The Alta Fire Department was recently awarded a matching grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources which will allow it to receive $2,400 worth of equipment for $1,207.75.
Alta Fire Chief Gene Molgaard told the Alta City Council on Monday that the grant which he applied for this spring had been approved by the DNR.
The grant will allow the department to receive needed items such as small portable phones and portable hand radios to use to communicate in case of an emergency and several 2,000-gallon portable tanks to be at the disposal of the firefighters.
Molgaard said the grant will be very beneficial to the department, which has been called out 44 times this year but has seen $0 in fire damage. The department was called out 94 times in 2001.
Molgaard said his department was also under budget by more than $12,000 at press time.
In other Alta City Council news:
* Street Superintendent Brad Pedersen told council members that his department was not able to shoot crows during the summer, as that is the crow's mating season. The Iowa DNR has given permission for the city to shoot crows only from December to the end of March.
* Pedersen also said he expects the new city truck to be in town after July 17. The truck, which is having finishes touches done to its outside, will cost the city approximately $70,000.