Code enforcement officer hired, new camera system at landfill

Friday, August 7, 2020

John Stange has been hired as the City of Alta code enforcement officer and will begin the job in mid-August. The hiring was discussed at the August 3rd Alta City Council meeting, and his position is expected to become permanent following a 90-day probation period.

“After reviewing approximately 10 resumes the council narrowed it down to three interviews where one of the people to be interviewed declined, John was chosen to be best fit for the position and we are excited to get him on board,” Mayor Kevin Walsh said.

In other city council news:

Streets and Sanitation

The council voted to spend $14,263. for a new camera system at the landfill pile because the last system was hit by lightning. “Insurance reimbursement will cover the vast majority of the cost,” Megan Peterson, Alta City Clerk, said. “Will add a few additional cameras since the City owns more land out there now.”

Three tree trimming/removal companies have been used during the summer and will continue through August. Many trees to be removed are ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer.

Grant/Loan Venture for Homeowners

The council discussed a venture being worked on for six homes in Alta to be eligible for a five - year forgivable loan. “I think it would be a great opportunity for the community,” Mayor Walsh said.

He wants the public to know that households under 30% of the Area Median Income limits will be eligible for a forgivable grant/loan up to $7,500. Maximum assistance is $7,500 per household. Households at 31% to 80% of the Area Median Income limits will be eligible for a combination of a forgivable grant/loan up to $7,500 and a low interest loan (2%) up to $15,000 for a maximum assistance of $22,500.

Households in this income category are only eligible for the grant after two thirds of the project costs are covered by the low interest loan. Applicants applying for these repayable loans must have a credit score of 620 or higher. (Multi non-credit reported verifications will be accepted from homeowners who do not have a credit score.)

For complete information or to request an application you can call Kristen at 712-262-7225 or email @

Food Distribution

Council member Tom Lane is organizing a food distribution on August 15th for the community, and he asked city council members to help with distributing. The plan is to give vegetables, eggs and meat to residents. Lane will inform the council of the time and location once details are confirmed.

Shelter House Chimney Repair

Funding has been approved to repair the Shelter House chimney at an estimated cost of $4,700. Park Board Chair Heidi Reetz updated the council about the need for repairs. The fireplace and chimney are not useable which has been the case for several years, but the concern is further damage as time goes by.

“We’ve been lucky we haven’t have any big rainfall this year,” Reetz said, but winter weather could damage the chimney further, and repairs would prevent leaking. Reetz has been inquiring about recommendations to work on the project. She said the chimney may not be repaired this year but wants to continue to move forward.


The Alta pool will be closed after August 9th.


The Alta Community Library is open and has moved to summer hours.

The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 9th due to the Labor Day holiday.