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City council presents Act of Bravery Award, recognizes soon-to-be VFW commander

by Anakin Bush | May 25, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Fulton Fire Department Chief Kevin Coffelt (left) and Kathy Miller, facility supervisor for Ashbury Heights (right), pose for a photo Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at the Fulton City Council meeting. Coffelt recognized Miller for assisting during a fire at Ashbury Heights in April. (Photo courtesy City of Fulton)

At Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting, the council presented an Act of Bravery Award, recognized Charles Williams and discussed new resolutions.

The Act of Bravery Award was presented to Kathy Miller by Kevin Coffelt, Fulton Fire Department fire chief.

Coffelt said the fire department responded to a call of a commercial structure fire at Ashbury Heights on April 2.

Miller is the facility supervisor for Ashbury Heights in Fulton.

"Kathy made our job a lot easier. She grabbed an extinguisher and put the fire out prior to our arrival. We thought it would be great to honor her with appreciation for what she's done," he said.

The award Coffelt read said the city "recognizes and values the heroism and acts of bravery and courage by its citizens."

The firefighters who responded to the call on April 2 were also in attendance at Tuesday's meeting. Coffelt said they wanted to join in honoring Miller.

Mayor Steve Myers introduced and recognized Charles Williams, who will soon be promoted to state commander of the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He will be promoted in June.

"I think that's a tremendous accomplishment," Myers said.

Williams is currently the state senior vice commander of the Missouri VFW.

Williams spoke to the council and citizens at the meeting.

"...I just want to thank you for this honor," he said. "It was unexpected."

Williams informed the council about the VFW, which began in 1914 and received a Congressional charter in 1936.

He said there are around 400,000 veterans in Missouri, with around 100,000 involved with the VFW.

"So there's 300,000 still out there that do not know that they have benefits and compensation coming to them," Williams said.

In other business, the council:

heard an update from Renee Tyler, director of administration, about the city's planning for the upcoming All-America City Award. Tyler said the city is in the second week of receiving donations. $6,250 is in hand, with an additional commitment of $7,500 made. Tyler said there are several donors who have made commitments, and are waiting on those to be finalized. The donation goal is $30,000.

heard an update on the roof at Fire Station Two. Coffelt said the roof project is now completed. He said there have been no leaks since the project was finished.

discussed a resolution for the city to receive the Hero Fund American Fund Grant. This would go towards the purchase of training equipment for the Fulton Fire Department. A Smoke 3 Smoke Generator valued at $1,995 will be purchased with this grant. The smoke generator will also be used for fire drills at local colleges. $555 from council funds for travel/training/seminars will be used for this purchase. The resolution passed unanimously.

discussed a resolution for the city to apply for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Application. These funds will be used to assist in the purchase of electric vehicle charging stations. Charging stations will be placed on the campuses of Westminster College and William Woods University. Additional chargers will also be placed around Fulton. The total cost for this project is $634,015. $507,212 in grant funds will be requested for the project. WWU and Westminster will both provide a match for the chargers placed on their campuses. The remaining amount will be allocated to the 2024 electric fund capital budget. Tyler said the amount of electric vehicles in Fulton is growing. The resolution passed unanimously.

discussed a second and final reading of an ordinance for the city to enter into a contract with the Callaway County Collector and the Callaway County Commission for the collection of taxes. The contract period would last through June, 2027. The ordinance passed unanimously.

discussed a second and final reading of an ordinance to rename East 13th Street to Ovid Bell Street. The ordinance passed unanimously.

discussed a third and final reading of an ordinance to amend the Fulton City Code relating to the acceptance of donations, gifts and sponsorships. The ordinance passed unanimously.

The next Fulton City Council meeting will be June 13 at 6:30 p.m.

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