Canal Fulton City Council
KEY ACTION: Discussed splitting a multi-piece mural of the city’s history and placing its parts in locations throughout the city.
DISCUSSION: Council devised the currently unapproved plan as an alternative to installing the mural at the Schalmo Family YMCA. Downtown business owners objected to the YMCA location because the mural's purpose is to educate and welcome visitors to town. Most of the traffic coming into Canal Fulton enters on state Route 93, which runs through the historic district, where business owners would prefer the mural be relocated.
The mural once hung on the former fire station next to City Hall but was removed and put into storage years ago when the building was torn down. Other locations have been considered but none panned out.
If splitting up the mural is approved and locations are found, plans are to put a QR code on each panel so anyone with a smart phone can access information about the panel and the history of Canal Fulton.
Established a $20,000 fund for the Historic District Improvement Project. Owners of property in the district may borrow up to $3,600 to improve their properties and would pay back the loans at $100 a month along with their water bills. The program is similar to one council established to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Heard that a Day of Caring will be held Friday to clean out and mulch flower beds on city properties. Any volunteers interested in joining Northwest senior students for the task may meet at any of the city's properties from 8 a.m. to noon.
Adjourned to executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken upon reconvening.
UP NEXT: Will meet at 6 p.m. June 7 at the Safety Center. Council and committee meetings may be viewed in real time on the city’s website.
This article originally appeared on The Repository: Canal Fulton discusses fate of mural