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City Council: Presentations, proclamations and parks

The Hastings City Council will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, at Hastings City Hall. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda.

The meeting will kick off with a series of presentations an declarations. Jim Gelhar, who has spent 31 years working in the Hastings Fire Department, is retiring and will be recognized by the council for his service.

The Public Safety Advisory Commission will present its annual report to the council. The commission met four times in 2013.

The month of May will be declared Building Safety Month. Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council to remind the public about the critical role of local code officials, who assure the public of safe, efficient and livable buildings.

The month of May will also be declared Heritage Preservation Month in Hastings, joining the National Trust for Historic Preservation in its “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage” campaign.

May 17 will be declared Hjemkomst Lodge Day in Hastings, recognizing that many local residents are of Scandinavian descent and the connection of the Hjemkomst Lodge to the preservation of Scandinavian traditions and culture. May 17 is also Syttende Mai, Norway’s Independence Day. This year is the 200th anniversary of the signing of Norway’s constitution.

The only action item on the agenda has to do with updating Hastings city park fees. This item was first discussed at the last council meeting, but was tabled to gather more information.

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