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Commission to discuss 13th Street improvements





The Hays City Commission will discuss hiring an engineering firm for the reconstruction of 13th Street from Main to Milner during its work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

City staff recommends Wichita-based Professional Engineering Consultants because its $95,000 bid was the lowest of four proposals.

If chosen, PEC would offer engineering services for possible upgrades totaling an estimated $2.3 million.

Street and intersection reconstruction ($1.4 million), storm sewer and water service improvements ($341,886), additional work on curbs, sidewalks and parking spots ($204,000), brick streets from Main to Oak ($150,480), brick crosswalks at all intersections ($13,500), a monument sign to mark the Chestnut Street District ($10,200) and decorative street lights ($142,200) are the potential projects.

PEC will give the commission an analysis and bid documents for the different components of the undertaking.

Commissioners have set aside $1.5 million in cash for the construction, said Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager.

In other business:

* Commissioners will hear about a tentative agreement to give Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 48 Inc. city employees a 2-percent bonus for the duration of 2015.

* The commission will consider changes in city code concerning water runoff from private property.

The updates would allow draining swimming pools and hot tubs, but it would make it illegal for anyone to drain them into unpaved alleys and right-of-ways. The penalty could be a still-undetermined fine and a ticket.

* City staff will share an update on the water supply.