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The Fulton City Council is back in business — its first meeting of 2021 is Tuesday.

Though municipal buildings are currently generally closed to the public, the meeting will be held in-person and at Fulton City Hall (18 E. 4th St.) as usual. Seating for members of the public will be limited; the meeting may also be viewed via livestream at fultonmo.org.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a work session, during which the city council will hear an update on the community recreation center currently under construction in Veterans Park.

The regular meeting commences at 7 p.m. with a public hearing to consider the proposed rezoning of 917 E. Walnut Street from M-1 Manufacturing District to R-2 Residential District. The reclassification was proposed by Leola Bailey and Mitchell Winter during the Dec. 29 meeting of Fulton's Planning and Zoning commission.

City council members will hear the first reading of an ordinance approving that reclassification later in the meeting.

Council members will also hear a request from the Fulton Garden Club for a fee waiver so the garden club can host a "Youth Arbor Day Celebration" 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24 in Veterans Park.

The free event would allow elementary-aged children to learn about trees, complete thematic crafts and enjoy free snacks, said Diane Neterer of the FGC.

Several resolutions are on the agenda.

First is the renewal of a contract between the City of Fulton and Visu-Sewer of Missouri. Visu-Sewer initially contracted with Fulton in 2019 to scope out Fulton's sewers, clearing blockages and relining problem pipes.

Visu-Sewer has requested a 1.7 percent increase to the costs outlined in their 2019 bid as part of the contract renewal.

Another resolution would finalize a golf course maintenance equipment rental agreement with VGM Financial Services. According to a document included in the meeting packet, most current equipment owned by the city is between 15-20 years old and needs frequent repair.

In total, the city would pay $300,539 to rent 15 pieces of used maintenance equipment for five years ($54,964 per year), compared to $353,000 to purchase the same equipment new.

The third resolution is a four-year lease of cardio workout equipment from Macro Lease at the cost of $74,183.10. The equipment — including spin bikes, treadmills, rowers, elliptical machines and more — will be stationed at the new recreation center.

First readings of three ordinances also appear on the agenda.

One is the aforementioned rezoning bill.

A second establishes an agreement with the County of Callaway renewing the household hazardous waste and electronic waste recycling program. If approved by both the city and the county, the county government will pay Fulton $10,000 so that residents who live outside Fulton city limits may continue to participate in the program.

The third changes the speed limit on Wood Street due to the installation of a flashing signal. When the yellow signals are flashing, the section of Wood Street between East Eighth Street and 10th Street will be considered a school zone with a speed limit of 20 mph. When the signals aren't flashing, the speed limit will be 30 mph and the section won't be considered a school zone.

A fourth resolution, authorizing the mayor to apply for MoDOT's Transportation Alternatives Program and Cost-Share Program, is up for its second reading. The funding would allow the City of Fulton to install sidewalks along both sides of Business 54 between Collier Lane and Westminster Avenue.

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