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Hastings will host Barry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race in 2018

The Barry Roubaix bike race will be back in Hastings next year. The date is April 21, 2018, and a 100-mile race has been added for the extra hearty bicyclist for the race’s 10th anniversary.

 

The Hastings City Council Monday unanimously approved the request of Scott TenCate of Trail Blazer Events (formerly Kisscross Events). TenCate said Hastings is a great host for the race, and they enjoy working with residents, city staff and the Department of Public Works.

 

City Manager Jeff Mansfield, who has competed in the race, said he looks forward to working with TenCate, his partner Rick Plite, and many others on the race, however, he has absolutely no plans to try the 100-mile course.  

 

Also, there is a possibility that Hammond Hill Disc Golf Course may be the site of the World Championship Professional Disc Golf Association in 2019. Jacob Stahl asked the council’s permission to use the site and is preparing a proposal he hopes will attract the event to West Michigan. The council gave its permission for Stahl to try, with the understanding that many logistics would have to be worked out if the site is selected. A decision will be made early in December.

 

Mayor Dave Tossava read an official City of Hastings Resolution recognizing retiring Hastings Public Library Director Laura Ortiz for her long service to the library, dating back to 2007 when she began as a volunteer. Ortiz started the Christmas time Arts &Craft’s program and other programs, and worked on many committees and fundraisers. “Her positive attitude at the library and community will be missed,” Tossava said.

“I’ve said my goodbye’s” Ortiz said, “but I want to thank each council member for your service.  It’s because of you, I’ve enjoyed my job.”

 

In other business, the council corrected an oversight by approving the signing of an MDOT Surface Transportation Grant contract that will fund upgrading some city streets. They adopted it in November, but it did not get signed. Before adjourning,they went into closed session to discuss pending legal matters .

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