Grove Police Chief Mark Morris received a monetary gift earmarked to purchase body cameras on during this week's regular city council meeting.

The $5,000 gift, presented on Tuesday, Feb. 20, is the second gift to purchase body cameras, Morris said.

The funds were provided by Gary Smith, with Bank of Grand Lake, and Joel McCorkle and Ivan Devitt, both with the Dodd Company.

Earlier this month, Morris was presented a $5,000 grant from the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group to purchase body-cameras for Grove officers.

“We should be able to buy 16 or 17 cameras,” Morris said after the meeting, praising the community for its continued support.

In the past, he said, when there has been so much violence levied against police officers, individuals in the community would often drop off food at the police station or other generous acts of kindness. 

“We are so fortunate in Grove that the community is always willing to help us,” Morris said.

The council also approved having a work session on March 24.

The goal of the day is to discuss goals and strategies for the city for the next two to three years, said Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager.

In financial business, the council members approved bids from Joe Brown for demolishing dilapidated structures and cleaning up properties.

“Joe has provided this service for several years and he was the lowest bid,” Bottoroff said.

Brown’s bid was $75 an hour for demolishing dilapidated structures and $40 an hour for cleaning up properties.

The city awarded a bid to Mike Reed for bailing vegetation.

“This is the opposite, we look for the highest bid because they are paying us,” Bottoroff said.

Reed’s bid was $503.

The council also approved amending the city’s ordinance pertaining the construction of driveways into public streets.

“The (new ordinance) clarifies existing driveways also addresses remodeling projects $50,000,” Bottoroff said.

Bottoroff said those remodeling projects need to include non-conforming driveways to current city standards.

The council approved by a vote of 4-0 to vacate a Walnut Grove Subdivision plat.

Council member Don Nielson recused himself from the vote.

“We asked they install safety barricades and they agreed,” Bottoroff said.

The city councilors approved a resolution amending the city’s budget.

City treasurer Lisa Allred addressed the council saying the $20,000 is for Bassmaster Tournament Elite tournament sponsorship.

“They (Cherokee Casino Grove) are cutting a check to the city of Grove,” Allred, referring to the $20,000 amount.

City officials thought monies would be paid by Cherokee Casino Grove, but the city forwards the funds directly to Bassmaster.

In the capital fund, the $4,400 is an insurance reimbursement for a light pole, she said.

Also approved was an agreement with First National Bank for Remote Deposit Capture Services that allows the city to scan and deposit checks by images.

“There is no cost to us,” Allred said.

However, the city is required to provide two separate printers at a cost of $100 each and a specialized shredder, she said.

The printers are for Grove Services Municipal Authority and the city, Allred said. The specialized shredder allows for diagonal shredding.

The service allows the city to get checks to the bank the same day, she said.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, a Grove resident, Debra Bowers asked the council to look into the road conditions of her residence on 13th Street and Sumac Road. 

“The ditch is eroding, we have to get our mailbox removed,” Bowers said. 

The council came out of a 15-minute executive session to discuss purchasing property and took no action.

City Manager Bill Keefer was not in attendance.