The Hastings City Council held an abbreviated March 23rd meeting using technology to avoid gathering in person to help prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus. There were no members of the public allowed in the council chambers, no city department heads, and no council members physically present… just the Mayor and City Manager on opposite sides of the room.
Hastings City Manager Jerry Czarnecki set up a live chat on the city website for the public watching the online video stream to ask questions during the ‘public comment’ time. Council members were able to participate in discussion and vote using a virtual meeting platform.
The Council had two pieces of business; the second reading and adoption of two ordinances.
Ordinance No. 584 for the rezoning of land from the D-2, Industrial District to the Meadowstone Planned Unit Development, as recommended by the City of Hastings Planning Commission was adopted by the Council. It will allow Meadowstone Mobile Home Park to add 34 new mobile home sites and improvements.
Ordinance No. 585 was approved by the Council allowing for Tax Exemption for the Kendall Place Apartments project. Kendall Place is a 3-story, 45-unit multi-family housing project to be built at 326 West State Street with housing for low-income persons and families.