Members of the Grove City Council made quick work of the limited agenda during this week’s meeting.
The council met on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Grove Community Center, to discuss approving sales tax agreements with two downtown businesses, as well as approving field use agreements with local sport organizations.
The two sales tax incentive agreements were with Angela Goodman, representing Suagr’d Spoon Bakery and Bobby Hillegass representing Goodfella’s Pizza.
The incentive, developed by the Grove City Council and Grove Economic Development Authority (GEDA) in July 2015, is designed to encourage new retail businesses to located within downtown Grove and to encourage existing downtown retail businesses to expand their operations.
Goodman and her daughter, expanded Sugar’d Spoon Bakery into a new retail space, 50 percent larger than their previous location, on Aug. 1, 2018. The incentive will allow her to receive a sales tax incentive beginning on April 1 of this year.
Hillegass moved Goodfella’s Pizza to the new location in downtown Grove in July 2018. Like Goodman, he would be eligible to receive the incentive beginning on April 1.
The council unanimously approved both incentives, without discussion. The agreements for both businesses are set for one year, but may be renewed for up to four additional one year terms. It allows businesses to be reimbursed for 50 percent of the net tax collections paid, at the end of each quarter.
In other business the council approved authorizing Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager, to apply for reimbursement through the Oklahoma Quality Incentive Act for the 2019 Bassmaster Open Central Series set to take place Sept. 12 to 14, at Wolf Creek Park. The city has authorized a contribution of $16,900 for local funding for this series.
Bottoroff was also authorized to apply for reimbursement from the same fund, for the 2019 FLT T-H Marine Bass Fishing League set for Oct. 24 to 26 at Wolf Creek Park. The city has authorized a contribution of $23,000 in local funding to secure the event.
Field use agreements were approved for the Grand Lake Soccer Club, and for the Grand Lake Family YMCA to use the fields at the Sports and Recreational Complex for soccer and flag football programs later this year.
Grove Soccer Club will pay a $300 fee to utilize the soccer fields, restrooms and field lights for nine months. YMCA officials will pay $100 to utilize baseball field No. 1, and $200 to utilize the U4, U6, U8 and U10 Soccer fields at the same complex for the 2019 season.
The fee from both organizations are used to cover the cost of maintenance for the facilities, as well as cost of lighting fields. Council members passed the resolutions unanimously without discussion.
Council members also passed changes to the city’s substance abuse policy, in light of changes which have come since the passage of SQ 788. The changes, presented by Botteroff were approved unanimously and without discussion.
2019 Council Election
For the first time since 2013, not one but three races have developed for seats on the Grove City Council.
Former Mayor Marty Follis has filed for the seat in Ward IV, challenging incumbent Martin Dyer, who has also filed for re-election.
Follis previously served as the councilman from Ward II. He moved to Ward IV in May 2016.
Matt Henderson has filed to challenge incumbent Don Nielsen for the seat in Ward III, and Steven C. Thomas II has filed to challenge Ivan Devitt for his at-large seat.
The last race for a city council seat came in 2013, when Nielson won his seat by nine votes over then incumbent Ileta M. Bray, and Devitt won his seat over then incumbent Berwin Kock.
The nonpartisan Statutory Municipal Election is slated for Tuesday, April 2.