A draft of the city’s American with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan presented on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Grove City Council meeting showed several city buildings and parks are not in compliance.
The self-evaluation looked at seven buildings, four parks, seven intersections and the community’s sidewalks.
The main item shown in the 18-page draft that needed attention are restrooms at the city’s parks, community center, city hall, fire department, Grove Municipal Services Authority warehouse and Senior Citizens building. The restrooms need push button automatic door openers.
The city implanted an ADA plan in 2012, said Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager. The 2018 draft just expands on areas that need attention.
The cost for at Rotary Park is $30,000, Wolf Creek Park, $20,000; Sports and Recreational Complex, $50,000 and Veterans Park, $12,500, according to the draft. The chief expenses for Rotary Park and the Sports and Recreational Complex were remodeling the complex and concession area and restrooms and construct new restrooms for Rotary Park. Another addition expense is $2,500 for a wheelchair swing set.
The draft also showed 85 percent of the city’s sidewalks need to be repaired or replaced.
The city is looking at funding through Transportation Alternatives Program, Recreational Trails Program, Safe Routes to Schools and Community Development Block grants.
The 2012 plan supported a Grievance Procedures Policy, Notice of Non-Discrimination, and Employment Reasonable Accommodations Policy, according to city documents.
In related construction projects, City Manager Bill Keefer said the city hall parking lot project is completed.
In other business, the council approved to extend an administrative order allowing Valerie Vitro until Nov. 6 to clean up property located at 131 S. Cherokee Street.
“My retirement starts next month, and I need two more months to get it done,” Vitro told the council members.
“Calvin (Igney, Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer) did look at the property and said there had been some improvement,” Bottoroff said.
Also approved was to submit an application for an FAA Supplemental Discretionary Appropriation Grant Funds which is to complete the Taxilane AIP Project at the Grove airport.
“This is a big deal for the airport,” said Lisa Jewett, airport manager. “There were only five airports on the list and Grove was listed third.”
The council also approved to purchase a new street sweeper.
The current street sweeper was destroyed in an accident on Honey Creek Bridge, Keefer said.
The City's insurance company offered $97,000 with an option to buy back the sweeper for $15,000. A new sweeper would cost around $212,500, after the down payment of the insurance settlement, the cost to the city would be $115,500, he said.
“The other party did not have insurance,” Keefer said.
The council also approved several fishing tournaments.
Nichols Marine Tournament Series will host four tournaments. Between 150 to 200 boats are expected for each tournament.
The second agreement is with Midwest Fish Tournaments, LLC for the Big Bass Bash set for June 8 and 9, 2019. This tournament brings in more than 800 anglers for the weekend.
The third agreement is with FLW, LLC for an FLW Tour tournament to take place on March 28 to 31, 2019.
This tournament is their top pro series similar to the Bassmaster Elite Series, Keefer said.
Also approved was an agreement with Grove Public Schools for two school resource officers. The officers for this school year are Tracy Bloss and Shay Green.
Green replaces John Sherman, the district's previous school resource officer, who left the Grove Police Department earlier this summer to assume the newly created Chief of Police for the Northeast Technical Centers.
The Grove School District pays $51,000 for those services.
The council decided the following:
• to approve a resolution amending the Capital Fund Budget $177,000 for carryover from the parking lot project.
• to table a new fireworks regulations until early 2019
• to approve an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police, Grand Lake Lodge No.171.
A work session to discuss policies and ordinances related to the recent approval of new Medical Marijuana and Alcoholic Liquor laws was set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The council met in executive session for 10 minutes regarding a pending litigation manner. Upon returning to open session it was announced that no action was taken.
The next meeting is 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Grove Community Center, Room 5.