Lifelong Grove resident Geraldine Ford Matthews was honored on Tuesday, Sept. 4, night with a plaque honoring her on her 100th birthday.
Matthews celebrates the milestone on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Grove Mayor Ed Trumbull read a proclamation honoring Matthews saying she moved to Grove in 1929 with her family. The family lived in now what is known as the Grove Regional Airport.
When Grove General Hospital first opened Matthews was there the first day working as a nurse’s aide and later attended NEO A&M College where she graduated as an LPN, Trumbull said.
In other business, the council passed several ordinances, including the addition of a medical marijuana ordinance.
There were just a few minor adjustments to the ordinance that was presented to the council during a work session held Aug. 22, said City Manager Bill Keefer.
A highlight of the ordinance shows:
• Smoking marijuana is prohibited on all city property, city vehicles, building, parks and other facilities and the penalty for breaking the ordinance is a $500 fine.
• The city cannot discriminate against an employee who holds a marijuana license.
• A growing facility for personal medical use will be allowed only at a personal residence.
• Medical Marijuana license fee per year is $600. Individuals running a Medical Marijuana Growth Facility for personal use must obtain a registration permit for $5.
• Felons cannot get a license.
• Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are only allowed within a C-3 Commercial and Commercial Recreation Zoned District and prohibited within 1,000 feet of a school, library, child care center, church, public park, playground, city pool, half-way house, correctional facility or substance abuse rehabilitation or treatment center.
• A Medical Marijuana Grower and Processor are prohibited from locating within in the city limits and a building used to store marijuana must be equipped with a ventilation or air filtration systems so that no odors are detectable off premises.
• The dispensary is closed on Sunday’s, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
City leaders also approved on ordinance related to alcoholic beverages but made the licensing fee $200 and will stair-step a $100 increase every year until the fee is in line with other communities across the state – typically $600.
A drastic jump from the current fee of $50.
Most of the businesses were expecting an increase, but they were surprised at the jump, said Donnie Crain, Grove Area of Chamber president.
"They weren’t opposed (to the fee) – they just questioned why so much,” Crain said.
Related to those changes other resolutions amending the Wolf Creek Park policy, building, plumbing and mechanical, electrical, gas piping and swimming pool and spa codes and fire codes and regulations.
The council also approved amending the city code prohibiting alcohol, smoking and marijuana at private parties held at the Grove Public Pool.
Also approved were bids from Bank of Oklahoma, 48-month note at 3.62 percent interest for a quarterly payment of $7,750.12 for a street sweeper and a 60-month note at 3.68 percent interest for a quarterly payment of $5,719.23 for a brush fire engine.
The council will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Community Center, room 5 to address the dump truck bids after an error was found in the calculation of the bids, Keefer said on Thursday.
Berwin Kock was reappointed to the Grove Municipal Airport Trustee position.
The next meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Grove Community Center, Room 5.