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Airport manager's agreement approved by Hastings City Council

The revised City of Hastings Barry County Airport manager’s agreement was approved by the Hastings City Council Monday after being sent back to the Airport Authority for clarification of some wording.

The contract confirms Manager Mark Noteboom’s status as an independent contractor, not an employee, and had been approved by the authority. City Manager Jeff Mansfield said there was give and take and compromise, with both sides giving up some things.

As co-owner of the airport through a Joint Operating Agreement, the Barry County Commission also had to approve it, which they did May 8.

 

The council also approved replacing Riverside Cemetery fencing on both sides of West State Road, at the request of the Riverside Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board. The $74,000 cost of the project will come from the endowment for the cemetery’s capital improvements held by the Barry Community Foundation.

 

Fencing will be removed by DPS equipment and labor, except 300 feet set aside for a planned memorial. The rest will be sold to Padnos to help pay for the work. Requests for proposals for the new aluminum fencing will be asked for after July 1.

 

 

A request by American Legion Post 45 to hold the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 28 at 9:30 a.m. was approved, as was a request by Spectrum Health Pennock to use the Fish Hatchery parking lot on June 13-14 for its 95th anniversary celebration.

 

The council got its first look at the draft ordinance and policy regulating the city’s entertainment venues, including the Thornapple Plaza and the Spray Plaza. The policy is the document. First reading of the ordinance was set for the next meeting.

 

The panel went into closed session before adjournment to discuss specific pending litigation.

 

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