The Hastings City Council Monday awarded contracts to Hubbell Roth and Clark to provide design and construction engineering for Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades and soil borings at the site.
Both projects are parts of extensive improvements of the Hastings sanitary and storm sewer system already underway, with the majority of funding from a Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) Program grant.
The total SAW project amount is $791,820; the total SAW grant is $712,639, with a committed amount of $561,671. The City of Hastings match is $79,182, with the city committed amount of $58,880.
The grant, from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, was applied for in 2013, and granted in December, 2016. The grant requires the updates to the sanitary and storm sewer systems be completed by December, 2019.
Also Monday, a request to vacate a portion of the West Mill Street Right of Way (ROW) between Washington Street and the Thornapple River from Doug and Sharon Vickery was turned down by the council. A driveway and one or more one accessory buildings on their property, as well as a city storm sewer line, are inside the ROW.
City Manager Jeff Mansfield said the vacation request would likely have to go before the courts because it is so close to the Thornapple River and for other reasons.
Several council members said they did not want to give up the property because of the storm sewer in the ROW and proximity to Tyden Park. They agreed to consider leasing part of the ROW to the Vickerys.
In other business, the council:
*approved a grant agreement with the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs that will fund part of the community entertainment events next summer. Attendance at this year’s events is estimated at 10,000 and work has begun on Hastings Live, 2019.
*approved Girl’s Night Out on Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. requested by the Downtown Business Team, with a Scarecrow Contest and sidewalk sales.
*approved the 18th annual roof sit on Oct. 13, requested by Sarah Alden, Youth Advisory Council director. The event is a fund raiser with a donation to different charity each year. This year, it is Habitat for Humanity. Alden said a smaller group of YAC was also holding the event in Middleville this year.
*appointed Mike Hamp to the Cable Access Committee, recommended by Councilman Bill Redman.
*appointed Tim Girrbach to the Board of Review to a term that expires in 2020.
*voted for Robert Clark, mayor of the City of Monroe and Paula Zelenko, mayor of the City of Burton for the Michigan Municipal League’s Liability and Property Pool Board.