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City Council Meeting Agenda April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016
5:30 PM

1. Call to order

2. Roll call

3. Pledge of allegiance

4. Public Hearing for Consideration of Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Budget (budget located at end of packet)

Summary: As noticed in the Fulton Journal and on the City of Fulton Website on April 7, 2015, this is a public hearing for the tentative annual budget for fiscal year May 1, 2015 through April 31, 2016. A copy of the tentative budget has been available for public review at City Hall and on the City website. All interested persons are invited to attend this public hearing and be heard.

Action: Motion to open the public hearing for the proposed fiscal year 2015 annual budget.

5. Close Public Hearing

6. Communication from visitors

7. Consent Agenda (All items in the consent agenda will be enacted by a single motion and roll call vote. Any item may be removed upon request by the Mayor or any Alderman and considered individually after all other items of business on the consent agenda).

A. Approval of March 21, 2016 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes (pages 1-3)

Action: Motion to approve Consent Agenda

8. Rule on Items Removed from Consent Agenda

9. Items for Consideration

A. Variance Request (page 4)

Summary: Fulton Zoning Board of Appeals denied a motion to approve a 5 foot setback on the eastern side of residential property belonging to James Driscoll at 711 8th Ave. during a public hearing on March 31, 2016. Fulton code requires a 7’ side lot setback. A 2/3 vote by the City Council is required to override a variance denial by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Action: Rule on variance request.

B. Ordinance #1537 Adopting the Annual Budget of the City Pursuant to Section 8-2-9.4 of the Illinois Municipal Code (pages 5-6)

Summary: All notifications and public hearing have been accomplished in accordance with Illinois Municipal Code. Approved budget must be submitted to the Whiteside County Clerk by April 29, 2016.

Action: Approve budget ordinance

C. Ordinance #1538 Directing the Sale of Real Estate Owned by the City of Fulton (pages 7-9)

Summary: Ordinance removes the two Heritage Residential lots from consideration as surplus property and allows the City to accept sealed bids to purchase the fee simple interest of the properties. Public notice will be published weekly in the Fulton Journal for three weeks beginning April 12th with bids due by Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Bid opening will be Monday, May 16, 2016 during the Regular City Council Meeting.

Action: Approve Ordinance

D. Special Event Policy (pages 10-16)

Summary: Ordinance #1524 (May 18, 2015) specifies the City Council shall establish appropriate rules and regulations and establish an application and license fee for outdoor events.

Action: Motion to Approve Special Event Policy

E. Industrial Center Farm Lease (pages 17-25)

Summary: Contract to lease 98-acre Industrial Center property to Doug Holesinger for the 2016 crop year. Lease is for $27,225.00 ($275.00/acre), which mirrors the 2016 crop year lease price.

Action: Approve farm lease

10. Old Business

11. Reports

Administrator (pages 26-28)
Marina Committee Report (page 29)
Martin House Financial Report (pages 30-31)

12. Adjourn