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City Council: Deaf child signs, a home business permit and fire alarms

The Hastings City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at City Hall. Here's a look at what's on the agenda.

Staff is recommending the council deny a resident's request to have "deaf child" warning signs posted in her neighborhood to warn drivers that her deaf and developmentally disabled daughter lives in the area. Staff is recommending denial because of state and national reviews that show this sort of warning sign has no effect on driver behavior, while the presence of such signs create a false sense of security for parents. The signs would cost $300 to install, and would require some ongoing tracking, maintenance and replacement as they age.

A Hastings couple is seeking a permit to operate a lawn décor business out of their garage. The couple's hobby is designing and building metal lawn décor, but the hobby is growing into a business. Sales would not be made out of the home; the residents indicated to the city they intend to work with distributors.

The council will also hear an update on the monitored fire alarm project in mixed occupancy buildings. The $111,000 project, funded through Community Development Block Grants, was fully completed in July.

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