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City council: Reclaiming Highway 291, transportation service and new officers

On Monday, July 18, the Hastings City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Here's a look at a few things they'll be discussing.

The Operations Committee of Council recently recommended the full council approve a proposal from the state regarding Highway 291 (18th Street). The street no longer meets the standards for state highways, and the state wants to turn the road back over to the city's care. The state would fund repairs to bring the road into good condition, to the tune of about $1.6 million. After the initial repairs are done, all maintenance would fall to the city.

The council will also address a resolution in support of a van transit service provided by MnDOT during bridge construction. MnDOT is able to use funds to provide a transit service to mitigate traffic concerns during bridge construction, which is scheduled to last through July, 2013. The offer, however, is contingent on the city's willingness to continue the service after the bridge is completed. The transit committee discussed the issue and recommended that the council support the transit service during construction, when traffic warrants it. However, the committee also said that the city cannot agree to fund the service after construction, in part because it does not believe it will be necessary with the new bridge.

At the beginning of the meeting, the council will introduce and swear in the newest Hastings Police reserve officers. Through a recruitment effort earlier this year, the department recently expanded its Reserve Unit from a cadre of 18 to 22.

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