By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT
The Hays City Commission met Thursday to approve a raise for City Manager Toby Dougherty and finalize property issues.
The 1-percent boost for cost of living is consistent with the same raise city employees received for 2014. Dougherty's salary with the increase is $117,870, and the raise is retroactive to the first payroll period of 2014.
Vice Mayor Henry Schwaller IV said commissioners, subordinates and peers evaluated Dougherty.
"He's doing a good job. We have an opportunity every year to provide him with an evaluation. We try to provide constructive criticism," Schwaller said. "We think that overall, the direction of the city's quite good, and based on that we provided him the same cost-of-living adjustment that every other city employee received."
Dougherty, who has had his position for seven years, said his contract is set by addendums, and commissioners need to vote on any changes. He praised the city's employees, commissioners and community members.
"We have wonderful residents here. People that are involved in the community, people that take pride in their community," Dougherty said. "It's just a great place to live, and it's a great place to be the city manager."
* Mayor Kent Steward did not attend the meeting.
Other business on the agenda:
* The Geist Addition, property along 22nd near Hays Medical Center, was annexed into city limits. It also was rezoned from an agricultural area to an office and institutional district, and it was divided into four plots of land. It could be developed for such uses as private clubs, hospitals, funeral homes and some types of residential units.
* Commissioners approved a contract with J Corp. for $548,715.20 for street, water and sanitary sewer improvements to 34 lots within the Golden Belt Estates Fifth Addition. The work is funded through the special benefit district.
* Dougherty said 76 schools participated in the Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament, and tickets brought in $4,600 in paid admission. The Mid-America Youth Basketball tournament had 51 teams and 2,040 total participants. The Western Kansas Youth Wrestling Classic had 971 wrestlers, the Sunflower Spelling Bee had 83 students and the Special Olympics Kansas Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament is expected to bring in 1,100 visitors.