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Wetland Monitoring Volunteers Are Needed

Dakota County is seeking people to help monitor the health of community wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP).  Volunteers receive training in field methods, insect collection and identification, and plant survey techniques.  Under the direction of a team leader, volunteers commit between 10-30 hours between May and August, including training, field work, and lab analysis. Registration ends May 15th.  For more information visit www.mnwhep.org 

Seasonal Positions - Now Hiring

The City of Hastings is now accepting applications for seasonal labor in our Public Works Department.  Multiple opportunities exist.  Apply for either a 13-week position or a position that may last up to 6 months.    Please click here to apply.

Advertisement for Bids – 2014 Seal Coat Program

The City is currently soliciting bids from prospective contractors for the 2014 Sealcoat Program. Plan and specification materials are available by clicking on Projects for Bids. Bids will be opened at 11:00am CST on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Hastings City Hall. Please see Advertisement forBids for further information.

Planning Commission Opening

Help shape growth and development!  The City of Hastings is seeking two individuals to serve on the Planning Commission.  The Commission serves as an advisory board to the City Council on matters related to land use, development, and zoning.  Previous experience is helpful, but not necessary.  Commissioners meet twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays at 7:00 pm.  All candidates must be residents of the City of Hastings.  Please contact John Hinzman, Community Development Director at (651) 480-2378 with any questions or for an application

Take the First Step

Think SPRING - join Dakota County’s Simple Steps Walking Program! Simple Steps starts April 1!  Grab a friend, sign up, and start walking! Simple Steps is a free walking program that rewards you for making a commitment to improve your health. Check out the Simple Steps web page for more information.

IMPORTANT RIVERFRONT RENAISSANCE INFORMATION

Even though we’ve had our final open house meeting, it was not your last opportunity to contribute on this very important community project.  All in all, there are still a multitude of ways built into this process where folks can engage with project representatives and decision makers. 

The project website remains the best way for you to take a look at the latest concept drawings of project features and for you to send us your comments through the comment box on the left side of the page.   Please check it out!

Don’t like email?  Project representatives also would love to hear from you – the Scoping Study Advisory Committee includes three City Councilmembers, City staff, several Downtown area property and business owners, several City advisory commission members (HEDRA, HPC, Parks Commission), and several citizens at-large.  A roster of these project representatives is available on at the project website.  Please feel free to get in contact with any of these folks, and they can bring your thoughts forward to the Committee as we work on formulating the final proposed project features.

Our local media partners (Star Gazette, KDWA, Hastings Community TV) have done a great job of covering this story and interviews with project representatives and we encourage you to follow project news from these sources.  The City will also continue to posting things on the City’s Facebook and through Twitter.  You’re welcome to voice your opinion with comments through any of these media. 

Lastly, the City Council will host a presentation at one of their regular meetings in April or early May, where there will another chance for you to provide public comment on the final proposed scope before any final decisions are made.

Thank you!  We value the feedback and ideas that were provided at the meeting and will be using those suggestions as the scoping process enters its final stages.

Apparent Bids-Hastings Veterans Home Sanitary Sewer Rehab

The City opened one bid for the Minnesota Veterans Home Sanitary Sewer project at 1pm on April 8th.  Please see the listing of Apparent Bids for preliminary results.  City staff is currently tabulating the bids in detail, and a full bid tabulation will be posted at this same location no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, April 9th.  The City Council is tentatively set to consider award of a contract or rejection of bids for this project at their regular meeting on Monday, April 21st.

Bid Tabulation - Downtown Structural Watermain Lining

Bids for this project were opened at 11am on April 8th.   Please see the listing of the official Bid Tabulation.  The Hastings City Council is tentatively set to consider award of this contract at their meeting on April 21st.

Bid Tabulation-2014 Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement

Bids for this project were opened at 11am on April 3rd.   Please see the listing of the official Bid Tabulation.  The Hastings City Council is tentatively set to consider award of this contract at their meeting on April 21st.

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Spring Load Restrictions
Beginning Friday, March 14th, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the City of Hastings will begin enforcing Spring Load Restrictions.  For additional information, click here.
2014 Budget
The 2014 Adopted Budget Document is now available here.
Snow Emergency Policy Reminder
A snow emergency will AUTOMATICALLY go into effect when we get more than 2 inches of snow. Under a snow emergency, no parking on any City street is allowed until that street has been cleared to its full width. Snow emergency enforcement includes zero tolerance ticketing and towing of cars that are parked illegally. Because this activity can often happen overnight, please plan ahead and pull your vehicles off the street in anticipation of the snow. Vehicles blocking the plows cause many problems including increased work time and decreased effectiveness of our efforts. This can lead to unsafe road conditions and is a great concern for our emergency vehicles when making fire and ambulance calls.

The best policy is to plan ahead. Check local weather and plan to move your vehicle off the street if there is a chance for snow. We will not declare a snow emergency – it will go into effect AUTOMATICALLY. Ticketing and towing needs to happen before the plows go through, so this may happen hours before the plow even comes to your street. Remember, we have an entire city to maintain. We all need to work together for the safety and security of Hastings.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation this winter. Stay safe!
City Council Updates

Every other week, our City Administrator prepares a summary of City activities to share with the City Council and the public.  Please see the most recent update here.

 
4/28/14 Planning Commission Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall
5/5/14 City Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall
5/8/14 HEDRA Meeting
6:30 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall
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Salary Compliance Notice. Minnesota state law - section 471.701 - requires that "a city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees." This notice may be provided on the homepage of the primary web site maintained by the political subdivision for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days. For the City of Hastings, titles and base salaries for March 3, 2014 are: City Administrator: $131,341.86; Fire & EMS Director and Police Chief: $112,195.78.

Date of publication: March 4, 2014. Search by jrank.org