As dates for two additional budget workshops approach, Fulton City Manager Kenney Etherton presented a “draft” budget that if adopted will eliminate the yearly support given to the Fulton Public Library, Fulton Airport, and the city’s portion of the fireworks show on July 4th. During this fiscal year, the Fulton Public Library received $5,000; and the Fulton Airport was supported with $3,500.
The commission set dates for two budget workshops to discuss the proposed cuts and examine anticipated revenues and expenditures for FY 2014-2015. The workshops will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 7th and May 12th has been tentatively scheduled for the second workshop. These workshops are open to the public, and will be held at the Fulton City Hall Commission Room.
Commissioners gave Etherton the go ahead to pursue building an animal shelter on city owned property located on Park Road. Etherton said that enough fencing has been procured, and Fulton County Judge Executive David Gallagher has offered some excess roofing material for the structure. Etherton also informed the commission that Gallagher has offered to pay the City of Fulton $300 per month to pick up animals east of Cayce and in the Crutchfield community. An additional $25 per animal will be paid if the total number exceeds 10 per month.
Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell addressed the commission and requested that a resident of Wingo be hired as the temporary animal control officer. Powell said he choose this person from a field of 12 applicants. Powell was questioned as to whether any local residents had applied, and he replied, “We did have local residents to apply.” Commissioner Mike Farmer said, “I just wish we could hire more people that live here in Fulton.” Mayor Dan Voegeli agreed, stating, “That is one of my pet peeves. After further discussion Powell presented the commission with a local applicant, Chadrick Madding. The commission voted unanimously to hire Madding, who is a resident of Fulton.
In other action, the commission:
- Appointed Doug Fisette to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board.
- Heard from Public Works Director Richard Tidwell regarding repairs that will have to be completed at the wastewater treatment facility.
- Heard from Leroy Vincent, a resident of Eddings Street regarding the large number of cats roaming in his neighborhood. Vincent expressed his dissatisfaction with the city regarding animal control issues from the past.
- Recognized members of the Youth Leadership Class that attended the meeting.
- Adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel and pending litigation.