Fulton library may take over tourist info center

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton Public Library has proposed taking over the city of Fulton’s tourist information center, which shares a building with Mr. Mike’s Seafood on Route 3.

County Legislator Frank Castiglia Jr. inquired about the information center at the July 15 meeting of the Common Council.

“As a tourist center, it is next to nothing,” Castiglia said. He said he noted about eight fliers or brochures in the center, and the public bathrooms the center shares with Mr. Mike’s are not always open.

Mayor Ron Woodward said representatives from the Fulton Public Library recently approached him about taking over the tourist information center.

Currently, the Oswego Canal Information Center maintains it. Woodward said the city used to have senior citizens volunteer at the center.

Castiglia said he attended a recent meeting of the legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee, which oversees tourism in Oswego County.

He said the committee could help Fulton improve the tourist center if the city gathers information to put there.

Betty Maute, director of the Fulton Public Library, told The Valley News that she and two other library employees have taken “ambassador” training through Oswego County Tourism.

“The Friends of the Library purchased a display (rack for brochures),” Maute said.

Oswego County Tourism will provide literature for the rack. Maute said the library is wheelchair accessible and is centrally located in the city.

“The people that work here are local people, so they can answer questions,” Maute said. “Because of the river and the canal, we’ve had people come in and ask, ‘Where can I find this?’”

Maute said she asked the mayor about placing an information sign in front of the library. Even if the library does not become Fulton’s official hub for tourist information, Maute said the library plans to maintain its informational rack and answer questions from community members and tourists alike.

Other business

• The Common Council approved a zone change for the city blocks surrounded by Rochester Street, Route 481, East Broadway and South First Street. The properties are currently zoned C-2 Commercial. Now, they are zoned C-2A Commercial, which allows for mixed residential and commercial use.

Woodward said more zoning revisions are possible as part of the city’s update of the Comprehensive Master Plan, which has been recommended by the state’s Financial Restructuring Board.

• The city has signed a financial advisory services agreement with Fiscal Advisors and Marketing, Inc. The firm will counsel the city on financial matters.

• A bond resolution for the replacement of the War Memorial’s gymnasium floor was struck from the agenda. Woodward told The Valley News that the city did not have a bid price for the floor replacement yet.

• Mayor Woodward appointed Bonnie Travet to the Fulton Housing Authority and Bernard Caprin to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Caprin will fill Hugh Moore’s unexpired term until Aug. 28, 2014.

• The council has authorized DPW Commissioner Daniel O’Brien to attend the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Fall Training School Sept. 15-18 in Lake Placid.

The training is for local government officials and includes sessions on “municipal law, government operations, local finance and professional development,” according to NYCOM’s website.

• The next meeting of the Common Council will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Common Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.


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