Alta planning for National Night Out on Aug. 7

Friday, July 13, 2012

The railroad crossing on West Highway will be marked with gate arms, flashing light signals and additional side lights. Alta Mayor Ron Neulieb signed the agreement at Monday's city council meeting.

The estimated cost of the safety improvements is $173,110. The Department of Transportation will pay 90 percent, the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad will pay 5 percent and the city will pay 5 percent. Federal funding for this project is expected to become available in October of this year.

Alta will take part in National Night Out on Aug. 7 and the entire community is invited to take part.

National Night Out has been an annual event for 29 years, and celebrated throughout the nation. This is the first time that Alta has participated.

The event is organized each year to bring together the heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

In this busy world, another purpose is to bring the community together .

The entire Alta community is invited. Fire and law enforcement personnel and city officials will also be in attendance.

A meal will be provided in the city park funded by Alta Municipal Utilities and the city.

There will also be a life flight helicopter grounded in the park for those in attendance to see.

The city council Monday night approved applications for Scooters and Century Bar to provide outdoor beer gardens in front of their establishments.

Also at Monday's meeting, Neal Kuehl told the council that the new sewer plant construction is moving along. The first phase - which includes the construction of a plant - is 99 percent complete. It has been running since May 22 and "is making good water."

The second phase of the project is to tear out the old plant and that is also in the process.

Now that the new plant is being used, he requested approval of the Statement of Substantial Completion for Phase I which transfers ownership to the city. Council member Rob Hach recommended the city attorney review the document prior to authorizing Mayor Neulieb's signature which the remaining council members agreed.

Two issues were brought about during the open forum.

Lois Newman appeared to report that she has seen some animals being neglected and not being fed and watered as needed during the recent hot weather. She noted that there is a leash law and said that information needs to be provided to residents regarding care for their animals. The information will be posted on the local cable channel and Mayor Neulieb said he will look into the situation.

Lee and Becky Meyer next appeared and requested consideration be given to lowering the speed limit in the area of their business near 4th and W. Highway. The mayor will meet with BV County Engineer Jon Ites regarding the issue and Sheriff Gary Launderville said that his department would conduct a speed study of West Highway if it is needed.

The council received a request from Trinity Lutheran Church for additional handicap stalls and the relocation of current handicap stalls. The council approved the request; five handicap stalls will be made near the front along West Second Street and two stalls will be on Division Street near the entrance sidewalk.

The council also approved a request received from the Methodist Church for a street closing - a half block of the 200 block of Prospect Street - on the east side of the church for vacation Bible school, 6-8 p.m., Aug. 6-10.