Dunlop Wildlife Area

Efforts to develop a master plan for the Dunlop Wildlife Area, the Alton Roadside Park, and the surrounding area is now a step closer. A proposal from Nepple Architech & Landscaping, from Ames, was accepted. The firm will be charged with creating concept drawings that will include new park amenities, trails, and recreational spaces. Community input meetings will also be held with notices placed in the Ad Visor.

E-Recycling

The cities of Alton and Orange City are co-sponsoring a FREE recycling program that will accept computer monitors, CPUs, keyboards and mouse(s), laptops, printers, servers, cell phones, TVs, sound equipment, banking equipment, VCRs, fax machines, and AC adapters. Items can be dropped off at the Alton City Hall at 905 3rd Ave. on Friday, April 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Sat., April 27, from 9 A.M. to noon.

Chamber of Commerce News

Drawing: The winners of the Christmas Chamber Bucks were, Laura Lenz $100, Millie Harms $50 and Kevin Plathe $25. Valentine’s Day Drawing: Register to win a Sweetheart gift from the Alton Chamber of Commerce. Stop by your local Chamber Businesses, January 28, 2013 through February 11, 2013, to register for a chance to win.

Rides Van

After a year and a half of availability, the RIDES Van program will no longer be offered in the City of Alton. Due to lack of riders and the cost, the Council has decided to cut the program. The Van will continue to run Monday – Thursday 8:30-11:30 A.M. through Thursday, March 28, 2013. If you would like to schedule a ride call the City Office at 712-756-4314.

Garbage Collection to Change

OC Sanitation delivered the new garbage totes on Friday, January 18. The use of the totes will begin immediately. The location and weekday of your garbage pickup will not change. Totes are to be left out by the street or alleyway with the front facing the street (or wheels by the curb) and lids closed. If you wish, your old garbage container can be used as an additional recycling container by affixing a ‘RECYCLABLE’ label that is free at the OC Sanitation or City Offices. If you wish to dispose of your old garbage container you can bring it to the City Office or OC Sanitation will pick it up if you leave it by the new totes with a note on your normal pickup day. Any garbage that is in a different or no container, not in the approved tote, will not be picked up. If you have not received your tote please contact OC Sanitation at 712-737-2645

Avoid a Surprise in Your Water Bill

On occasion outside water meters stop measuring usage. If the City Staff notices your readings are substantially down from previous months this could result in a significantly higher water bill when it is caught up with the inside meter. To prevent the possibility of this happening, be sure to check your inside and outside water meters to verify they match. If there is a discrepancy contact City Hall so our Water Superintendent can assess what steps need to be taken, either fix or replace the meters. If you want the City to check the meters for you, call City Hall 712-756-4314. The meter on the left is the water meter in your basement connected to your incoming service line. The meter on the right is your outside reader that is read by the City Staff on a monthly basis. The way to check them is to match the meter on the outside to the meter in the basement. The basement meter is the true reading of water usage in your house. The outside meter is more apt to be incorrect/slow due to equipment failure, stuck numbers or broken wire, etc. The readings should match, with the exception of the last digit. The last digit on the outside meter will always be “0” while the last digit on the basement meter will change. The usage will be based off of the outside meter, so it will always end in a zero.