The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 6, 2012

Final report details storm damage to Martin House

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

FULTON, Ill. — While the brutal storm in early August may seem like a mere memory, the damages have left a significant mark on one historic landmark.

The storm that brought hurricane-force winds left the city without power for nearly two days and left a trail of destruction in its wake.

At a City Council meeting on Tuesday, members of Fulton Historical Society presented information about the extent of damage to the Martin House Museum at 707 10th Ave.

The museum was nearly buried in fallen trees for days following the storm.

During the storm the electrical box was knocked off the building, costing the museum $1,398, according to Bill Blecha. The porch, roof and gutters were damaged.

Martin House received bids for the repairs from Bierne Builders in the amount of $14,950 and from True Construction in the amount of $16,500.

The Fulton Historical Society has $15,500 in its budget approved for capital improvements throughout the facility. An insurance claim has not been filed yet. The insurance is expected to pay for the repair of the porch, but not to replace the entire porch. In order to save on cost, the society wants to replace the porch railings with a synthetic material instead of wood. The City Council voted to have the historical society repair the building after the insurance adjuster sees the damage.

Society members intend to use the capital improvement funds along with the insurance payment to pay for the damage and put off other capital improvements for another year.

Other actions:

• Approved an amendment to the Swimming Pool ordinance. A fence between 4 feet and 6 feet needs a pool cover. If the fence is more than 6 feet, no pool cover is needed.

• Accepted a bid from KMA in Princeton, Iowa, for Rose Lane water main replacement at a cost of $117,940.

•  Approved a request for a Fall Festival Beer Garden at Johnny's Tap closing 12th Avenue from Third to Fourth streets.