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Community Survey

Over the next several weeks, we will be conducting a community survey. This is a follow up to our 2011 Community Survey. A randomized list of residents will get a phone call from a professional service. Questions range from how long you have lived Hastings, to your opinions on the quality of our services, tax rates, job and housing opportunities, and ideas for improvement. Your feedback is invaluable to our future strategic planning for Hastings.

Bridge Construction Update – Lane Closures Continue into Early Fall

The Bridge contractor continues to work on the concrete railing repairs on the northbound side of the Bridge.  Progress is being made, but it is taking longer than originally expected.  The lane closure will remain in place for northbound traffic across the Bridge until work is complete, which may take a few more weeks.  Once the northbound side is close to being fully complete, crews will begin to work on the southbound side of the Bridge and there will be a lane closure for that direction of traffic.  MnDOT and the Contractor expect for all railing repair work to be wrapped up in early fall.

Please check the Bridge Project Website for additional details.

Snow Emergency Survey

We are reviewing our options regarding snow removal efforts and Snow Emergency policy for the upcoming winter season.  Snow removal is one of the most challenging and time consuming services that the city provides residents.  Seeking new and improved methods to provide the highest level of service is a priority for us. 

City staff has been reviewing current procedures and communicating with surrounding communities to explore pros and cons of various methods.  After compiling a list of viable alternatives, the city would like citizens to weigh in on the available options and which of those options would be the most convenient for them. 

A very brief online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SummerSnowDay  The survey will be open for two weeks, and closes on Wednesday, August 27.  If you would like to participate in further discussions regarding the topic of snow removal and Snow Emergency policy, please email your contact information to Lee Stoffel, Communications Coordinator, at lstoffel@hastingsmn.gov or by calling 651-480-2344.   

City Now Hiring - Public Works Operator

The City of Hastings is currently accepting applications for the position of Public Works Operator.  Please click here to apply.

City Now Hiring - Civic Arena Attendant

The City is accepting applications for a Civic Arena Attendant.  The Arena Attendant is responsible for the security of the Arena building, handling of cash and some maintenance of the Arena building. The position will also maintain sheets of ice by driving the Zamboni.  Please click here to apply.

Seeking Volunteers for Citywide Tree Inventory
The Parks & Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help conduct a comprehensive citywide tree inventory.  This initiative will help us prepare for the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer and other pests that are heading our way that could potentially cause great damage to the trees in Hastings.  Training is provided.  Please help us take care of this valuable asset.  Learn more about the EAB problem and how you can help here.  
Bid Opening - Hastings Veterans Home Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation

The City did not receive any bids for this project on July 25th.  City staff will be working with the State of Minnesota and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to determine whether another round of bidding will take place in the future.

HFAC Pool Season Extended

Due to the temporary closure of the Hastings Family Aquatic Center (HFAC) that took place in June, we have added extended hours and dates to our season.  HFAC will stay open until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday evenings, in addition to extending the season one week moving our closing date to August 31. Thank you for your patience during repairs. 

          

 

New Signage Regulations

Completion of a Temporary Signage Notification Form is now required prior to installation of temporary signage and banners.  Further information on temporary signage can be found here.  Please contact the Planning Department with any questions.

Riverfront Renaissance Project 7.25.2014

At their regular meeting on July 21st, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to adopt the Riverfront Renaissance Master Plan, which will be the primary guide for the improvements over the next several years.  The Council also authorized final engineering design work to begin on Phase 1 of the project, which includes work in the green space along the south side of 2nd Street near the railroad depot and new parking lot, along the boulevards on Ramsey and Tyler Streets north of 2nd Street, and on a renewed Veterans Memorial plaza in Levee Park near the steps that lead down to the river.  We expect to be able to begin construction on this phase of the project in late September or early October, with some of the work carrying over and resuming in the Spring of 2015.  For more information, please check out the Riverfront Renaissance project website!

 
8/21/14 HEDRA Meeting
6:30 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall
8/25/14 Planning Commission Meeting-Cancelled
7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall
9/1/14 Labor Day Holiday
City Offices Closed
9/2/14 City Council Meeting
7:00 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