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City Council: A resignation, development incentives and a new softball coordinator

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The next Hastings City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. inside City Hall. Here's a look at what's on the agenda.

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City Administrator Dave Osberg's resignation will be accepted as part of the consent agenda. The letter indicates Osberg's last day with the City of Hastings will be Friday, March 22.

Quality One Woodwork, LLC, located in the Hastings Industrial Park, is looking to purchase its current building and considering a 50,000 square foot expansion to its facility. Quality One is working with the city to secure the city-owned, 1.8-acre parcel adjacent to the lot Quality One currently occupies. The agreement before the council, if approved, would grant a five-year option to purchase the land for $1 per acre.

Also on the agenda is a request for the council to order a public hearing to consider establishing a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district for Quality One. TIF districts capture and use increased property tax revenues generated from new development. The difference or "increment" between pre-development and post-development taxes is made available to the developer to facilitate the improvements. At the last Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority meeting, city staff said recent discussions indicate that the expansion could be up to five years away, and that establishing a TIF district should wait until it's needed.

Both items - establishing a TIF district and offering the land to Quality One for $1 per acre - are being offered as incentives to keep the business in Hastings. Quality One is reportedly considering moving to locations outside of Hastings. The business currently employs more than 100 people.

The Hastings softball league is in need of a coordinator for the 2013 season. The resignations of Parks and Recreation Director Barry Bernstein and Recreation Coordinator Jared Flewellen left the parks department too short-staffed to absorb the management of the softball league. City staff are asking the council to approve an agreement with Oakdale resident Scott Martinson, who would serve as an independent contractor as the softball league manager for 2013. Discussions with Flewellen prior to his departure indicated that Martinson would be interested in the position.

To view the complete agenda, including more on each item, click here.

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