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City Council Meeting Minutes - October 8, 2018

City of Fulton
Regular Council Meeting
October 8, 2018


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, Margaret Crosthwaite, Dan Nederhoff, Sue VanKampen, Barb Mask, Paul Banker and Keith King. Also in attendance Randy Boonstra, Tammy Garibay, Dave Bartels, Dan Clark, Debi Ervin, Dale Sikkema, and Bill Shirk.

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

Visitors at the meeting included; Harold & Helen Smith, Roy & Mary Jo Nelson, Clink Kettler, Richard & Bea Farwell, Jill Nederhoff, Chuck Dykstra, Tabitha Larson, Marge Bielema, Lindsay Barnhart, Charles Arey, Irma Bland, Jan Olsen, Jon Daly, Daniel Nardini, John Rohlf, Jane Luker, Keith Holesinger.

Mayor Ottens asked if there are any questions on the consent agenda, approve meeting minutes from September 24, 2018 and approve the bill list. Ald. Mask had a question on the bill list, there are many items listed for Frontier and Verizon. This includes the last bill for Frontier and the set up fees for Verizon, will only be Verizon going forward. Also Ald. Mask pointed out a correction to the September 24, 2018 meeting minutes, paragraph 6 the roll call vote should read (7 yes, 1 absent). With no further questions Ald. VanZuiden motioned, seconded by Ald. King to approve the consent agenda. Roll call vote (8 yes).


Approve amendment to the Fulton Code to address the rules and regulations for part time Police Officers. Chief Bartels said there is not a current section for part time police officers, this will amend Section 32.21 of the code. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Mask to approve amendment to Fulton Code section 32.21to add rules and regulations for part time police officers. Roll call vote (8 yes).

Approve demolishment of the Drives Building before end of 2018. Richard Farwell opposes the motion to demolish the Drives Building. He opposes the motion because this option will cost the taxpayers but the current situation and renovation would not. Mayor Ottens was in favor of demolishing before he became mayor and then was able to pick 3 seats and only had to sway one vote and could break the tie. Cannot believe how Mayor Ottens bullied Ald. VanKampen. Asking council to think twice before voting. Bea Farwell agrees with her husband and asked how many people have actually been in the building? The people raising their hands want to take it down, how about the article about the building in the paper. The Drives Building used to have a ballroom that was gorgeous but not as it sits now. If taken down there will be a huge hole to fill and the taxpayers are going to have to pay for it, just let it sit there longer and think about it. Jill Nederhoff believes this will be a huge bill to the taxpayer while keeping the building would mean discounts on utility bills, pledges, letter of future pledges, etc. Asking two council members who were on the council when accepting the building what the plans were? Ald. Crosthwaite responded saying this was her 2nd meeting and at the time Randy Balk had great ideas for the building but did not work out. The building is huge potential by renovating but there needs to be a business plan no matter what is decided. We know it is going to cost money now to tear down but don’t know if it will cost taxpayers anything if group renovates. Jane Luker presented handout on costs of Drives Building. Also talked about Black Hawk Waterways meeting; approximately 1.14 M people visited Illinois in 2017 and every $1 spent in a community is used 7 times over. The Luker’s are committed to making things happen here in Fulton. Ald. Mask wanted to thank the Drives Historical Committee for time spent to help preserve the building. Ald. VanKampen would also like to thank committee for all of their hard work. Do not want to see taxpayers forced to use money to tear building down while others are donating money to renovate. Other towns and mayors would love to have building like ours to renovate, would never think of tearing down. Ald. Nederhoff has a few things he wants everyone to think about 1) by tearing down the building it will be costing the city $4,500-5,000 a year if calculating time value of money, 2) city loses $180,000-$200,000 to tear down building but could let Drives Historical group renovate building and if it doesn’t work could tear down later on down the road, 3) wanting to know why it was in the best interest of the city to take building for $1 but pay almost $200,000 to remove building, what was city thinking? 4) people at the meeting are here for keeping the building but no one is ever present against building, why is this? Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Banker to approve demolishment of the Drives Building before the end of 2018. Roll call vote (5 yes, 3 no).

