Fulton Community Votes On DRI Projects

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Mayor Deana Michaels speaks to attendees. Photo by: Kassadee Paulo

FULTON – Members of the Fulton community met last night, Thursday, Jan. 9, in the community room of the municipal building to vote on their favorite potential projects for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

For its second public input session, the Local Planning Committee placed information boards around the walls of the room about the progress of the DRI and the submitted projects they will be considering. 

Each attendee received 10 tokens upon signing in. They then placed the tokens in slots in the project boards they favored and would have the most positive impact on the city’s downtown area. The dropboxes for the tokens were not visible to the voters.

Third Ward Councilor and LPC Co-Chair Don Patrick Jr. said the community’s input is valuable to the LPC as they make their decisions on which projects to recommend to the state to receive funding from the $10 million award.

“It’s really an exciting time for Fulton,” Mayor Deana Michaels said. “I look forward to what happens next with these bingo chips as I call them.”

Sarah Oral part of the Cameron Engineering consultant team hired by the state, gave the audience a brief presentation to summarize the progress and decisions that have been made by the LPC so far. 

Oral said the LPC’s goals for the DRI are to create a desirable downtown, attract new businesses, enhance public spaces, attract a diverse population, grow local properties’ tax base, and provide amenities that support and enhance the downtown quality of life. 

She gave an overview of the proposed projects. There are currently 23 private projects, four non-profit projects and 10 municipal projects. 

“We want to get a good feel for what projects the public supports,” Oral said. 

Following the presentation, attendees went around the room to drop their tokens in the slots of their choice. 

These votes are to help the LPC members see what the community would like, but are not guaranteed to be the projects that get chosen. The results of the votes have not been released.

Community members may also provide input on the online comment form.

To see what the LPC discussed at their last meeting, click here.

The next LPC meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the community room of the Fulton municipal building. The next public input session will be March 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., also in the community room.

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8 Comments

  1. Most of the options presented provide no benefit to the community. Most of them don’t even fall into any of these categories that Sarah Oral is quoted in the article.Oral said the LPC’s goals for the DRI are to create a desirable downtown, attract new businesses, enhance public spaces, attract a diverse population, grow local properties’ tax base, and provide amenities that support and enhance the downtown quality of life.

    This money is one gigantic waste of taxpayer dollars.

  2. How will these projects lower my property tax bill, or my water bill? How many full time, permanent jobs that pay over the poverty level? Construction jobs are not permanent! Part-time jobs will not remove people from the poverty level!Fulton will never be a tourist magnet, and we are in a sales tax agreement with the county. We should get out of it. For every 1 million in assessed value increase of city assessment drops our tax rate by .01 cent. If all projects come to be reality it may increase our city assessment by almost 90 million I believe. Which would lower our tax base by .90 cents.

  3. Please spend some of that money on the campgrounds. You cant keep just getting by an expect attendance to get better. If not hire it out to a private firm to run– don’t waste your natural resources.

  4. Still Watching, is off by a little bit on the over all assessed tax value. It will only be 41,000,000 if all are achieved. I see one obvious problem, there is 12 million in DRI money needed and only 9.7 million to hand out. Oh well. Who will get the crap end of the stick…

  5. Other than the Nestles site I dont see how we are going to make 2nd street more eye catching and get travelers to want to stop and eat and spend their money in our town. Driving through the east side you see 3 house just before Nestles site that in ready for destruction, then after Nestles site there is a pole barn that needs a lot of work to look modern. Then as you go around the bend there is a houe that has red siding from 1920…. Driving through downtown you see a empty lot next to Windstream, a parking lot and the backs of business and a store with white paper in the window, then pawn shops. thge only place where we have actual businesses that travelers might want to stop is hidden down a down a side street.

  6. They need to construct a sign in the parking lot near Dollar General to let people know what business are there.

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