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The Hastings City Council held its annual organizational meeting Monday, approving the rules that govern the staff and procedures that affect the city every day.

In short, it’s approving the rules that cover the business of doing business.


The list of approvals by the council includes:

Regular council meetings will be the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m., except for accommodations for some holidays that fall on Mondays.  Roberts Rules of Order was adopted for council meetings,


Bill Redman re-elected mayor pro-tem, and the Barry Eaton District Health Department was approved as its health officer. Jeff Mansfield will remain as city manager and Stephanie Fekkes, and Varnum Attorneys at Law as city attorney. Mansfield’s salary is $94,056, the same as last year. Fekkes will receive a retainer of $14,500 a year, the same as last year, and $200 an hour for general legal advice and $250 an hour for negotiations, financial and tax matters, up about $15 from last year.


A list of city officials offered by Mansfield and Mayor David Tossava were approved for 2018. They are:

Jeff Pratt, deputy city manager/police chief/emergency management coordinator,

Roger Caris, fire chief/fire marshal/ADA coordinator,

Jerry Czarnecki, clerk/treasurer/finance director,

Dan King, community development director,

Jackie Timmerman, city assessor,

Lee Hays, director of public services and,

Mansfield, zoning administrator.


Annual salaries for the council, the same as last year, are mayor, $7,800; mayor pro-tem, $2,500; council member, $2,300 and board of review members, $115 per meeting.


Eligible depositories for city funds with no additions or deletions from last year are: CIBC (Formerly The Private Bank), Birmingham; Chemical Bank, Midland, (Hastings);  Comerica Bank, Detroit;  Commercial Bank, Alma (Hastings);  Flagstar Bank, Troy;  Hastings City Bank, Hastings; Horizon Bank(Formerly Wolverine Bank), Grand Rapids;  Huntington National Bank, Grand Rapids;  Macatawa Bank, Holland;  Mercantile Bank, Grand Rapids and Union Bank, Hastings, all in Michigan.


The Michigan CLASS Investment Pool/Grand Haven was designated an approved depository as an intergovernmental pool, and  Comerica Securities, Detroit;  Huntington Investment Company, Grand Rapids; and Michigan Vining Sparks, Memphis, Tennessee were approved as security broker/dealers to advise and assist Czarnecki.


Meeting dates and times for various city commissions, committees and boards, its members and lengths of terms, were also approved. Details are available on the city’s website, in the city council’s Jan. 8 packet.










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