The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 4, 2013

Fulton City Council approves Andresen property ordinance

By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer

---- — FULTON, Ill. — The City of Fulton has officially accepted the donation of property that could allow for the expansion of services at Heritage Canyon.

An ordinance authorizing the city to accept a parcel of real estate property at 409 N. Fourth St. was approved by the city council Tuesday night. Harold Andresen is donating the estate of his brother, the late Arliss Andresen.

The city has discussed using the property, which is adjacent to Heritage Canyon, as an educational center. The house would be utilized for classrooms, with the remaining property used for recreational trails, parking and nature preservation.

Tuesday night City attorney Bill Shirk told the council that the State's Attorney's Office looked at the ordinance, accepting it. He added that the property has been checked for any liens, easements and other problems.

"It's squeaky clean," Shirk said.

Fulton Tourism Director Heather Bennett and City Works Director Dan Clark are interviewing for caretakers for the property. City Administrator Randy Balk expects them to come back to the council in a few weeks with recommendations for the land.

"We're making progress. Things are moving along," Balk said."But this (passing the ordinance) finalizes it, the land transaction. It will be ours."