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City Council Meeting Minutes - June 24, 2019

City of Fulton
Regular Council Meeting
June 24, 2019


Mayor Ottens called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the City Clerk to call roll. On roll call Ald. Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Dan Nederhoff, Barb Mask, Paul Banker, Keith King and Sue VanKampen. Also in attendance Randy Boonstra, Dave Bartels, Tammy Garibay, Dale Sikkema, Ben Topham, Nick Huizenga and Dan Clark.

The pledge of allegiance was recited; invocation given by Pastor Wayne Wiersema.

Visitors at the meeting included; Gene & Margaret Pessman, Jane Luker, Trudy Feldt, Alex & Katie French, Betsy Robinson, Becky Kramer, Drew & Jackie Wilkin, Magen Folk, Lynn Coffee, Charles Thacker, Amber Sanderson, Chuck Miller, Zach Ratcliff, Jean Wilkin, Brad Housenga, Lorraine Temple, Terry Temple, Elise Vogel, Nicole Kershner, Chuck Dykstra, Sarah Long, Jill Nederhoff, John Rohlf, Daniel Nardini and Lori Shear.

Zach Ratcliff was present for an answer on the water/sewer rate increase, the bill from April to May shows a change before 6/1/19 as the ordinance states. Admin Boonstra said the bill was for 6/1/19 but was a Saturday so bills were printed 5/31/19 with the new increase included for previous service. Mr. Ratcliff believes this is unfair to citizens with an unclear effective date, everyone has been overcharged.

Approve consent agenda; approve meeting minutes from June 10, 2019 and approve treasurer’s report. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).


Approve Ordinance to vacate land defined as west end of 2nd Avenue. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve ordinance to vacate land defined as west end of 2nd Avenue. Roll call vote (8 yes, 1 absent).

Approve Resolution to declare property at 505 9th Ave surplus. Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve resolution to declare property at 505 9th Ave surplus. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

Approve the recommendation from Parks Committee regarding status of Pleasure Park Baseball Field. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve recommendation from Parks Committee regarding the status of Please Park Baseball Field. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent).

Approve moving forward with installation of Play and Park playground equipment at Wood Park aka Klooster Park. Lynn Coffee lives in the 4th Ward and does not want to see the playground equipment installed due to safety concerns, busy road, no sidewalks, small space, not parking and not ADA approved. Believes the city needs a better plan and think of the future, please vote no. Margaret Pessman agrees with Lynn, area is too small, safety concerns, equipment close to the road, no sidewalks/bathrooms and no children in the area. Jackie Wilkin reiterated how the park needs to be ADA compliant which is just another expense for the city to take into consideration. Ald. Banker agrees with citizens, nothing to build off of such as adding bathrooms. Ald. Mask is not in favor of installing the equipment, a park is more than just equipment. Had a conversation with another neighbor, Lori Shear, who would be fine with the park if that is what the city decides. Ald. VanKampen spent a lot of time to get pocket park in her ward and would like to see this in another ward. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve moving forward with installation of Play and Park playground equipment at Wood Park aka Klooster Park. Roll call vote (5 yes, 2 no, 1 absent). Ald. Banker and Mask voted against.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 5:52 PM.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to enter closed session to discuss personnel and sale/purchase of property. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent). The council entered closed session at 7:08 PM.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to exit closed session. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent). The council exited closed session at 7:16 PM.

With no further discussion Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Field to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 7:16 PM.

