Mayor Pro-Tem VanZuiden called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the Deputy Clerk to call the roll. On roll call, Aldermen Keith King, Paul Banker, Barb Mask, Sue VanKampen, Dan Nederhoff, Margaret Crosthwaite, and Gene Field were present. Mayor Mike Ottens and City Clerk Lindsey Nederhoff were absent. Also in attendance were Bill Shirk, Randy Boonstra, Dan Clark, Dave Bartels, Dale Sikkema, Amanda Fosdick, and Tammy Garibay.
Pledge of allegiance was recited; invocation was given by Pastor Wayne Wiersema.
Visitors at the meeting included; Media representatives - Daniel Nardini and John Rohlf; visitor participation - Jackie Wilkin, Kathy Kuebel, Zach Ratcliff, Devin Bly and Dan Mahoney.
Dan Mahoney addressed the council and asked for support of an incident that occurred by his home located in the 1100 Block of 12th Avenue. On 8/16/19, approximately 11:15 pm there were “shots fired” in the area. According to Mr. Mahoney this is the 2nd incident of this kind with the previous “shooting” on 7-7-18. Mr. Mahoney states that he and his family do not feel safe in their own neighborhood and is asking for police support; without the need of him bringing it to the attention of the news media. He suggests that professional cameras be used at each corner and in front of the homes and alleyways for surveillance – he also has installed several of his own personal cameras on his property. Chief Bartels answered several questions that were asked by Mr. Mahoney and Aldermen, concerning valid FOID cards, and probable cause for searches. Chief Bartels is in contact directly with the State’s Attorney’s Office. They are working on solutions on obtaining substantial evidence to prosecute. Mayor Pro-Tem VanZuiden asked that an open dialogue continue with Mr. Mahoney and the Police Department with further information and updates.
Public Works Director Clark introduced new PW Employee, Devin Bly to the Council and visitors. Devin started full time with the department on June 25, 2019 after filling in on a temporary position that opened up in April. Devin had previously worked as a summer intern for 2 summers in between college. Devin thanked the Council, City Administrator Boonstra and PW Director Clark for the opportunity to work for the City.
Approve consent agenda; approve council meeting minutes from August 12, 2019, and the Treasurer’s Report. Alderman Mask asked that a correction be made to the Committee of the Whole minutes (1. E.), stating the amount from Video Gaming would be $40,000 one-time per year instead of two. Alderman Mask motioned, seconded by Alderman VanKampen. Roll call vote (8 yes). Motion passed.
Approve the Ordinance providing the issuance of the General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019, designated for Street Improvements. Alderman King motioned, seconded by Alderman Banker to approve the ordinance. Discussion followed and questions answered by Mr. Anthony Miceli concerning the bonds. Mr. Miceli stated the interest rate will be 2.1%, down from the initial 3%. Roll call vote (8 yes). Motion passed.
Approve Zoning Changes for Fences in the City. Alderman VanKampen motioned, seconded by Alderman Crosthwaite. Discussion followed with Zoning Officer Sikkema clarifying the definition of “front yard”, stating it begins at the front door of the dwelling and expands to the property line. Roll call vote (8 yes). Motion passed.
Approve Zoning Changes for trailer parking per Title 7, Chapter 72, Schedule II. (Original Ordinance - #1564). The new change improves safety by not allowing parking too close to an intersection, and limits the location of the trailer parking to provide better street appeal. Alderman Mast motioned, seconded by Alderman Nederhoff. Roll call vote (8yes). Motion passed.
Approve 6 month contact renewal for Police Chief Bartels. Alderman King motioned, seconded by Alderman Crosthwaite. Roll call vote (8 yes). Motion passed.
Approve salary increases for non-union personnel. This includes increases for Donnie Pridemore @2.25%, Dan Clark @ 3%, Dave Bartels @ 2% and Debi Ervin @ 2%, all increases will be retroactive starting May 1, 2019. Alderman VanKampen motioned, seconded by Alderman King. Roll call vote (8yes). Motion passed.
