Fulton city leaders swore in a new council member Monday, filling a second-ward seat that came open after a former alderman’s resignation this past spring.
Margaret Crosthwaite, who lives in the 1100 block of 11th Avenue, was sworn in at the start of Monday’s regular city council meeting. She replaces former Ald. Merle Sterenberg, who resigned from the council because of a move to Garden Plain Township near Albany, Ill.
Crosthwaite works as a Clinton County communications operator for law enforcement and other emergency responders.
The council voted unanimously last month to approve Mayor Larry Russell’s choice of Crosthwaite. He has said she was chosen because of her involvement in the community. She is a volunteer for her church and other local groups.
Crosthwaite’s son, Kyle, received a $500 Todd Stone Memorial Scholarship, the Clinton Police Department announced Monday. He will study forensics science at the University of Miami. The scholarship fund was established in 1993 after Stone was killed in a pursuit in January of that year.
In other business Monday, the Fulton City Council voted to approve an amendment to the city budget that would account for a donation by a local couple to the city police department.
The couple, whose names were not released in council documents, created an endowment fund through the Fulton Association for Community Enrichment, with annual distributions to go to the city police department for special projects or other items of the department’s choosing.
The first donation from the fund, made last month, is $450. City leaders said the amounts of planned future annual donations could vary.
City Administrator Randy Balk said the couple acted in response to recent budget pressures placed on the police department.
Last month, council approval scraped by in a 4-3 vote for the department to purchase a new squad car to begin the process of replacing its aging three-vehicle fleet.