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City Council Meeting Minutes - September 23, 2019

City of Fulton
Regular Council Meeting
September 23, 2019


Regular Meeting

Mayor Ottens called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the Deputy Clerk to call the roll. On roll call, Aldermen - Barb Mask, Sue VanKampen, Dan Nederhoff, Gene Field and Mike VanZuiden were present. Council members - Keith King, Paul Banker, Margaret Crosthwaite and City Clerk Lindsey Nederhoff were absent. Also in attendance were City Attorney Bill Shirk, City Administrator Randy Boonstra, Staff Members - Dan Clark, Nick Neblung, Dwayne Hamilton, Dale Sikkema, Debi Ervin, and Tammy Garibay.

Media representatives were Daniel Nardini and John Rohlf. Alderman Crosthwaite arrived at 5:40 p.m.

Pledge of allegiance was recited - Invocation by Pastor Wayne Wiersema.

Visitors signed up for Public Comment included: Kristin Huisenga, Mike Ankrom and Kyle Folk. (All concerning “Recreational Cannabis”).

Consent Agenda

Approve consent agenda; approve council meeting minutes from September 9, 2019, and the August 2019 Treasurer’s Report. Alderman VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Alderman VanKampen. No discussion. Roll call vote (5 yes, 0 no, 3 absent). Consent Agenda approved.


Approve purchase of a different wheelchair swing for the School Park. Alderman Mask motioned, seconded by Alderman VanKampen to approve the purchase. Discussion followed: Alderman Field commented on his appreciation for the Park Ad-Hoc Committee and their passion for a new park. He stated that he had concerns on the wheelchair swing and the cost. A swing of this sort would be better placed and utilized more at a nursing home and not a park, he added. Alderman Field also stated that funding for this type of chair could be used on something else of value in the park instead. Jackie Wilkin explained to Alderman Field that the Ad-Hoc Committee would be in favor of this type of swing due to the improved safety equipment and preparation verses the one that was first going to be purchased. Zach Ratcliff reminded the audience and Alderman Field that this decision was not from the Ad-Hoc Committee but the City’s Park Committee to purchase this new chair. He also stated that if they were able to send out the “Park Survey”, they would get input from residents on what should be at the park, as far as equipment. Alderman VanZuiden would like to wait until the next fiscal year to discuss the purchase of this new equipment, as nothing is budgeted this fiscal year for these type of improvements. Alderman Nederhoff agrees. Jackie Wilkin inquired about what would happen with the Kiwanis donation for the swing; all council members in agreement that the donation would be returned. Roll call vote (0 yes, 6 no, 2 absent). Motion denied.

Approve funding (up to $1500) for School Park Ad-Hoc Committee to survey the city and township for input on updating School Park. Funding would be coming from the Video Gaming Fund. Alderman Crosthwaite motioned, seconded by Alderman Mask. Discussion followed. Alderman Field not in favor of the funding. According to the information presented by the Ad-Hoc Committee, only 50% or less of survey materials sent out - are returned and why not spend the money on equipment updates. He also stated that the Ad-Hoc is perfectly capable in making these recommendations and decisions and presenting them to the council without a survey. Katie French appreciated Alderman Field’s trust in the Committee but they want to reach out to the community for input on the park. Kathy Kuebel was in agreement with the survey and it has been highly recommended by the landscaping architect that the committee has been working with.

Jackie Wilkin has acquired quotes for publication and postage for the survey mailings; cost will be $860.00.

Alderman Mask asked the committee about funding. It was to the council’s understanding that the Ad-Hoc committee was going to fund their expenditures.

Alderman VanKampen stated that she went door to door for donations when she promoted the new “Neighborhood Community Park” in her ward. Everything in that park, including the land, pavilion and equipment were attained by donations; stating, “If you want something bad enough, you can accomplish it with hard work”.

Alderman VanZuiden stated that he would go ahead and support $860 and nothing more. Being very frustrated at the confrontational way the entire park issues started - mainly through social media - now is the time to come together and collaborate with the city, not disagree.

Zach Ratcliff stated the survey would be great information for years to come for the city, even if plans do not move forward.

Roll call vote for the $1500 to be approved (0 yes, 6 no, 2 absent). Motion Denied.

Roll call vote for $860 to be approved for survey funding (6 yes, 0 no, 2 absent) Motion Approved.

Approve up to $1000 for School Park Ad-Hoc Committee to purchase paint and supplies for expanded painting on the updated pavilion. Denied by lack of motion.

Adopt Ordinance amending the Code of the City – Addition of Chapter 119, In Title XI – Imposing a Municipal Cannabis Retailer’s Occupational Tax (3%). Alderman VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Alderman Mask. Discussion to follow. Mayor Ottens clarified that this is only to impose a tax, nothing more. There will be a Public Hearing on October 14, 2019 for the public to discuss the pros and cons of recreational cannabis, and the final vote would be on October 28, 2019 to pass a resolution whether the City will allow the sale of recreational cannabis. The Zoning Board will discuss issues and submit their input on areas that will allow the retail sale of cannabis. Roll call vote. (6 yes, 0 no, 2 absent). Motion approved.

Approve request from Public works to move $10,000 from Marina Reserves for dredging and to waive the bid process. Alderman Mask motioned, seconded by Alderman VanZuiden. Discussion to follow. Alderman Mask asked why to remove the bid process. Public Work’s Director Clark said that bid requests were sent to three different companies and only one had responded with a quote, Superior Seawalls @ $36,000 actual cost. With no further questions or discussion – Roll call vote (6 yes, 0 no, 2 absent) Motion approved.

