City-wide cleanup, parks and library discussed at Alta city council meeting

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Alta City Council met via conference call on May 4th to address various city issues and projects.

City-Wide Cleanup

The council voted to postpone the city-wide cleanup until the week of June 8th. Some council members and city officials suggested canceling it this year and instead focusing on ash tree removal, postponing it until fall, or continuing it and having groups of no more than 10.

Others believe that some people are anxious to get rid of things. One said, “For some families, it’s the only way to get rid of their stuff. I think this is something Alta needs.”

Housing Rehab Program

The City of Alta is still seeking applications for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation grants. In the city-wide housing rehab program, the city anticipates assisting six homeowners with exterior rehabilitation of their homes in later 2020 and 2021.

Alta City Clerk Megan Peterson said applications are still being accepted, and as of now 17 people have requested applications. “We’re going through them. We’re hoping we will get 10 that are eligible,” she said.

Code Enforcement

Recent changes have been made to code enforcement. “With the COVID-19, we definitely will not be going into houses,” said Peterson. Upcoming enforcement issues will be put on the June agenda. A council member said there are several properties that need to be cleaned up.

Parks Report

Chairwoman Heidi Reetz of the Alta Park Board said the city has plans to open the parks. At this time, no applications have been received for the concession stand position, she said. The park board has a meeting scheduled this week.

Library Board

Library Director Andrea Hogrefe said the library is open on a limited basis. At this time, one staff member at a time works, and only one or two visitors are allowed inside at a time.

“I’m fairly certain our library and library board is doing about the same as the majority of the state,” Hogrefe said. There is no opening date at this time. She anticipates offering more curbside service in the future.

A board member asked why the school opened the fitness center and not the library, and Andrea said she will look into that. The library board meets next week.

Main Street building of concern

The council discussed a building on Main Street that they say is in very bad shape and townspeople are asking about it. The council wants to ensure that it meets code. Mayor Kevin Walsh and others said it should have some sort of commercial purpose on the bottom level. A council member suggested it have a storefront while another council member said a code does not exist for the building’s purpose.

“I think we’ve let this go and we shouldn’t have,” said council member Pam Henderson. The council plans to research the issue.

Sidewalk in need of repair

The removal of a sidewalk on Johnson Street was discussed. Many agree the sidewalk leading to Main Street from Johnson Street is in very bad shape, and Mayor Kevin Walsh said removal and repair is needed. It is believed a grant is available to pay for repairs, and Cindy with planning and zoning will work on the issue.