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City Council: A new officer, street renaming and a new Levee Park gathering center

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

A new police officer, Matthew Hedrick, will be sworn in and welcomed to the city.

Two presentations will be given. One will recognize Eagle Scout Ben Bloomstrand for his project honoring retired Hastings firefighters. The other recognizes Public Works Director Tom Montgomery for recently being named to the American Public Works Association's 2013 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year.

With the work being done to reconstruct East 18th Street/Highway 291 and turn it back into a city-owned street, the council is being asked to co-designate the street as Veterans Drive. If approved, the co-designation would be similar to East 10th Street's co-designation as Smead Boulevard.

The council will consider a request from Life Tabernacle at 719 Vermillion Street for a 10-foot variance to the setback to construct an enclosure over the basement steps at the south side of the building. Due to water damage caused by the stairs, the church's insurance company is requesting an enclosure be built over the stairs.

The Hastings Area Rotary Club is hoping to build a gathering center at Levee Park and is requesting permission from the city to raise funds for the structure. As envisioned, the plan would include a multi-use facility that would support personal and public gatherings. The Rotary has committed to donating $50,000 to the project, which is expected to cost $450,000. The Rotary hopes to have the project done by Fall of 2014, and would turn it over to the city at that time.

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