Fulton resident, engineer and architect Kristen Collins submitted a proposal for the sale of a city-owned property located at 188 S. Second St.
Her bid of $6,000 was accepted and awarded by the Fulton Common Council Tuesday night.
According to Mayor Ron Woodward, the property had a lot of interest, but Collins was the first to bid.
Collins is looking to renovate her investment and plans to use the upstairs as a rental property and the downstairs as her personal office.
Being that the property is on a well traveled street, the council is looking forward to Collins modifications, which will add curb appeal to the neighborhood.
“This will be another beautiful building in the middle of town,” said Second Ward Councilor Dan Knopp.
The Collins family has been in the area for quite some time, and previously renovated a home in the second ward.
Knopp said that he was pleased that Kristen and her husband LeRoy decided to invest in the City of Fulton.
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According to the minutes of a recent Fulton Planning Board, Daryl Loguidice, owner of Able Smith Tent, came before the board requesting the approval to open a party rental office and showroom at 609 S. Fourth St.
The Fourth Street property is an empty three-bedroom home on less than two acres.
Able Smith Tent’s main business is located in Cicero. The Fulton site would be used as a pick-up/drop off site for smaller party items.
The smaller items, such as blow-up play houses and popcorn machines, would be rented out for various occasions.
Able Smith Tents does business in Oswego County, but since the main business is located in Onondaga County, Onondaga benefits from the tax revenue.
Loguidice stated that he would like to bring some of that revenue to Oswego County.
Traffic would be limited to the building Monday through Friday, as most people pick up and drop off the items they rented on Saturday and Sundays.
Loguidice plans to clean up the property, add green space, and blacktop the parking area. He also plans to paint the outside of the building, grey and red, to keep with the company’s colors.
He will hire two full-time employees, one to plan events and the other to store, clean and load small rentals.
Loguidice plans on opening before Memorial Day.
Fulton Little League will be holding registration at the Fulton War Memorial Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration fees vary based on the league and level. Registration fees covers players uniforms, baseball caps, pants and socks. The fees also allow players to have access to the growing Kiwanis facility, which include the batting cage and redone baseball and softball fields.
According to Fulton Little League Vice President Dave Webber, the league’s playing facilities are considered amongst the best in Central New York.
Upon signing up, the league offers a player and his or her family the opportunity to sell raffle tickets. Ticket stub information will be gathered so that Fulton Little League can raffle off $100 prizes on opening day.
Webber pointed out that this allows the opportunity for players and their families to gain back some, if not all, of the money they paid to sign up. “A player could pay $80 to play in the Minor League Baseball League and have an opportunity to make the $80 they paid back,” Webber said.
For players taking part in T-Ball or Minor League Baseball or Softball, opening day is April 27 at Kiwanis Kidhaven in Fulton. Games will be scheduled to begin at noon.
However, Opening Day festivities will begin around 11:30 a.m. with acknowledgements for the new season, a speech from Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, and a ceremonial first pitch.
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by Nicole Reitz
There may be hope for the former Birds Eye plant in Fulton after all.
A company temporarily named 607 Philip Street Acquisition LLC, closed last Thursday on the former Birds Eye plant.
According to Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, the selling price of the 287,000 square foot facility and surrounding 20 acres of land was $1.2 million. The city recently lowered the tax assessment on the plant by several million dollars.
An agreement made in October will grant the buyer financial assistance in the form of exemptions from property taxes, sales tax and mortgage recording tax. The new owner will make annual payments in lieu of these taxes. In years one to five of the agreement, the company will pay $30,000 annually. By 2024, the company will be paying $60,000 yearly.
A payment in lieu of tax agreement will mean that in the new owner will pay $30,000 in years one to five of the agreement and then an annual payment of $40,000 in years six to eight
At this time, the company has not revealed its name, but it will use the plant as a poultry-processing facility. The company will reveal its identity at the time of their opening, which is expected to open within six months.
The mayor said that 607 Philip Street Acquisition LLC looked at a facility in Buffalo, but was drawn to Fulton because of its existing rail system. In the next few months, the company will need to remodel and buy new equipment for the three existing buildings.
by Andrew Henderson
Mayor Ron Woodward and the Fulton Common Council moved forward with their plan to annex 65.9 acres from the Town of Granby Tuesday night.
The land targeted for annexation is the site of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The city owns 44.9 acres of the land while the remaining 21 acres along the Oswego River bed is owned by New York State.
The common council unanimously approved an environmental impact resolution as well as a petition for annexation during Tuesday’s special meeting with the city’s outside counsel, John Allen of Bond, Schoeneck and King.
Allen told the council that there is no environmental impact for the annexation. “All that is happening here is the change of address,” he told city councilors. “The city has been operating this wastewater facility since 1963.”
The land has been assessed at $3,034,047. If annexed, the town would lose that amount in assessed value.
“The total assessed value makes up approximately 1.1 percent of the town’s total assessed value and less than 1.3 percent of the taxable assessed total, according to the town’s last preceding assessment roll,” the resolution states.
In the 2012 tax bill, the city was charged $176.82 for Granby taxes in connection with the property that is being annexed. That amount equals less than 1.3 percent of the $14,000 town tax levy.
For the town highway tax, the city paid $7,301.80, which equals less than 1.3 percent of the $578,131 town’s highway tax levy.
For the Granby Center Fire District tax, the city paid $5,504.79, which is less than 2.4 percent of the fire district’s total tax levy of $232,700.
by Nicole Reitz
During Tuesday’s meeting, members of the Fulton Common Council voted to hold a series of public hearings on the annexation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s land.
Located off Route 48, the Wastewater Treatment Plan is positioned in the Town of Granby.
The City of Fulton paid $78,324 to the Fulton City School District and $37,859.32 in taxes to the Town of Granby last year. Out of the $37,859.32, Granby receives $7,478.62, with the rest of the tax monies going towards the County and First Fire District.
A state agency recently raised the assessment of the plant to be worth more than $3.9 million, a $900,000 raise. The city and Mayor Ron Woodward dispute the validity of the assessment and fear the possibility of a higher tax bill.
The city is currently spending $2.5 million to upgrade the treatment plant to comply with a consent order given last year under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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A special meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee was held Wednesday to discuss a request from the City of Fulton to provide assistance with the handling of property foreclosures.
Mayor Ron Woodward said he approached the county because he learned from County Attorney Richard Mitchell that Fulton was the only municipality in the county that does their own foreclosures.
“From a financial standpoint, if someone doesn’t pay their taxes, the city doesn’t get their money,” Woodward said.