With his experience running a business and the Hastings Planning Commission, Chuck Rosenberg believes he is the best candidate to represent central Hastings on the Hastings City Council.
Rosenberg, 67, of 715 W. 35th St., is running for the open seat in Ward 3 being vacated by John Harrington.
“I like the direction of where we’re going; we have good folks who are already in office,” he said. “I would like to see us move in the positive manner we’ve been doing the last year.”
He is one three candidates hoping to represent Ward 3 and central Hastings. Also running for the position are Marvin “Butch” Hughes and Matthew Jones.
Rosenberg grew up in Hastings and graduated from Hastings High School before attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
After living in Lincoln for a few years he returned to Hastings in 1975 to join the family business, City Iron and Metal, which he now runs.
“The community means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s a great place to raise a family. I have four boys, they’re all doing fantastic. Some went to Adams Central, one of my sons went to St. Cecilia, and they got a great education here. It’s a good community to raise a family. We have a great system of parks. There are a lot of activities that go on in Hastings all the time. I think it’s a very safe community.”
He describes himself as a pro-business, pro-growth candidate.
“I want to see Hastings continue to grow in a positive manner,” he said.
Among needs in the community, Rosenberg said he wants to see the Imperial Mall in the hands of local ownership. He also wants to see 42nd Street paved between U.S. Highway 281 and Baltimore Avenue.
“I think it’s needed as an access road for people on the west part of town to get over to 281,” he said.
Rosenberg also wants to continue the work already under way to keep local graduates from leaving Hastings.
“A lot of it has to do with jobs and getting industry in the community,” he said. “That takes a real effort to get those things.”
Establishing more workforce housing in Hastings is an important step to grow Hastings, he said.
“We need affordable housing because you’re not going to get a business or industry to come in if there’s no place for their employees to live or the cost of housing is so high they can’t afford to live in Hastings,” he said.
He said he appreciates the work of Don Threewitt, Hastings director of development services, who has been working for the city for the last year.
He helps with local Boy Scouts activities and is involved with Hastings Community Theatre, especially set design. His major in college was industrial education.
“I enjoy working with wood and metal,” she said.
He also has been involved with Leadership Hastings in the past.
Rosenberg also has eight stepchildren. He and his wife, Berice, have 24 grandchildren, eight of whom live in Hastings.
“We have a first-class educational system,” Rosenberg said. “That’s why I think when people are looking at our community to raise a family you can’t go wrong here.”
For the last dozen years Rosenberg has served on the Hastings Planning Commission, which makes recommendations on planning and zoning issues to the Hastings City Council.
“It’s kind of given me a good background,” he said. “Our mayor (Corey Stutte) and Paul Hamelink, who is on the Hastings City Council, were both on the Planning Commission a few years back. So I had an opportunity to work with those folks. I think we have some good people on the council currently. I think I could easily get along and work well with those folks.”
He has been chairman of the Hastings Planning Commission since October 2017, and was vice chairman for about six years before that.
“Being a person in training, so to speak, you naturally work into that,” he said.
Rosenberg already is following in the footsteps of his father, Dave Rosenberg, who served on the joint planning commission for Hastings and Adams County.
Dave Rosenberg, who Chuck said was a big promoter of the Hastings community, also served on the Hastings City Council.
Rosenberg said he can help the Hastings City Council with his business experience.
“I know they make a lot of heavy equipment purchases, I’ve done that here,” he said. “I have to meet a payroll. I’m pretty tight-fisted when it comes to spending. I’m like every other person in the community. I don’t want to have to pay any more taxes than we already do.”