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Vehicle removal among city's Thursday work session topics





Hays city commissioners will hear a presentation from city staff at Thursday's work session concerning a vehicle abatement, in preparation for a public hearing. The work session will be at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

James William "Bill" Davis requested a court hearing concerning the vehicle abatement on his property. However, Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said Tuesday the process requires a hearing before the city commission, which will be at next week's meeting.

"Any abatement, either weeds, cars or other nuisances, there is a due process, and this is part of that process," Briseno said.

The truck, located on Davis' property in the 3300 block of Country Lane, has been deemed inoperable, and the Hays Police Department confirmed it is not street-legal due to its current state of disrepair.

If the commission gives its approval at next week's meeting, the vehicle will be towed, at owner's expense.

"I think we usually have two or three (abatements) a year," Briseno said. "For the most part, once citizens are notified of the nuisance, they pretty much take care of it."

Also on the agenda for the work session, in preparation for next week's regular meeting, commissioners will:

* Be presented with two requests concerning Golden Belt Estates Fifth Addition. The first request is to establish a benefit district for 18 lots adjacent to West 45th Street at a cost of $473,000, which is consistent with previous adjacent developments. The second request is for engineering services of the area not to exceed $28,200.

* Hear a report on levee improvements. A safety report in May outlined deficiencies within the levee system. Staff is recommending an engineering agreement that provides for surveying, engineering design and construction documents for repairs or improvements.

* Receive an update concerning the on-street bike route and trail engineering design agreements. The next step in the Bike Hays plan implementation is to select an engineer to provide bid documents and work with KDOT to ensure their standards are met.