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City Council: Street improvements, parking restrictions and a car wash clarification

The Hastings City Council will meet Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Here's a look at what's on the agenda.

People will be invited to comment on the city's proposed 2013 infrastructure improvement program. Improvements include road work along 10th Street between Ramsey and 18th streets and all of Progress Drive. Additional work is planned for the Conzemius Park ravine, the Vermillion River levee, C.P. Adams Park's parking lot and Malcolm Avenue. Only the plans will be up for discussion Monday. Assessment rates will be discussed at the following meeting, April 15.

The council will also consider prohibiting parking in areas of East 10th Street. Parking demand and activity is minimal to nonexistent between Ramsey Street and Smead Manufacturing, and reconstruction work for that area calls for narrowing the road to a width that would no longer support parking in most of the area. The road near Hudson Manufacturing and Cornerstone Bible Church is designed to be wide enough for a parking lane along the south side of the road.

Another parking issue at the intersection of Frazier and First streets will be discussed. A resident requested the council have existing "no parking" signs removed. The signs were installed in 2003 at the request of Regina Medical Center in the 100 block of Frazier Street. The signs were posted in response to complaints that parked vehicles blocked sight lines at entrances there, as well as residents' complaints. Two residents have contacted the city to oppose the proposed sign removal. One household wrote in support of the change.

Also on the agenda is a request to approve an agreement to clarify the new Crossroads Shell Rapid Lube car wash will be used only for customers of the Hastings Ford and Hastings Chrysler dealerships and Rapid Lube customers, and that it will not be open for public use. The agreement will reduce city and Metropolitan Council utility connection fees by a total of $62,700.

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