Alta City: no change for snow parking ban

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last month the Alta City Council approved the winter snow parking ban. There was discussion then that perhaps a new ordinance be drawn up changing the guidelines so that it would be necessary to move vehicles from the roadway only when there was a snow rather than require all cars be kept off the streets throughout the season even with no snow.

At their December meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Tom Konradi reported to the council that the Plan and Zoning Commission reviewed the current winter snow parking ban and recommends no changes be made.

Enforcement of the ordinance are in effect and tickets will be issued.

Street Supt. Brad Pedersen reported that the contractor hired to cut down dead or dangerous trees has made good progress in the mild weather. The council approved spending $10,000 for the removal of trees.

The Council also discussed adding a fourth person to the street department. In previous discussion, it was suggested that an employee be added due to additional work the department has undertaken and extra time that is required to monitor and maintain the new sewer plant. It was decided that the position will be added when the next fiscal year's budget is being discussed.

A speed study of West Highway was reviewed, after residents showed concern. It was decided by the council that no change will be made to the current speed regulations.

Julie Schulenberg, executive director of CAASA, was at the December meeting, requesting a $500 contribution from the city. She noted funding the organization receives has been reduced, and she explained how CAASA serves victims and families of domestic and sexual violence. Schulenberg was told that the CAASA request will be considered during budget preparation.

Changes in the animal control ordinance for the city have been made. The first reading was done at the recent meeting; there will be two more readings.

(Check the City of Alta legal elsewhere in this paper to see the list of changes in the ordinance.)

Pet owners are reminded that licenses for pets are due soon, payable from Jan. 1 through Feb, 1 of each year. The annual fee shall be for each spayed or neutered dog or cat - $5 and for each unaltered dog or cat - $10.

Mayor Ron Neulieb reported that he and Mayor Pro tem Henderson attended the following meetings in November: utility board, park board, the trails meeting, Iowa Lakes Corridor, League of Cities, hospital wellness, B.V. trails committee, industrial board, an employee meeting, and emergency management. He is hosting a monthly business coffee at City Hall on the second Friday of each month at 9 a.m.

Parents are reminded to bring their children to the Christmas party at the community center this Saturday, 1:30-4 p.m.

In other business:

* health insurance was discussed. Personnel committee members Rob Hach and Pam Henderson reported that they've met with street department members and their preliminary recommendation on wages is approximately a 2 percent raise. A decision on wages will be made at the January meeting.

* council member Henderson reported that a grant application has been filed with the Buena Vista County Community Foundation for an electronic sign board.

* Mayor Neulieb announced the term of Dan Cameron on the Board of Adjustment has expired. He reappointed Cameron to a five-year term which the council approved.