Mayor Ottens called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the City Clerk to call the roll. On roll call Ald. Mike VanZuiden, Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Sue VanKampen, Barb Mask and Keith King. Paul Banker and Dan Nederhoff were absent. Also in attendance Randy Boonstra, Dale Sikkema, Bill Shirk, Tammy Garibay and Dave Bartels.
Pledge of allegiance was recited; invocation was given by Randy Boonstra.
Visitors at the meeting included; Daniel Nardini, John Rohlf, Kathy Quick, Justin Knott, Barb Housenga, Katie French, Amber Sanderson, Zach Ratcliff, Jane Luker, Jackie Wilkin and Ben & April Eschelman.
Ben Eschelman is organizing an event to honor first responders on September 28, 2019 from approximately 9 to 3 and would like the councils support. The even would recognize first responders there will be more information to come at a future council meeting. Will be requesting road closure for event and has already been talking with Debi City Tourism Coordinator. The council believes this is a nice gesture and to move forward with the event.
Approve consent agenda, approve council meeting minutes from July 8, 2019.
Ald. King confirmed there is no treasurer’s report. Tammy Garibay confirmed the treasurer’s report did not get completed on time as the treasurer was on vacation. Ald. VanKampen confirming where funds are coming for to complete Blecca lot and pier. Administrator Boonstra confirmed the funds are not from video gaming. Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. King to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).
Approve ordinance to vacate 3rd Avenue west of 4th street. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to approve ordinance to vacate 3rd Avenue west of 4th street. Roll call vote (7 yes, 2 absent).
Approve ordinance to sell property at 505 9th street to Kathy Quick and approve the sales contract. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve ordinance to sell property at 505 9th Street to Kathy Quick and approve the sales contract. Roll call vote (7 yes, 2 absent). Kathy Quick was present and excited to make the lot look nice. She was informed by Administrator Boonstra the dirt piles would be leveled out on the lot so she can move forward planting grass and trees. Might look at updating current garage or building new down the road.
Approve ordinance to sell property in Industrial Center to A&D Gutters, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Justin Knott and approve sales contract. Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. King to approve ordinance to sell property in Industrial Center to A&D Gutters, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Justin Knott and approve sales contract. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). Council welcomes them to the Industrial Center and hopes their business continues to grow!
Approve additions to 2019 Street Improvement Plan which include small section of entrance between Fulton Dental Associates and Dollar General and 13th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street. Ald. VanKampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite approve the additions to the 2019 Street Improvement Plan. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). Ald. Mask is still not in favor of the 2019 Street Improvement Plan but agrees with the two additions being made, thinks we need to take a second look at 7th Ave. Ald. VanKampen has been receiving multiple calls from citizens regarding their alleys, requesting holes be filled and fixed. Ald. King said he has also been receiving calls on the condition of people’s alleys. Administrator Boonstra said the alleys have already been graded for the year and holes were filled however the fill doesn’t stay. They would have to grade down to depth of holes for it to last, also trying to get garbage trucks out of the alleys. Ald. Mask suggested consulting with someone on other options.
Approve renewing the annual “Christmas in July” event for city employees and council to be held July 24, 2019. Ald. Mask is not able to attend and asked if the date could be switched, would like the opportunity to mingle with employees and get to know them. Administrator Boonstra said the date is set in stone and money has been put down for dinner reservation. The employees are being paid for the afternoon off and the two police officers on duty get a different afternoon off and would still be able to attend dinner while Whiteside County covers Fulton. Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. King to approve renewing the annual “Christmas in July” even for city employees and council to be held July 24, 2019. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).
Update on historical significance of boundary marker at Brunch House. It has been established it used to hold mailboxes, looking to see if one of those mailboxes still exists. If one is not found can do what they would like with boundary marker. Will update at next meeting.
Ald. Crosthwaite motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 5:49 PM.
Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to enter closed session to discuss personnel and sale or purchase of property. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council entered closed session at 6:18 PM.
Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. King to exit closed session. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council exited closed session at 7:12 PM.
With no further discussion Ald. VanKampen motioned, seconded by Ald. King to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 7:13 PM.
Minutes recorded by,
Fulton City Clerk
City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
July 22, 2019
1. Public Input and Presentations
a. Parks Committee Presentation- Ald. Mask & VanKampen presented the council with a handout on a proposal of items to fix at the School Park (10th Ave) as early as this year. A couple prices still need to be finalized but the current total for improvements is $8,429 and funds will come from video gaming. Mayor Ottens supports the improvement proposal and suggests an official vote to add, remove or amend if necessary. Ald. Mask appreciates the committee’s ideas but those need some planning, want to get a few improvements completed as soon as possible. Ald. VanZuiden asked if we could amend the budget and possibly wait on redoing the pavilion at Cattail Park until next year? Have Public Works look at roof and make a recommendation. Jackie Wilkin made the recommendation of waiting to replace the roof of the pavilion at the School Park as there may be other issues with the structure, frame or the possibility of making it bigger.
b. Cannabis Lounges- Administrator Boonstra has been approached about having these types of lounges, new and current establishments. City of Fulton needs to decide how to treat it, like tobacco or different? Attorney Shirk is reviewing the regulations that just came out from IML, will have a public hearing for citizens to give input on how the City of Fulton will regulate, restrict and tax. Mayor Ottens said we will be able to set specifications just like liquor licenses.
c. Repeal existing tobacco age ordinance and replace with new ordinance that reflects the recent legislation- age was recently raised to 21, want to be consistent with state law. Put on next agenda to vote.
d. Impact study from Whiteside County, “Made in Northwest Illinois”- included in packet for council to see, good information.
e. Investigative Statement Analysis- Training for Donnie Pridemore in Gatlinburg, TN on August 26 & 27, put on next agenda for approval.
2. Committee Chair Reports
a. Budget/Finance- minutes included
b. Public Property- N/A
c. Public Safety- N/A
d. Parks & Recreation- N/A
e. Marina- N/A
f. Zoning- approved fence and RV, boat or trailer ordinance, will present to council on 8/12/19.
g. Economic Development- N/A
3. Mayor’s Report- N/A
4. City Administrator- Included
5. Aldermen reports- N/A
6. Public Works- N/A
7. Police Chief- N/A
8. Tourism Coordinator- N/A
9. Historical Society- included
10. Adjourn- Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to return back to the regular council meeting. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council returned to the regular council meeting at 6:18 PM.
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