CITY OF FULTON
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 5, 2015
Mayor Russell called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and directed the city clerk to call the roll. On roll call Ald. Barbara Mask, Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Dan Nederhoff, Sue Van Kampen, Len Janis, and Howard Van Zuiden answered “present.” Ald. Mike Van Zuiden was absent. Also in attendance were Ed Cannon- City Administrator, Bill Shirk- City Attorney, Regina Lehman- Tourism & Community Services Director, Donny Pridemore- Lieutenant, and Clink Kettler- Zoning Officer.
The pledge of allegiance was recited. Pastor Kevin gave the invocation.
Mayor Russell asked if there were any communication from visitors. Five men were in attendance representing the medical cannabis dispensary being built in Fulton. They informed the council that they have hosted informational community meetings the last couple weeks at the RFCC and they have only heard positive feedback. Most individuals attending are between 40 – 80 years old who are either patients or qualifying patients of medical cannabis. Ald. Field asked a few questions pertaining to the operations of the dispensary. Particularly, wanting to know if this would be a full service pharmacy. The dispensary would not have any other pharmaceutical items in it other than those containing medical cannabis. In fact, patients will be registered through the state of Illinois and will only be able to purchase medical cannabis at one dispensary that is listed on their medical card. The patient will need their medical card and ID to enter the facility. Ald. Mask asked how many dispensaries are in the state of Illinois and how many registered patients are in this dispensary’s district. Currently there are 58 dispensaries in the state and there are 30- 40 registered patients for the Fulton dispensary. They hope to have around 90 -100 patients eventually. Ald. Van Kampen asked how many employees they will have. They said all of their employees will be registered through the state and undergo a thorough background check. They eventually hope to employ 10 -12 employees. A few more questions were answered and then Mayor Russell thanked them for taking the time to come to the meeting.
Mayor Russell asked if there were any questions or comments on the last regular city council meeting minutes. Ald. Mask clarified that John Byker led the invocation last meeting. With no further discussion Ald. Janis motioned, seconded by Ald. Van Kampen to approve the September 21, 2015 Regular Council Meeting minutes. Roll call vote/7 yes, 1 absent/ motion carried.
Mayor Russell addressed the first item on the agenda which was an ordinance authorizing disposal of personal property owned by the City of Fulton. This ordinance identifies property as SURPLUS and authorizes the City Administrator to accept bids and dispose of the surplus property in the manner most appropriate to the city. Ald. Janis motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve the Ordinance Authorizing Disposal of Personal Property Owned by the City of Fulton. Roll call vote/ 7 yes, 1 absent/ motion carried.
Second, the council reviewed a letter informing the IHDA that the City of Fulton owns the property for the proposed Section 42 family housing and that we are willing and able to sell the property to Bear Development upon mutual agreement of terms. Bear Development needs this letter for their PPA application which is due November 6, 2015. Ald. Janis motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to approve the site control letter to Illinois Housing Development Authority. Roll call vote/ 7 yes, 1 absent/motion carried.
Third, Fulton’s Halloween schedule is recommended to be from 5:00 – 7:00PM, Saturday, October 31, 2015. Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. Van Kampen to approve the Halloween schedule. Roll call vote/ 7 yes, 1 absent/ motion carried.
Fourth, Administrator Cannon described the proposal to modify the front entrance of City Hall and the old Chamber of Commerce office to allow greater security and more efficient office and administrative space. Administrator Cannon estimated the cost of the changes around $8,200. He also shared that in May 2013 the Police Department received a $26,000 donation and those funds are still available to cover the cost of the remodel. The council agreed that this remodel would be a good change.
Fifth, the council discussed land use options for the Fulton Industrial Center, including allowing a church as a potential development. Mayor Russell voiced his concern for a city of 3,500 people to develop 98 acres for industrial use only. He also stressed that if the city is going to take this on then they need a business plan. Ald. Mask asked the council if they are open to having a church in the Industrial Center, making part of the land residential, or hold firm on developing all of it. Administrator Cannon said a preliminary estimate from 2013 was $4 Million to bring infrastructure to that area. Ald. Janis said the land needs to have utilities to attract businesses. He also asked what the city would charge per acre and what would it cost the city to get utilities to the church. Robert Miller, local business owner, expressed his frustration with the city for still not knowing what they want to do with the land. He was ready to purchase some land for his business which would generate sales tax and property tax and now hears that a church may get to purchase land which wouldn’t generate either tax for the city. Mayor Russell reminded him that he wanted prime real estate along Hwy 30 and 84 and that there is no infrastructure there yet, whereas the church was looking at land along 31st Ave where there is water access. Mayor Russell wants to know what they should charge per acre. Ald. Mask will continue to meet with the Economic Development Council and try to find out more information.
Administrator Cannon reminded the council about the public hearing scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the RFCC to hear public comment on the proposed 4th Street one-way traffic flow proposed by Fulton Forward.
Ald. Mike Van Zuiden asked to review timelines and procedures followed by Fulton between grant announcement and project approval to determine improvements for future initiatives. Due to his absence because of a health issue, Ald. Mask asked that they table this issue until Ald. Mike Van Zuiden is present.
Mayor Russell reviewed his written report.
Administrator Cannon reviewed his written report.
With no further business, Ald. Janis moved, seconded by Ald. Nederhoff to adjourn. With voice agreement, the meeting adjourned at 6:54 PM.
Minutes recorded by,
Fulton City Clerk