The Altona village board made history last Thursday night when they held their regular meeting by Conference call. The village attorney Chad Long set up the call in which anyone could of listened in.

Altona kept it’s tradition of opening each meeting with everyone standing for the pledge of allegiance.  Thursday night was no different as we were asked to stand and face the East in our homes and all recited the  pledge in unison over the phone.

The contract with TR Rubbish of Victoria was unnimously approved. The contract is for four years and will have an increase in August. The board has time to discuss if the resident’s rates will be increase and if so what amount.

The board discussed the improvements to the baseball diamond. They had been working on a intergovernmental agreement with the ROWA school ldistrict.  There will be no school baseball this year. The board will go ahead and do some necessary painting and shingling at the ball diamond. The board tabled hiring any summer help.

Board member Dale Grawe asked if the letter had been sent to resident Mark Johnson for clean up of his property. Mayor Derrick Appell assured that it had been mailed.

Mayor Appell announced that the Ransom Memorial Library is closed for the month of April and the village Easter Egg hunt is also cancelled.

The board approved the National Flood Plan which allows anyone in Altona to purchase flood insurance if they choose. There is one house in the village that is in the flood plain. “We owe this to the community to give them the option.” stated board member Shirley Kistler.

The board will not waive the shut off fees at this time for water.  They will look at each case separately in these difficult times.

The village parks are closed and tape will be put around the playground equipment.

The board got a bid from the company they purchased their new playground equipment from last year for the vandalism done to the equipment which armounted to $3,021. The attorney suggested that they do not do any of the work themselves since it is children’s playground equipment. This was from a vandalism spree done this winter. Two youths have been arrested but have not appeared for a court hearing according to Mayor Appell. The village insurance will be subject to $500 deductible. It was noted they the parents would be responsible if the minors were found quilty.