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Grove designated an 'Oklahoma Clean Community'

Grove designated an 'Oklahoma Clean Community'

Grand Lake News
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:15 am
Kaylea M. Hutson kaylea.hutson@grovesun.com

Grove is beautiful and clean.

While that fact is not a secret to many residents who call this corner of Grand Lake home, it is now a state-wide classification, thanks to a designation from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) groups.

During the July 1 meeting, members of the Grove City Council and city of Grove staff were presented with the official designation as an "Oklahoma Clean Community."

Grove is now one of 15 communities to earn the designation since the award was created.

The award comes in part, due to the city of Grove's work with adopting a community waste tire collection, as well as participation in the Great American Cleanup.

Jeanette Nance, executive director of KOB, said residents should be proud of the city's efforts.

"It is a big deal because there are several things the community has to do to complete the process to qualify," Nance said. "A tire clean up/collection. Hold a Great American Clean-Up event and do a follow-up report for it.

"They did a lot of good things, saving the city tax dollars doing jobs they did not have to pay employee man hours for and cleared 88,000 plus pounds of trash and 3,500 tires."

Nance estimates the city's efforts, which also includes the "adopt-a-street: program saved taxpayers more than $8,000.

The "adopt-a-street" program helped bring in more than 119 volunteers, representing 475 hours during the spring clean up. The volunteers represent 18 different community organizations.

During the award presentation, State Senator Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) was on hand to congratulate the council.

"Grove on Grand Lake is a beautiful place," Shaw said. "I'm grateful for what the city is doing to keep it beautiful and I'm thankful for the citizens for getting it done."

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