Plans, specs, and form of contract for the 2008 Infrastructure Improvement Project for the new addition were approved by the Alta City Council Monday night. Good news came with it. Engineer Bob Payer was present at the meeting and reported that three bids for the project were received and said that the lower bidder, R & R Excavating of Hutchinson, Minn., had bid $323,957.10 for the work including the alternate. Mayor French commented that the bid is more than $40,000 below the engineer's estimate of cost, which equates to over $2,000 in savings for each lot.
The 19 lots in the new addition are now for sale at these prices: lots one-four, eight-nine and 13-19 will cost $29,000; lots five-six and 11-12 will be $30,000; and lots seven and 10 will cost $29,500. Costs differ according to location and size.
A bid has been received from an interested party to purchase one lot at the addition already; it will be accepted at the next council meeting.
City Clerk Tom Husman said anyone interested in purchasing a lot, should stop in at city hall and fill out a short form. Ten percent of the cost is required at the time.
The city council heard a complaint from Tim Johnson who had recently put up a lawn shed and was told by code enforcement officer Michehl it would have to be removed due to not meeting specifications. Johnson said he had received the go ahead from Michehl before putting it up. There was a great deal of discussion for and against the placement of the lawn sheds in one's yard, including from a couple that had been denied the opportunity to put up a shed in their yard. It was suggested by them that the city codes be looked at and followed each time. The council will discuss the matter further. Johnson will be told next month if his shed will need to be removed.