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City Council: Presentations, ordinance changes and road construction approvals

The Hastings City Council will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at City Hall. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda.

Several presentations will kick off the meeting, including the presentation of a recycling check to the Youth Green Team, Boy Scout Troup 534, which has been collecting recyclable materials in a special container outside Terry’s Hardware; the introduction of new employees Jerry Backlund and Philip Vargas; the presentation of certificates of appreciation to Planning Commission members Mark Vaughan and Tom Bullington; information from MnDOT on the Highway 61 bridge project; and a presentation on the Dakota County housing needs assessment.

The council will consider some change to its ordinances as well. One deals with massage therapy businesses here. The proposed change would allow minors to be present and work in establishments where massage therapy is conducted.

Park hours for Veterans Athletic Complex may be changed. A staff proposal suggests allowing Veterans Park to remain open until 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m., which is the current park curfew. The council will also consider changes that clarify when various types of alcohol are allowed in city parks.

On the infrastructure side of things, the council will award a contract to have this year’s neighborhood street improvement project done as well as a contract for work on the downtown Hastings water main project.

Another issue involves a sanitary sewer line project at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings. Staff had prepared a project and received bids for it, but is suggesting the city reject the bid, modify the project and attempt to get a better bid price.

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