Construction on a Hastings monument to veterans at the Civil War soldier's statue at Tyden Park will begin the latter part of June, DPS Director Lee Hays told the Hastings City Council June 13. The schedule was pushed back slightly due to scheduling conflicts with volunteers.
A joint venture of the city and American Legion Post 45, additions to the area to recognize and honor all those who served in the military will include four benches, stamped concrete, a total of eight lit flagpoles and the veteran’s monuments and Blue Star Highway marker now at the Barry County Courthouse.
The original $15,000 cost estimate of has increased to $26,000 with additions to the memorial and some faulty estimates. On May 23, the council voted to amend this year’s budget to include the $11,000 overage and do the project now.
Hays said the city has recently received a donation of all of the reinforcing steel for the project, resulting in a cost savings of around $1,500. He earlier said that with the many donations of labor and equipment they have received, the city will get a veterans memorial worth $60,000 for its $26,000 investment.
Also at the May meeting, Mayor Frank Campbell, who supports Hastings having its own veteran’s memorial and pushed to get it done before he leaves office at the end of the year, pledged to raise money for the project. “I will see some people. I will try to raise some money and give it back to the city. I’d like to see it done, we got it this far.” //
In other business on a busy agenda, the council:
* held a first reading of an ordinance to allow side and rear yard setbacks to be set in the B-2 and B-4 zoning districts when a project or proposed improvement does not require site plan review. Now, the setbacks can only be set during site plan reviews.
* held a first reading on an ordinance to amend the city’s sign regulations to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision prohibiting sign regulations based on the content of the sign. The change, worked on for several months by the planning commission and an attorney, was recommend for approval by the commission.
* accepted with regrets, the resignation of Michael Tomko from the Local Development Finance Authority/ Brownfield Redevelopment Authority board effective immediately. They also approved the appointment of Emily Casarez as the student representative on the Hastings Nature Area Board.
* approved several accommodations for Summerfest and the stay of the ordinance to allow them.
* approved three year contracts with Mike Hallifax for custodial and maintenance services at Hastings City Hall for $26,000 a year and grounds maintenance at the Hall for $7,800 a year. Hays said the bids were reasonable and within the budgeted amount.
* approved the use of various city parks on several dates by the YMCA. There are no conflicts with the Y’s dates.