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City council: 2010 assessments, hydropower plant equipment and alcohol compliance check penalties

The next Hastings City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Here's a quick look at what's on the agenda.

There will be a public hearing on proposed 2010 infrastructure improvement assessments. Rates approved by the council when the $2.5 million project was ordered range from $18.08 per frontage foot to $59.79. Assessments account for more than $427,000. The 2010 project included Pleasant Drive between 15th Street and Highway 55, Westview Drive between 15th Street and Pleasant Drive, Lyn Way, North Frontage Road east of Westview Drive and 15th Street between Pleasant and Wyndham Hills drives. The council will also vote on adopting the assessments.

Modifications to stop logs - equipment used to block water at the city's hydropower facility - are being proposed. The plant is scheduled to be dewatered for major maintenance next year, and modified stop logs would improve the operation. The proposal includes adding an inflatable seal to the edges of the stop logs. The current equipment has no built-in seal, and leaks have to be plugged by divers over a five- to seven-day period. Modifications would reduce dewatering time, personnel costs and the number of pumps needed to dewater the plant. Modifications would cost about $148,000.

After six local establishments failed a routine alcohol compliance check conducted by Hastings police Sept. 26, the council will discuss what penalties to apply. City code identifies a $1,000 fine and three-day license suspension for businesses not enrolled in the City of Hastings Best Practices program. None of the businesses that failed the checks are enrolled in the program.

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