Minutes recorded by,
Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk


City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
June 24, 2019

1. Public Input & Presentations

a. Presentation from Sheriff John Booker- Not present

b. Presentation from Citizens on Fulton Park System- Jackie Wilkin grew up in a small Iowa town that had sidewalks, aquatic center and baseball fields all together. How come our town can’t afford this. Many small communities work together and have pride in parks and projects. Want to let the City of Fulton know we are here for support you have smart individuals here that want to see Fulton thrive. In 2014 the city council voted on video gaming funds to go to parks but in May 2019 the street plan is to use half of the funds to repair roads over the next 10 years. Would like to see the plan for parks over the next 1, 2, 5, 10, 15 and even 20 years. Katie French has lived in Fulton her entire life and is now a high school teacher. The last time the 10th Ave Park has seen any type of upgrade was in 1995, 25 years later kids are missing out. The park is not ADA compliant, need to focus on potential and restore 10th Ave Park. Becky Kramer has lived in Fulton since she was 6 years old and has stayed here to raise her family. Have a petition signed by over 500 people to use the funds from gaming for our parks. We desperately need to upgrade play equipment to keep kids safe and more activities for middle and high school aged kids. I am speaking on behalf of those who couldn’t be here tonight. Ald. VanKampen is the Parks & Recreation chair and on July 1st at 6 PM will be having their next meeting and would like anyone interested to show up to discuss how to move forward and make our parks better. Agree something needs to be done, also discussed with Preston City Clerk about their park and over 80% of funds were fundraised. Ald. Mask is also on the Parks & Recreation committee and is open to any opinions citizens have to offer. Mayor Ottens is glad citizens are here, looking forward to input from committee. Park of street plan is to redo Drives Park Rd and consider this a parks project. Want to keep improving, need people who care.

c. Expansion at “The Dispensary”- Admin. Boonstra went over details on pages 4 & 5 in the packet. Dan Dolan is looking to expand The Dispensary with the recent passing of recreational marijuana in the State of Illinois. With the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act this will allow for additional programs to help both grow and beautify the City of Fulton. Some of the Fulton Community Plan details include; Clean Up Initiative, school equipment donation, local food bank, highlight Fulton and more.

d. Intention to apply for cultivation center license- Originally did not get approved for a cultivation center but have the option to reapply and believe they have a 90-95% chance of getting approved this time. If this happens they would be interested in buying 20-25 acres in the Industrial Center but they would need access to water.

e. Preliminary Design ideas for City Plaza located at the corner of 4th Street and 10th Avenue- Showed pictures and virtual design video to council of two different options; included stamped concrete, benches, fire pit, etc. Put on next agenda for approval.

f. Update NWIL Director, Lisa McCarthy submitted her resignation- Found a better opportunity in the area, will help train someone new. Already have interviews set up and looking to hire soon.

g. Presentation from Neil & Jane Luker to purchase the section of 3rd Avenue west of 4th Street- There is limited potential of this lot due to storm drain line, need to obtain a legal description and make sure utility easement is included in the bill of sale. Pu on next agenda to sell property for $1,000 plus $1,500 for legal fees.

h. Question from Administrator- What arrangements are in place for the care of various planting around town on city property? Downtown clock, 4th Street by water/sewer plant and Fulton sign all are not being taken care of, who is responsible? Do we need to remove and mow or hire someone to weed and take care of. Jane Luker suggested talking to Judy Holesinger and see if she is interested or knows of resources.

i. Relocation of Lincoln Highway Mural/Signage- Mike Knott offered putting the mural on the side of his building, council agrees it would be a good location. Will proceed with placing on building.

j. Resolution from council to allow current Mayor and Administrator access to the lock box at Central Bank- City Clerk has keys and access to safe box, not being used so will go and close box.

k. Request from individual to purchase concrete boundary marker at the southeast corner of 4th Street and 19th Avenue outside of Brunch House- Ald. Mask requested not to sell the boundary marker yet until further research can be completed on the significance of it.

2. Committee Chair Reports
a. Budget/Finance- meeting noted included
b. Public Property- N/A
c. Public Safety- N/A
d. Parks & Recreation- N/A
e. Marina- water is finally going down, looking to put boats in soon
f. Zoning- still needing to fill one more spot on the Zoning board
g. Economic Development- N/A

3. Mayor’s Report- N/A

4. City Administrator’s Report- included

5. Aldermen Reports- Ald. Mask say the prison is looking to hire more employees, trying to help employees find housing lets be the town who works with them.

6. Public Works Director- Going to be launching boats on Wednesday, had Ben and Nick present at meeting to answer any questions on Parks and had a surprise OSHA inspection. Will provide OSHA results to Mayor and council once received. Ald. VanKampen requested Ben Topham to attend the Parks meeting on 7/1/19.

7. Police Chief- Continuing work on squad bay, Officer Willging is now riding alone but can call for help at any time. Been working on reviews, only have 1 left to complete then council may review.

8. Tourism Coordinator- on vacation wanted to report Summer Fest went well.

9. Historical Society- included

10. Adjourn- Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to adjourn back to the regular meeting. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 absent). The council adjourned at 7:07 PM.

Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk