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Hastings Charter Township's back on the library board

Joan Van Houten Staff Writer; Hastings Charter Township will be represented on the Hastings Public Library Board beginning July 1, thanks to the 1.6-mill renewal approved by voters in May.

The renewal was rejected last August, which caused the township to lose two seats on the board. City Attorney Stephanie Fekkes prepared an amended version of the Joint Library Board Agreement for the city council Monday that reinstates the township as a party to the agreement. The city council unanimously approved it.

Soils and Materials Engineers provided a draft agreement to provide environmental services for the former Royal Coach building in accordance with the recently awarded Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy grant.

“SME played a critical role in the preparation of the grant application and has completed similar work for us for many years,” City Manager Jeff Mansfield said.

The council approved awarding the contract to SME by a unanimous vote. Council member Al Jarvis was absent from the meeting.

Hastings will amend the city's fireworks ordinance to reflect the State of Michigan amended laws governing the permitted discharge of certain fireworks during the year. The state has changed the dates for when the discharge of of fireworks can be prohibited by municipalities.

The allowable dates and times for discharging fireworks in the city are 11 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan.1; 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on June 29 and 30, and July 1, 2, 3 and 4; 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on July 5 if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday; 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day.

In other actions, the city council approved a request made by Shannon Everett to close the drive serving Tyden Park to vehicle traffic during the annual Very Barry event and a request by the Summerfest Committee for a number of accommodations made each year for the annual event.

The council also approved a request submitted by Michael Barnaart on behalf of the Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro for permission to close a portion of South Jefferson Street adjacent to its building. The request included being allowed to serve alcohol outside in conjunction with an anniversary event planned for Saturday, July 20.

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