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Council holding public hearing on food truck issue

By Colin Hogan

After hearing complaints from local business owners last fall, the Fulton Common Council will hold a public hearing on Feb. 24 on modifications to the city’s food truck vendor permit stipulations.

The issue arose in October after business owners along state Route 3 on the west side of the river called it “unfair” that they pay what they call some of “the highest taxes in the state,” while thriving food truck vendors set up in Bullhead Point pay a smaller once-yearly fee to the city.

“With lower cost structures for those businesses, they can charge less and they’re going to have more customers,” Lakeview Lanes owner Mike Tryniski told the council in October. “It doesn’t seem like a fair balance between the businesses and the vendors.”

Following a special meeting Wednesday, in which the public hearing was scheduled, Common Council President Larry Macner said the council agrees that raising vendors’ fees and other permit modifications are in order, but that would be the extent of how the council intervenes in the affairs of these businesses.

“It comes down to competition and free enterprise — who’s got the best product at the best price,” Macner said.

During earlier deliberations on the subject, Councilor Jim Myers, who chairs the Codes Committee, noted that if the fees were to be assessed in the same way as property taxes, the city would be collecting even less from its food truck vendors than it already does.

“The average price (of a food truck on eBay) is like $10,000. If that was considered real property, and they had to pay taxes at our tax rates, they’d be paying $196.62 instead of $750,” Myers said.

Macner said Wednesday that fees would be rising from $750 per year to $1,000.

“The biggest change here will the fee increase, because there hadn’t been one in several years,” he said.

When discussing the matter last fall, Crystal English – owner of the Shannon’s Hot Dogs food truck, which has been regularly parked at Bullhead Point for 30 years – said she would be willing to see that figure increase “a reasonable amount,” such as $300 or so, but felt it would be unfair for a business like hers to be held up to the same taxing standard as a property-based business.

“We’re mobile. We’re on wheels. At the end of the day, we pack up and leave. There’s no comparison to be made there,” she said.

Currently the city has permits issued to three vendors at Bullhead Point, two at Indian Point and one downtown.

The public hearing will take place at the start of the Common Council’s Feb. 24 meeting at 7 p.m.

Jeremiah M. Jones

Jeremiah M. Jones, 2; of Oswego died Sunday, Feb. 8, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. Jeremiah was always very playful and loved the outside. He enjoyed riding his bike and he was a great little brother. Jeremiah is survived by his mother Amanda Jones; siblings Jazmine, Kiara and Jaden; maternal grandfather Adam Babcock; paternal grandmother Marcherie William Smith; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Marchane Green in 2014; maternal grandmother Kathryn Martin; and maternal great-grandmother Patricia Jones.  Committal service with burial was be held Friday at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. The Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. 4th St. S., Oswego has care of the arrangements.


Bernice E. “Bunny” Ordway

Ordway OBBernice E. “Bunny” Ordway, 77, of Fulton passed away Monday, Feb. 9, at Oswego Hospital.  She was born in Massachusetts and had lived in the Fulton area for more than 50 years. Bunny had worked for more than 30 years at Andrew Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton. She was a wonderful woman and cherished her family.  She was predeceased by husband, Ronald; daughter, Donna J. Barnes; and sisters, Joyce Huntress, Phyllis Fanning and Ruth Greco. Bunny’s memory will be cherished forever by her children, Leann (John) Schadt, Ronald L. Ordway II and Patrick (Claudia) Ordway; son-in-law, James K. Barnes; siblings, Shirley Jones, Eleanor Childs and Henry Craig; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours were Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.


George Horace Stone, Jr.

Stone OBGeorge H. Stone, Jr., 74, of Fulton, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Upstate University Hospital after an extended illness. He was born on May 20, 1940 in Boylston, a son to the late George and Nellie Dennie Stone, Sr. George retired from Huhtamaki after 45 years. He was a hardworking, independent, do it yourself individual who was a loving and devoted family man. Along with his parents he was predeceased by three siblings, Francis Stone, Bill Stone and Myrtle Smith and granddaughter, Stella Stone.

