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City Council: New officer, sand mining and Conzemius park ravine improvements

The next Hastings City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at City Hall. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda.

A new police officer, Katie Fitzhenry, will be sworn in and welcomed to the Hastings Police Department.

Holst Excavating has requested a special use permit to operate a soil processing plant at the intersection of highways 54 and 91 (Ravenna Trail and Glendale Road). Mining operations covered by the special use permit have been allowed at the site since 1978, when the original permit was issued to Donald Kluende. The permit transferred to Holst Excavating, Inc., in 1983 and has been renewed since then. Holst is proposing to mine almost 1 million cubic yards of sand, potentially creating a pit that would eventually fill up with water. The public will be invited to comment on the matter.

City staff is asking the council to approve a contract to have improvements made to the Conzemius Park ravine. The work will improve drainage through the ravine and combat erosion. Staff is recommending awarding the contract to Rachel Contracting, which submitted a bid of $674,611.25. The public will also be invited to comment on this matter.

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