Members of the Grove City Council will vote on Tuesday, May 1, whether to authorize documents allowing the city to hold a special election to extend a current four-tenths of a percent sales tax.

The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Grove Community Center, Room 5.

The proposed date for the special election is Aug. 28. Council members passed holding the special election during the June 26 primary election at the February meeting.

Extending the 20-year sales tax will help pay down the debt associated with the water and wastewater plant. The four-tenths of a percent sale tax is set to expire June 30, 2021.

Other Business

The council will award $4,500 in scholarship money to six Grove students from the Gary Dunham Memorial Scholarship program.  

The recipients are: Bailey Fields, $1,000; Maydson Kraft, $1,000; Nicklaus O’Herin, $1,000; Easton Allred, $500; Kayla Dollarhide, $500 and Bethany Hinman, $500.    

The scholarship program has awarded $25,000 since its interception.

The council will also honor National Travel and Tourism Week, May 6 to 12, and National Safe Boating Week, May 19 to 25.

Another items for approval is a bid from Bernice Sanitation.  City documents show no increase to Grove residents for trash pick-up services.

Bernice Sanitation officials submitted the only bid for the city’s contract. Jennifer Fagan, manager with Republic Services, submitted a letter saying the company was declining to submit a bid under the proposed specifications.

However, Fagan said, if city officials would entertain a five-year or greater time frame for the proposed contract, the company would be willing to submit a bid for the business.

Donnie Crain, president of the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will come before the council asking for approval to sell low-point beer at the summer festival “Toes in the Grand” set for Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, at Wolf Creek Park.

The event, in its first year, is being coordinated by the Grove Conventions and Tourism Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce.

The event will feature the largest free Trop Rock Music Festival in the Four-State Region including bands from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, as well as fun activities, contests and more.

It will also kick off the summer's Food Truck Friday, with food trucks being at the festival both Friday and Saturday.

The weekend's events include an open car show, 5K Fun Run, Kids Zone, vendors, and more.

The council is also expected to go into executive session to discuss the city manager’s annual evaluation.

This Weekend In Grove

Summer kicks off in Grove this weekend with three events: Food Truck Friday, the return of the Grove Area Merchant's Farmers' Market, and the Fifth Annual Grove City Wide Garage Sale.

For the Food Truck Friday, officials with the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau will host annual event, kicking off the 2018 season from 6 to 9 p.m., May 5, on the lawn of the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove.

Food Truck Friday takes place the first Friday of each month, May to at least September.

Each month, the event will include an assortment of food trucks, parked along the street next to the Grove Community Center, as well as some form of entertainment.

This month, the event will feature booths for Har-Ber Village, Lendonwood Gardens and the Grove Area Farmers Market.

The event is free, and open to the public. Some trucks accept credit cards. Additionally, limited seating is available, so participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening.

The Fifth Annual City Wide Garage Sale, sponsored by the Grove Sun, takes place throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

A special section, outlining the participating sales, will be printed in the Friday, May 5 issue of the paper.

The event is designed to give residents in the city a chance to hold a sale on those designated dates without a city permit.

The sale, approved by the Grove City Council during the council meeting on Tuesday, March 20, will not count toward the number of sales a resident can hold during the year.

Saturday also marks the opening of the Grove Farmers' Market. The kick-off takes place at 8 a.m., on Saturday, May 5, on the grounds of the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove.

The market, is a producer-only event. Everything is either hand-made or home-grown, and produced or grown within 50 miles of Grove.

In addition to the vendors, Saturday's event will include live music and more.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday, now until fall. Vendor spaces remain available.

For more information, contact Cheryl Franklin, market manager, at Vendor applications are available at the Grove Sun office.