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City Council: Recognitions, Hudson zoning and a new parks and rec director

The Hastings City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18. Here's a look at what's on the agenda.

Two health-related proclamations will be read. The first declares March to be Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month in Hastings. The second congratulates Regina Medical Center on the new program, "A Healthier Hastings 4 All." The council will also formally recognize outgoing City Administrator Dave Osberg and declaring Wednesday, March 20, 2013, as David M. Osberg Day in Hastings. Osberg's last day will be March 22.

The public will be invited to comment on the rezoning of the former Hudson building from industrial to "Downtown Core." The Downtown Core zoning district allows for mixed uses, including retail, offices, entertainment, lodging, public and semi-public buildings, private clubs, residential units above the first floor, parking, parking and churches. It was created after the city adopted the Heart of Hastings Plan in 2003.

The Public Safety Advisory Commission's annual report will be presented. The report includes a review of the commission's activities in 2011 and 2012.

After sorting through 54 applications, the Parks and Recreation Committee (Tony Nelson, Anthony Alongi and Barb Hollenbeck) are recommending the council hire Chris Jenkins as the city's new director of parks and recreation. If approved, Jenkins would begin work here April 22, with a starting annual salary of $84,529.19.

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