Council gives Grove City Kids Association green light to host a homecoming

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By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor

Grove City officials decided against hosting the annual homecoming on the Town Center streets this year due to the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus. However, a local organization has decided to host its own version of a homecoming.

At the June 21 meeting, Grove City Council voted in favor of waiving city provisions to allow the Grove City Kids Association (GCKA) to host a homecoming-type celebration at Murfin Field, located at 4570 Haughn Road.

According to GCKA board president John Emmerich, the celebration will feature a concert, food trucks and beer sales among other events.

“We have two local bands lined up,” he said.

The event will be held on Thursday, July 22 and Friday, July 23.

The original proposal had the event running from 7 to 11 p.m. both evenings. Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage suggested that council amend the legislation to dial the end time back.

“Thursday night at 11 p.m. is too late,” said Stage.

The mayor suggested a cut off point of 9:30 p.m. for the Thursday night festivities and 10 p.m. for the Friday night events. Stage cited safety concerns as the reason for the earlier end time.

Council president Christine Houk amended the resolution to state that the provisions shall be waived between the hours of 7 to 10 p.m. on both dates.

In addition to the concerts and food trucks, the drawing for the Grove City Alumni Softball Tournament will be held at the event on Thursday, July 22. This drawing helps to set the brackets for the softball event that is now in its 39th year.

The alumni tournament is planned for July 24-25. For more information on the tournament, visit www.grovecityalumnitournament.com.

In other news, council approved the use of a telecommunications tower for Verizon Wireless, at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run Road. The tower will replace one of the school’s stadium lights. It will increase in height from a 90-foot tower to a 150-foot tower. This telecommunications tower is more than 480 feet from residential units. There is a similar tower at Grove City High School.

Council also approved a preliminary development plan for Seasons Grove, a senior living community, located at 1185 Lamplighter Drive. This complex will be designed for those ages 62 and up. The 84,000 square-foot facility will house 76 units. The plan includes a traffic study.

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