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City Council Meeting Minutes October 17, 2016

City of Fulton
Regular Council Meeting Minutes
October 17, 2016

Mayor Russell called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the city clerk to call the roll. On roll call Ald. Barbara Mask, Gene Field, Wes Letcher, Sue VanKampen, Dan Nederhoff, Mike VanZuiden and Howard VanZuiden answered, “present.” Margaret Crosthwaite was absent. Also in attendance were, Ed Cannon (City Administrator), Bill Shirk (City Attorney), James Rhoades (Chief of Police), Dan Clark (Public Works Director), Regina Lehman (Tourism Director), Amanda Fosdick (Treasurer) and Dale Sikkema (Zoning Board Director).

The pledge of allegiance was recited Pastor Wayne Wiersema gave the invocation.

Visitors present at the meeting included Jerry Lindsey (Fulton Journal), John Rohlf (Clinton Herald), Barb Suehl-Janis, Joe Maresca, and Todd Mueller.

Corrections to meeting minutes from October 3, 2016. Ald. Mask corrected two names spelled incorrectly Ed Wosoba and Joe Maresca.

Mayor Russell asked if there were any questions regarding the items listed on the consent agenda. Items for consideration Approve October 3, 2016 and October 13, 2016 City Council Minutes, Approve Treasurer’s Report and Approve Bill List. Ald. Mask asked questions regarding the Bill List, Treasurer Fosdick was able to explain items. With no further questions Ald. M. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

Old Business

Authorizing the Acquisition of a certain parcel of Real Property by City of Fulton. Attorney Shirk explained the owner released lien to city in order to save time and money. Currently there are some back taxes owed on the property that will have to be paid. This process is to take over the property and demo the dangerous building. With no questions or concerns Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. H. VanZuiden to approve ordinance #1549. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

Authorizing a variance of certain property within the city of Fulton pursuant to the revised Zoning Ordinance. This ordinance will allow Ed Wosoba to keep the carport (boat port) on the property line. Mr. Wosoba also has 90 days to change the sides of the carport to match the existing building. With no further questions or concerns Ald. VanKampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to approve ordinance #1550. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

Eastern Iowa Propane requests the city sell 5 acres of land ($15,000 an acre) in the southwest corner of the Industrial Center. Mr. Sesser is looking to better serve its Fulton customers. With the approval and sale of the property the next item is to have the land surveyed. With no further questions or concerns Ald. H. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve the sale of land to Eastern Iowa Propane. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

New Business

Due to a sanitary line break on 4th Street by the Marina an Emergency Dewatering Contract has been made in order to complete the emergency repairs from the collapse that happened on October 4, 2016. Director Clark explained unsafe working conditions for his staff and is preventing repairs from getting completed. To get the equipment here is going to cost $27,000 and going to cost more by the time the sewer line is fixed. This is a serious issue that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. With no further questions or concerns the council moved to the next item on the agenda.

Chief of Police Rhoades proposed increasing patrol officer manning to 7. Currently an officer has been off due to medical issues and will continue to be off at least 27 more months. Due to staffing officers have to work overtime. The overtime paid have almost reached the budgeted amount for the year already. Chief Rhoades has suggested hiring another officer because they do not have to pay for the current officer while on leave and to decrease overtime. With no questions or concerns the council moved to the next item on the agenda.

Rezoning of property located at 2423 4th Street within the City of Fulton, Illinois owned by Todd Mueller. Mr. Mueller is looking to have Lots 2 & 3 of Block 12 rezoned to “Industry” in order to construct a pole shed for personal use and rental space. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved the rezoning request. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to have the ordinance written up for the rezoning of Block 12, Lots 2 & 3 for Mr. Mueller. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

Reports

Mayor Russell included his written report.

Administrator Cannon included his written report.

Police Chief Rhoades included his written report.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Field to enter closed session to discuss personnel. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent). The council entered closed session at 6:30 PM.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Nederhoff to exit closed session. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent). The council exited closed session at 7:00 PM.

Ald. M. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to not renew City Administrator Ed Cannon’s Contract. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

With no further business, Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. H. VanZuiden to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 7:03 PM.

Minutes recorded by,

Lindsey Renkes
Fulton City Clerk