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City Council Meeting Minutes - June 10, 2019

City of Fulton
Regular Council Meeting
June 10, 2019

 

Pro Tem Mayor Mike VanZuiden called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the City Clerk to call roll. On roll call Ald. Mike VanZuiden, Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Barb Mask, Paul Banker and Sue VanKampen. Ald. Dan Nederhoff and Keith King were absent. Also in attendance Randy Boonstra, Dave Bartels, Debi Ervin, Dwayne Hamilton, Bill Shirk and Dan Clark.


Pledge of allegiance was recited.


Visitors at the meeting included; Gene & Margaret Pessman, Charles Thacker, Jane Luker, Daniel Nardini, Jill Nederhoff and Zack Ratcliff.

Zack Ratcliff spoke on the water/sewer updates voted on at the May 13, 2019 meeting. The bill received for dates 4/18 to 5/20 and due on 6/20 (printed 5/31) already reflect the changes. It was voted on by the council for changes to take effect on June 1, 2019, would like someone to check on and call. Pro Tem Mayor VanZuiden said he will have someone look into this situation and get back to him.

Jill Nederhoff was contacted by a citizen who walks the bike path and many fallen limbs, trees. This citizen would like to see the bike path cleaned up. Jill also has a request to place garbage can back by restrooms in DenBestin Park, there used to be one there. Also asked Public Works Director Clark if he was happy with mowing of parks in town? Director Clark said, “No and he is working on it.” Jill stated parks looked a lot nicer when Eric Stracbien was in charge of parks, need to hold employees to same standard. Will be addressed with employees.


Approve consent agenda; approve meeting minutes from May 28, 2019 and approve bill list. Ald. Crosthwaite motioned, seconded by Ald. Banker to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).


Business


Approve the request from Riverbend to waive the building permit fee for their remodeling project. Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to waive building permit fee for Riverbend project. Roll call vote (5 yes, 1 no, 2 absent).


Approve an ordinance to vacate land defined as west end of 2nd Ave. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to table until the next regular council meeting.


Approve sale of land in the Fulton Industrial Center to Justin Knott. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve the sale of land in the Fulton Industrial Center to Justin Knott. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).


Approve a three-year contract with Platinum Information Services for IT Support. This comes as a recommendation from the Finance Committee and will be used by all departments. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve a three-year contract with Platinum Information Services for IT Support. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).


Ald. VanKampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 5:46 PM.


Ald. VanKampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to enter closed session to discuss personnel and sale of property. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council entered closed session at 6:57 PM

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Ald. Crosthwaite motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to exit closed session. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council exited closed session at 7:04 PM.


With no further discussion Ald. Crosthwaite motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 7:04 PM.


Minutes recorded by,
Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk

 

City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
June 10, 2019


1. Public Input & Presentations
     a. K9 Officer Hamilton- Woz is now 2 years old and still training. He has assisted in arrests and called out to other communities to help at no charge. However, that is OT for Officer Hamilton. Woz will   be recertifying later this year; this is completed yearly. He is also involved with a training group of K9’s in the area and they get together every week.
     b. Parks Committee/Pleasure Park- Ald. Mask provided handout with proposal of Pleasure Park. Klooster Memorial Park has always been a park; it is a full lot 48x96. Ald. Banker believes we are all over the board, not able to make any decisions and do not have the budget for lighting. Agree we voted to put in playground equipment but with the uncertainty of Pleasure Park future do we want to put in equipment, are we keeping the field or not? Ald. VanZuiden confirmed the council voted on December 10, 2018 to purchase and place equipment at Klooster Memorial Park. Are we going to let the equipment sit at Public Works and do nothing just because a neighbor doesn’t want it? Also we are discussing two different parks Klooster Memorial and Pleasure Park, let’s not combine them. Ald. Mask is glad to have a park in 1st Ward but have not put next to personal property. Actually Community Park is next to personal property, so we have. Ald. Field asked what is Mr. Thacker’s fears of the playground equipment. Mr. Thacker does not want playground equipment taller than his house, he believes it will devalue his property and kids will climb on his fences. Mr. Thacker is willing to landscape property if playground equipment is put somewhere else. Put on next agenda for a vote.
     c. Kathy Quick/Purchase of 505 9th Ave- sell as surplus at 80% of appraised value plus $1,500. Put on next agenda for approval.
     d. Play & Park Playground Equipment- as discussed above put on next agenda for vote on not to continue installing playground equipment.
     e. Solicitation Ordinance- People are supposed to check in at City Hall, most do not. Should we look into an ordinance for solicitation?
     f. Quarterly Newsletter- It would cost $900 per quarter to mail out newsletter to approximately 1,800 households. Could send out newsletter and refer them to the City website going forward for information. Zack Ratcliff suggested making a note on water bills he currently gets Township letter and would rather read it online. Put on next agenda for approval.
     g. Reminder Do not “reply all” on emails- Admin. Boonstra just wanted to remind council members NOT to reply all just to individual person.


2. Committee Chair Reports
     a. Budget/Finance- Met with Spear Financial financing for street repairs/bonding
     b. Public Property- N/A
     c. Public Safety- N/A
     d. Parks & Recreation- Met on June 3, discussing plan for the Blecca lot request to be put on Committee of the Whole for next meeting
     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, talked with DNR Officer Jeff about controlling the deer population, would shoot them off or bow hunt. People in town either love or hate the deer about 50/50. Moring will be presenting the city with updated costs in the next couple of weeks to review. Police server has virus, currently been down two days. Working with Platinum to get the issue fixed.


5. Aldermen Reports- N/A


6. Public Works Director- As already discussed struggling with Parks, Ben Topham is in charge and does a good job. Also included is Matt Huizenga’s report from training.


7. Police Chief- New laws passed, waiting to hear on recreational marijuana details.


8. Tourism Coordinator- Blue Grass Festival was over the weekend, Thursday is Jammin in the Canyon and Saturday is Summer Fest downtown.


9. Adjourn- Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to adjourn back to the regular meeting. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council adjourned at 6:56 PM.


Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk

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