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Hays City Commission to discuss sewer lines





The Hays City Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a work session to consider the second phase of a three-year process intended to clean the city's sewer lines.

Commissioners will discuss renewing a deal with a contractor for the project, said Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager. Mayer Specialty Service LLC serviced 19 miles of the sewer system in northwest Hays in 2013 for $1.19 per linear foot, and city staff also cleaned a third of the system. The contractor used a video camera in the lines to identify and address problematic areas.

The footage is used to discover faults such as cracks, holes and tree-root disruptions.

City staff has recommended retaining the company for up to $120,000 at a rate of $1.21 per foot over 19 miles. An additional third of the system would be cleaned by city staff. If approved by commissioners, the lines south of 27th and west of Main would be treated.

The plan calls for the areas farthest away from the wastewater treatment plant to be cleaned first.

Other business on the agenda:

* The commission will debate approving agreements with Kansas Department of Transportation for the Bike Hays plan. The state will cover 60 percent of construction costs and oversee work on the street bike system and levee path. Bids will be collected this summer, and it is projected the city's share will be $393,200.

The money is allocated in the budget, but KDOT requires a formal agreement to proceed. The paths are expected to be ready as late as spring 2015.

* Yadday Enterprises LLC dba Convenience Cab is applying for a taxicab license. The company expects to buy at least two minivans capable of carrying six to seven passengers.

Marlin Daubert, Bison, and Skyler Yost, Tonganoxie, filed the application.