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City Council Budget Workshop Minutes March 30, 2015

MARCH 30, 2015

Mayor Russell called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the city clerk to call the roll. On roll call Ald. Barb Mask, Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Sue Van Kampen, Wes Letcher, Mike Van Zuiden, and Howard Van Zuiden answered “present.” Ald. Dan Nederhoff was absent. Also in attendance were Ed Cannon- City Administrator, Dan Clark-Public Works Director, and Casey Simpson- Patrol Officer.

The pledge of allegiance was recited. No invocation was given.

There was no communication from visitors.

First, Administrator Cannon updated the Council on the FY2016 Budget. There was still an $11,330 deficit that needs to be resolved. This tentative budget will be voted on next Monday (April 6, 2015) during regular City Council Meeting.

Second, Administrator Cannon recommended using Fund 31 reserves for 2012C Bond debt service. After brief discussion Ald. Mike Van Zuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to use Fund 31 reserves for 2012C Bond debt service. Roll call vote/ 7 yes, 1 absent/ motion carried.

Third, PW Director Clark shared the list he compiled per Mayor Russell which detailed the top four projects he recommended completing using Fund 32. Once other water/sewer projects (already in the works) are deducted from this fund, along with these projects there will be about $225,000 left in Fund 32. Ald. Letcher motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve 2016 Street Project Recommendations with Fund 32. Roll call vote/ 7 yes, 1 absent/ motion carried.

Fourth, City Administrator Cannon discussed 3 options for eliminating the remaining General Fund budget shortfall ($11,330). Option 1 included eliminating $10,000 Peace Corp Fellow expenditure and reducing Vision 2020 contribution to CRDC. Administrator Cannon explained that a college intern has contacted Mrs. Wiebenga and wants to work at the RFCC for no pay and the city will be able to reapply for a Peace Corp Fellow the following year if the budget allows. He also explained the city could lower their CRDC contribution to $5,000 and this would eliminate our vote on the Board. Ald. Mike Van Zuiden asked if the City of Fulton would be affected much by forfeiting that vote. Administrator Cannon didn’t think that would impact them from helping our economic development. Ald. Howard Van Zuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to reduce the Vision 2020 contribution to the CRDC to $5000. Roll call vote/ 6 yes, 1 no, 1 absent/ motion carried. Ald. Mask suggested not hiring the Peace Corp Fellow, everyone agreed. With the extra $15,000, the budget is now balanced.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to enter closed session to discuss collective bargaining matters. The Council entered closed session at 6:06 PM.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to exit closed session. The Council exited closed session as 6:38 PM.

With no further business, Ald. Van Kampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Howard Van Zuiden to adjourn. With voice agreement, the meeting adjourned at 6:39 PM.

Minutes recorded by,

Jackie Wilkin
Fulton City Clerk