Three Grove High School graduates were honored during Tuesday’s regular city council meeting for their achievements.
“We are very proud of these students,” said Mayor Ed Trumbull, who is a long-time Grove School District instructor.
Ben Cloud, Top Scholar, Three-time All State Jazz Guitarist and National Merit Scholar; Andrew Wallace, Valedictorian, Top Scholar, National Merit Scholar and Travis Linn, Salutatorian, Top Scholar, State Superintendents Award for Art Excellence award were all honored with a certificate.
Nathan Blaine, E911/Code Enforcement Field Technician, was honored by the council for employee-of-the-quarter.
“He (Blaine) is a self-starter, multi-tasker, good time manager and performs job assignments with minimal supervision,” Trumbull said. “He has done an exceptional job serving in this capacity.”
Blaine has taken the task to heart, completely revamped the violation tracking system, and methodically created a program to address the violations, he said.
“He (Blaine) has taken the sole responsibility of identifying violations, notifying the property owners and conducting administrative action when necessary,” Trumbull said.
Blaine is a valuable employee and the City of Grove is fortunate to have him as member of the organization, he said.
In other business, the council approved an Economic Development Services Agreement with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grove Economic Development Authority.
“This agreement pulls a lot of things together we have been working on separately,” said Marty Dyer, councilmember.
Three facets of the Grove Regional Airport Taxiline project were approved, including a $649,495.21. bid from Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc., which is subject to a Federal Aviation Administration grant. Also approved was a grant application requesting funds and an engineering services agreement with Garver Engineering.
“Without this project we would not be able to build three new hangars,” said Lisa Jewett, airport manager.
A agreement allowing Home of Hope to provide workers for the Grove Recycling Center was approved. The goal is to have the center manned on Saturday, said Bill Keefer, city manager.
The council reappoint Dana Chouteau as Grove’s representative to the Eastern Oklahoma District Library Board and Kristi Ford as an authorized signor for the City of Grove's direct deposit files.
The council also accepted bids from Longan Construction for hot mix asphalt and from Kemp Stone for limestone base rock and Lakeland Petroleum for gasoline and diesel fuel.
The Lakeland Petroleum’s bid is $0.05 per gallon over refinery market price for ethanol free unleaded gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel. This price includes transportation costs and all additives. Lakeland Petroleum will check tank levels three times a week, according to city documents.
The council voted to go into executive session regarding the Fraternal Order of Police. They took no action.
Other agreements approved are:
• Grove Public Schools for the use of the Jim Beauchamp Field.
• Grand Gateway Development Association for the Pelivan Transit Program.
• DOC for the Senior Center Kitchen for Senior Meals Program.
• Community Crisis Center, Inc. For domestic violence and sexual assault services.
• Denied a Tort Claim from Terry Bellah. His claim against the city was for a manhole cover that was below asphalt level that broke the tie rod on the vehicle.
The next city council meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Grove Community Center, Room 5.