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Skate park renovations on agenda





The Hays City Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a work session and discuss expanding the skate park at Aubel-Bickle Park.

The recreational area was built in the mid-1990s and is outdated, according to city staff. The Western Kansas Skate Park Committee, represented by Jordan Rome and Derek Hadley, wants permission from the commission to raise funds for the estimated $250,000 project. Donations would be turned over to the city.

"Having a nice skate park provides a location for users to go and should reduce the desire to use structures, such as benches in downtown Hays, for skating purposes," stated an excerpt from the meeting's agenda.

Other business on the agenda includes:

* Commissioners will learn about a $1.5 million project to reconstruct four blocks of 13th from Main to Milner. An evaluation of the road revealed the storm sewer and water services need to be replaced for a combined $341,886.

* Bids for replacing city water mains will be discussed. City staff recommends Stripe and Seal of Hays to work on the system underneath Hickory and Ash for $233,458. APAC-Kansas Inc. was not the lowest bidder for construction for the lines under Elm, but it can complete the work during Fort Hays State University's summer break. APAC estimated its cost would be $164,773.

* Commissioners will debate authorizing a plan to check for leaks in the city's potable water distribution and raw water collection systems. Up to 180 miles of lines would be examined for a cost not to exceed $43,920.