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story.lead_photo.caption Fulton City Council members sport pink shirts at Tuesday night's meeting to recognize breast cancer awareness month. Photo by Adam Brake / Fulton Sun.

In a show of support for breast cancer awareness month, city officials donned bright pink shirts at Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting.

"This month is breast cancer awareness month," Fulton Chief Todd Farley said. "It's a common tradition in the fire department to recognize that and raise funds for it. I appreciate the support of (the council members) wearing their shirts tonight."

The shirts are also available for purchase as part of the fundraising, Farley said.

"They're $20," he said. "People who want one can call the station and we will make sure they get one."

Scott Peterson, a firefighter in Fulton, said people at the department are passionate about raising funds.

"We feel it has touched a lot of us or our families," he said. "It's special to give back. All funds raised will be given to the Callaway County Relay for Life."

Councilwoman Beverly Gray said she was very grateful for the fire department's fundraising effort.

"As a cancer survivor myself, I like to advertise," she said. "I'd like to thank the fire department for the shirt."

City Administrator Bill Johnson said improving the storm water system near the state hospital is a joint effort between the city and state.

"The state is working with the city of Fulton to alleviated some pre-existing issues on State and Oak Street," he said. "By working together, we hope to take all the storm water runoff from the state hospital property through a retention basin and into Stinson Creek."

During heavy rains, Johnson said the area surrounding the state hospital often falls victim to flooding. The city plans to build a drainage system that would divert potential flood waters into Stinson Creek.

"It's been a historical problem and we looked at it several times to figure out how to correct it," he said. "We'll take the water through a pipe straight into the creek.

The winning bid for the project came in at $180,315, Johnson said. The company making the improvements, Ken Kaufman & Sons Excavating of Jefferson City, has a history of working with the city, he added.

"We have a lot of experience with the contractor," Johnson said. "They've done a lot of good work for us throughout the years on several different projects."

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