The Alta City Council met Monday with many items on the agenda.
Richard Morris, new code enforcement officer for the city, reported that building permits for the month of August totaled $345,290 worth of construction. He reported to the board that there is a drainage problem at a property along West Highway. After some discussion with the council, it was decided that the Buena Vista County Engineer should be contacted since they have the jurisdiction on that road. Morris was also instructed to contact the Alta Industrial Corp. and instruct them to fill a hole where a house was excavated in the 100 block of West Highway.
Mayor Courtney Lytle stated that because Morris was hired to do fill the code enforcement position, he will no longer be a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. An appointment to fill that vacancy, for the term ending Jan. 1, 2007, will be made at the next meeting.
Storm Lake Area Arts Council members Wanda Tomford and Sherise Gibson appeared before the council to ask for a reduction in the rental fee of the community building for a fund raising dance to be held on Oct. 16. Council member Mike Holton moved to reduce the rent to $75 and the motion carried.
Street superintendent Brad Pedersen distributed six bids for a new tractor to replace the Ford. Following lengthy discussion, the low bid of $42,845 for a New Holland LV80, was accepted.
Pedersen told the board that repainting and caulking of the pool is necessary in the near future and that two bids had been received. Heg Painting turned in a bid for $14,378 and MC & R Pools turned in a bid for $25,650. Pedersen told the council that if funds are a problem, the work could wait. The council agreed to put the project on hold and will budget for it in the next fiscal year.
Pedersen also asked the council to consider removing the pedestrian crossing sign on Highway 7 at Lake Street since the public library is a no longer at that location. A motion was made and carried. The Department of Transportation will be contacted to remove the signs.
Because of a concern for seeing more garbage being thrown around the city, Ordinance No. 1059 - Throwing Rubbish in Public Places - was discussed.
The resolution states that glass, nails or other sharp substances, ashes, straw, paper, sweeping,brush, weeds, grass, leaves, shavings or rubbish of any kind must be thrown away and not deposited on any sidewalk, street, alley, highway, gutter, drain or public ground.
A request was received from Superintendent of Alta Schools Fred Maharry for the city to order a "No Parking At Any Time" sign to be placed at the south drive of the middle school. The request also asked that the city police enforce the no parking rule so that emergency vehicles will have an access if needed.
the council agreed to place the signs but it was pointed out that the police cannot regulate traffic on private property. It was suggested that during events in the school gym, it be announced that illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
Resolution No. 1060 - entitled A Resolution Approving An Agreement in Regards to Water Service Area and Plan for Water Service - was discussed and adopted. The resolution states that the City of Alta and the Board of Trustees of the Alta Municipal Utilities wished to enter into an agreement with the Clay Regional Water; a plan to provide water within two miles of the City of Alta, was presented for consideration some time ago.
The council also approved the annexation of six acres of farm land, adjacent to the corporate limits, now owned by the school district.
A written request was received from Tom and Lynn Hall for a four-way stop to be placed at the intersection of fourth and Cherokee Streets. The matter was taken under advisement pending a recommendation following a study by the police department.