Banana Festival 2017

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Why Bananas in Kentucky and Tennessee?

Upon hearing that the twin cities are hosting a Banana Festival many reply with, “Why Bananas?” While it is true our weather is not conducive to growing bananas, the twin cities have had a great impact on bananas in the United States.

In about 1880 the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad was the first to develop refrigerated cars. Suddenly those not living in tropical regions could have the same fruits year round that others enjoyed. Fulton, at the time, was home to a large railroad facility and became the redistribution point for the railroad because of its central location between New Orleans and Canada. The United Fruit Co, now Chiquita, began shipping bananas from South America by ship to New Orleans. The bananas were loaded onto railcars on top of 162 pound blocks of ice for the trip north. Fulton had the only ice house on the route north to Chicago. The bananas were re-iced with blocks from the Fulton Ice Plant, now closed. Empty railcars were pulled up to the side of the ice house and these large blocks of ice were loaded end up covering the entire box car. The bananas were then laid on top of the ice to continue their journey. At one point, over 70% of the bananas that were consumed in the US passed through Fulton. Fulton became known as “The Banana Capital of the World.”

So now that the concept of Bananas in Fulton, Kentucky makes sense why all the fuss? Well we owe that in part to Carolyn Allen Dunavant. When Carolyn was an 8th grade student at Carr Elementary School, she wrote a letter to Chet Huntly, a news anchor for NBC, inviting him to the International Banana Festival. Chet took her up on her offer and sent national news cameras to cover the small town festival. Carolyn was honored as a Top Banana that year and invited to a luncheon with Miss America, Donna Exum.

The International Banana Festival has had many changes over the years. In the early years “Amigos”, who ranged in age from 16-20, from South America would come about two weeks before the festival to stay with local families. They would attend parties, churches, schools, and socialize with local teenagers. This provided both groups with a wonderful experience that no textbook could match.

Several distinguished visitors have made appearances at the festival including Miss America, Miss Kentucky, Miss Tennessee, Miss Dairy Princess, officials from the United States State Department, congressmen, senators, and governors. Latin American guests have come from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela.

The highlight of the festival has always been the 1-ton Banana Pudding, deemed the world largest. After traveling in the parade the pudding is then distributed to hungry festival attendees. We hope you join us as we are “Pudding Back Tradition” to the Banana Festival. We are bringing back several events and adding new ones. We hope you find something for the whole family and help make the festival the highlight of the year in the twin cities!


Sealed Bids Accepted

SEALED BIDS

THE CITY OF FULTON WILL ACCEPT SEALED BIDS ON THE FOLLOWING SURPLUS PROPERTY:

VACANT LOT ON 407 JACKSON STREET MINIMUM BID $ 500

VACANT LOT ON 900 VINE STREET MINIMUM BID $1,500

VACANT LOT ON COMMERICAL AVENUE MINIMUM BID $ 500

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL BIDS TO THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE MARKED “SEALED BID” TO THE ATTENTION OF THE CITY MANAGER OR MAIL THE BID TO CITY OF FULTON, “SEALED BID” ATTENTION CITY MANAGER, P O BOX 1350, FULTON, KY 42041

BIDS ARE DUE IN BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 UNTIL 1:00 P.M. AND OPENED AT 1:30 P.M. IN THE FULTON CITY COMMISSION ROOM.

THE AWARDED BID MUST BE PAID WITHIN FIVE DAYS FROM THE BID OPENING.

THE CITY OF FULTON HAS THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS.


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Watch for Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses

Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses: Your Community May Be at Risk
Current Issues and Events | Aug. 14, 2017
people watching a solar eclipse with glasses

Millions of Americans will watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse and have already purchased (or will) eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers to do so. Some of these people may be at risk from counterfeit glasses and viewers sold by disreputable vendors trying to cash in on this rare event. Watching the eclipse with fake protective gear can cause permanent eye damage, making this a community risk reduction issue.

Only glasses and viewers verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet ISO 12312-2 are safe to use when viewing the eclipse. This standard requires glasses and viewers to be thousands of times darker than typical sunglasses.

It may be hard to tell the difference between genuine protective gear and fake glasses/viewers as some counterfeit makers are placing ISO labels on them. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has guidance to help eclipse watchers determine if their eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers are safe. In addition, NASA recommends that eclipse watchers refer to the AAS’s website for a list of reputable vendors selling solar glasses and viewers.