Approve the previously “Approved Use” of 50% of Video Gaming funds for pledged revenue for the 2019 Bonds. Alderman Mask motioned, seconded by Alderman VanKampen. Discussion followed: Alderman Field expressed concerns that, “What happens if the Video Gaming revenue decreases, we will be locked in or committed to a fixed contribution?” Zach Ratcliff reminded the council that the Video Gaming Fund was bench marked for parks. Jackie Wilkin expressed her opinion, based on the “Parks Ad-Hoc Committee,” that $40,000 should be given as payment for the street improvement fund and no more, stating if revenues increase from Video Gaming, that the increase should help “catch up on park improvements.” Pro-Tem Mayor VanZuiden explained that per the current year budget there is around $150,000 already budgeted for parks. These allotted monies are for the general upkeep and some additional upgrades. Public Works Director Clark pointed out that there have been many upgrades including the bike path bridge, and turn around at Heritage Canyon that have already been completed from the previous year and updates for the 10th Avenue Park, ball diamonds, possible fishing pier and Cattail Park in this year’s budget along with just general upkeep; stressing that just the upkeep of Heritage Canyon takes a large amount out of the budget. Alderman Mask asked where the monies were from the Utility Tax increase. City Administrator Boonstra explained that those monies go into the city’s General Fund when received and monthly transfers are then made each month to different funds. The Street Depreciation Fund was established for that and money is transferred into that fund every month. Increases can be seen in the monthly Treasurer’s report. Roll call vote (1 yes – Ald. Mask, 7 no’s). Motion denied.
Alderman Mask motioned, seconded by Alderman Crosthwaite to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (8 yes). The Council entered the committee of the Whole Meeting at 6:10 pm.
With no further business or discussion the council adjourned upon voice agreement at 6:37 pm.
Tammy L Garibay
Fulton Deputy Clerk
City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
August 26, 2019
1. Public Input & Presentations
a. Training request for recertification of K-9 Woz and Officer Hamilton. This is an annual recertification. Alderman VanKampen asks that Council gets a report, update and possible presentation of the dog in action. Place on next Council Agenda for vote.
b. Field Training request for Officer Hamilton. This will replace the current Field Training Officer (Leitzen). Chief Bartels explains that this training is only offered every 3-4 years, and is needed for the hiring of a new officer. The Field Training Officer is the mentor with all new hires. Mayor Pro-Tem VanZuiden inquired why Officer Hamilton is being considered, asking, “Won’t this take the canine out of commission and off the streets?” Alderman VanKampen also asked about the “Drug Fund” and how is money accumulated for the fund. Chief Bartels stated that the monies are paid out through the court system, “everyone gets a part of the fine”. Recommendation – place on Council Agenda for vote.
c. City Administrator Boonstra reminding all council officials and department head of the upcoming BoardDocs Training scheduled on September 9, 2019 (4-5:15 pm, prior to the council meeting).
d. City Administrator Boonstra introduced to the council the “Chromebooks” that will be used for BoardDocs and City email usage.
2. Committee Chair Reports
a. Budget/Finance- N/A
b. Public Property- Alderman Banker requests additional advertising of the Industrial Park’s remaining property.
c. Public Safety-N/A
d. Parks & Recreation- Alderman VanKampen reports that an anonymous donor will give funding to replace the cement in the pavilion at School Park. PW Director Clark is getting some estimates.
e. Marina- N/A
f. Zoning- N/A
g. Economic Development- N/A
3. Mayor’s Report- N/A
4. City Administrator’s Report- included – great turnout at the ground breaking event for 3D Trailer Sales.
5. Aldermen Reports-Aldermen attended the Blackhawk Waterways Annual Dinner. Enjoyed the speakers and the Friends of the Windmill were honored.
6. Public Works Director- updated on the letting for the street improvements will be held in September. (Drives’ Park and 6th Ave) October letting (5th and 6th Street and 2nd) Spring letting (8th Street)
7. Police Chief- reporting squad bay remodeling is almost complete. The new Tahoe is here, and will be pursuing other options for additional vehicle and selling of surplus property. Also reminded the council that city ordinance citations are no longer given for traffic violations. Funds must go to state.
8. Adjourn- Alderman King motioned, seconded by Alderman Mask to return back to the regular council meeting. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council returned to the regular meeting at 6:36 PM.
Tammy L Garibay
Fulton Deputy Clerk