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Company hired by city of Hays to clean sewer lines





The Hays City Commission met Thursday and approved a plan to hire a contractor to clean 19 miles of sewer lines.

Commissioners voted unanimously to retain Mayer Specialty Service LLC to clean and video the lines as city staff cleans an additional one-sixth of the lines. The company also performed the task last year.

Mayer will be paid up to $120,000 for their services.

Bernie Kitten, city utilities director, said the routine maintenance ensures emergencies such as flooded basements from plugged lines and collapsed roads do not occur. It is not known how much fresh water the process will require.

In other business:

* Commissioners approved agreements with Kansas Department of Transportation to proceed with the Bike Hays system. The city will pay $393,200 toward the $983,000 cost for construction and inspection. The money will come from the stormwater and special parks accounts.

* The taxi license application for Yadday Enterprises LLC dba Convenience Cab was approved.

* Special event licenses for cereal malt beverages were approved for Al's Chickenette and Downtown Hays Development Corp.

* Appointments to local boards were confirmed. Michael Billinger and Olga Detrixhe were added to the CARE Council, Sue Rouse to the Hays Housing Authority Board, Katherine Wolfe to the Hays Public Library Board and Ang Robson to the Sister Cities Advisory Board.

* Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager, announced the opening of the pond at Vineyard Park, 1650 E. 41st. Catfish is stocked, and the catch and release method is encouraged, he said.