Mayor Ottens called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the City Clerk to call roll. On roll call Mayor Ottens, Ald. Mike VanZuiden, Gene Field, Dan Nederhoff, Sue VanKampen, Barb Mask and Paul Banker. Keith King and Margaret Crosthwaite were absent. Also in attendance Randy Boonstra, Tammy Garibay, Dave Bartels, Dan Clark, Debi Ervin, Dale Sikkema, Amanda Fosdick, Rich Kummerer and Bill Shirk.
Pledge of allegiance was recited; invocation was given by Wayne Wiersema.
Visitors at the meeting included; Chuck Dykstra, Tabitha Larson, Phil Ottens, Jane Luker, Kris Schmidt, Keith Holesinger, Jackie Wilkin, Daniel Nardini and John Rohlf.
Mayor Ottens asked if there are any questions on the consent agenda; approve meeting minutes from October 8, 2018 and approve the treasurer’s report. Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve meeting minutes from October 8, 2018 and treasurer’s report. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).
Ald. Mask why the treasurer’s report has been shortened? Treasurer Fosdick has condensed the material to make easier to read, if need be will add graphs back into report.
Approve memorandum of understanding between the City of Fulton and H&T LLC to conduct study. Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to approve conducting study for City of Fulton and H&T LLC. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The study will be for the property at 12 Avenue and 14th Street, just north of the preschool.
Approve Ordinance from Zoning Board of Appeals for 8-foot fence variance at the corner of 4th Street and 12th Avenue. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to approve 8-foot variance for Phil and Wendy Ottens at the corner of 4th Street and 12th Avenue. Chairman Kummerer reported variance request as a unanimous vote, Ottens could put up a 6-foot fence with no variance.
Approve sending Officer Neblung to Police Firearms Instructor Training Class. Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to send Officer Neblung to Police Firearms Instructor Class. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).
Approve sending Officer Hamilton to K9 Training Clinic. This will help improve tracking people which is by a national known trainer. Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. VanZuiden to approve sending Officer Hamilton and Woz to the K9 Tracking Clinic. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent).
Ald. Nederhoff motioned, seconded by Ald. VanZuiden to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 5:42 PM.
Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanZuiden to enter closed session to discuss personnel and sale of real estate property. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council entered closed session at 6:16 PM.
Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to exit closed session. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council exited closed session at 6:28 PM.
With no further discussion Ald. VanKampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 6:29 PM.
Minutes recorded by,
Fulton City Clerk
City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
October 22, 2018
1. Public Input & Presentations
a. Goal Setting Workshop- Meeting to be held on October 29, 2018 at 6 PM.
b. Fulton Lodging LLC- Accepted offer to close out loan, will be paid and closed on December 1st, 2018. It is a blessing to have hotel in town.
c. 505 9th Avenue Property Acceptance- This is a foreclosed property from Wells Fargo, house needs to be torn down. They are willing to give it to the city, estimate to get house torn down is $6,000 to $12,000. Ald. Nederhoff asked if there are any liabilities with accepting the property. Attorney Shirk asked if any real estate taxes are owed on the property, ask Wells Fargo to pay anything owed.
d. City to become an Internet Service Provider- Researching the idea, talked with someone from Rock Falls as they have been an ISP for 4 years. They have no contracts, equipment or fees and charge $75 for 250 mg. This could attract more people to our town.
e. K9 Vehicle Loan- The loan has been paid off now that we have received the grant from Timken. Will be doing a fundraiser in a couple weeks and selling shirts.
f. Liquor Licenses and Restaurants- Look at offering a new class of licenses just for restaurants. Looking to put this on the next agenda for approval. There are a lot of variables to take into consideration, trying to avoid any more gaming dens. If restaurants wanted to switch licenses can reduce the number available in another category.
2. Committee Chair Reports
a. Budget Committee- N/A
b. Public Property Committee- N/A
c. Public Safety- N/A
d. Parks and Recreation-Ald. Mask is still working with Marge Bielema however north side of building needs a lot of repair so mural is on hold for the moment.
e. Marina- N/A
f. Zoning- N/A
g. Economic Development- N/A
3. Mayor’s Report- Ask alderman to look at their own wards to what can be done in town. What are top priorities for roads, water, etc.?
4. City Administrator Report- Included
5. Aldermen Reports- Ald. Mask is interested in community involvement from prisoners. Send out prisoners to help when needed, every inmate has a job.
6. Public Works Director- Bike path bridge and gap to be completed tomorrow.
7. Police Chief- N/A
8. Tourism Coordinator- Discussion of Christmas Walk to occur December 7, 2018. There will be a lighted race coordinated by Jean Radar, soup supper to happen in kitchen at KT3 and include businesses by decorating. Also Heritage Canyon Christmas to occur December 1, 2018.
9. Adjourn- Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. VanKampen to adjourn back to regular council meeting. Roll call vote (6 yes, 2 absent). The council returned to regular council meeting at 6:15 PM.
Fulton City Clerk