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City Council approves plans

Posted: 12/11/12 08:42

Last night at the Hastings City Council meeting the council approved an agreement with Hastings College regarding East 9th street as the college moves forward with their plans for the future. Mayor Vern Powers stressed that this does not mean they are closing 9th street but simply set up an agreement with the college to work with them if that is indeed what they decide to do. 3 citizens spoke in opposition, but Councilman Chuck Neimeyer said that studies show cities are more successful by partnering with their college’s. Mayor Vern Powers said he is excited to the opportunity to work with the college.

The sign ordinance was also changed last night making the ordinance more business friendly. The council used recommendations from the Planning Commission but also kept some language from the original ordinance requiring that signs and billboards require a permit and will be good for two 30 day periods. Mayor Vern Powers says the change was brought on due to the public seeking a change. Powers will be our guest on sun 60 close up

Crossroads Center Rescue mission has received the go ahead to expand their occupancy from 70 to 112. However the hearing was amended to say that if Crossroads wants to expand to 130, they will need to again seek Council approval after the facilities have been inspected by the City.