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Tiled hallway...is shown in the new safe room/performing arts center on the Oak Grove High School campus.
 
Counters...have been installed in restrooms at the performing arts center.
Seating area...is complete in the performing arts center of the FEMA/SEMA building.
 
Performing Arts Center dedication
delayed until Sunday, September 7
 
Delays in the construction schedule and concern for safety of the public during continuing construction led the Oak Grove R-6 Board of Education to vote during a 15-minute meeting Monday night to postpone the originally scheduled dedication of the FEMA/SEMA Performing Arts Center from August 10 to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 7.
Freddie Doherty, superintendent, and Randy McClain, FEMA/SEMA Performing Arts Center liaison, reported that regular progress continued to be made toward completion of the project, but there is still work to be done that was not expected to be completed by the August date.
McClain updated members on the progress since the June meeting.
McClain reported that interior painting is nearing completion; 757 fixed seats were installed July 3, with 250 seats in each of the east and west sections and 257 seats in the center section; Irwin 282 retractable decking and seats were installed July 11, with 103 seats in each of the east and west sections and 76 seats in the center section; the sound, lighting and video control cabinet is in place awaiting equipment; installation of electrical fixtures and heating and air conditioning is nearly complete; permanent power has been connected by KCPL; porcelain and vinyl tile has been installed, with carpet to be installed once the humidity in the building has been controlled; audio visual equipment has been installed and will be fine-tuned following carpet, stage floor and stage curtains installation. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
City to pay half of permit fee to B & G for water line loop
 
On a 4-2 vote Monday night, Oak Grove Board of Aldermen agreed to pay half of a $9375 permit fee required by Kansas City Southern Railroad to B & G Land Development. Bob Gurney, owner, made the request.
The request was tabled from the July 14 meeting when all aldermen were not present.
In August the city entered into an agreement with B & G Land Development to install water lines along Robinson, 12th and 5th streets, looping the water lines in the area.
Arrangement requires the city provide the materials while B & G will supply the labor and equipment.
Contract stipulates that B & G will pay for a permit to cross under the railroad right-of-way.
In a request letter to the city, Gurney said the railroad has requested a $9375 one-time easement fee. B & G paid a $2000 processing fee to Kansas City Southern prior to the request for the easement which Gurney said was "not anticipated." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Oak Grove juvenile arrested in burglary
 
An Oak Grove juvenile is one of five persons connected with car burglaries who were arrested Thursday by Grain Valley police.
Two adults, Mason Huskey and Andrew Maxon, Grain Valley, were sent to Johnson County Detention Center for a 24-hour hold; three juveniles were arrested. The other two juveniles were from Grain Valley. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
City opts to participate in back-to-school tax holiday
 
Parents and guardians of students on the quest for school supplies will receive a Back to School Sales Tax Holiday from the Missouri Department of Revenue. The City of Oak Grove has opted to participate.
By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. In 2014 the three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 1, and runs through Sunday, August 3.
Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period only. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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