George will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife of 37 years, Dawn Stone; five children, Virginia (Kevin Leonard) Stone of Auburn, Patricia (Randy) Platt of Oswego, Steven (Andrea) Stone of Phoenix, Timothy (Trisha) Stone of Hannibal and Tammie (Charles) Carroll of Fulton; 13 grandchildren, Tonia, Saun, Andy, Danny, Jamie, Zoey, Sam, Ceceila, Kyle, Hailey, Bryce, Ryan and Mya; eight great-grandchildren; beloved dog, Roxi as well as several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Spring burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego.


Paul H. Hicks

Hicks OBPaul H. Hicks, 64, of Sterling, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Fulton, a son to the late William Hicks and Ida Stevens and lived all his life in Sterling. Paul graduated from Red Creek Central High School in 1969 and was a boilermaker with the Boilermakers Local #175, Oswego for 30 years, retiring in 2006.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kathleen Hicks; three children, Renee (Steve) Griffin of Sterling, Erin (Michael) Schane of Lake Ariel, Pa., and Paul (Jamie) Hicks, Jr. of Red Creek; three sisters, Lucy Arseneau of Webster, Mary (Steve) Zonneville of Williamson and Susan Wollek of Rochester; six brothers, Joe Hicks of Sterling, Michael Hicks of Martville, Patrick Hicks of Hannibal, Tom (Dawn) Hicks of Chaumont Bay, N.Y., Mark (Becky) Hicks of Sterling and Dan Hicks of Sterling; eight grandchildren, Kate, Beau, Margaret, Emma, Brett, Hunter, Ryan and Hayden as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal, 13074.


Carol Louise Cole

Carol Louise Cole, 95, of Granby, (Fulton), passed away at home on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Born in Phoenix, N.Y., to her late parents, Leal M. (Henley) and George A. Archambo on December 25, 1919, she was a graduate of Phoenix High School and continued her education in the field of cosmetology.

Cole OBCarol was a licensed beautician, and self-employed owner of Carol’s Beauty Shop. She was a lady of faith, belonging to Fulton Alliance Church. Carol served as a deaconess, a Sunday school teacher, Bible study group member and participated in the Vacation Bible School program, summers.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Daniel  C. Cole, Jr. on March 16, 2011; her granddaughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Thompson, died December 4, 2013.

Surviving are her daughter, Sandra Louise Sivers of Fulton; a grandson, William (Ronica) Sivers; Cindy’s husband David Thompson; four great-grandchildren, Will (Kristina) Sivers, Kyle Stapleton, Melinda Stapleton, and Cody Sivers; a sister Frances Currier; a brother-in-law, Leo Borte; several nieces, nephews.

Memorial services will be on Saturday Feb. 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Fulton Alliance Church, 1044 state Route 48, Fulton, NY 13069, with the Rev. J. Spurling officiating.

Per Carol’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.

Spring burial will be in Jacksonville Cemetery, 9250 Fenner Rd., town of Lysander, N.Y.

Contributions in Carol’s memory should be made to Fulton Alliance Church.


Margaret A. Lambert

Lambert OBMargaret A. Lambert, 90, of Granby, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, at Loretto. She was born in Split Rock, N. Y., a daughter to the late James and Margaret McNally, and lived most of her life in Granby. Margaret was a devoted mother and homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Lambert; sons, Robert B. Lambert and Patric L. Lambert and by a son-in-law, Peter Loughlin. Margaret is survived by her children, Diane Loughlin, Cliff (Darlene) Lambert, Gloria Lambert and Paul (Kelly) Lambert; she is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Margaret’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to their mother’s special caregiver and friend, Steve Prince. Funeral services are private. Burial will be in the spring at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, Hannibal. Foster Funeral Home, has care of arrangements.


