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City Hall Updates: Oct 9

Post Date:10/09/2017 2:04 PM

City Hall Updates

General

Join us TONIGHT for the Levee Park Labyrinth Walk: Experience the benefits of labyrinth walking with a little history behind this holistic healing method.
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Monday, October 9th 6:00 – 6:30 PM at Levee Park – 20 Ramsey St. Hastings
• Register online or drop in: $5.00 fee


The annual Fire Department Open House is tomorrow! Tuesday October 10th starting at 7:00 pm. The department will be sharing fire prevention & fire safety information and education with the community. This is also an opportunity to tour the Station, climb in equipment, and meet Hastings Fire/EMS and Police staff and Dakota County Sheriff’s office personnel. There will be demonstrations and refreshments to enjoy during your visit—join the fun!



Comprehensive Plan: Community Input Wanted!

The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee met on October 3rd to review results of key person interviews on the future of Hastings, please find the results here. City staff will present a status update on Comprehensive Plan activities in the near future.
It’s not too late to share your vision!

What we’ve done…
• Public outreach at an interactive booth during Rivertown Days
• Press releases to local press in March (for steering committee) & July (overview of plan)
• In Studio interview at HCTV explaining the Comp Plan, visuals of where to find project website, surveys, and how to use online mapping tool
• Open Public Workshop – published in Star Gazette, KDWA, website, social media
• Newsletters mailed to all Hastings residents—Front page article focusing on Community Development included an explanation of the Comp Plan and asked residents to participate in engagement tools.

What we’re doing:
• Social media: (ongoing) Facebook and Twitter posts encouraging people to get involved, attend meetings, and take survey/use map (see orange box above!)
• Website:
o   Page devoted to project updates and link to project website listed under Residents section under Hastings 2040
o   Multiple stories placed in News section of our website (including current post pinned to top)
• Currently working with Civics teachers at HHS to connect with students. Drafted an open ended student survey for more applicable questions.
• Currently working with YMCA on displays for additional outreach.
• Many paper copies of the survey were delivered to the Senor Center and every large church that was open along with links to the digital version for posting.
• A committee member delivered 80 of our flyers to her condo neighbors urging them to take the survey.
• Key stake holder interviews have been held over two days with 30 individuals and four hour-long focus groups.
• Flyers were given to all Stakeholder and Focus Group participants in September with links to projects website and encouragement to take survey and follow project.
• Our consultant has done two interviews with Kelly Casey at KDWA mentioning the process, upcoming engagement activities, mentioning the website and asking listeners to take the survey. We have another scheduled for early November to discuss where we are in the plan and discuss the upcoming Pop-Up meeting.
• Flyers are on the counter as City Hall with project information, website and schedule.

What’s to Come:
• Monthly Steering Committee Meetings through February 2018
• MSA will have a Pop-Up Meeting at Holiday Hoopla in late November
• We will have an Open House to review the draft plan in January

Public Works Comprehensive Plan Items

Our consultants for the water supply and wastewater comprehensive plan update elements have begun their portions of the effort, concentrating first on updating system models and performing preliminary analysis work. We’ll also be starting similar work on the surface water management portion of the plan in the next couple of weeks. A fair amount of all three of these technical updates will depend on where the City arrives with regard to future land use designations, which are anticipated to be discussed starting in November among the Comprehensive Planning Committee. Overall, we’re on track to sync up with the greater Comp Plan Update work as it continues to progress.

Personnel

Now Hiring!
• The City is looking for seasonal help in the Arena as Guest Services Attendants and also in the Parks Warming Houses.
• We are hiring for a Senior Accountant—this is a high level position with responsibilities in audit preparation, reconciliation, analysis and grant work. Active role in the City’s budget process will also be an important function of this position.

Updates…
• The first round of police officer candidate interviews will take place at City Hall on Wednesday, October 11th. Nearly 40 applicants will have the opportunity to answer questions before two, 6-person panels. This process is aimed at filling one current vacancy.

• Four candidates are in the background process for two vacant fulltime Firefighter/Paramedic positions. We expect to extend job offers within the next several weeks.

• Our newest office Patrick Diedrich graduated on from the Suburban Law Enforcement Training Academy (SLETA) on September 29th. This was an innovative partnership with six other agencies to hire police officers. Officer Diedrich passed his POST Licensing exam on Thursday and has begun field training. We are extremely proud to have him on our team and wish him the best of luck!

Good Luck!
• Senior Accountant, Diane Archer, has submitted her resignation. Diane brought with her years of experience in public finance sector and she has been a great asset to our organization. We will be accepting applications for the Senior Accountant position until October 25th. To apply visit: www.hastingsmn.gov.

• Paid-on-Call Firefighter Ron Elmquist recently submitted his resignation.

City job opportunities can be found on the City’s website and our LinkedIn page

Public Works

2017 Neighborhood Improvements Complete!
As the leaves are just beginning to fall, we’re happy to report that this year’s construction campaign is wrapping up, with the final layer of blacktop paving being finished on Thursday and only a minor amount of restoration and other punch list work remaining. The neighborhood has been a wonderful group of residents to work with, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s program – after which we’ll have achieved a full upgrade and modernization of the street and utility infrastructure in the northwest portion of the City!

