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City keys on housing, infrastructure upgrades

Hastings Mayor Dave Tossava delivers his address to Rotarians Monday. (Photos by Rebecca Pierce)


“The state of the city is good,” Hastings Mayor Dave Tossava told Hastings Rotary Club members Monday.

Tossava and City Manager Jerry Czarnecki delivered a State of the City program, reviewing the high points of 2019, in which record numbers attended the city's top events: the Barry-Roubaix bicycle race, the jazz festival and Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball events. 

The Barry-Roubaix, alone, has a $1 million impact on the city, Tossava said.

Record numbers of people attended all of these events.

The planning commission continued its work on the city's master plan, which has four key sections: Downtown, housing, industrial and infrastructure.

“The section that is getting the most attention and will make the most impact is the housing section,” Tossava said, mentioning four proposed housing units currently underway that will increase the city's housing stock by 200 to 300 units.

These are all in the planning stages, he said, “and we expect more to happen in the future.”

“The planning commission continues to modify ordinances to make the city more attractive to investors, residential and businesses,” he added.

A successful audit was just completed which gives a better look at financial developments that, hopefully, will include road and infrastructure improvements.

The city has new personnel on board, including Czarnecki, clerk/treasurer Jane Saurman, and Matt Gergen, director of public services.

“In 2020, we hope to finish our five-year master plan and a $9.5 million major improvement project to our wastewater treatment plant, resurfacing streets, and address a recreational marijuana ordinance as well as an ordinance to regulate small cell antennas in the city.”

“I look forward to our success in 2020,” he said, “and to another great year.”

Questions were asked about upgrades to the city's computer, which Tossava said would be happening “within weeks,” and fiber optics, which Czarnecki said would not be part of the city's infrastructure upgrades.

The focus for upgrades is streets and the wastewater treatment plant, which will incorporate some “green” processes.




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