At the Alta City Council meeting this week, Fire Chief Denny Launderville was on hand to explain that two original structures at the Ag Partners elevator will be burnt on August 19th. He said weather permitting, there will be a controlled burn beginning at 9 that morning, with the structures expected to be down in three hours. Highway 7 will be closed from Lake Street to West Highway Street, and traffic will be rerouted. Agreements have been approved, or are near completion, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, and Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad. There will be a number of area fire departments on the scene for assistance. The council approved the elevator burn. If there is rain or excessive wind, the burn would be postponed to August 26th.
It was reported that the Alta school is doing away with several student bus stops in the city. It was suggested that additional stop signs be placed on Main Street and additional law enforcement be on patrol before and after school due to the number of kids that will be walking and biking to school. The council recommended that parents attend next week’s school board meeting to explain their concerns on the bus stops.
The council discussed the No Parking signs from the west entrance to the park and swimming pool to prevent parking in the grass. The signs were erected under the direction of the Park Board, and discussion centered around whether the signs need to be the entire length of the road, or if they should just be from the basketball court to the pool, or removed completely. Park Board member David Lydell was present, and he offered to visit with the football and track coaches regarding the matter. Mayor Neulieb will discuss the matter with school administration.