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City council: Storm water report, discontinued licenses and utility shut-off notices

The next Hastings City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4. Here's a look at what's on the agenda.

The public will be invited to comment on three public hearings. The first addresses the city's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. The annual report is one requirement placed on the city by the federal Clean Water Act in order to submit a permit to discharge water into receiving water bodies. The public hearing will discuss the plan performed in 2011.

A second public hearing will be held regarding the removal of language from part of the city code. Staff is asking the council to remove licensing for billiards and pool tables from the city license process. In April, the Council approved discontinuing certain other licenses, including amusement licenses.

The third topic for public discussion covers increasing ice rental rates for the upcoming season at the Hastings Civic Arena. A 3 percent increase has been proposed this year.

The council will take a first look at a proposal to change how delinquent utility bills and service shut-offs are handled. Due to a rising amount of threats made to public works operators, staff is proposing operators no longer post disconnect or shut-off notices, make contact with property owners prior to shutting off service, accept payment for delinquent bills or turn on delinquent water service after normal working hours. If changed, police would take over posting disconnect and shut-off notes, bills would have to be paid at city hall during normal business hours and the shut-off day would be moved up one day. Last year, operators posted an average of 140 disconnect notices per month on homes; they typically shut off fewer than 10 services each month. A public hearing on the issue is to be scheduled for June 18.

Also at the June 4 meeting, the council will vote to approve the 2011 comprehensive annual financial report. The finance committee will meet at 6 p.m. prior to the council meeting to discuss the audit findings and report on internal control

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