CITY OF FULTON
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
March 2, 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. Barb Mask, Gene Field, Margaret Crosthwaite, Dan Nederhoff, Sue Van Kampen, Wes Letcher, Mike Van Zuiden, and Howard Van Zuiden answered “present.” Also in attendance were Ed Cannon- City Administrator, Bill Shirk – City Attorney, Melissa Wiebenga- Tourism/Community Services Director, James Rhoades- Chief of Police, Dan Clark- Director of Public Works, and Clink Kettler- Zoning Officer.
The pledge of allegiance was recited. Pastor Kevin gave the invocation.
Mayor Russell asked if there was any communication from the visitors. Mike Ottens, local business owner, said he commends the Council on raising water/sewer rates. He agreed there was need for the increase and suggested a slight increase is necessary yearly for maintenance and inflation.
Mayor Russell asked if there were any questions or comments on the last regular meeting minutes. Ald. Mask clarified that the American Queen would dock in Clinton and will bring over 400 people to the area. With no further questions or comments Ald. Field motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to approve the February 23, 2015 regular council meeting minutes. Roll call vote/ all yes/ motion carried.
First, Mayor Russell asked City Administrator Cannon to introduce the Clinton Regional Development Corporation (CRDC). The group informed the Council of their five year strategic plan called Vision 2020 and provided a handout with details. They hired a firm called Convergent Nonprofit Solutions to conduct a feasibility study last year and also to help them fund their $2.75 million plan. Convergent Representative, Jim Hizer, briefly reviewed the CRDC’s five strategies and announced that they have already secured $2.1 million with over 50 investors. Mr. Hizer asked the Council for the City of Fulton to consider contributing $10,000 in 2015. After a few brief questions from Mayor Russell he thanked the CRDC for taking the initiative and time to present Vision 2020.
Second, Mayor Russell asked the Council if they had any questions on the proposed lease agreement between the City of Fulton and Doug Stoltenberg, owner of Doug’s Mobil Service, LLC. Ald. Mask asked Mr. Stoltenberg to describe “nuisance” as stated in the lease agreement. He said to him it meant any sort of junk, storage, or boats on blocks not running. She also asked why number 11 on the agreement was intentionally omitted. City Attorney Shirk said it was already listed in the agreement and it was easier to just omit it instead of renumbering the rest of the items listed. Ald. Mask asked what was different about Mr. Stoltenberg’s winter boat storage from the Marina’s. Public Works Director Clark said the Marina doesn’t store boats on trailers. Mr. Stoltenberg added that provision was in there in case they had a boat needing repairs in the winter months. There was concern from other Aldermen and Mike Ottens, local business owner, on the number of boats Mr. Stoltenberg would have sitting out to sell. Mr. Ottens showed an overhead photo of the Marina lot full of boats displaying what the Marina could potentially look like. Mr. Stoltenberg said he is willing to work with the harbormaster on what is appropriate and stressed that he wants to be a good partner with the city. Randy Boonstra, local business owner, said he likes the idea of having a boat repair service business in the Marina, but doesn’t agree with having boat storage or boat consignment sales. He also pointed out that this item was listed on the agenda to discuss and vote. He said that decisions like this should be discussed one meeting and then voted on at the next meeting so the public has an opportunity to weigh in on the matter before it’s voted on. Ald. Van Kampen motioned, seconded by Ald. Letcher to approve license. Roll call vote/ 5 yes, 3 no/ motion carried. Ald. Mask added that she agreed and requests in the future that items on the agenda are discussed and then voted on at the next meeting.
Third, Mayor Russell asked Administrator Cannon to summarize the next item on the agenda. Administrator Cannon reviewed that on February 23, 2015 the Fulton City Council approved the Westcott rezoning request. These resolutions serve to inform the Whiteside County Board of Fulton’s acceptance of the change in zoning and approval of the final plat. Whiteside County will rule on the rezoning request on March 17th. However, Administrator Cannon is recommending the Council table the motion to approve the resolutions since the cultivation center in Dixon has rejected its license and is now waiting to hear if a new firm is going to accept the license. The new company has a 15 day window to decide. Ald. Letcher motioned, seconded by Ald. Mike Van Zuiden to table the resolutions. With voice agreement the Council voted to table the resolutions.
Fourth, Mayor Russell asked if the Council had any thoughts on the option to purchase the Zajicek property back. Ald. Howard Van Zuiden asked the Council why they would want to buy back land that has a hole in the back and concrete in the front that needs to be removed. He said if the city buys it back they are giving him a pretty easy “out”. The Council agreed that Ald. Van Zuiden made a good point. City Attorney Shirk said it depended on whether they wanted control over the property. If Mr. Zajicek sold the property, the city would have no control over what that property would become and it could ultimately become storage units. Ald. Letcher motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to exercise the purchase option and buy back the property. Roll call vote/ 7 yes, 1 no / motion carried.
Lastly, City Administrator Cannon recommended having budget workshops every Saturday in March at 8:00 AM. Each workshop will address a specific topic including: Revenues, Expenditures, Debt, and Capital Projects. The Council agreed to meet at the recommended dates and time.
Mayor Russell included a written report.
No other reports were given.
Public Works Director Clark followed up on a question Ald. Mask had in regard to Motor Sales Tax at the last regular council meeting. He reported that last year the estimate he submitted was $135,536 and the actual money spent was $116,315. Ald. Mask thanked PW Director Clark for the information.
A motion was made by Ald. Mask, seconded by Ald. Van Kampen to go into closed session to discuss personnel. Roll call vote/ all yes / motion carried. Council went into closed session at 6:58 PM.
Ald. Letcher motioned, seconded by Ald. Crosthwaite to return to main session. Roll call vote/ all yes / motion carried. Council returned to main session at 8:10 PM.
The Council agreed to table the Budget Workshop discussion until next meeting. With no further business, Ald. Field moved, seconded by Ald. Howard Van Zuiden to adjourn. With voice agreement, the meeting adjourned at 8:11 PM.
Minutes recorded by,
Fulton City Clerk