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The Hastings City Council Monday approved a bid of $24,226.20 from Rohr Gasoline Equipment, Byron Center, to upgrade the city fueling station at the fire department. Rohr will supply and install Petro Vend PV200 system with swipe cards and two new Bennet single product dispensers.


The system has been breaking down and they have been using “band aids” but parts are no longer available, City Manager Jeff Mansfield said. After looking at other options, Mansfield said it is in the city’s best interest right now to upgrade the system.

Rohr recently completed updates to the Barry County Road Commission fuel station, he said. Payment will come from the equipment fund and is within the budgeted amount of $25,000. 


Installed in 1989, the station vends gasoline and diesel fuel for city equipment used by the Department of Public Services, police and fire departments. The system is on a generator so the fuel will always be available during emergencies like the 2013 ice storm.


The council approved paying Prein and Newhoff  $8,800 for the creation of a streets asset management plan with a physical assessment of all streets, recommendations for maintenance and replacement for the next three years, timelines and costs with the work to be completed by the middle of May.

The cost of the plan will be split between the local and major street funds. The city maintains 14.81 miles of major streets and 32.39 miles of local streets, for a total of 47.2 miles of streets.

Supervisor of Streets/Construction Jim James with the Department of Public Services, presented the monthly report, saying the city is going full speed ahead with the Storm Water Asset Management (SAW) grant work.

The city has received $119,345.48 from the DEQ for work completed for the project. There is $672,474.52 remaining in the grant to complete the televising, cleaning, and condition assessment of storm and sanitary assets, James said.

With the collected information, city staff can determine the capital improvement needs for the next 15 to 20 years and determine funding that can be generated to complete the necessary improvements.


Also, the public services reportgave updates on upcoming projects for this year. Safe Routes to School project construction dates have been finalized by contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets.  They will install sidewalk, crosswalk, and signage adjacent to Northeastern, Central elementary schools, and the middle school. The work will be done from April through June 14. The total grant from the state is just under $724,000.


The report also said that the street milling and resurfacing projects have been bid and the construction dates have been finalized by Kamminga & Roodvoets. The mill and resurface work will be on Michigan Avenue from Blair to Court streets, Boltwood Street from State to Green streets, and Jefferson Street from Apple to Green streets. The project will also replace some sidewalk and ramps to comply with MDOT standards. The total grant from the state is just under $324,000.









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