Reminder Unlawful to Burn without Permit in the City

(A) Unlawful without permission. It shall be unlawful for any person to burn refuse, trash, lumber, leaves, grass, straw or any other combustible material in any street, alley, lot, yard or any other place within the city limits, without first securing permission as provided for in subsection (B) of this section.
(B) Persons authorized to grant permission. Only the Chief of the Fire Department or next in command is authorized to grant permission to persons to burn combustible material prohibited in subsection (A) of this section, as the Chief may determine. Permission shall be secured in writing and shall be valid only for the period of time designated.
(C) Instructions; regulations. It shall be the responsibility of the Fire Chief or his or her designee to visit the site of the proposed burning and to issue a set of instructions in writing, which shall serve to regulate the burning as it occurs. These regulations shall be issued for the purpose of safety and the protection of public and private property. The regulations shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) Prohibition of burning on street pavement, curbs and gutters;
(2) Prohibition of burning within 30 feet of any building;
(3) Prohibition of burning on windy days;
(4) Prohibition of the use of flammable liquids to ignite fire;
(5) Requiring the presence of a ready to use garden hose at the site of the fire; and
(6) Not leaving the fire unattended unless it is completely extinguished before leaving.
(D) Violation; penalty. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be assessed a penalty of $10, payable to the city. If the penalty is not paid within 14 days a complaint shall be filed by the Fire Chief with the County District Court. The Court will then have full jurisdiction of the offense and shall prescribe penalties at the court’s discretion.
(1977 Code, § 12-2) (Ord. 83-10, passed 4-25-1983; Ord. 83-39, passed 12-12-1983)


Reminder Unlawful Posting of Advertising on Poles

City of Fulton Police Department is reminding everyone in the city of the following:

42-6 UNLAWFUL POSTING OF ADVERTISEMENTS.
No bills, cards, placards, posters or other forms of advertisement shall be posted on or affixed to any public or private utility or streetlight poles or meter posts along any of the public ways in the city. This section shall not apply to any judicial, legislative or administrative notice which may, by law, be required to be posted in public places in the city. Each separate bill, card, placard, poster or other advertisement so posted or affixed shall constitute a separate offense.
(1977 Code, § 19-6) (Ord. passed 6-6-1955)


Keep grass clippings out of the street properly

Some love to do it, some despise it: Mowing the lawn — or “cutting the grass,” as we like to call it around here.

Right now, the grass is growing at a steady rate. Push-mowers and lawn tractors discharge clippings to the right. Therefore, many operators like to mow on the edge of the road by riding against traffic. The clippings are blown onto the roadway and in time will dry up and get dispersed by rain or wind.

We have observed numerous lawns where grass clippings from a lawn mower are blown onto the street, using an odd version of “out of sight, out of mind.” But there are many reasons not to do this.

For starters, it’s an ordinance violation in the City of Fulton.   Code Enforcement is patrolling for these violations  and issuing warnings currently.  After being issued a warning you will have some time to clear the streets of the clippings.  If they are not removed then you could be cited $150 a day.  After receiving a warning you will not be given another warning and a citation will be issued for further violations.  “Never blow or dump grass clippings, leaves and other waste into the street, storm-water drain, drainage ditch or surface water. When possible, recycle grass clippings and leaves by using a mulching mower.”

One of the major problems is that these clippings stop up the storm-water drainage systems and prevent them from working properly.  The clippings also get into the cracks in the street and cause grass to grow in the cracks.

Another aspect that can subject a homeowner to serious litigation is the traffic hazard resulting from grass clippings blown onto a roadway. Freshly cut grass is slippery and can cause a motorcyclist or bicyclist to lose traction and crash. In such a spill, damage to one of the popular Harley-Davidson motorcycles instantly reaches four figures, not to mention an injury lawsuit by the rider.

The best way to dispose of the clippings is to use mulching blades on the mower. They have a special shape which shreds the grass after cutting and deposits it on the lawn. Not only does this eliminate the discharge blowing out on the side, it also adds valuable nutrients back to the soil. If used regularly, before the grass gets too high, there are no clumps or ridges.

Savings in fertilizer, possible city fines and elimination of a hazard to fellow citizens make mulching blades a great investment.

Here is a link to the ordinance Chapter 40 Article III 40-64

Below are a couple of photos of recent violations:

 


City of Fulton Water Rates 2017-2018

Water rates for the City Water System will increase by 6% as was mandated in ordinance 2015-05 per Kentucky Infrastructure Loan A15-097.

Click Here to see COF Ordinance 2015-05

Below are the new water rates:

Rates Inside the City Limits 

Tiers Gallons Used Usage Charge Per Gallon Charge Over Previous Tier
First 3000 $16.54 Minimum Bill
Next 5000 $41.75 0.00835
Next 5000 $40.65 0.00813
Next 7000 $53.97 0.00771
Next 10,000 $68.50 0.00685
Next 20,000 $113.00 0.00565
Next 50,000 $154.00 0.00308
Next 100,000 $257.00 0.00257
Over 200,000 NA 0.00171

Rates Water District 

Tiers Gallons Used Usage Charge Per Gallon Charge Over Previous Tier
First 3000 $39.62 Minimum Bill
Next 5000 $52.70 0.01054
Next 5000 $37.70 0.00754
Next 7000 $45.64 0.00652
Next 10,000 $53.00 0.0053
Next 20,000 $97.80 0.00489
Over 50,000 NA 0.00489