FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council addressed a brief but full agenda in a regular meeting held Tuesday (July 5) at the municipal building.
Within the agenda, council members approved the advertisement for a public hearing, a parking change for one block of street, a grant application and a change to city code among other resolutions.
The council announced a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. in the municipal building located at 141 S. First St. to be opened after the public comment section of the regular meeting.
The hearing is in relative to a proposed code adoption local law for the city code. As Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. explained the adoption brings no changes to the city code, instead is just part of recodification that happens every 10 or so years and has made changes such as eliminating duplicates in the city code among other revisions.
The councilmen then went on to approve the mayor to sign a gas easement with Niagara Mohawk to straighten out a high pressure gas line for the Cogen and Kiwanis properties in the city.
Continuing, the meeting went on to award the gas and diesel bid for the city of Fulton to the sole bidder, Babcock Oil as recommended by the DPW Commissioner.
The bid came in the same at .092 for overhead and profit per gallon of 93 octane premium grade unleaded gasoline, 87 regular premium grade unleaded gasoline and #1 low sulfur diesel fuel, less than the previous year’s bid according to City Clerk, Daniel O’Brien.
The meeting addressed the reappointment of two positions by Mayor Woodward including Bernard Caprin to the Fulton Housing Authority Board effective immediately and David Johnson to the Civil Service Commission effective immediately.
The council approved a parking change to a one block stretch of road in the first ward after a traffic study was requested by councilman of that ward, Tom Kenyon.
The study focused solely on the block of West Fifth Street between Hannibal and Worth streets, a one block area.
Addressing concerns of the potential hindrance of emergency vehicles getting through when vehicles are parked on both sides of the street, the study involved playing out this scenario.
A police vehicle and a traffic department vehicle were parked on both sides of the street to examine how much room would be left for emergency vehicles to get through when needed.
Prepared by Lt. Ralph McCann Jr. of the Fulton PD, the study found this concern to be valid and to stay consistent with other parking restrictions in the area, he had concluded that a “parking prohibited at all times” restriction be placed on the east side of West Fifth Street for the examined block.
Mayor Woodward then continued to explain the grant application that will be submitted by the city of Fulton on behalf of the organization, Fulton Footpaths.
The $70,000 grant is for the purpose of completing a feasibility study to design and understand the financial obligation that will be required to complete the intended goal of installing eight recreational trails throughout the city of Fulton complete with paving, pedestrian lighting, historic markers and potentially even fitness equipment in multiple areas.
The grant will be half matched by volunteer hours which have been and will continue to be tracked, said Marie Mankiewicz, one of the founders of Fulton Footpaths.
She said if the grant is awarded and the feasibility study is completed, they will then prioritize the trails and start constructing them next year.
Executive Director of the Community Development Agency, Joe Fiumara said the grant is part of a two fold plan in first executing the goals of Fulton Footpaths but also finishing the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan that began for the city more than ten years ago.
The final resolution of the agenda addressed changing the term “city right of way” to “public right of way” in the city code, a concern the council had previously addressed in a workshop meeting.
The intent of the change is to have residents be responsible for what has been addressed in zone language as the city right of ways.
By changing the language to public right of way, the intent is to place maintenance responsibility on the property owner such as mowing or trimming these areas as the right of way is not only allowable to be used by the city of Fulton.
Former Mayor Daryl Hayden felt that by this language change, it would be assumed that anyone can use this property just as a “public parking lot” for comparison, and instead thinks the council should be working with codes to remedy older issues than develop new ones.
Woodward confirmed that there are regulations for public right of ways and there always has been, so this change won’t make that any different.
“I’m glad that we changed it,” said Kenyon, who added that the mowing and trimming issues around telephone poles and such has been awful in the first ward this spring and summer and has sparked many complaints.