Revision of the city’s animal/dog ordinance was on the Hastings City Council agenda Tuesday. Before acting on it, the council opted to set a public hearing to listen to the public at the next council meeting in two weeks.
Supporters of pit bulls had asked the council to remove the language in the ordinance specifying the breed as vicious or dangerous two years ago and had asked for the results of the revision of the ordinance again in November. They were told it would be available before the end of the year.
A copy of the ordinance can be found on the city’s website in the Dec. 26 council meeting packet.
The council approved an MDOT performance resolution, one they sign every year that allows the city, or its contactors, to work in the MDOT rights of way. “They’re not asking for anything they haven’t in the past…we still have to get permits for special projects,” City Manager Jeff Mansfield said.
An ordinance to change various regulations applying to parking of vehicles was unanimously approved, however, an ordinance extending the length of time a temporary storage units is allowed in the city as long as they are kept in good repair was sent back to the Planning Commission for clarification of what a storage unit is, how many are allowed on one property, the time limit and where they can be located.
Mansfield reported on his annual evaluation, saying he was pleased with the results, which had 94 percent of responses “excellent” or “good,” five percent “satisfactory,” one percent “no opinion,” and no “needs improvement.” He said he would gladly share the results on his performance as city manager, but some of the comments were clearly not meant to be made public, so he would talk to council members individually about the results. He added none of those comments were about him.
Also, Councilman Bill Redman, responding to a letter to the editor protesting the use of taxpayer money for a proposed city skating rink, said the project he is working on will not get any city, county or state funding. “I thought I made that clear, it will all be private money.”