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City Council: Recognitions, a new middle school parking lot and a new city administrator

The Hastings City Council will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at City Hall. Here's a look at what's on the agenda.

Leading off the meeting will be three proclamations. The first, which is also expected to include a performance, recognizes the Hastings High School show choir, Riverside, for its many successes, especially its recent second-place finish at the national competition. The choir will perform "Born Free/Climb Every Mountain," a centerpiece of its 2013 show.

May will be declared "Heritage Preservation Month" in Hastings. The National Trust for Historic Preservation launched a campaign called "See, Save, and Celebrate" to encourage members of the community to celebrate National Preservation Month (May) 2013.

A final proclamation will recognize James "Sliv" McGree, who has worked for the city since 1982, most recently as the manager of the Civic Arena. McGree will be wished an "ice" retirement.

At the middle school, plans have been submitted to reconfigure the north entrance and parking lot. The proposal includes sidewalks, driveways and a parking lot for cars and one for buses, with the addition of a drop-off lane. Circulation of pedestrians, buses and cars will be improved, and there will be less parking available.

Melanie Mesko Lee has successfully completed a background and reference check and an employment agreement was proposed that would make her the city's new city administrator. The agreement will be approved by the council and Mesko Lee will be appointed as the new administrator. The agreement would go into effect the same day, May 6. The proposal includes a starting salary of $115,928.51 as well as benefits.

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