Animals, and what could be allowed within an A-1 Agricultural District will once again come before the Grove City Council.

The meeting, set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, takes place in Room 5 of the Grove Community Building.

During the session, the council will consider an amendment, which changes part four of the Animals of the Code of Ordinances.

The ordinance, previously presented during the Dec. 5 meeting, addresses the number of agricultural animals that may be allowed on property within an A-1 Agricultural District.

The issue was tabled at that time, to allow the staff to address the issues concerning the agricultural animals that are housed at the Grove High School farm, for members of the FFA department.

Additionally, according to Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager, the council has also received several public comments in favor of allowing certain animals such as chickens, rabbits, sheep and goats.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, council members requested Bottoroff and other staff members to conduct research into other municipal regulations which allow chickens within a municipality’s corporate limits.

The proposed ordinance creates definitions and regulations regarding chickens in agricultural zoned districts, and provides exemptions under certain conditions, according to information released by Bottoroff.

Those definitions include what is a chicken, a chicken coop and a chicken run.

The exemptions include stating agricultural animals may be kept in an area that is not zoned Agricultural A-1 in two instances:

• if the animals are used for FFA or 4-H member projects and housed at the pens located on Grove Public School property; or

• if the animals are part of a circus, carnival or petting zoo approved and permitted by the City of Grove and temporarily placed in a designated area during an event.

If approved, the ordinance will limit the number of cattle/cow-calf pairs and horses/donkey/mules each to one per acre.

It would also limit the number of chickens to six adult chickens and 14 chicks under the age of eight weeks. Roosters would not be permitted.

Other animals banned through the ordinance include pigs/hogs, turkey/geese/duck/guinea, sheep/goat and rabbits. The exception to that section includes domesticated rabbits and potbellied pigs.

Other animal operations prohibited within the city limits include: commercial feeding or feeding of garbage to any animal; stockyards or feed lots of any type; operations of puppy mills or similar operations; and outdoor slaughtering of any animal.

Other Business

The council will consider a new agreement with the Delaware County Emergency Management, for services to the city.

The agreement, according to information released by City Manager Bill Keefer, includes the requirement of an annual report, quarterly meetings and the notification of the absence of the director.

The term of the new agreement is for one year, with two one-year extensions unless terminated by either party. The agreement has been approved by City Attorney Darrin Cook and by the Delaware County Commission.

The council will also consider approving an active shooter emergency policy for city employees, which focuses on three actions: evacuate, hide and self defense. An active shooter training, hosted by members of the Grove Police Department, will take place on Jan. 10, for city employees.

The council will consider adopting a Safe Routes to School policy, which allows city officials a chance to apply for a grant through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation of sidewalk improvements for areas to and from a school campus.

Bill Holt, cemetery sexton, will be honored during the meeting for having a minimum of 25 years of service to the City of Grove, through the Oklahoma Municipal League.

With the honor, Holt will be added to the OML’s Honor Roll of Service. He will also receive a certificate and lapel pin from the OML and a certificate and plaque from city of Grove officials.

Holt began working with the city in March of 1992.

City officials will also hear from Anne Elfrink, with Elfrink and Associates, PLLc, CPAs, the audit report for the fiscal year which ended on June 30.

The council will consider a budget amendment for the City Capital, GEDA and Convention Tourism Bureau.

Groundbreaking Tuesday for F-4 Phantom

Volunteers with the Grove F-4 Phantom Project will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the future location of the Grove F-4 Phantom display, located adjacent to Ferra Aerospace on Highway 10, east of downtown Grove.

“We are so excited to reach this milestone for Grove’s F-4 Phantom Display and what we feel is a great project for the entire community,” said Committee Co-Chairs Pete Norwood and Dave Helms. “We hope everyone will come out and celebrate with us this historic event and support the F-4 Phantom Project.”

In addition to the members of the F-4 Phantom Project Committee, community and business leaders and veterans groups will be present for the groundbreaking ceremony.

The F-4 Phantom, built by McDonnell Douglas, ranks among the most important military aircrafts in the history of the United States. The F-4 Phantom Project, associated with the Grove Rotary Foundation, is the committee that has secured for Grove the F-4 Phantom to be used for public display.

The plane and display belong to the City of Grove. Proceeds from fundraising for this project will assist in transporting the F-4 Phantom to Grove (anticipated arrival is first quarter of 2018) and the development of the site and display.

For more information, or to make a donation towards the project, persons interested may contact Helms at 918-786-4646 or Norwood at 918-791-1215.