City to talk water
By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT
The Hays City Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall to vote on a broad range of water conservation measures.
If approved, residents will see such changes for private wells and a ban on permits for newly seeded or sodded lawns during the stages of water warning and emergency. The city needs to seek approval from the state before applying rules to private wells.
The commission also could adopt guidelines for more efficient plumbing in future construction and remodels.
Landscape regulations also might be overhauled. No irrigation systems could be installed to reach more than 2,000 square feet of cool-season grass, and systems cannot water more than 10,000 square feet of vegetation. Commercial properties installing new systems would need to have 30 percent of their area xeriscaped.
All new business customers with permanent irrigations systems would need to install dedicated irrigation meters, and irrigating with potable water would be subject to a new commercial water rate structure. They can install a dedicated meter to avoid the new fee.
Also on the agenda:
* Overland Property Group LLC wants the commission to pass a resolution in support of the company seeking tax credits to build affordable rental housing on East 22nd.
* City staff wants to define what constitutes a business user for sewer service.
* The commission will consider awarding a contract for its broker and risk management services to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
* Nex-Tech wants to amend its contract with Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex. It has proposed reassigning website services to The News Publishing Company, owner of The Hays Daily News.