Fulton Council Tackles Busy Agenda

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council quickly moved through a busy agenda at Tuesday’s (Feb. 6) regular meeting.

The meeting began with the reading of a resolution of respect for former Fourth Ward councilor, Joseph Cavallaro who passed away peacefully on January 25, 2018, at the Francis House in Syracuse.

Cavallaro represented the Fourth Ward on the Fulton Common Council from 1992-1995 and 2002-2005.

The Mayor and members of this Common Council share a deep sense of loss with the family of the late Joseph I. ‘Red’ Cavallaro and do, with deepest regret, take official notice of the loss of this special man,” the resolution read.

The common council then approved the sale of a property recovered by the city through tax foreclosure. The sale of city owned property at 310 S. Third St. passed a unanimous roll call vote for a sale price of $97,800.

The council went on to advertise for sealed proposals for the sale of 803 Utica Street and 826 Emery Street.

Sealed proposals can be submitted no later than Monday, March 5 up to 2 p.m. at the office of the city clerk/chamberlain in the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

Additionally, the council rescinded a former resolution awarding A&B Construction the project to construct the city’s new salt storage building due to “non-response” from the company, Mayor Woodward said.

After review from C&S Engineers and the DPW Commissioner, both recommended the next lowest responsible bidder appropriate for the job.

Unanimous agreement from the council awarded the bid to C.W. Fink & Associates Ltd. for $329,832 of which the council had bonded in 2017.

Bid documents ensure the project will be completed by August 15, 2018.

With council approval, Mayor Woodward reappointed Deana Michaels, Ronald Patrick, Michael Malash, and Phillip Vasho to the Fulton Planning Commission and appointed John Kenyon to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Boy Scout Troop 715 attended the meeting in order to earn merit badges, bringing several young faces to the meeting.

Each councilor thanked the young boys for coming and shared stories from their days in scouts.

“I’d like to thank the boy scouts for coming tonight. It’s nice to look out there and see some kids out there once in a while. I hope they take some interest in the city, I’m sure they do,” First Ward councilor, Tom Kenyon said.

“Last time most of us were in scouts we were known as Troop 18,” Second Ward councilor, Dave Ritchie laughed. “Thanks for coming, it’s nice to see you here.”

Council president representing the Third Ward, Donald Patrick Jr. said, “Thank you very much for taking an interest in our city, we really appreciate it.”

Fourth Ward councilor Sam Vono recalled his experience going through scouts with his father. “I was a boy scout myself, I made it to life scout. I was a few merit badges short of making it to eagle. My advice is – don’t hold back, go for eagle!” he told the young boys.

“Thank you Troop 715, keep up the good work! We’re glad to see you here, each and every one of you is going to make a difference to the future of our city. We thank you,” Fifth Ward councilor Dennis Merlino said.

Sixth Ward councilor Larry Macner suggested a relationship between the boy scout troop looking for community service merit badge work and the Friends of Fulton Parks volunteer spring clean up.