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City of Fulton Zoning Board Meeting Minutes September 1, 2016

City of Fulton
Zoning Board Meeting Minutes
September 1, 2016

Chairman Dean Brackemyer called the meeting to order at 6:31 PM and directed roll to be called. On roll call Don Loftus, Dean Brackemyer, Adam Cooprider, Rich Kummerer, Linda North and Brad Huizenga answered, “present.” Jason Brewer was absent.

Visitors at the meeting included; Jessica Schmidt, Janelle Clayton and Lindsey Barnhart.

Item for consideration is a variance to put up a wooden fence in the front and side yard at 615 9th Ave. Jessica Schmidt is looking to be able to put up a fence at least 48 inches high and be wooden. The city ordinance says the fence should be no higher than 30 inches and be 80% see through. Jessica’s main reason for putting up the fence is to keep her 4-year-old son in the yard; she does not want him able to wander into the road. Adam Cooprider asked, “Who takes care of the hedges on the property?” Jessica currently maintains the hedges even though they are considered to be on city property. Brad Houzenga drove by the property and did not think the fence would hinder the sight from that intersection, he feels it is the Zoning Boards job to read behind the laws to make their decision and that’s why he does not see a problem with approving the variance. With no further questions or concerns Rich Kummerer motioned to approve the variance to allow a picket wooden fence to be put up no higher than 48 inches, seconded by Adam Cooprider. Roll call (5 yes, 1 absent, 1 abstain).

Motion passed
1. No complaints from neighbors
2. Does not finder view
3. Improves the appearance of the property

Zoning officer Dale Sikkema asked if the board would like to set a specific day and time to have the meeting during the month. There have been a lot of requests and would like to make it convenient for everyone. The board agreed the best time to meet would be the 1st Thursday of the month at 6 PM. Motioned by Rich Kummerer, seconded by Don Loftus to set the meeting day and time. Roll call vote (6 yes, 1 absent) Officer Sikkema will take it to the city council to be approved.

With no further comments or concerns Don Loftus motioned, seconded by Brad Houzenga to adjourn with voice agreement the meeting was adjourned at 7:00 PM.

Minutes recorded by,

Lindsey Renkes
Fulton City Clerk