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City Council briefs: Energy Action Plan outlines goals for Hastings

Energy Action Plan update

On Monday, June 17, the Hastings City Council heard an update to the city's Energy Action Plan.

In November 2017, the city applied to be a member of Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy. Hastings was accepted into the program in February 2018.

For the last year, the Energy Action Team has worked on setting community action goals for the city.

The team is made up of city staff, residents, council member Tina Folch, and representatives from Xcel Energy, Dakota Electric, Citizens Utility Board, Hastings Environmental Protectors, CenterPoint Energy, the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.

It was determined that community education and engagement were important to the plan. The plan focuses on resident and business energy use and education on electric vehicles.

The plan will be put into action over the next 18 months. The city will be providing residents and businesses with information on saving energy and programs.

Solar subscription opportunities

The council voted to have staff prepare and release a request for proposals for solar subscriptions at the recommendation of the utilities committee, made up of council members Joe Balsanek, Tina Folch and Trevor Lund.

Folch reintroduced the topic to the council its April 1 meeting, where the council referred the issue to the committee.

City Council first looked at the option of a solar subscription in 2017, but rejected the proposals.

City administrator search update

The council discussed how many semifinalists would be interviewed by the administrative committee for the city administrator position.

After brief discussion, the council agreed that the administrative committee would interview six semifinalists that were recommended by Jim Miller from the Mercer Group.

Finalists will be interviewed by the entire council in July.

Sale of general obligation bonds

The council approved the sale of almost $4 million in general obligation bonds.

The bonds will help with financing the 2019 Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Project.

The city's financial advisors from Northland Securities will receive bids for the bonds on the morning of Monday, July 15. The council will take action on the bond proposals at the council meeting that evening.

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