The City of Hastings compost site is closed again due to vandalism. Jerry Czarnecki, Director of Public Services, said the entrance gate was damaged by a vehicle pushing on it. This is the second time the gate has been vandalized since the system was put in place earlier this year. Czarnecki said they are trying to identify who caused the damage and how to proceed.
The city-owned compost site is supposed to be a service provided for Hastings residents only, but non-residents were using the site to drop off unauthorized debris and dumping other materials that are not allowed, resulting in significant expense to the city.
A keypad-operated gate was constructed and residents were required to call Hastings City Hall each week to obtain the current code to open the gate. The site just returned to regular operation in mid June following the first instance of vandalism.