current facility for $179,700 by RBK roofing of Sapulpa.

The council also unanimously approved the public works facility project, mirroring the Municipal Services Authority’s decision.

A new airport terminal will be in the works as well, after City Manager Bruce Johnson informed the council that the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission was ready to provide matching funds, covering up to 95 percent of the cost of certain improvements. 

The project is likely a year away at the earliest, but the council quickly approved a motion to go ahead with a proposed plan for a new terminal building when funds become available.

Council also awarded bids for clean up of code violation properties within the city, and agreed to solicit qualifications for auditing services, as is their normal procedure every three years.