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Bridge Construction Update – Lane Closures

MnDOT is finishing the final touches and completing repairs on our Highway 61 bridge. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from July 21 through August 4.  The sidewalk and pedestrian trail along the east side of the bridge will also be closed during this time period. 

Check the MnDOT website for additional details.

Register Your National Night Out Gathering Today

The Hastings Police Department is encouraging neighborhoods across Hastings to organize a National Night Out gathering on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  National Night Out is an annual event that involves neighborhoods, businesses, and civic groups coming together with their public safety providers and local government officials to increase community connections and to heighten crime and safety awareness.

National Night Out gatherings in Hastings and surrounding communities have included events and activities such as: block parties, cookouts and potluck dinners, neighborhood recognition of a “Neighbor of the Year”, visits by police, sheriff, and fire personnel, youth activities and organized games. 

The Hastings Police Department asks that anyone interested in organizing a National Night Out event register their gathering with the Hastings Police Department by calling 651-480-2350 or emailing HPD@hastingsmn.gov.  Registration helps police and fire department staff to plan a visit to your gathering.  Please plan to provide the address/location of your event and the neighborhood organizer’s name(s) and phone number(s).

Proposed Zip Line for Rochester Commuters
The public is invited to attend any of three public meetings to provide feedback on the Zip Rail Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document for the proposed high-speed passenger rail service between Rochester and the Twin Cities Metro area.  All meetings will occur from 5-7 p.m. with a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. at the following locations: Tuesday, July 29 at Rochester Community & Technical College; Wednesday, July 30 at Inver Hills Community Center; and Thursday, July 31 at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School. For more information and to view the scoping document: http://www.goziprail.org 
Police Officer Opening
The City of Hastings is now accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  Please click here to apply.
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. 



Absentee Voting Begins
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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.

Audit Overview

Audit overview for December 31, 2013. Click here for the full report.


Artists Wanted
The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) together with Artspace, the City of Hastings and supported by the St. Paul Foundation, seek to develop affordable space to live, work, create, rehearse, perform or conduct business.  Teamed with Artspace Projects, Inc. we have designed a market survey that will tell us about your specific studio and housing needs, build support for the project, and help secure future funding.  Please take the survey at www.HastingsRiverValleyArtistSurvey.org .  The survey will be open through August 7.  Learn more about the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council at www.HPAAC.org .
Preservation Award Winners
Six property owners were presented with Preservation Awards by the City Council and Heritage Preservation Commission. Click here to view the presentation.
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!

7/28/14 Planning Committee of City Council Meeting
6:00 p.m. – Volunteer Room – City Hall - Agenda
7/28/14 Planning Commission Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall
8/4/14 City Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall
8/11/14 Planning Commission Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - City Hall

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