Fulton council OKs $769,000 in projects

By Tracy Kinne

The Fulton Common Council approved issuing $769,000 in bonds for seven capital projects at a brief special meeting Monday night.

The biggest chunk of money – $200,000 – will be used to remove asbestos from and demolish four or five vacant, dilapidated houses that the city has seized in tax foreclosure proceedings.

Although 10 or 11 buildings need to be demolished, the city won’t have enough money to tear down all of them, said Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr.

The structures are beyond repair, the roofs on two of them are caving in, and there was a fire in one of the buildings, he said.

Asbestos in the siding and other building materials contributes to the bulk of the cost, he said. The city isn’t certified to remove asbestos, a carcinogen, and must hire an outside firm to do that work, he said.

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