Fulton Common Council Tidbits: Looking for Cable TV Money

They’re checking under the sofa cushions for cash these days at Fulton City Hall.

The Common Council recently approved hiring a company called Computel Consultants to go through the city’s cable TV franchise agreement to see if the city was overbilled, said Mayor Ron Woodward.

The company keeps half of any money it recovers.

“We have no expertise in this,” explained Woodward.

The city’s been on a cost-savings push in the last couple of years, doing things such as replacing lights at City Hall to save on energy costs and combining or eliminating jobs to save on payroll and benefits.

In other recent activity:

  • Tavern on the Lock owner Don Ryan appeared to again press the Council for a decision on whether to restrict the city parking lot next to his restaurant to two-hour parking only.  Ryan said a petition circulated by businesspeople opposed to the change “wasn’t done very well”.  He said several people who signed the petition told him they weren’t sure what they were signing.  Woodward explained that two Aldermen were not at the most recent meeting and that it could be taken up at next week’s session;
  • Aldermen approved transferring $5,000 to allow the DPW to buy a mower;
  • Woodward appointed Louella LeClair to the Fulton Housing Authority Board of Directors.  She is a County Legislator representing part of the city of Fulton;
  • And Aldermen approved sending City Clerk/Chamberlain Jim Laboda to the New York Council of Mayors Fall Training School.  It’s “to get rid of the City Clerk/Chamberlain for a while,” joked Woodward, as Laboda sat to his left.