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Quiet crossing committee named

April 12, 2018 GMT

A group of a dozen people will move planning forward on the city’s railroad quiet zones.

Members of the Hastings City Council voted 5-0 during their regular meeting Monday to appoint members to the city’s Quiet Crossing Committee. Council members Paul Hamelink, Sarah Hoops and Jeniffer Beahm were absent.

Most of the committee members are city officials and staff, representing departments that are part of the project.

“This group we put together was actually a list Don (Threewitt, city development services director) had developed for working ahead on the quiet crossings,” Mayor Corey Stutte said. “We reached out to several different individuals, different community members; talked to the Hastings public school district to make sure they had representation on there, as well. Dave (Wacker, city engineer) also was the person who helped Don put this together. What we really want to do is put this Quiet Crossing Committee together so we’re able to start meeting.”

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Stutte said committee members are excited about quiet crossings.

“I also explained to them there is a lot of work yet to be done,” he said. “We want to make sure we do this the right way.”

The committee should begin meeting within a couple weeks and start planning, including putting figures to the project.

Committee members include the following:

Mayor: Cory Stutte

Council Members: Ginny Skutnik, Jeniffer Beahm, Paul Hamelink

City Administrator: Joe Patterson

City Attorney: Dave Ptak

Development Services Director: Don Threewitt

City Engineer: Dave Wacker

Street Department Representative: Stu Mohlman

CRA Member: Dan Schwartzkopf

Citizen Representative: Everett Goebel

Hastings Public Schools Representative: Trent Kelly

Also during the meeting, the council unanimously approved awarding a contract for $46,865 to Ziemba Roofing of Hastings for a new roof at the North Fire Station. Ziemba was the lone bidder for the project, which had an engineer’s estimate of $62,889.

This project will provide for the compete reroofing of the Hastings North Fire Station. Work consists of materials, labor for removal and installation as outlined in plans, specifications and general description of work for new membrane roof with 2 inches of insulation.

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“I know the fire department is excited about this,” Stutte said.

Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said the added insulation will be a big help, especially in the summer when the North Fire Station gets hot.

The new roof has obvious benefits, as well.

“We can put the pots and pans away now,” Gilbert said.

In other business, the council:

- Unanimously approved bringing the final plat for Cimarron Meadows 10th addition within the corporate limits of the city of Hastings. Cimarron Meadows 10th addition is northwest of 38th Street and Lakepark Lane. This plat is an extension of the existing Cimarron Meadows development. A preliminary plat was recommended by the Hastings Planning Commission on Jan. 9, 2006, and approved by the Hastings City Council on Feb. 13, 2006.

- Unanimously approved the final plat for Cimarron Meadows 10th addition.

- Unanimously approved a resolution approving the applicant of Roadhouse Catering doing business as At The Track for a Class C Liquor License at 427 S. Showboat Blvd.

- Unanimously approved the manager application of Owen D. Nelson in connection with the Class C Liquor License of Roadhouse Catering.

- Unanimously approved the request of Mike Atchity for a fence height increase from 6 feet to 8 feet, along the interior side yard between the residence at 1400 N. Turner Ave. and the residence at 1401 N. Elm Ave.

- Unanimously approved the preliminary/final plat for Hastings Cottages East Subdivision, a 3.01-acre subdivision south of H Street and east of St. Joseph Avenue.

- Unanimously approved the water and sewer improvement contract with Van Kirk Brothers Contracting of Sutton for $195,945 for the Shadow Ridge Seventh Addition.

- Unanimously approved the real estate improvement contract for residential water distribution system with Westbrook Village, LLC. for $40,821, split evenly between the developer and Hastings Utilities.

- Unanimously approved the real estate improvement contract for residential sewer distribution system, utility installed with Westbrook Village, LLC. for $106,169, split evenly between the developer and Hastings Utilities.

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