Grove Renegotiates Retail Development Contract

GROVE – City council members Tuesday night voted to change the city’s consulting contract with Retail Attractions LLC.

Last year the city paid the firm $12,000 and no leads were presented to the City of Grove; this year Retail Attractions will be paid based upon their performance.

“If they bring nothing, they get paid nothing,” said Ward II councilman Marty Follis.

Under the terms of the new contract, the firm will receive $5 per square foot of any commercial business they bring to Grove and $500 for each quality job created.

The council also approved a resolution supporting amendment of the Grand River Dam Authority’s license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The amendment would allow lake levels on Grand to remain above 745’ until after the first Monday in September each year.

In other city business, the council:

Police Sergeant Jerry Bohannan was presented with a plaque and certificate in appreciation of his 25 years of service.

· Recognized Sgt. Jerry Bohannan and Detective Mark Sheridan with plaques and certificates of appreciation for their 25 years of service;

Grove Police Detective Mark Sheridan was recognized for his 25 years of service to the city during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

Police dispatcher Sandy Estes is retiring after 21 years of service. Her dedication and devotion were honored Tuesday night when Mayor Gary Trippensee presented her with a plaque and certificate of appreciation.

· Presented a plaque and certificate of appreciation to police dispatcher Sandy Estes who is retiring after 21 years of service;

· Voted to strengthen the city’s ordinance against serving alcohol to minors by holding adults responsible for parties they host where underage drinking is allowed, and;

· Heard from Nick Brown of the Oklahoma Department of Human services regarding foster care in Delaware County. Brown told the council that donations are still needed. Brown also told the council that his agency will be recruiting foster parents in 2011. “We don’t want to take the kids away from their schools and churches,” said Brown. To make a contribution or find out more about becoming a foster parent, people can call DHS at 918-253-4213.

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