The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

June 19, 2012

Fulton stops mailing city newsletter

FULTON, Ill. — City officials decided to go green and save some green for the city by discontinuing the mailing of the city quarterly newsletter.

Tourism Director Heather Bennett brought up the topic of changing the newsletter distribution to the aldermen at a meeting on Monday.

The newsletter is mailed to approximately 2,800 households with 100 copies available at city hall.

The total annual cost for printing and mailing the newsletters is $3,904.

Bennett proposed that they discontinue the mailing, but still have 100-200 copies available at city hall. Citizens can also access the newsletter on the city website.

Alderman Charles Dykstra said he enjoys receiving the newsletter by mail. Alderman Randy Boonstra said he agreed, but said it was outweighed by the savings.

“I like getting it sent too, but I’m worried we are wasting a lot of copies,” Boonstra said.

Alderman Eugene Field said they should consider putting a note on water bills to pick up the newsletter at city hall. Bennett suggested that they could also post the newsletter on the city’s Facebook page.

Having the newsletter sent out to residents is not as important due to a large amount media coverage, according to Mayor Larry Russell.

“We have a lot of news coverage, so it isn’t as much of a necessity to have them mailed out,” Russell said.

The City Council approved the discontinuation of the mailing.

Alderman also approved vacation of streets and alleys modifications. The changes include adding and modifying some of the steps for a petition to vacate a street or alley. With the modifications the council will add a first step where they will approve the surplus property available.

This will give the requester a clear-cut answer before they forgo the petition process, according to City Administrator Randy Balk. After the appraisal, the requester would also be able to get their $60 petition fee refunded if need be.

Other actions:

• Aldermen approved a prevailing wage ordinance. This is the city’s annual exercise of having in its files the current prevailing wages for the area. This is used by contractors who bid on any city work.

• Aldermen approved the 2012C ordinance. The ordinance contains new wording to satisfy the city’s bonding requirements.

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