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City Council: Police policies, interim business and new street projects

The Hastings City Council has a lot on its plate for its next meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

There are a few housekeeping items, such as looking at a proposal to install a new dehumidifier in the west rink of the Hastings Civic Arena. Moisture has been gathering on the ceiling of the rink, causing deterioration and discoloration. The council is being asked to adopt flood maps from the county as well, to be included in the city's flood plain regulations.

As work finishes up on this year's infrastructure improvements, the council is getting ready to get started on next year's work. A resolution ordering a feasibility report on improvements to portions of Oak, Maple, Walnut, Forest, Spring, Eddy and 17th streets in the region between 15th and 18th streets, roughly.

An issue that's worked its way through the Hastings Planning Commission is coming before the council. A potential new business is requesting the city allow it to operate on a temporary basis on agricultural land in the city. The planning commission is recommending the council add a temporary use permit to allow a business to operate for 18 months on agricultural land with minimal improvements. At the end of the 18 months, the business would have to either meet standards required of a permanent business or cease operations.

The Hastings Police Department is bringing a couple items forward. One has to do with creating new policies for domestic violence perpetrated by police officers and public figures. The resolution does not specify what policies would be put in place, but rather asks the council's support for developing such policies.

Another police-driven item is a request to change the minimum education requirements for police officers and ranking officers within the department. If approved, police officers would be required to hold at least an associate's degree, with a bachelor's degree preferred. A bachelor's degree would be required for all ranking positions, both supervisory and administrative.

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