Approve advertisement for bids for asbestos abatement and to demolish and remove materials from the Drives Building. Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. VanZuiden to approve to advertise for bids to abate and demolish and remove materials from the Drives Building. Roll call vote (5 yes, 3 no).

Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. VanZuiden to adjourn to the Committee of the Whole. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council entered the Committee of the Whole at 6:02 PM.

With no further discussion Ald. King motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to adjourn. With voice agreement the council adjourned at 6:39 PM.

Minutes recorded by,
Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk


City of Fulton
Committee of the Whole
October 8, 2018

1. Public Input & Presentations

a. H&T LLC presentation to partner with Russell Construction and Senior Housing to conduct market study related to a new development in Fulton- Keith Holesinger owns land in Fulton and Russell Construction would like to build senior housing on the property. The property would be managed by Senior Housing Company out of Cedar Rapids, Mark Takes was not available to come and speak as he was on vacation. John Daly (General Contractor) was present from Russell Construction to give details on project. The facility would be on 5.2 acres and would house 40-50 residents. Russell Construction is currently working on 3-4 senior housing projects, this one would be one story and take 14-15 months to build. In order to get started must complete a market study which typically takes three to six months and costs $13,500. The city would have to pay for the market study, funds would come from economic development, if a viable project the company would pay the city back. If the market study is approved by the council, they could get surveys sent out before Christmas. Put on next agenda for approval.

b. Trick or Treat official date and time- Will be held on Wednesday October 31, 2018 from 6-8 PM.

c. Charles Dykstra presentation- included in packet, reviewed pages 10 & 11

d. Update to city website- will include all public meetings, will list zoning

2. Committee chair reports

a. Budget committee- N/A

b. Public Property Committee- N/A

c. Public safety- N/A

d. Parks & Recreation- Ald. VanKampen has still been unable to reach Andrew Myers/REC Department. Ald. Mask is still working on ideas for the pocket park (formerly Blecha lot).

e. Marina- A new flag pole has been put up at the marina, it was donated by Fulton Unity Christian School.

f. Zoning- Dale Sikkema said one spot still needs to be filled on the zoning board. Ald. Mask knows someone who may be interested in filling the spot.

g. Economic Development- N/A

3. Mayor’s Report- Still looking to fix more roads in the near future, this will be discussed once a date is set for the goal meeting. Also working with City Attorney on offering liquor licenses, city should support restaurants and bars. There is a difference between video gaming and gaming dens.

4. City Administrator’s Report- report included, ask what to do with funds from donations for Drives Building. Ald. Mask asked to send the donated funds back to people along with a letter from the group. Should be able to complete this task in the next couple months. Ald. VanZuiden said the account needs to be taken care of before the next audit, should have plenty of time to get completed.

5. Alderman Reports- Ald. VanZuiden has received phone calls from citizens in his ward concerned about the deer population in town. Could the town do a special hunt, bow and arrow only, can the deer be processed, could it be donated to the food pantry, etc. Suggested talking with land owners of cornfields in north end of town, personally makes Ald. VanZuiden nervous.

6. Public Works- report included, the bike path bridge is close to being completed, needs to be paved and a railing installed. White lines have been painted in certain areas of town.

7. Police Chief- report included unless the council has any questions, been busy with SRO, union, part time officers and canine officer.

8. Tourism Coordinator- Wanted to apologize to the Mayor for what was said at the last meeting. Went to a Black Hawk Waterways meeting learned tourism is the 7th largest employer, 1.14 M tourists in the state of IL in 2017. More people are looking to visit small communities rather than large cities. Fall fest went well, last group for the year will be visiting 10/12 and already have groups looking to come next year. David James is looking to have a Rib Fest possibly this fall, will inform with more details later.

9. Adjourn- Ald. Mask motioned, seconded by Ald. King to exit the Committee of the Whole meeting. Roll call vote (8 yes). The council returned to the regular council meeting at 6:38 PM.

Lindsey Nederhoff
Fulton City Clerk