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City Council Meeting Minutes May 14, 2018

City of Fulton
Regular Council meeting
May 14, 2018


Mayor Pro Tem VanKampen called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the City Clerk to call roll. On roll call Mayor Pro Tem VanKampen (will be voting as Alderman), Mike VanZuiden, Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Dan Nederhoff, Barb Mask, Paul Banker and Keith King. Also in attendance Dale Sikkema, Tammy Garibay, Dan Clark, Randy Boonstra, Dave Bartels, Debi Ervin, Randy Boonstra.

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

Visitors at the meeting included; Pam Merema, Jessie Pawa, Larry Russell, H Wiebenga, Chuck Dykstra, Isabel Vanderblek, Jacob Willging and Jane Luker. Chuck Dykstra was sorry he did not make it to the last meeting, sad to hear restorer did not pass. He does appreciate the repaving of 3rd Ave and 6th St. Pam Merema donated item to RFCC and would like to know what will be happening with these items. Are they going to be sold, if so who is going to get the money? Larry Russell remembers the items for the RFCC to be a donation to city and seniors which he helped move from a basement to the community center. He was present with Jessie from Fulton Oil to talk about expanding his business and including video gaming at his location.

Mayor Pro Tem asked if there are any questions on the consent agenda; approve council meeting minutes from April 23, 2018 and approve the bill list. Ald. Mask had a correction to the meeting minutes saying Randy Boonstra there is a budget line item for moving the baseball diamonds but it must first be approved by the council. With no further questions or concerns Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve the consent agenda with correction as listed above. Roll call vote (8 yes).


Approve letter of support to be honored in Whiteside County for Cupcake Law. At the last meeting requested letter of support from the City of Fulton. This all comes down to legal interpretation, currently saying it is up to the county. The county does not have the manpower to send someone into every home to inspect. Attorney Tim Zollinger interprets it as it is up to the city to make the decision. No motion, on to next item on the agenda.

Approve allowing chickens to be raised within the city limits. Ald. Field does not want chickens in town, he believes they belong on the farm. If they want chickens, they should move out of town. Ald. Mask is fine with chickens in town but believes there should be restrictions. Ald. Nederhoff is also fine with chickens but does not want roosters crowing at 5 am in his neighborhood. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanZuiden to allow chickens in town as long as there are no roosters, maximum number of 4 chickens, must be housed in a chicken coop (similar to picture shown at last meeting) and the coop/facility is cleaned up. Roll call vote (5 yes, 3 no). Motion passed.

Approve ordinance to increase water, sewer and w/s debt charges by 8%. Ald. Mask asked to include letter in paper explaining increase to citizens of Fulton. Letter to be included in the June 1, 2018 newspaper. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. VanZuiden to approve the ordinance increase of water, sewer and w/s debt charges by 8%. Roll call vote (8 yes).

Reminder that Statement of Economic Interest forms are due on May 15, 2018. Any submitted later are subject to $15 fee per person. If you have not already, please fill out and get to Tammy. A copy of the form is in your mailbox.

Introduction of Jacob Willging who will be the Fulton Police Department Intern. Jacob is a Western Illinois University Student who will be interning from May 14, 2018 until July 27, 2018. He is glad to have the opportunity to serve his home town.

Approve mayoral appointment of Michael VanZuiden as Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of Mayor Ottens. With no questions or concerns Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to approve the Mayor Pro Tem appointment. Roll call vote (7 yes, 1 abstain).

Approve rescheduling the next regular council meeting to Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to approve rescheduling the next regular council meeting to Tuesday May, 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM. Roll call vote (8 yes).

Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Banker to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. The council adjourned the regular meeting at 5:57 PM. Roll call vote (8 yes).

Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 6:32 PM.

Minutes recorded by,
Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk


City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
May 14, 2018

1. Public Input & Presentations
a. Proclaim June 2, 2018 as American Cancer Society Relay for Life Day- put on next agenda for a vote
b. Request for “No Parking Signs” at 1511 3rd St along 16th Ave- owner is cleaning up property and having issues with people parking on property, put request on next agenda for approval
c. Annual City Appointments- to be completed at the next regular meeting, let Mayor Ottens know if you wish to keep current appointment or try something different
d. Request from Joe Maresca to purchase lot south of his residence- put on next agenda for approval
e. Reporting structure for caretakers of Heritage Canyon and Andresen Center- currently there is no structure for the jobs, there is a job description and signed contract for each job
f. 31st Ave water looping project- $99,000 grant still being held for project however project would cost over $500,000 to complete. This is only to get water to industrial park, this does not include cost to run sewer if business came in needing water/sewer. Put on next agenda to decline grant and pay Jill Pepin once invoice has been reviewed.
g. Color Run (Unity Christian School) August 11, 2018- Request to use bike path for run, would have minimal road closure. Put on next agenda for approval.

2. Committee Chair Reports-
a. Budget Committee- N/A
b. Public Property Committee- N/A
c. Public Safety- N/A
d. Parks & Recreation- N/A
e. Marina- current river levels high
f. Zoning (long term building permits)- do not see a need to change city code, will provide a letter of intent to meet requirements instead of extending permit. Letter can be signed by Dale and City Administrator with the council’s approval.
g. Economic Development- N/A

3. Mayor’s Report- not present

4. City Administrator’s Report- included in packet

5. Alderman Reports- Ald. Mask reminded everyone of the walk in cemetery on Sunday, Ald. VanKampen has requested to put a light up at the windmill cultural center.

6. Public Works Director- Striping of roads will be completed this summer, summer help will be starting soon

7. Police Chief- Made if through first Dutch Days, Officer Wherry is off until at least 5/29 due to injury off duty, will not be on street duty until healed

8. Tourism Coordinator- received food reports from Dutch Days, group from Freeport were happy but wish they had more time at Heritage Canyon.

9. Fulton Historical Report- usually report is provided quarterly but have been providing every month.

10. Adjourn- Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Nederhoff to adjourn the Committee of the Whole back to regular council meeting, Roll call vote (8 yes).

Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk