The Hastings City Council had the first reading of three amendments Monday, will have a second reading and make decisions on them at its meeting in two weeks.
An amendment to Ordinance 571 would regulate the hours and days fireworks can be discharged.
The state has changed the times when it is permitted. The new times are from:
*11a.m. on Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. on Jan. 1
*11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before
* 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on June use 29 and 30 and July 1, 2, 3, and 4
* 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday
* 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before
An amendment to ordinance 572 would prohibit persons in the city under 18 from possessing tobacco or tobacco-less products. The city has determined that prohibiting the sale, giving or furnishing of e-cigarettes (also called electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-hookahs, or "electronic nicotine delivery systems,”) to minors and prohibiting the purchase, possession, or use of e-cigarettes by minors is in the city’s best interests and will promote public health, safety and welfare. Violations are civil infractions punishable a fines and/or jail
An amendment to ordinance 573 gives the definitions of vaping devices and related products.
In other business Monday after the required public hearings, the council approved the final assessment roll for the 2019 Downtown Parking Special Assessment District. The special levy on downtown businesses, which drew no comments during the public hearings, helps pay for materials and labor costs for maintenance of city parking lots.
Downtown Hastings merchants have paid the special assessments since parking meters were removed from the downtown. For the last several years, business owners have paid the same amount because the Downtown Development Authority picked up the tab for increases for materials and labor costs.
This year, the total cost for upkeep is $43,650. The DDA offered to pay $15,962 of the assessment, leaving the total assessment for the merchants at $27,688. The assessments vary from a low of $18.70 to a high of $2,214.523.
Also, The American Cancer Society Relay for Life was approved for Saturday, June 1 at Tyden Park, from 11 a.m. to about 11 p.m., with all “the normal activities,” representative Jon Hook said. A silent and live auction, slide show during the Survivor Ceremony, an awards ceremony and several laps around the park with different themes are planned.