The Hays City Commission is scheduled to select a new commissioner at Thursday’s meeting along with considering the purchase of a new feature at the Hays Aquatic Park.
Commissioner Chris Dinkel resigned from the board June 20. Elected in November, Dinkel was accepted into Columbia Law School in New York City and will begin classes there in the fall.
The commission chose an informal process to fill the seat rather than an application. Commissioner Shaun Musil said in response to an email he has spoken to three people interested in the seat. Commissioner Sandy Jacobs did not indicate in an email she had spoken to anyone interested. The other members of the commission did not respond to inquiries.
The commission also will consider approval of a new playground feature for the zero-depth entry pool at HAP. The $185,000 structure has 14 play features including two slides and a large bucket drop. It would replace a starburst water sprayer that has fallen into disrepair.
At last week’s work session. Mayor James Meier and Jacobs were in favor of moving the proposal to a vote, while Vice Mayor Henry Schwaller IV spoke against the purchase.
Also on Thursday’s agenda:
• A proposed amendment to the start date of the Community Improvement District for the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center from April 1 to July 1, 2020. After the passage of the CID, the developer realized the 2 percent tax would begin prior to the completion of the 75,000 square foot convention center.
• Approval of awarding a $75,000 contract to Covenant Builders for construction of a park in the King’s Gate Addition. The park will include a basketball court, shelter house, play structure, swing set, barbecue grill, benches, wood mulch and sidewalk. J Corp and Commercial Builders also submitted bids for $94,329 and $100,418, respectively. The park will be located at the north end of the addition on Covenant Drive.
• Progress report on the wastewater treatment facility reconstruction.
• Renewal of the city’s commercial insurance policy for $225,951, a 14.9 percent increase.
• Appointment of Stacey Smith to a four-year term to the Hays Public Library Board.