City council renews tree carving project

Friday, October 8, 2021

The Alta City Council will make another attempt to get a series of dead tree trunks adjacent to the football field and track carved by an artist. The original carver the city was working with is ending his business, but recommended a carver from Royal to take his place. The new carver has now bid the project, at $1,700, $500 less than the original amount. The plan was to split cost with the school boosters.

The design is for the school mascot name “Warriors” to be carved one letter each on eight trees, showing from both the street and field, with a sword and shield logo on the ninth. The city voted to proceed, as long as the booster club is still interested.

In other city council business:

• The sheriff’s department, which provides law enforcement patrol for the city, reported that no issues were experienced with homecoming week in Alta. Last month, the department had 172 calls, made 25 traffic stops, handled 13 animal complaints, and one fireworks complaint. Trying to re-route traffic to West Highway due to a closed intersection on Main was expected to be “a pain,” officers said.

• The library director said that adult programming is about to resume at the facility after being halted through the pandemic. She feels people are ready to gather for events again. Plans include a painting class and a Holocaust lecture in the near future. For children, a costume party is planned October 30, 10 a.m.-noon. The council discussed some efforts to add security to the library doors, which open both to the public entry and the school area.

• A UTV ordinance was on the agenda, but the council had no information to take a vote on. They are told that the Planning & Zoning Board is considering a change to allow use of the vehicles by the public, instead of limiting them to business use. Vehicles would have to be registered to be on the streets.

• The council discussed whether local non-profit groups should be able to use the Community Building without charge. It was noted that a school art show had been moved to Aurelia due to the $400 charge for the building. Some city officials felt that since the groups work primarily to serve the community, they should get a break, as long as they do the clean up after events themselves. The item was on the agenda for discussion only, so a vote to change policy was not taken at this time.

• Alta’s official Census number has been adjusted to show an increase from 1,883 to 2,087 over the past decade. As a result, the city is seeing more revenue from population-based programs. However, since the national population has gone up with federal fund split on that basis, some communities that saw smaller growth levels are actually receiving less funds, the city clerk said.

• The council noted that long-awaited railroad crossing work was getting underway. The work is done on the railroad’s schedule, and while the timing is difficult during the harvest, the new crossing with protective arms will be an upgrade for the community, city officials said. The crossing was expected to take about a week to complete.

• The next city council meeting will be moved from its usual date, and will be held Nov. 8 at the community building.