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City Council: Bonds, synthetic drugs and a new commission

Next Monday, Oct. 4, the Hastings City Council will hold two meetings. The first, a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., will address a dangerous dog appeal.

The regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. the same day. Here's a look at some of the business the council will be handling.

The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority is ready to move forward on the purchase of the Hudson building downtown. HEDRA needs council approval to issue the bonds to purchase the nearly $3 million property. The bonds would be paid off using its HRA levy revenue, which generates about $300,000 per year.

At a previous meeting, the council heard a citizen's request for a local law against synthetic marijuana. The council send the matter to the public safety committee for discussion. The committee is presenting the council with a resolution of support for a state law against the substance instead of working against it locally. State Sen. Katie Sieben has said she will propose such a law in the next legislative session.

The council will also consider an amendment that abolishes the police civil service commission and creates a new public safety advisory commission. The amendment has the full support of the police civil service commission. The first reading of the amendment would have the new commission advise the council in matters regarding both the police and fire departments. It would be made up of seven members, one of which would be a youth, serving staggered two-year terms. Members would not be paid. A second reading could be scheduled for Nov. 1.

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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