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Cusack honored for service on Hastings City Council

Cusack honored for service on Hastings City Council

Bill Cusack is honored for his many years of service as a member of Hastings City Council with an official proclamation. Joan Van Houten Staff Writer

Landen Neal is officially Prince of Jingle and Mingle until a new prince is crowned. The newest Jingle and Mingle royalty, Princess Hope Carley, reads her winning essay during the official proclamation presentation by Mayor Dave Tossava. Mayor Dave Tossava shows Landen the official city proclamation for his achievement in writing a winning essay about what Christmas means to him.

Retiring Hastings City Council member Bill Cusack was honored for his years of service to the city. His last day as a member of the city council was Wednesday, Dec. 26. Cusack had served on the council for several years through the 1970s and 1980s then retired.

When city council member David Jasperse died in 2016, Cusack was asked to complete that term. He said it was an honor to step in for Jasperse, who was a close friend. Jasperse’s term ended this year, and Cusack chose not to seek re-election. “I love the city for the kindness given to us,” Cusack said. “It’s extremely important to continue to be kind to each other.” In his official proclamation, Mayor Dave Tossava said Cusack has been, and continues to be, “an integral and valued member” of the Hastings’ community.

Jim Cary will be the 4th ward representative on Hastings City Council, beginning Jan. 14. In other action, the council approved the sale of city owned industrial properties on Star School Road to Rob Redman and Clint Neil of Co-Dee Stamping. The price was $36,450 for two parcels. Redman and Neil expanded the business last year with an addition to its facility and is planning for the next phase in the growth of the company.

The council also approved the sale of an industrial zoned property on State Street to Ryan Gillons of Advantage Plumbing. The price for the 4.1-acre parcel was $20,500. Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer Daniel Kirwin will continue to provide the assessing for Hastings in January, February and March for a monthly fee of $3,000. Kirwin has been filling in for Jackie Timmerman, who is recovering from surgery.

City Manager Jeff Mansfield said Kirwin is an independent contractor, and he is open to extending his assessment services to the city. Mansfield said staffing needs are being reviewed, and a recommendation to pursue a long-term relationship with Kirwin may be presented to the council. The 2018 Jingle and Mingle royalty -- Prince Landyn Neal and Princess Hope Carley – were recognized with an official proclamation presented by Tossava.

Hope, 10, is a fifth-grader at Central Elementary. Her parents are Erin and Brandon Carley. Landyn, 7, is a first-grader at Star Elementary. His parents are Beth and Anthony Neal. They earned their crowns with winning essays about what Christmas means to them. Hastings Public Library and the Jingle and Mingle Committee sponsored the contest

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