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City Council: Retirements, water meter testing and failed alcohol compliance checks

The Hastings City Council will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Hastings City Hall. Here’s a look at what they’ll be talking about.

Four recent retirees will be recognized for their years of work with the city. Those being recognized are Rene Doffing, police department; Ron Langer, building department; Steve Scharfe, police department; and Gary Wytaske, public works.

City staff is asking the council to approve a change to water meter testing fees. The change would update the fee for having a meter tested to the actual cost invoiced by the testing vendor and a 10 percent administrative fee. The change would also correct conflicting testing fees listed in city ordinances. The public will be invited to comment on this issue prior to the vote.

The city received three bids for a well rehabilitation project for Well No. 6 and will vote to award the project to one of the contractors. The estimated project cost is about $50,000.

Two Hastings business recently failed routine alcohol compliance checks and the council is being asked to consider penalties. The Hastings Country Club and Cub Discount Liquors both failed the check, which was conducted Dec. 13, 2013. This is the first time either business has failed the alcohol check. The businesses could be penalized $1,000 plus a three-day liquor license suspension. Both businesses are asking the council to consider a less severe penalty.

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