Hays City Commission to discuss nature area plans
By DAWNE LEIKER
Hays city commissioners at Thursday's 6:30 p.m. regular meeting at city hall will consider purchase of 1.6 acres of land adjacent to the Vineyard Road Park as the city works to develop entrances and parking for the area.
Located on 48 acres east of Home Depot and south of 41st Street, the city-owned land is considered a nature area with wetlands, trees and native plants. City staff is working to develop a nature trail through the area.
Jeff Boyle, city of Hays director of parks, briefed city commissioners at last week's work session on some of the challenges of developing the area.
"One of the issues we're faced with is the north boundary where we have to access it (Vineyard Road Park)," he said. "It is very steep, and it's a swamp area ... literally water standing most of the year across the north boundary."
The purchase of 1.6 acres from the Luecke Family Trust would allow for a more visible and accessible entrance, as well as a small parking lot.
City staff is expected to recommend purchase of the 1.6 acres at a cost of $7,500.
Other agenda items include:
* Discussion of award of bid for sandblasting and painting of the water-plant clarifier. The project was bid at $5,900, approximately $1,500 below budget, and is anticipated to take two weeks to finish.
* Consideration of establishing a benefit district for King's Gate park improvements. Costs for the park, estimated at $75,000, will be assessed to property owners of the development located north of 41st Street.
* Revision to economic development policy matrix.