Three city council terms will be up this year. If you are interested in the government that rules the city, maybe you should consider taking out nomination papers which will be available at city hall or at the auditor's office at the Buena Vista County Court house beginning Monday. Nomination papers must be returned by Sept. 20; the election will be held Nov. 6.
The seats of Bruce Frederick, Molly Elston and Mike Holton will expire; Frederick will not seek reelection; City Clerk Tom Huseman is unsure of the intentions of the other two council members.
Frederick came forth saying he is more than willing to help anyone interested in taking over the position he will vacate.
He won't deny that the job is time consuming and found the time well worth it.
"It has been and honor and a privilege to represent the citizens of Alta on their city council," he said.
"Being on the city council was an eye-opening experience for me. The perception of most people is that we don't do anything," he said adding that he has put in about 400 hours of time and research as a council member. "It has been a real learning experience and I've enjoyed it."
As a council member, he said, he has had the opportunity to attend meetings with other council members and city employees from across the state.
"It's been great to meet with other people going through some of the same things we are in our community. The great thing about Alta is that we've had steady growth and in the next five years, we'll see growth in the residential and industrial areas," he said proudly of the community in which he grew up and continues to live.
"One of the prerequisites to be a council member is caring about the community."
Frederick pointed out that the council members hear of problems, see problems and "we do the best of our abilities to get them resolved. We represent the people." And in those cases when the problem cannot be resolved, but calls have been made, people have been contacted to help find answers, there is still a satisfaction of knowing that "all avenues have been explored" with the people in mind. "We're just human and we make mistakes, too."
He likes seeing community members attending the meetings and aren't afraid to bring up issues.
"The open dialog and communication is a sure sign that people are working together."
Frederick served only one term but feels "it is good to have fresh ideas." He is hoping someone will step up and make the commitment; he knows there are many good people out there in the community.
"The people of Alta are the most important natural resource we have," he added.
He stressed again his willingness to help guide anyone who wants to be a part of the city council and offer them contact names that would be helpful.
"The best part of being a member of the city council is that we have an opportunity to do something. This is the most important job of the city - making decisions that effect everyone. And we make that decision in the best interest of the community."
The council term is for four years.
Nomination papers will be available beginning Monday at the Alta City Clerk's office or the auditor's office at the BV County Courthouse for this year's city council election.