City of Fulton
Regular Council Meeting
February 25, 2019
Mayor Ottens called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the City Clerk to call roll. On roll call Mayor Ottens, Ald. Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Dan Nederhoff, Barb Mask, Paul Banker, Sue VanKampen, Mike VanZuiden and Keith King. Also in attendance Randy Boonstra, Bill Shirk, Dave Bartels, Amanda Fosdick, Tammy Garibay, Debi Ervin and Dan Clark.
Pledge of allegiance was recited; invocation was given by Kevin Verhoven.
Visitors at the meeting included; Daniel Nardini, Jan Olsen, Evelyn Medenblik, Dave & Paula Ensinger, Marilyn Tichler, Doug Delhotel, Dennis Pate, Tabitha Larson, Ryan Wolber, Charlene Johnson, Neil & Jane Luker, Chuck Dykstra, Bob Anderson, Jill Nederhoff, Craig Wilson, Matt & Sarah Mitchell and Kathy Kingery.
Approve Consent Agenda as presented; approve meeting minutes from February 11, 2019 and approve Treasurer’s Report. Ald Mask wanted to thank Treasurer Fosdick for the charts/graphs. Also wanted to know what a use tax is? This is purchases made outside the city for example online at Amazon.com. Of the 8% tax what percentage comes back to the city? 1% comes back to the city. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote (8 yes).
Approve advertising for the sale of the Drives Building. Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. King to authorize advertising for the sale of the Drives Building. Roll call vote (8 yes). Ald. Field clarified the buyer would be paying for advertising, publication and ordinance in the amount of $1,500. Bid opening would be at the April 8, 2019 meeting.
Approve resolution to move payment of bill to Valley Construction for 3rd Ave Project from the 2012C Bond Fund, 32-00-923 to the correct account MFT 17-00-616. Making transfer to clean up paperwork, funds were not used from the 2012C Bond but instead the MFT account. Ald. Mask asked for an update on what is left in each of the accounts for the year. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve resolution to move payment of bill to Valley Construction for 3rd Ave Project from the 2012C Bond Fund, 32-00-923 to the correct account MFT 17-00-616. Roll call vote (8 yes).
Approve the purchase of a Vac-Con Model V390/1000 L H A Combination Sewer Cleaner. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve the purchase of a Vac-Con Combination Sewer Cleaner. Roll call vote (8 yes).
Approve ordinance to allow financing the purchase of a Vac-Con Model V390/1000 L H A Combination Sewer Cleaner. Do not have financing set up yet, table to next meeting to check with financial institutions on rates. Can place order for machine, cannot pass ordinance until we get details on financing.
Motion to override the Mayor veto of an ordinance to change the number of liquor licenses that may be issued, by amending Chapter 111.07 of the Fulton Code of Ordinances passed by the City Council on January 28, 2019. Ald. VanKampen asked why this has happened. Attorney Shirk explained the Mayor has the right to veto by the following meeting and the City Council has a right to overturn the veto the meeting following the veto. It will take a 2/3 vote to overturn the veto (6/8). Ald. Nederhoff believes the council should grant the license because our city is losing money across the river, specifically the casino. Ald. Nederhoff believes in free markets and competition, only the best will survive and stay open. We are leaving money on the table as a city by not allowing others to obtain a liquor license. We can not 100% attribute gaming dens to crime. Ald. Banker was not present at the last meeting, who is receiving this one liquor license if granted? Only 1 license would be granted, no person has been selected. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to override the Mayor’s veto of an ordinance to change the number of liquor licenses that may be issued passed by the City Council on January 28, 2019. Roll call vote (3 yes, 5 no). Yes- Nederhoff, VanKampen and Mask No- Banker, Field, Crosthwaite, King and VanZuiden
Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 5:55 PM.
With no further discussion Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Field to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 6:47 PM.
Minutes recorded by,
Fulton City Clerk
City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
February 25, 2019
1. Public Input & Presentations
a. Approve the renewal of contract for Tourism Coordinator- contract needs to be renewed, put on next agenda for approval.
b. Investigate moving out garbage collection system to a semi-automated system provided by our current contactor, Moring Disposal- Looking at switching over to totes that can be picked up by garbage truck, 65 and/or 95 gallon totes. There has been issues with garbage trucks in the alley’s so instead pick up along the road. Can totes be picked up on hills? Yes, currently doing so in Mt. Carroll, very hilly town. Rates are to be determined, would know before making a decision. Yard waste would remain the same, using own garbage cans. Recycling goes to WI, company actually loses money to recycle.
c. Approve signing a letter of intent with ESG to conduct a no cost appraisal of city wide facilities and equipment- Ryan Wolber with ESG from Lyle, IL near Chicago. Will do a no cost appraisal showing what items could be replaced with energy efficient systems.
d. Electronic sign update for sign on the side of the KT Fitness Building- cannot get programed been unsuccessful, should we look at replacing. The same size sign would cost $17,000 new.
e. Approval of proposed updates to the Employee Handbook- Changes included, put on next agenda for approval
f. Suggestion to hold Dutch Days activities by the Windmill and WCC- Dutch Dancing in front of Windmill, up for discussion. Dutch Days committee already paid for advertising for this year.
2. Committee Chair Reports-
a. Budget/Finance- minutes from meeting included
b. Public Property- N/A
c. Public Safety- N/A
d. Parks & Recreation- Ald. VanKampen requested to have a presentation in June at the High School with Woz.
e. Marina- N/A
f. Zoning- N/A
g. Economic Development- N/A
3. Mayor’s Report- Received a call from the Sterling Mayor recommending on getting tablets to replace printing agendas, best decision they made.
4. City Administrator’s Report- On March 14th TCEDA is holding a conference presentation and meal, City of Fulton has a table seats 8.
5. Aldermen Reports- Ald. Mask along with Ald. Nederhoff and Admin. Boonstra went to the CRDC meeting which was very informative.
6. Public Works- Thanks the council for approving the purchase of new equipment. Who cleans dike? Dave Housenga has cleaning with ATV and plow
7. Police Chief- Included information on Officer Hamilton’s training
8. Tourism Coordinator- included all events and keep adding more
9. Adjourn- Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to adjourn back to the regular council meeting. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council returned to the regular council meeting at 6:46 PM.
Fulton City Clerk