The new Hastings city attorney comes to the job with ties to the area and more than 25 years of experience in municipal law.

Members of the Hastings City Council voted 7-0 during their regular meeting Tuesday to appoint Clint Schukei to be Hastings city attorney. Councilman Butch Eley was absent.

Schukei, 63, served as Norfolk city attorney from March 15, 1993 to June 30, 2018.

He succeeds Dave Ptak after Ptak became city administrator May 11, following the retirement on May 10 of former city administrator Joe Patterson. Schukei also succeeded Ptak in Norfolk, where Ptak served as city attorney from 1981 to 1993.

“He has a wealth of experience and I can’t think of anybody more qualified in Nebraska to serve as city attorney for the city of Hastings,” Ptak said during the council meeting. “We’re very lucky. He’s Hastings’ gain and Norfolk’s loss.”

Schukei was not reappointed in Norfolk as part of major reorganization. The city administrator and city engineer also were not reappointed.

He has worked part time serving as special counsel to the city of Norfolk since July 1, 2018 as well as working in tax preparation.

He was joined at the council meeting by his wife, Sheila, who is the human resources manager for the city of Norfolk. They have three adult children.

Schukei grew up on the family farm in southwest Adams County, attended elementary school in Holstein and graduated from Adams Central High School. In fact, former Hastings City Councilman Everett Goebel was Schukei’s math teacher at Adams Central and greeted Schukei before Tuesday’s meeting.

Schukei’s parents, Wesley and Audrey, farmed until 1992. They moved to Hastings in 2004.

“This is home,” Schukei said in an interview before the meeting. “Hastings is where we went for everything.”

As Ptak knows from first-hand experience when he became city attorney in 2013, he said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that Schukei should pick up the job fairly quickly because city operations and Norfolk and Hastings are so similar.

“I’ve known him a long time,” Ptak said. “He has great experience. I don’t know if we could’ve found anybody with any greater experience out there as far as to be our city attorney. He’ll bring an almost immediate ability to step in and do things. I didn’t have a long-time adjustment when I came to Hastings because it had been similar to what I’d experienced when I was at Norfolk.”

Schukei joins the city of Hastings on step seven of the city’s salary schedule with an annual salary of $120,188.64. His first day is June 17.

In other business, the council:

— Unanimously approval a conditional use permit for the city’s solar field near the Hastings Municipal Airport.

— Unanimously approved awarding a $151,122.43 contract to Kiner, Inc., of Aurora for Whelan Energy Center No. 1 and North Denver Station installation of miscellaneous platforms.

— Unanimously approved a request for fence height from 6-feet to 8-feet for the side and rear yard at 841 N. Minnesota Ave.

— Unanimously approved a telecommunications line right-of-way license agreement with Zayo Group, a Colorado corporation. This is a project to install 12,353 feet of fiber optic cable underground by the Zayo Group from just north of the BNSF Railroad right-of-way at South Barnes Avenue to connect their client’s cell tower west of the intersection of South Baltimore Avenue and L Street. The installation will be totally underground and located within the city of Hastings’ street right-of-way, which requires a license agreement.

— Unanimously approved Ordinance 4593, creating street improvement district, Laux Drive, which extends 748.69 feet south of 31st Street in North Park Commons. Council members also unanimously approved suspending the rules requiring three readings to pass an ordinance.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting plat and schedule of assessments as prepared by the city engineer for special assessments proposed to be levied in sanitary improvement district 2018-1 — 33rd and 31 streets in North Park Commons.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the work and certificate of the city engineer for water extension district 2018-1 — 33rd and 31 streets in North Park Commons.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the plat and schedule of assessments as prepared by the city engineer for special assessments proposed to be levied in water extension district 2018-1 in North Park Commons.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the work and certificate of the city engineer for street improvement district 2017-3 in North Park Commons.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the plat and schedule of assessments as prepared by the city engineer for special assessments proposed to be levied in street improvement district 2017-3 in North Park Commons.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the work and certificate of the city engineer for street improvement district 2017-4.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the plat and schedule of assessments as prepared by the city engineer for special assessments proposed to be levied in street improvement district 2017-4.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the work and certificate of the city engineer for alley improvement district 2017-1.

— Unanimously approved a resolution accepting the plat and schedule of assessments as prepared by the city engineer for special assessments proposed to be levied in alley improvement district 2017-1.

— Unanimously approved a reimbursement resolution to enable recovery through proceeds of issuance of bonds or notes or city funds temporarily advanced for initial street and related capital project expenditures.

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