Just one day before Earth Day, volunteers gathered in downtown Fulton to help collect trash and beautify the area as Friends of Fulton Parks participated in the annual Canal Clean Sweep with their Sparkle-A-Park cleanup. One group of volunteers collected litter from along the Oswego River on the city’s Towpath Trail while another group worked to beautify Veterans Park on South First Street including the area between the downtown gazebo and the Fulton Public Library.
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The $71,992,850 budget for the 2018-2019 school year was unanimously approved by the Fulton City School District Board of Education at Thursday’s (April 19) meeting. With an increase of 1.71 percent from the current school year’s budget, several changes were made in effort to reduce the gap between expenditures and revenues. Seven currently staffed secondary level full-time employment positions will be laid off with the addition of one other full-time employment position lost as an unfilled retirement. Funds were cut from summer cleaning at a rate of $37,500 as well as $60,000 from transportation. Additionally, the district will seek the maximum allowable tax cap increase at 2.02 percent. However, due to a negative tax cap last year costing the district $357,143 in tax revenue, Superintendent Brian Pulvino said taxpayers can expect to see taxes remain lower than the previous year.
Fulton Youth Basketball will hold a two-day offensive skills and shooting clinic over spring break next week. Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26 players in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade can attend the clinic at the Fulton War Memorial. The clinic will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day with an emphasis on the fundamentals of shooting, passing, pivoting and ball handling.
The City of Fulton Common Council awarded the winning bid for the rehabilitation of the North Sixth Street bridge over CSX located between Kimball Avenue and Clark Street. The project is anticipated to start following a pre-construction meeting on Tuesday, April 17 with anticipated completion within 90 days. Following completion, all bridges within the City of Fulton will be up to date.
The Fulton Common Council targeted landlords with amendment to city charter. An amendment of Subsection C152(J) of the City Charter entitled Housing maintenance; rental permits added stricter regulations and fines for landlords. Under new law, landlords will not be permitted new or renewed rental permits if they are in violation of any city code or owe unpaid property taxes, water and sewer bills, or fees of any nature owed to the City of Fulton. Any landlord that does not obtain a rental permit will accrue a $200 fine each month until such permit is obtained. Any landlord that does not live within the city will be required to designate a property manager residing within 25 miles. Each month that a property manager remains undesignated, landlords will accrue a $200 fine.
A recent informational meeting for the Third Ward organized by Third Ward councilor and council president, Donald Patrick Jr. allowed residents to express questions and concerns. The first meeting allowed the city’s Department of Public Works Commissioner Charles Smith III to help field questions and provide information to residents. Commissioner Smith provided information on city garbage pick up, road work funding and restrictions, infrastructure, sewer and water bills, proper collection of yard materials, and more.
A day without school can be spent at the gym for a one-day offensive clinic with Fulton Youth Basketball. On Friday, March 30, Fulton Youth Basketball will host the clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial.
The fourth annual Parent University brought community resources together with district families. With more than 30 service providers lining the halls of G. Ray Bodley High School at Saturday’s Parent University, parents learned of the many offerings for families of the Fulton community.
Fulton City School District’s preliminary draft of the 2018-2019 school year budget considers the possibility for six positions to be cut within the district. Faced with an estimated $2 million shortfall in revenues before the use of reserves, the district is continuing to be “creative” and “extensive” in approaching the gap, Superintendent Brian Pulvino said, however, the potential for layoffs is still possible.
Fulton City School District will hold the fourth annual Parent University on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley High School. New this year, Parent University will include two showings of the award winning film, “Resilience.” As in years past, parents will have the opportunity to attend several informational sessions, attend student performances, and gather information from the community resource fair. Breakfast, lunch, transportation, and child surpervision is provided for free.