Improvements planned for Recreation Park

By Colin Hogan

Fulton's Recreation Park, which sits next to G. Ray Bodley High School along the eastern side of Lake Neatahwanta, will get a makeover this summer thanks to state funds recently acquired through state Sen. Patricia Ritchie. File photo
Fulton’s Recreation Park, which sits next to G. Ray Bodley High School along the eastern side of Lake Neatahwanta, will get a makeover this summer thanks to state funds recently acquired through state Sen. Patricia Ritchie.
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Wheels are in motion for Fulton to upgrade Recreation Park this summer with a new kayak launch and playground.

The project comes thanks to $50,000 in state funds acquired through state Sen. Patricia Ritchie (R-Oswegatchie). Officials said those funds, coupled with a discount on playground equipment arranged through KaBOOM! — a national nonprofit that specializes in establishing parks in high-need communities — should cover the full cost of the endeavor.

Fulton Parks and Recreation Superintendent Barry Ostrander said restoring the 28-acre park, which sits next to G. Ray Bodley High School along the eastern side of Lake Neatahwanta, is one of many steps on the path to revitalizing the lake-area’s recreational use.

“We’d like to eventually restore that whole area, including the Stevenson Beach area, back to how it was years ago before all of the issues with the lake,” Ostrander said.

Lake Neatahwanta has sat mostly dormant for years due to a high concentration blue-green algae. Clean-up efforts are currently underway by committees in both Fulton and Granby, which include dredging silt from the lake’s basin.

Ritchie, who also acquired major funding for the lake clean-up efforts, stated in a press release Wednesday that she was pleased to be able to help with the park project.

“Whether they are for families or individuals, quality outdoor recreational opportunities are key to any strong community,” said Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will give children a safe place to play and also build upon efforts to revitalize Lake Neatahwanta.”

Ostrander said Ritchie “has been instrumental” in helping Fulton move forward with its lake-area projects.

“I can’t thank Sen. Ritchie enough, because with out her help these things would’t be possible. We’re very fortunate to have her assistance,” he said.

The park’s roots can be traced back to the early 1920s when leaders at the American Woolen Mills factory decided to establish recreational facilities for their 1,500 employees. Fulton then adopted the site a city park in 1961.

Kelley Weaver of Friends of Fulton Parks said her organization will be seeking input from students at both G. Ray Bodley and Fulton Junior High School on what kinds of playground equipment they’d prefer to have on the site, as they will likely be using it most often.

“There’s no playground equipment there geared toward the 13-and-older age group, so we want their input on what we can put there that will be most useful to them,” Weaver said.

The kids’ input on the equipment will be key to ensuring that the park doesn’t go unused, according to Ostrander.

“That’s what you need. You have to get what the kids want to use, otherwise it’s just going to sit there,” Ostrander said.

Weaver said improvements like these are exactly what Friends of Fulton Parks aims to accomplish, and thanked the senator for her support.

“Here in Fulton, we are continually striving to make our community a better place for those who live here,” said Weaver. “A big part of that is making sure there are family-friendly opportunities for people to get outside and get active. Our organization’s main goal is to increase the well-being of others by improving our local parks. We are truly grateful that Sen. Ritchie recognizes how important parks are to enhancing local communities and we are thankful for her support.”

The kayak launch, which will be handicap-accessible, will be the only one of its kind on the lake. Ostrander said once the next round of lake clean-up begins this spring, he will have a better idea of where they can place the launch, provided it doesn’t interfere with any of the dredging efforts.

While the state funds should cover the entire cost of the project, Fulton will have to pay up front and be reimbursed by the state after the work is complete. The Common Council authorized city clerk/chamberlain Dan O’Brien Tuesday to establish a $50,000 capital account for the project.

Second Ward Councilor Daniel Knopp said improving Recreation Park could also be a boon to the Fulton’s lake clean-up fundraising.

“Anything we do to improve the area along the lake is just going to draw more attention to the lake, and hopefully bring more funds to the clean-up project,” Knopp said.

Knopp also gave special thanks to Ritchie “for the interest she’s had in the city of Fulton and helping us with this project.”