Approve amending Chapter 113, Raffle Ordinance to coincide with the new state laws. Alderman Mask motioned, seconded by Alderman VanKampen. With no further questions or discussion – Roll call vote (6 yes, 0 no, 2 absent) Motion approved.

Approve FTO (Field Training Officer) Training. Officer Dwayne Hamilton will be attending training in Bloomington, IL from September 30 through October 4, 2019. Alderman Crosthwaite motioned, seconded by Alderman VanKampen. Discussion to follow. Alderman VanKampen asked who would be covering the K9 position with Officer Hamilton’s absence. Officer Hamilton stated that Woz would be kenneled. Roll call vote (6 yes, 0 no, 2 absent)

Alderman VanKampen motioned, seconded by Alderman Crosthwaite to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (6 yes, 0 no, 2 absent). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 6:17 pm.

With no further discussion Alderman Mask motioned, seconded Alderman VanKampen to adjourn. With voice agreement, the council adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Tammy L Garibay
City of Fulton – Deputy Clerk



City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
September 23, 2019


  1. Public Input & Presentations
    a. Presentation on effect of Recreational Marijuana Sales in the City of Fulton. Handouts were distributed to audience and Council Members by Kristin Huisenga. Kristin spoke on concerns about marijuana and had statistic comparisons from the State of Colorado. Kristin spoke on - when there is more access to a substance the more young people become users. She spoke of what marijuana is these days verses marijuana in the 1960’s; she described the differences in potency and how the chemical process has changed, since now being manufactured in controlled factories – which now produce many other forms for consumption besides the standard smoke properties, which include edibles, pills and oils. In the state of Colorado since it has become recreational, suicide has increased along with crime and usage. “How it’s going to change Fulton’s Image if we allow recreational sales, it will be saying to our kids, “It’s Okay to Use”. Mike Ankrom, HS teacher, coach, and youth group mentor spoke on the importance of child safety…verses tax revenue for the City, stating we need to remain a strong community with the highest morals that we possible can have. Kyle Folk a volunteer coach, stating he is a “numbers person”, compared many instances in Colorado and asked that everyone research this. What we are going to get in tax revenue, will be spent on employing more Police Officers, increased property taxes, more for insurances and more for Public Servants. Please vote NO to this! Darryl Hogue, Superintendent states that the School Board will take a stance against the sale of recreational marijuana sales. Main concern that there is nothing in the immediate area for “Mental Health Support”, which will be needed for dependencies. Jill Hamstra from Albany stated please make the right decision. Sending a positive message (vote no) is going to make the difference in so many lives, especially the youth. Alderman VanKampen thanked the public for their input. Mayor Ottens reminded everyone of the Public Meeting – attend and voice your opinions at that time.
    b. Staff Proposal for Special Events Form. Alderman Mask asked for an extension of time so she may discuss with the Tourism Department. Alderman VanZuiden asked that the extension be somewhat short, because this has been on the table for quite some time now, and a decision be reached. City Administrator Boonstra asked that if there are any suggestions to contact him. Mayor Ottens gave an October 28, 2019 as the Committee of the Whole extension, and to vote the first meeting in November, 2019.
    c. Naming of the Plaza. Alderman Mask passed out a handout to all Council Members and audience titled, “What’s In A Name? A Lot” – giving eight different possibilities….Mayor Ottens asked that we consider a name honoring local veterans. City Administrator Boonstra asked that we consider a vote in 6-8 weeks.
    d. Fulton Harbor Project Presentation Video – to be shown at a later date
    e. NWIL’s “Build It – Grow It” Sessions will be scheduled starting in January. Presentations will be at City Hall. There will be approximately 3 months’ worth of sessions and they would like to see at least 10-15 businesses present. There will be a minimal fee.
    f. Reimbursement Policy - Add to next council meeting for approval.
    g. Presentation on Flow of Funds (19 cent gas tax)
    h. Request to accept used defibrillators from Fulton Fire Department – Add to next council meeting to accept the donation.
    i. Park Ad-Hoc Committee Update – sample survey form enclosed. Committee is looking for recommendations to add or subtract from the enclosed survey. Please contact them within one week if you have any suggestions. If there are no changes or add-ons, they will proceed with what they have. Kathy Kuebel asked the Council to approve letting the HS Art Class to paint 4 different end cap murals to be placed on the pavilion at the park. She states that the paint funding is already in the Park’s funding (which was confirmed by Public Works Director Clark) and would only need the 4 sheets of plywood furnished. She is to bring a preliminary drawing to the Park Committee for approval and color discussion.

2. Committee Chair Reports
a. Budget/Finance – meeting on Sept 18, 2019, met with PD. Waiting for Safety Committee to hold meeting.
b. Public Property- N/A
c. Public Safety-N/A
d. Parks & Recreation- N/A
e. Marina- N/A
f. Zoning- Will need to schedule a meeting with Board on how to proceed with the recreational cannabis sale district
g. Economic Development- N/A

3. Mayor’s Report

4. City Administrator’s Report- included. Also planning on have a “Strategic Planning Meeting” in November. TBD. This will make way for staff to have estimates for upcoming projects in the new fiscal year.

5. Aldermen Reports-N/A

6. Public Works Director

7. Police Chief - N/A

8. Tourism Coordinator

9. Adjourn- Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to return to the regular council meeting. Roll call vote (6 yes, 0 no, 2 absent). The council returned to the regular meeting at 8.13 PM.

Tammy L Garibay
Deputy Clerk