The Alta City employees will receive a 4 percent wage and salary increase this year as approved by the city council on Monday. Insurance was also discussed for the employees. It was noted that employee, employee/spouse, and employee/child coverage remained constant or had a smaller increase, while family coverage increased considerably. The council agreed to keep the employee contribution for family coverage at $143.89 effective Jan. 1 and for six months until the end of the fiscal year.
The council also shared in a discussion with Neal Kuehl on sewer plant improvements mandated to meet new water quality standards. Five different types of treatment plants were discussed. Kuehl told Council members that in approximately three to four weeks funding awards will be announced. He added that a competitive financial assistance grant is available for the portion of the cost that is attributed to water quality standards regulations. The grant, if approved, reimburses cities on a sliding scale based on population. Kuehl stated that $1,401,304 of the plant cost qualifies, with the city's reimbursement percentage at 70% or $980,912. the council asked that Mayor tom French sign the Wastewater Treatment Financial Assistance Program application. Brad Pedersen told the council that he intends to tour some wastewater treatment facilities in the area to observe different treatment options. Kuehl will return to the March Council meeting to discuss the matter further.
The City of Alta was awarded a plaque by the Storm Lake Preservation Association for recognition of water quality efforts in the Storm Lake watershed.
In other business, the council
* appointed Chris LeDoux to a five-year term on the Plan and Zoning Commission.
* approved the beer permit application for the B.V. Raceway.
* approved the house plan of Tom and Lynn Hall for Lot 19 of the Eighth Addition.