It appears that Alta could be the site for two future Habitat for Humanity homes. Darrell DePrez couldn't be happier.
DePrez, a strong supporter of Habitiat for Humanity, has spoken to the city council several times with hopes of gaining their support for the project to take place in the community.
Last month council members shared their interest in the project which helps families become home owners. The construction of the home are carried out by the future home owner and many, many volunteers.
He was directed to price some lots in the community. He located a large lot in the first block on Benson Street which would be large enough for two Habitat for Humanity homes to be built on. An offer was made to owners of the lot for $12,000 and it was accepted. The City of Alta and the Utilities will each pay $4,000 towards the cost and DePrez said he would look for other groups to help pay the remaining $4,000.
"Two lots. Two homes. Two families," DePrez said.
Applications for the 10th home to be built in Storm Lake are in the process and construction on that home will take place this spring and summer. It has not been determined when the application process or building will begin in Alta.
All of the Buena Vista County chapter of Habitat for Humanity homes have been constructed in Storm Lake and Lakeside; the members are looking forward to expanding into other communities in the county.
The annual city budget of $1.6 million was approved at Monday's City Council meeting after their were no objections at a public meeting.
Taxes will remain very close to last year - $7.46 per $1,000 valuation of regular property and $3 per $1,000 valuation on agricultural land.
A request was made by the police department that additional funds be paid to the officers for "on call" work, that a new cell phone plan be purchased by the city to allow for the offers who are now currently using their own cell phones for personal use and work, that the city purchase one or more tasers for the department and that certified officers be secured when an Alta officer is using vacation time.
There was a great deal of discussion on the issues. The council decided that no additional "on call" funds will be provided to the officers; the city will pay $20 to the officers to go towards their own cell phone plans to make up for some of the work use; one taser will be purchased; and a certified officer will be hired to fill in during vacation time.
Bids were received and opened at the council meeting for the replacement of the community building roof. Eleven bids came in ranging from $88,438 to the low bid of $40,450 received from Jay Dahlhauser of Alta. The low bid was accepted. Dahlhauser was present at the meeting. After furnishing insurance certification, the project will begin later this month.
The council will be applying for three grants within the next few weeks.
The Buena Vista Foundation Grant awards up to $5,000 to several applicants throughout the county. The council will be asking for the maximum amount. If received the city will purchase new playground equipment for other parks in the community.
A $3,000 grant from Project Main Street will be applied for with its purpose to put in new sidewalks connecting the new sub division with the school sidewalk.