Water Meter Replacement Program to Begin in November
We received a competitive bid for our water meter replacement program on September 28th, and will be bringing that contract forward for Council approval at the October 16th meeting. This is a multi-year contract that will replace approximately 6,700 water meters throughout the City, with our 2017 replacement group impacting about 300 properties and ramping up to around 1,000 properties in each year from 2018-2024. We anticipate work on the replacements for 2017 to begin sometime in November, with multiple notifications being sent out to impacted properties along the way.

Rehabilitation of Well No. 7
Staff will soon begin working with WSB & Associates to start formulating the scope and specifications for the maintenance and rehab work project on Well No. 7. We expect to have a contract out for bid on this work in November, with the start of work by a contractor occurring in December, and carrying over into early 2018.

Building/Community Development

89 Unit Apartment Building - Voyageur Estates-Glendale 5th Addition
On October 9th, the Planning Commission will consider Final Plat and Site Plan approval for Voyageur Estates-Glendale Heights 5th addition, and 89 unit, three story apartment building located on Voyageur Parkway (directly north of existing Eagle Pointe Apartment Building). Upon action by the Commission, the City Council would review plans on October 16th.


Parks & Recreation

Park Maintenance & Forestry:
Rainbow Treecare is in the area providing free consultations and information for homeowners about their Ash trees (and other trees too!). If you haven’t already, call today (952)767-6920 or check out their website.

• If there are any hazardous conditions, or general Parks or Trail related issues please submit a notice at the City’s website here.

Would you like to be a part of the Community Halloween Party as a sponsor or volunteer? Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 651-480-6181. The Halloween Party is scheduled for Friday, October 27th at the Hastings High School and features free games, prizes, and food for participants. It’s a great community event!

Arena:
• We removed the turf from the McGree rink this week and are busy preparing this rink for ice.
• We will begin chilling the floor next week and on October 20th the McGree rink will open with the third annual Glo-Skate event. The cost is $5.00 per person and children and adults of all ages are welcome from 7-9 p.m. to get their skate on!

• Hockey try outs have begun for the Hastings Hockey Association and skating lessons from Riverblades Skating School began this past weekend.

• For a list of activities, games, or open skating hours, check the facility calendar here!

Aquatics:
• A great gift idea for any time of year is a Gift Card for the Hastings Family Aquatic Center.

Get Involved!

• Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to share your talents or knowledge? Consider joining a City advisory commission! We will have a variety of openings coming up in 2018 and welcome interest forms—fill yours out at www.hastingsmn.gov/city-government/commissions

Community Connections

• On October 13th, Wise Family Funeral Home is bringing ‘Church of Felons’ to Hastings. This award-winning documentary follows the stories and aftermath of four individuals out of Polk Co. Wisconsin after being involved in serious incidents. While the City is not a sponsor of the event, we are sharing it in the hopes that those who are dealing with addiction can change their lives. Deputy Chief Wilske and Officer Bauer will attend the event which takes place at Hastings High School at 6:30.

• Calvary Christian Church sponsored an emergency services luncheon on Wednesday. The event was attended by Hastings Police & Fire/EMS staff, members of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, and others from the ministerial association. A special thanks to Pastor Randy Berg and staff for their kindness and show of appreciation.

Council Committee Meetings

Council committee meetings are held in the Volunteer Room at City Hall unless otherwise noted.

Administrative Committee (Braucks*, Folch, Lund) will meet at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16 to discuss the LeDuc Historic Estate and our partnership with Dakota County Historical Society.

The Planning Committee (Vaughan*, Balsanek, Folch) will meet at 5:30 on Monday, October 30 on the following items:

o Panache Cidery – Acquisition of remaining property north of Artspace for development of a mixed use building containing a cider bar, office space, and apartments. Panache seeks acquisition of the site for one dollar. Questions for the Committee include acceptance of use, intensity of development, and sales price. The site is in addition to a separate site sought for manufacturing in the Industrial Park, which would be purchased under the Industrial Park Land Credit program .

o Wise Funeral Home Crematory – Wise seeks to add a crematory at its present 400 Spring Street Location. The existing business does not conform to the existing R-2 Zoning district; the crematory expansion would be considered an intensification to the use and not allowed under the present code. Should staff consider a code amendment to allow the change?

• The City Council will hold a 2018 Budget Workshop on Monday, October 30 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
*Indicates chair

Upcoming Meetings/Events

Meetings held at City Hall unless otherwise noted

Monday, October 9, 2017

7:00 p.m. Planning Commission

Tuesday, October 10
7-9 p.m. Fire Department Open House

Thursday, October 12
6:30 p.m. HEDRA--cancelled

Monday, October 16
6:00 p.m. Administrative Committee – LeDuc Historic Estate
7:00 p.m. City Council Meeting

Monday, October 23
7:00 p.m. Planning Commission

Monday, October 30, 2017
5:30 p.m. Planning Committee (Vaughan*, Balsanek, Folch)
6:30 p.m. City Council Workshop—2018 Budget