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City commission talk to swirl around toilet efficiency




The Hays City Commission will plunge into toilet efficiency measures at its 6:30 p.m. work session Thursday at city hall.

Indoor water use within the city was identified as an opportunity for improvement. The city has set aside $100,000 in the 2014 budget to replace gravity toilets. Rewards for replacing inefficient toilets range from $50 to $150.

All customers who use the city's water system are eligible to participate in the initiative.

Urinal rebates also are a target of approach for water sustainability. The city has budgeted $45,000 to replace standard urinals with models that use approximately 17 ounces. The program will subsidize $300 per urinal.

The city will reach out to schools, restaurants and convenience stores to encourage involvement.

Other agenda items:

* Toby Dougherty, Hays city manager, will present the commissioners an update on the city's drought conditions and the state of the water supply.

* Commissioners will be updated on developments with the bids for Hays Regional Airport's carrier contract.

* A 1-percent merit pay increase for city employees will be discussed. The projected cost of the raises would be $97,500.

* The city's boundaries have to be legally redefined because three properties were added in 2013.

* The Feb. 6 work session might be rescheduled to accommodate the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.