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The Hastings City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance to rezone five parcels along and near Woodlawn Avenue from AO-Apartment-Office, R-1 and R1A One Family Residential to A-1 Apartment. A request from Ravenna Holdings to the planning commission to rezone a parcel at 600 East Woodlawn Avenue for multi-family development was broadened to reflect land development patterns in the area.

 

In a land use decision, the council granted a request from Steven and Jeff Storrs for an extension of Country Club Drive and a cul-de-sac at the northern end of the street to provide fire department access. The Storrs agreed to grant a 66 foot right-of-way across the southern part of the property that would allow for city utility work and street extensions.

 

Storrs brought drawings of the area that showed “the city has owned the ROW since 1988,” but Mansfield said city records don’t show that they own it  and they would like to get it legally cleared up as soon as possible.

 

The drive is gravel and without city services so property owners would be responsible for upkeep of the road. The Storrs plan to build two houses on the property.

 

In other business, the council:

 

*awarded a contract to Pure Fence for $56,643 for fencing and installation as recommended by the Riverside Cemetery Advisory Board. Public Services Director Lee Hays said they reached out to the public for their opinions, and they wanted the fence back, so he recommended the contract.

 

*awarded a contract to CSZ Services for $6,000 for contracted assessing services as recommended by Clerk/Treasurer Jerry Czarnecki. With city Assessor Jackie Timmerman unable to come into the office, the city is paying the firm to work with the assistant assessor for November and December and in the interim, will try to figure out what direction they will take after the first of the year.

 

*went into closed session to consult with an attorney in about litigation to do with the Hastings Dog Park

 

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