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Hastings is replacing two of its copiers at city hall, a Ricoh and a Xerox. One is 12 years old, the other, 13 years old.  Noordyk Business Equipment Company from Grand Rapids will replace the pair.

 

Clerk Jane Saurman said they chose Noordyk for their exceptional service. That they were the lowest bidder of the four bids received was a nice bonus, she said.

Rental is $391.26 a month and maintenance $246.73 a month. Noordyk will provide two new copiers, five new peripheral printers/scanners, maintenance of covered equipment, including current printers, removal of obsolete equipment and toners for the copiers and printers.

 

The new iPads for council and planning commission members will have protection against damage of their new units. The council opted for an Applecare Plus two-year protection plan at the cost of $100 per iPad at a total cost not to exceed $1,700.

 

Also Monday, the police department was given the go-ahead for an E-Crash Report System from Nexis Lexis. Officers will be able to write and file reports electronically and send them directly to Lansing, instead of filling out paper reports that are sent in once a month, Chief Jeff Pratt said the electronic system will soon be state mandated and comes at no cost to the department.

 

The Plucky Knitters plan for a barbeque- style chicken picnic behind their store on South Jefferson complete with a tent and food trucks in city parking lot #2 was tentatively approved. The council generally thought it was a good idea, but the staff will work with businesses that use the parking lot, specifically Hungry Howie’s, to avoid mingling of cars and people.

 

Last year’s event drew 200 people from all over the world. Organizers have booked 45 to 50 rooms at the hotel for the second annual event Saturday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“This is a great thing. I’d like to see them try it,” Mayor David Tossava said.

 

The council also approved the 4th annual July Block Party from noon to midnight, July 5 on West Marshall Street. The street would be closed; the city will supply the barriers, the neighborhood people will put them up. With the street closed to traffic, residents can mingle without worrying about traffic. Pratt said he had no concerns about the event.

 

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