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City Council: A new site plan, a business appeal and police news

The Hastings City Council will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda.

The public will be asked to comment on a proposal to vacate various drainage and utility easements in the Riverwood seventh and eighth additions. Properties will be replatted as Riverwood 12th Addition. The areas were originally subdivided for 16 townhome lots and are being replatted for 14 single-family homes. Along with the easement issue, the council will decide whether or not to approve the final plat for the Riverwood 12th Addition.

Quality Conveyors, LLC, is appealing a city staff decision that said its business use would not allowed in the city’s agricultural zone. The company is looking to purchase property in the 15000 block of Ravenna Trail and currently operates along Neill Path in Marshan Township. It produces systems of conveyors to assist in the transportation, processing and packaging of agricultural products, and also provides welding services to businesses. Quality Conveyors contests that its business provides services to the agricultural industry and would not compromise the character of the land. It says that the use is consistent with other permitted uses, including agricultural service operations, heavy equipment contractors, tree service contractors or other uses subject to site plan review. The city’s community development director and attorney have determined the use is manufacturing, which is not allowed in agricultural zones.

The Hastings Police Department will present information about a partnership between the department and the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault to work on a sexual assault response project that could be established as response best practices.

The council will also discuss the job description to be posted for the chief of police position. Hastings’ current chief, Paul Schnell, has announced he will resign to take the police chief position in Maplewood. Schnell will leave Hastings July 21.

At the end of the meeting, the council will hold a closed-door (non-public) session to discuss pending litigation.

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