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City Council Meeting Minutes - May 28, 2019

City of Fulton
Regular Council Meeting
May 28, 2019


Mayor Ottens 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, Dan Nederhoff, Barb Mask, Paul Banker, Sue VanKampen, and Keith King. Also in attendance Randy Boonstra, Dave Bartels, Debi Ervin, Dale Sikkema, Tammy Garibay, Nick Neblung and Dan Clark.

Pledge of allegiance was recited; invocation was given by Wayne Wiersema.

Visitors at the meeting included; John Rohlf and Daniel Nardini.

Approve consent agenda; approve council meeting minutes from April 13, 2019 and approve treasurer’s report. Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve the consent agenda. Ald. Mask asked for a correction to the Committee of the Whole Minutes clarifying the Fulton Business Park is on 22nd Avenue and the Fulton Industrial Center is on 31st Avenue. Roll call vote (8 yes).


Approve the renewal of the Carpenter’s Union Contract for an additional 3 years. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to approve the renewal of the Carpenter’s Union Contract for an additional 3 years. Roll call vote (8 yes).

Approve Mayoral Proclamation for American Cancer Society, “Relay for Life” of Whiteside County. Ald. VanKampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to approve Mayoral Proclamation for American Cancer Society, “Relay for Life” of Whiteside County. Roll call vote (8 yes).

Police Department conference reports included. Ald. VanZuiden appreciates the reports. Ald. King thought the reports were to be given in person so the council could ask questions. Ald. Mask also thought it was to be an oral report to the council. Admin Boonstra thought it could be either or but will check the procedure and report back. Just concerned with getting all officers present to meetings could result in overtime pay. Officer Neblung was present to answer any questions.

Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 5:39 PM.

Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to enter closed session to discuss personnel and the sale of property. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council entered closed session at 6:44 PM.

Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to exit closed session. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council exited closed session at 7:37 PM.

With no further discussion Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. King to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 7:38 PM.

Minutes recorded by,
Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk


City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
May 28, 2019

1. Public Input & Presentations
a. Zoning/Consider changes to code to address RV and trailer parking in residential areas- The zoning board would like to review changes in more detail. It will be reviewed at the next meeting on July 18, 2019. Ald. VanZuiden has an issue with traffic obstruction. Ald. King confirmed at code reads once you pull in driveway and park you would be in violation.
b. Discussion on the “Official” City Logo- Use one logo, combination of the current two as shown in packet or keep the two separate logos. Mayor Ottens suggests getting permission to use part of logo. Ald. Mask prefers two separate logos while Ald. VanZuiden and VanKampen prefer one. Put on next agenda for vote.
c. Request from Riverbend to waive the building permit fee for their $189,000 remodeling project- Have waived fee for schools in the past, would be in amount of $472.50. Ald. Banker noticed we waive a lot of fees.
d. Consider sale of land adjoining owners defined as “West end of 2nd Avenue”- $30,000 total for sale of property, must be sold to adjoining land owners.
e. Consider sale of land in Fulton Industrial Center to Justin Knott- Offered $12,750 for 1.5 acres, put on next agenda for approval.
f. Consider rezoning the north half of two lots that are at the east end of the current 16th Place- rezone from single family to multi family, individual in the process of purchasing land before moving forward would like to know if rezoning will happen. Building triplex properties that are 1,000 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Zoning board to review.
g. Consider proposed reimbursement ordinance as recommended by IML- update to meeting requirements/code by state, vote on at upcoming meeting.
h. Proposed salary increases for non-union employees- Ald. mask would like the finance committee to review the numbers before bringing back to council to vote.
i. Appointment of Tammy Garibay to the position of Business Manager- Admin Boonstra updated job description, title similar to other towns. Ald. VanKampen requests the executive committee review before bringing to a vote.

2. Committee Chair Reports-
a. Budget/Finance- Ald. VanZuiden is working on minutes, will have for next meeting. Ald. Nederhoff said they would be meeting with someone to answer bonding questions in order to move forward with street repairs. Ald. Mask asked about the run over on budgets for previous year. Ald. Nederhoff said budget was over by $113,000 and this needs to be reviewed and addressed.
b. Public Property- N/A
c. Public Safety- N/A
d. Parks & Recreation- Ald. Mask presented handout and would like to be put on next Committee of the Whole agenda to present. Also request Admin. Boonstra and Dan Clark to stake out where park equipment would be on the Klooster Memorial Park. Ald. VanZuiden clarified the amount of space the play equipment takes up which is approximately 1700 of 6000 sq. ft. property. This means it will not be close to the road. Suggest moving forward with vote made in December.
e. Marina- N/A
f. Zoning- Checking on the term non-reflective fence, does the include galvanized. The Zoning Board will be meeting the third Thursday in July.
g. Economic Development- N/A

3. Mayor’s Report- Has received questions about Blecca lot downtown would like to see something done sooner rather than later. Ald. Mask asked what the budget is, have budgeted $20,000. Mayor asked to get quotes on benches, fire pit, pavers, etc. to move forward with project.

4. City Administrator- included, will approve IT update at next meeting.

5. Aldermen Reports- Ald. VanKampen confirmed 14th Ave to be repaired, hopefully starting in August. Ald. Crosthwaite spoke with Dave Harrison with the DNR and suggests getting the deer population under control in town.

6. Public Works- There have been multiple sink holes around town, mostly on streets but need to leave barricades out for now until fixed. We have been getting lots of water and the pump by condos is keeping up. Also all the pumps at waste treatment plant up and running.

7. Police Chief- Continued work on squad bay remodeling, hope to be completed in the next 30-45 days. Officer Hamilton will be at the next meeting to give an update.

8. Tourism Coordinator- Reporting lots of water in Heritage Canyon but events will still go on. Windmill and Cultural Center now open 7 days a week. Blessing of the Bikes to occur on Sunday and Summer Fest is right around the corner.

9. Adjourn- Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to adjourn back to the regular meeting. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council adjourned at 6:44 PM.

Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk