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City council: Water meters, Hudson and four new on-call firefighters

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

The public will be invited to comment on proposed changes to water meter charges before the council votes on whether or not to adopt them. New pricing passed down through the city's water meter manufacturer slightly increases the cost for most meters. The cost for large water users needing meters 1 1/2 inches or larger almost doubled. The meter charge is for initial installation only and is used to fund replacement when the meter wears out.

The council will consider two business permits, one to allow Victoria Majeski-Litschke to operate a photography business out of her home and one to allow Extreme Sandbox to operate under an interim use permit.

Summary results of a MnDOT reuse study on the former H.D. Hudson Manufacturing building in downtown Hastings will be presented. The study aimed to understand community issues that may affect a historic property, develop reuse alternatives, evaluate economic and preservation merits of reuse alternatives, define the most viable options and recommend a plan or plans for the community to consider. The reuse team will present its findings and its recommendations to the council. The council will also hear an update on the site's redevelopment status.

The fire department is seeking to fill its paid on-call firefighter vacancies. In the past three years, the department has lost 13 paid on-call firefighters through attrition. The department will ask the council to approve starting the hiring process to fill all 13 positions. If approved, hiring would begin this fall, and firefighters would start working in 2012.

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