Prior to the regular meeting Monday night, the Hastings City Council held a budget workshop to discuss priorities and goals to be considered in preparing the 2020/2021 city budget and to review Standard Operating Procedures of the Hastings City Council.
Major goals in the budgeting process include emphasis on infrastructure improvements and maintenance, utilizing the city’s Parks & Recreation plan to address improvements in city parks, seeking of funds to pay for improvements to the streets, addressing pension and other post-employment benefits liabilities to remain fiscally responsible to the citizens, and developing a plan to replace aging equipment in the Fire Department.
During the regular meeting the Council approved the use of Tyden Park on June 6 for the annual Very Barry event and use of Bob King and Fish Hatchery Park ballfields and soccer fields for YMCA spring and summer league use.
They heard a presentation by Allison Troyer Wiswell on the Blue Zones project.
Council approved the agreements with the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs for operation of the concessions and to sell beer and wine during several entertainment events during the 2020 season at Thornapple Plaza.
The low bid of $8,187,800.00 was accepted from Grand River Construction for planned major improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.