March 7, 2018
Is there an emergency and you need to call 9-1-1? Here is some very important information that you need to be aware of before you make the call. Dispatch centers face several challenges due to the increasing use of cell phones and landline billing addresses:
1. When calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone, your approximate GPS address is sent to the dispatch center. Depending on the age of the phone, it is accurate to within a few meters to many meters. This is helpful if you’re standing by yourself in the middle of an empty football field, but isn’t quite as useful if you’re calling from your apartment. In the second case, it leaves the emergency responders having to knock on the doors of all of your neighbors to try to find you. Be prepared to give your address, possibly more than once, to pinpoint your location.
2. Even though your telephone number is transmitted to the 9-1-1 center, they will always ask you to verify the number to ensure that they have the correct number to call you back if your phone should drop the call.
3. Cell phone technology sends your call to the 9-1-1 center for the city where the cell tower is located, not your location. Your phone could be attached to a cell tower outside of the city you are in. It is easier said than done, but be patient while the call is handled and transferred to the appropriate center. Callers need to know the address they are calling from and the address where resources are needed, and they also need to know what city they are in or if they are in the unincorporated county.
4. Even if your cell phone is not active with a cellular provider, it will still call 9-1-1. Please do not give your phones to children as toys…it can result in false 9-1-1 calls, taking the time of dispatch call-takers so that they are not available to answer other calls.
5. If you call 9-1-1 from a business phone landline, please be able to tell the call-taker the address that you are calling from. Many businesses have a central or corporate billing address that is different than satellite business locations. The billing address is what the call-taker sees on the computer screen, which means resources could be sent to a location other than where they are actually needed. This is a very important point! For example, a company that is located in Cottonwood Heights could have satellite offices out of state and they could all be tied into the Cottonwood Heights central system. If someone calls 9-1-1 from their office phone in another state, it would ring at VECC, which is one of the dispatch centers here in the Salt Lake Valley!
While the technology of cell phones is a convenience that most of us enjoy, please be aware of the potential complications that this technology can create and become familiar with the points in this article.
March 2, 2018
View the special order of Forest Supervisor dated July 11, 1997 regarding dogs in the watershed
February 21, 2018
At the Alta Planning Commission meeting on Friday, February 16th, the commission agreed to meet every fourth Tuesday of each month, at 3 PM, at the Alta/Community Center Library. Click here to view a schedule of meeting dates, and please note that two of these dates conflict with holidays.
Click here to listen to the audio recording for the February 16th meeting.
February 8, 2018
Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm. View the agenda here February 16, 2018
February 2, 2018
Monthly town council meeting scheduled for next Thursday, Feb 8, 2018. Click here to view the agenda. February 8, 2018
January 30, 2018
The Alta Marshal’s Office is looking for a Part Time Dispatcher. View a description to learn more or send a letter of introduction and resume to email@example.com.
January 24, 2018
The Alta Town Council held a work session at 4:00 PM on January 24th at the Alta Community Center/Library to discuss the Town of Alta Ordinance regulating the town’s dog licensing program. The following aspects of the town’s “dog program” were discussed:
-Watershed science and Alta’s legal authority
-Number of licenses and categories
-Location where dogs are allowed/prohibited
-Clear identification of licensed dogs
-Price of dog permit-full time and temporary
-Date of next work session to continue discussion
December 14, 2017
Central Wasatch Commission Dec 18, 2017 CWC agenda with discussion and possible action adding Town of Alta representative to membership.
November 22, 2017
View the 2017 Election Certification