The Grove City council voted unanimously to provide a no-interest loan to the Grove Municipal Airport Managing Authority to purchase a refurbished Jet A fueling truck to provide better service to jet pilots who land at the airport. The truck is expected to cost approximately $75,000.
"The airport's current fueling facilities do not make it very convenient for the fueling of jets at our airport" City Manager Bruce Johnson said. "As part of their long-term goals, I look at this as a positive for two reasons: one to help support the plan of the airport and the group that governs it, and secondly for economic development. The more jets we have landing here, and the people that own them spending time in Grove, the better for us it's going to be."
"On behalf of the airport, I think this is a very needed thing," councilman Marty Dyer said. "There are a lot of situations out there that warrant this particular thing, and I think it's a positive step in the right direction. For pilots of that caliber, (being able to fuel more conveniently) is a very big deal. For them to fly three more minutes in a different direction for fueling is not a big deal. I think it's a good step. Johnson also reported that the Airport Authority has a new website, grovemunicipalairport.com that the public can use to learn more about the airport's facilities.
Johnson also reported to the council that election dates for the state had been set, and any possible revival of the hospitality tax would have to be scheduled either in November of 2011, or February of 2012. Several council members expressed their support for a November election for the tax on hotel rooms, which would be used to actively
market the community.
"I think the sooner the better on the election" Mayor Marty Follis said. "Otherwise, it's just lost money."
The council also approved closing of 18th street between Main and Broadway on September 17 for REC day from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.