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Fulton to ‘Clean Up’ Garbage Issue

Five years ago, the city of Fulton began picking up garbage for a few homes outside of the city limits.

Soon, they’ll make it legal by taking a step that didn’t happen at the time.

City lawmakers recently agreed to hold a public hearing on amending the City Charter to allow the garbage pickup.  Five years ago, city lawmakers passed a resolution but did not change the charter.

“It’s a ‘clean up’ kind of thing,” said Mayor Ron Woodward.

The homes in question lie along Route 48 just north of the city limits.  The homeowners buy water and sewer service from the city.

The public hearing will be held May 18.

In other business to come before the Common Council last week:

  • The city will readvertise for bids for topsoil. “We had one bid but we felt it was too high,” said Woodward;
  • The city will also try again to get bids for an asphalt crack sealer melter.  The city got no bids, “and it’s funny,” said Woodward, “because we got all kinds of literature (from vendors)”;
  • Lawmakers awarded the annual rock salt bid to Cargill for $48.02 per ton delivered.  It’s part a combined bid with the county and city of Oswego.  Public Works Commissioner Dan O’Brien explained that the city usually buys salt under the state contract, but this purchase removes the possibility of higher costs if the cost of gasoline goes up. “We are hoping it saves the city a lot of money,” O’Brien said;
  • Alderman Dan Knopp filed a legally-required letter of disclosure, disclosing that he works at Fulton TV and Appliance.  Disclosure letters are required when there is a possibility that a government agency will do business with the official’s or employee’s business
  • Aldermen paid their respects to Sgt. Keith Coe, the Fulton native killed in action in Iraq.  Alderman Pete Franco thanked Coe and his family for Coe’s service and recognized his sacrifice;
  • Alderman Jay Foster noted that he and Alderman Tom Kenyon attended a training session held for Fulton police officers learning to use their new TASERs.  “They wouldn’t let me use them on Tom,” he joked.