FULTON, Ill. — For at least one more year the city of Fulton will retain control of a municipal marina despite one local businessman’s request to gain partial ownership.
During a City Council meeting Monday, local boat repairman Donnie Saiter’s request to purchase a portion of the marina property came before the council but was quickly shot down unanimously on a recommendation from the Marina Oversight Committee.
Alderman Randy Boonstra is the active representative from the council on the marina committee and it was his suggestion that the city remain sole owners of the property.
“We met as a committee to discuss this and I think we’ve talked a little about this before as a council, but at this point we feel it’s in the best interest in the city to retain control of that property,” Boonstra said. “To make sure that it’s presentable the way we want it. We’ve spent some time and effort to try and get that area cleaned up and we’d kind of like to keep it that way.”
Despite their denial to sell the property to Saiter, the council did approve a lease extension to him so he could continue to conduct his boat repair business on the north end of the property.
With the approval however, there were some changes made to the agreement between the city and Saiter, the first being a raise in the property rent from $800 a month to $900 a month. The marina committee did not specify why it wanted to raise the rent but it was approved by the council.
The second change to the licensing agreement came with a little more specification from the marina committee because of ongoing trouble with boat storage.
“We added a sub-paragraph that prohibits boat storage in the area south of the building between Nov. 15 and April 1,” Boonstra said. “That time period is what we call winter storage, when all the boats should be stored far to the south, they’re on blocks and they’re paying storage to the city.”