FULTON, NY – With summer waning, the city of Fulton Common Council voted unanimously to accept the bid for its winter supply of road salt and do some fall cleaning in the clerk’s office during its regular meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 16).
Councilors agreed to authorize the Department of Public Works commissioner to purchase crushed rock salt for the 2014-2014 winter season from Cargill Inc., according to Oswego County’s bid.
“This was already bid by the County, so this is the best price we’re going to get,” Mayor Ron Woodward advised the council.
The County contract specifies $48.63 per ton, delivered.
The commissioner is authorized to purchase road salt as needed for the winter season without further resolution from the Common Council.
Councilors also approved the routine destruction of dog seizure and disposition records from 1996-2010 held in storage by the clerk, which have a required retention time of three years.
In other matters, the city of Fulton will also continue its contract with the County for weights and measures services.
“These are the people who make sure the gas pumps are pumping a gallon and when you buy meat in the grocery store it weighs what the scale says it weighs,” the mayor said. “They check the calibration.”
During the public session a resident who lives directly across the street from the former Nestle site asked the mayor if there has been any word on the progress of further demolition of the remaining buildings.
“I live on 7th Street and see the garbage blow over every time the wind blows,” the man said.
“With the owner who’s there, the answer is, ‘no,'” Mayor Ron Woodward told the Fulton man. “I will tell you that there’s probably about four developers who are interested (in the site) and the city has started foreclosure on that.”
The mayor anticipated that it would be after the first of January before any forward movement would be gained but at least one of those developers had been in contact with ALDI’s Inc. to assure the company is still interested in the site.
“It’s not dead yet,” Woodward said.”It’s just that the guy who owns it now is more interested in selling scrap metal than he is in developing it.”
After the regular session, Oswego County Today asked the mayor about the upcoming contract negotiations with the city’s three unions – fire, police and CSEA.
“We’ve met with our attorney and we have decided what we need to talk about and negotiate that would have the best economic impact on the city to try to get us out of some of these financial woes,” the mayor said.
He noted that all three contracts expire Dec. 31.
“We’ve talked with the union representatives,” he added. “But that’s all I can say.”