Alta City Council Discusses Code Enforcement
At the June 1st Alta City Council meeting, the council accepted the resignation of Randy Sievers, Alta Code Enforcement Officer, who held the position since March.
“He was hired at a bad time with this COVID-19. He couldn’t do his job as far as inspecting buildings which was a big part of it,” Mayor Kevin Walsh said.
Council members agreed that city violations still exist and codes must be abided by even though there will be no one to officially enforce for another month.
A discussion took place about residential pools and mowing. This is an unusual year on a variety of fronts. Alta City Clerk Megan Peterson said many residents would like to put up pools since the city pool is temporarily closed. She asked for direction from the council about enforcing city ordinances.
According to the city’s code book, a residential swimming pool must be completely surrounded by a fence at least 6 feet in height as a safety factor to protect children and animals from drowning. There is also a residential zoning code pertaining to where pools can be located on a property.
The general consensus of council members is that codes should be enforced according to the code book. Their comments include, “We need to go by the code,” and “If the state says it’s got to be, it’s got to be.” Council members agreed that in the interim, if they see a city ordinance not in compliance, they will contact the resident.
As far as the mowing ordinance, Peterson said that once someone is notified their lawn should be mowed, they have 72 hours to mow. If not, the city hires someone to mow and the resident is charged a fee.
The code enforcer position will be advertised on Facebook and the city’s web site. There was a great deal of interest three months ago when the city received 15 applications for the job, Peterson said.
“We’ll handle it in the best and most professional way we know how until we get somebody else on board,” Mayor Walsh said.