Cheryl Franklin

Grove Sun

Grove residents will have a new trash service provider beginning November 1. Bernice Sanitation was given the seal of approval from the Grove City Council for trash pick up replacing a contract with Allied Waste. Allied Waste has been the contractor for trash hauling for the more than 20 years.

Bernice Sanitation had the low bid for the service and the council voted unanimously that they were the best option for the residents of Grove. The contract will be drawn up and will be presented to the council at their next meeting.

Bernice Sanitation's base rate will cost the residents of Grove $10.83 per month compared to Allied Waste $11.50 per month for basic service.

Yearly increases are projected for the contract with a 38 cent jump after the first year, 39 cents the second year and 41 cents the last year of the contract. Contracts are renewed every 4 years.

Commercial basic rates will also be reduced under Bernice Sanitation from a $15.92 saving for the minimum service to a savings of $152.84 for the 8 yard 5 times per week service.

Crouse said that although he has been working on increasing the capability of Bernice Sanitation ever since he lost the bid to Allied Waste four years ago.

“I am ready with trucks and with employees. We are ready to go if I get this contract,” he said during discussion in the meeting.

Crouse also noted that choosing Bernice Sanitation for the residential and commercial trash service would also be a vote for buying local.

“The money that you spend you know will stay right here," Crouse said. “You’re talking about sales tax down and everything. Well, 99.9 percent of the money will be spent in Grove and Delaware County,” said Crouse.

Allied Waste is headquartered in Galena, Kansas.

In other business the council also voted to hire the law firm Kerr & Kerr to represent the legal matters for the city and to serve as city attorney. Logan and Lowry has been the city’s law firm for the last three years. Proposals from other law firms came up lower than Logan and Lowry’s $108,000 per year fee.

The council discussed the quality of Logan and Lowry’s service and while they all felt like Logan and Lowry was a quality firm, they agreed that current economic conditions did not warrant the city paying for that quality.

“That’s our job, to save money for the city of Grove,” said Councilman Mike Davenport.

Kerr & Kerr will save the city $49,000 in city attorney fees per year.

In other business, the council voted to proclaim "Make a Difference Day" at the request of the Christian H.E.L.P. Center director Anna Shaw. The day will be held on October 15 where residents will be encouraged to bring food to the HELP Center and several other collection places including Grand Savings Bank. Wal-Mart and Elder & Company Real Estate will also have boxes for food collections. Grand Savings will provide drive-thru on that day for drop offs. The HELP center has been serving all of Delaware County since the pantry closed in Jay recently and needs to replenish their supplies.

The council also gave approval to Linda Smith, director of the Abundant Blessings Center to close several streets for their annual fundraiser, "Walk for Life" on October 23.

Mike Davenport was re-appointed as a trustee to the Grove Municipal Services Association board after no one applied for the position.

Betty Rowe was appointed to the Grove Library Board.

The council authorized City Manager Bruce Johnson to submit a grant to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for the TEA-21 program funding for the phase II Grove downtown Enhancement project and authorized local participation if the grand is awarded.

The council meets the first and third Tuesday at the Grove Community Center at 7 p.m.