A unanimously passed resolution has declared a moratorium on used car lots in the city of Fulton. The Common Council voted in favor of the one-year moratorium at Tuesday’s (July 10) regular meeting, a resolution suggested by Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. In other business, several other resulotion were passed.
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The Fulton Common Council held a workshop last week to prepare for an impending war against negligent landlords throughout the city. Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. and administrative assistant to the Mayor, Kathy Trowbridge led the meeting with five of the city’s common councilors in what Trowbridge referred to as a “pep rally” to ensure all councilors were aware of city-wide expectations and how to enforce them. Emphasizing that the crack down will target negligent landlords, Trowbridge said the goal is to aggressively pursue landlords that are considered “repeat offenders” that do not adhere to the city’s code and charter. “Our homeowners deserve this. Our city deserves to be better than this. We do respect the many good landlords but we know the bad ones and we’re coming after you,” Trowbridge warned.
The public hearing will garner community input regarding city official’s proposal to enforce a temporary moratorium on used car sale lots. If passed, the moratorium would prevent any new businesses entering the city for the purpose of opening a used car lot for a period of one year.
Along with G. Ray Bodley High School seniors, a 93-year-old war veteran and a senior staying at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital while undergoing chemotherapy treatment are among Fulton’s class of 2018 graduates. Fulton City School District administration first presented World War II veteran Norman Smith with an honorary high school diploma at a ceremony at St. Luke’s Nursing Home. Administration then brought a surprise ceremony to Alicia Carroll, a G. Ray Bodley honor student graduating with a Regents Diploma with advanced designation who was unable to walk at graduation due to chemotherapy treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.
Members of Lanigan Elementary School’s Student Congress each brought a friend and gathered at Fulton’s Patrick Park to clean and beautify the playground. Students in grades third through sixth worked together to remove trash and debris, rake leaves and grass, pull weeds, and plant flowers just as they had previously at Recreation Park.
The Fulton Police Department held its annual Bike Rodeo to give away free helmets and promote bike safety. Each year, roughly 100 or more children participate in the free event, said Lieutenant Ralph McCann. The event allowed children to complete a bicycle safety obstacle course alongside a Fulton PD Bike Patrol Officer to learn the rules of the road and safe practices while bicycling.
The sound of dozens of motorcycles echoed through Fulton as the ARISE Ride for Ramps fundraiser celebrated its 10th year at Lakeview Lanes. A fundraiser for the Oswego County Ramp Program, Saturday’s (June 2) event began with a four-hour motorcycle ride and followed up with food, music, and fun. “This is a great event because it gives people access to their community. It gives people access to their independence. And we couldn’t do it without all of you,” Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE told the bikers before the head out on their ride.
Fulton city officials came together to discuss a final application submitted to the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council in the hopes of being the $10 million winner of the third round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) funding from Governor Cuomo. Having applied for the past two years, city officials are confident that this application is capable of winning. Joe Fiumara, the Director of Fulton’s Community Development Agency said the application is, “the best application we’ve put together so far without a doubt.”
Douglas Parkhurst, 68, of West Newfield, Maine, has been identified by local authorities as the victim struck by a vehicle at a baseball game in Sanford on Friday (June 1.) Parkhurst was said to have pushed children out of the way of the vehicle which resulted in being the victim of a hit and run. The driver, Carol Sharrow, 52, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter according to a report from News Center Maine. No motive has been established. Parkhurst, formerly an Oswego resident, confessed in 2013 to fatally striking four-year-old Carolee Ashby with his car 50 years ago.
Dozens of veterans, community members and veterans service organizations traveled to various locations throughout Fulton to honor the nation’s fallen. Beginning at St. Mary’s Cemetery, a small ceremony was held at each of four locations including Mount Adnah Cemetery, the War Memorial, and finally, Veterans Park.