Bike plan stalls
By RANDY GONZALES
The Bike Hays Master Plan hit a bump in the road.
Paul Briseno, assistant city manager for the city of Hays, detailed the changes in Thursday's work session for the city commission at city hall.
"There have been a few unexpected changes that have occurred since we did this in January," Briseno said. "These include unexpected engineering as well as inspection."
The city in 2013 budgeted $400,000 for 25 miles of on-street bike lanes and a 1.5-mile multi-use path along the Big Creek levee. The city also was awarded a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the state of approximately $430,000.
After the grant application was submitted, KDOT informed city staff the rules had changed, and state oversight would be required. Implementation of the system will take longer than expected, Briseno said, due to the state's engineers being backlogged. He said the state estimated it could be an additional six months before the plan is completed.
"If we do go forward with this, and we do go along the lines of KDOT engineering, there's anticipation ... fall of next year (or) spring the following year, go ahead and construct this," Briseno said of the entire project.
To help offset the added cost, upon city staff's request, the state will provide additional funding of approximately $120,000, Briseno told commissioners.
City staff will recommend at next week's regular meeting entering into an engineering agreement with CFS Engineers for the bike route portion of the plan, at a cost of $48,000, and another engineering agreement with Wilson Co. for the levee trail improvements, at a cost of $49,000.
In other business, commissioners:
* Were given an update by Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler on changes to the state's public offense code.
* Were told of a public hearing scheduled for next week's meeting for a vehicle abatement in the 3300 block of Country Lane. Public Works Director I.D. Creech informed commissioners the vehicle had been moved as of Thursday afternoon. Creech added city staff wanted to make sure the vehicle did not re-appear after the public hearing.
* Reviewed an engineering services agreement for Golden Belt Estates.
* Reviewed refuse trucks lease-purchase buyout.
* Went into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss property acquisition. No action was taken.