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City Hall Update - October 4

Post Date:10/04/2019 4:02 PM

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City Hall Update

Date: October 4, 2019

Fire Department Open House - Tuesday, October 8th

Mark your calendars for the annual Fire & EMS Department Open House on Tuesday, October 8 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Information on fire prevention, fire safety and education within the community will be provided. There will also be live demonstrations and refreshments.
This is a great opportunity to tour the Fire Station and equipment and meet the staff.

Thank you!

The Church without Walls group from Branchline Church volunteered on Sunday cleaning up City garden beds in the downtown area. We appreciate you!

Congratulations Hastings Energy Action Team!

Earlier this week members of Hastings Partners in Energy team were awarded Partners in Energy’s 2019 award for teamwork and collaboration at a Community Summit.
The City of Hastings was accepted in February of 2018 to be part of Excel Energy’s Partners in Energy program. The Energy Action Team consisted of residents, City Staff, and Councilmember Folch along with representatives from Excel Energy, Dakota Electric, Citizens Utility Board, Hastings Environmental Protectors, CenterPoint Energy, Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. This team held several workshops and one focus group to discuss energy focused areas, concerns, and how to reduce energy consumption in the community. Earlier this summer the City Council voted to accept an Energy Action Plan created by this group of dedicated individuals.

Fall Clean Up Day was a Success!

178 vehicles
2,029 lbs. of shredded paper
1,360 lbs. of carpet
59 mattresses/box springs
43 appliances
1.54 tons of tires
2.13 tons of metal
6.63 tons of construction debris
8.22 tons of miscellaneous materials

Public Works Department

Fall Sweeping Campaign

Both of our street sweepers are out in force throughout the City beginning our fall sweeping efforts. We’ll be running both sweepers as long as the weather allows to pick up debris and leaves to keep them out of our storm sewers and surface waters. The public is reminded that it is a violation of City ordinance to dispose of leaves into the street, and to keep garbage and recycling containers in the driveway or on the boulevard to lessen interference with sweeping operations so that we can do the best job possible.

Sanitary Sewer System and Lift Station Cleaning

For several weeks our operations staff have been conducting our annual sanitary sewer cleaning routine. Regular and routine cleaning of our system gives us insights about the pipe conditions, and dramatically reduces risks of the public system having backups. Part of this work includes removing built up Fats, Oils, and Greases (aka FOG) from our eight wastewater lift stations. Keeping these critical workhorse systems clean helps keep them running as reliably and efficiently as possible!

Lighting Repairs

Fall is here, and with the days getting shorter we’re stepping up efforts to identify and resolve street light issues. Some projects are as simple as replacing burned out bulbs, while others such as replacing underground conduits and faulty wiring become more involved, complex, and time consuming.
If you notice a burned out street light, please contact Public Works’ main number at (651) 480-6185. We’ll either be able to verify that it’s already on our list for repair, or we’ll add it. Please Note: Xcel Energy and Dakota Electric also own and service many hundreds of street lights in the City, primarily in areas away from our downtown, riverfront, and state highways. Public works can also relay repair needs to these companies.

2020 Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvements

Engineering staff has been accumulating preliminary information on the streets begin proposed for improvement in 2020, and with the 2019 program wrapping up next week, will be moving into design work very soon. We anticipate bringing forth some preliminary project scoping information for discussion with the Operations Committee in the near future.
Our staff is also working with stormwater treatment consultants at Bolton & Menk on formulating plans for the anticipated E 21st Street area stormwater improvements project, which will be largely funded by a grant through the Vermillion River Watershed and State Board of Soil and Water Resources (BSWR).

Personnel

Job Opportunities

Initial screening interviews and testing were held on October 3rd for the Police Officer positions. Candidates moving forward will have a second interview the week of October 21st.

We are accepting applications until October 6th for the position of Public Works Operator. A vacancy will be created later this year due to a retirement.

We are accepting applications for Warming House Attendants through November 10th. This is a great opportunity for students looking for seasonal work this winter between December and February.

City job opportunities can be found on the City’s website

Congratulations Lee!

Communications Coordinator, Lee Stoffel, was recognized as a local leader who has inspired others at Hastings First Women Inspiring Women event held at the Hastings Golf Club & Event Center this past week. Honorees included: Noreen Bishop, Emily’s Bakery & Deli, Jen Veith, Carpenter Nature Center, Lee Stoffel, City of Hastings, and Senator Karla Bigham.

Police Department

The 2nd Annual Pink Patch Program kicked off on October 1st in recognition of Cancer Awareness Month. Officers began displaying pink patches on their sleeves and ribbons on their cars. Patches can be purchased at the City Hall and Police Department reception counters for $10.00.

Parks and Recreation

Lindsay Anderson is a Minnesota GreenCorps member serving The City of Hastings for the 2019-2020 service year. The Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program in Minnesota that focuses on environmental service projects and professional development. Lindsay’s project area for the year is with the city’s waste reduction, recycling, and organics management. She will be serving Hastings until August 2020 and is located in the Parks and Recreation Department and can be reached at landerson@hastingsmn.gov or 651-480-6184. Welcome Lindsay!

Arena

Hockey clinics have wrapped up and tryouts have begun for Hastings youth hockey. Captain’s practices begin for high school teams and Riverblade’s Learn to Skate program also started.

Parks Maintenance and Forestry

Late last week the replacement and updated parts for the fishing piers at Lake Rebecca and Lake Isabell made it to our shop. We will be working with the DNR on replacing and updating the piers this fall. The work that needs to be done on the piers requires them to be dry-docked.

Crews have been busy with the herbicide treatment of our parks. If the weather turns around here next week we will finish the treatments right on time. The herbicide being used mainly controls dandelion and clover along with 200 other plus weeds that grow.

Community Halloween Party – Friday, October 25th

Party will be held at the Hastings High School from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and feature free games, prizes, and food.
Any business or organizations interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the Community Halloween Party please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 651-480-6181.

Fire Department

Newly hired Paid on Call firefighters have begun training. We welcome David Ussatis, Jaclyn Yogerst, Nick Schweich, and Joe Neuman to our staff. They have started EMT training. David joins us as a currently certified Paramedic, and has begun working on his field training. We are excited to have them on board.

Staff Training:

Craig Latch is attending Fire Inspector 1 class. At the completion he will better understand codes, and how they affect the safety for our responders, and the general public in the many residential and commercial buildings in our community.

Tim Likes, Phil Nelson, PJ Lippert, Renier Steenkamp, William Pope, and Joe Cysiewski are attending Fire Instructor 1 class. The class will better prepare them to provide quality internal fire training, and external fire prevention training.

Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings held at City Hall unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, October 9
7:00 p.m. Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

Thursday, October 10
6:00 p.m. HEDRA

Monday, October 14
7:00 p.m. Planning Commission

Tuesday, October 15
7:00 p.m. Heritage Preservation Commission

Monday, October 21
7:00 p.m. City Council Meeting