Commissioners pave way for street repairs in Hays
By RANDY GONZALES
Hays city commissioners approved $1.5 million to be used for street improvements at Thursday evening's meeting at city hall.
Commissioners approved the money to be transferred from Financial Policy Projects to Capital Projects to pay for reconstruction and engineering of 13th street from Main to Milner.
"Over the last decade or so, we've invested pretty heavily not only in arterial streets ... but we also spent -- at least in the last five years -- over $1 million a year on residential streets, streets in front of peoples' houses," Commissioner Henry Schwaller IV said. "We're not done with that. We're going to continue doing that."
Schwaller added 13th street has needed to be improved, with the last repairs to it believed to be in the early 1970s or late 1960s.
"This street has not had any repair in a long time," he said, adding flooding after a heavy rain is one problem to be addressed.
"This is a major thoroughfare in the city, and it's in a terrible state of disrepair," Mayor Kent Steward said.
The street has 7,000 vehicles per day on it, making it one of the city's busier streets.
The commission's approval for funding sets aside cash for the project. There will not be any bonds or incurring of more debt for the project.
In other business:
* Commissioners approved by a 4-1 vote a new policy for plaques on city property. Steward voted against the policy, which in part prohibits plaques from being attached to fixed structures on city property without prior commission approval.
* Commissioners approved rules and regulations for Hays Regional Airport.
* Commissioners approved an amended ordinance for motor vehicles and mobile equipment at Hays Regional Airport. The amended ordinance allows vehicles to be parked on a cement pad by a person's hangar no longer than the airplane is in use. The amended ordinance alleviated concerns expressed by some commissioners, who feared vehicles could be parked indefinitely on a hangar's pad.
* Representatives from Re/Max Pro requested a permit from commissioners to allow a children's Halloween parade on Nov. 1. Commissioners expressed concern there was not enough time given to put a parade together, and asked the Re/Max representatives to come back next year, at an earlier time, and ask for a permit.