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City explores giving Larks Park to FHSU





Hays city commissioners will look at options for the future of Larks Park during a 6:30 p.m. work session Thursday at city hall.

Owned by the city of Hays and operated by Fort Hays State University, Larks Park also is used by Hays Baseball Association, which includes the Legion, Junior Legion and Hays Larks. Commissioners asked for the item to be placed on a work session agenda to discuss the possibility of giving Larks Park to FHSU. The city of Hays pays FHSU approximately $7,000 per year for mowing, cleaning and upkeep of the stadium. Recently, city commissioners have voted to provide a cost share with FHSU for more than $170,000 in funding toward replacement of Larks Park turf.

Other agenda items include:

* An ordinance requiring two forms of identification to enter a drinking establishment in Hays. City staff will present information requested by commissioners at their Sept. 20 meeting.

* City of Hays 2013 health insurance renewal. According to Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno, insurance usage by city employees increased substantially in 2012.

"And because of that, we're seeing our renewal rate for 2013 go up by 12.8 percent, which seems excessive, but the reality is that's within the norm for our region when it comes to health care," Briseno said. "And given the last two years ... when we've seen a decrease last year and no increase the previous year, this renewal rate is reasonable and staff is recommending approval of it."

* Wage and benefit study. The city last commissioned a wage and benefit study in 2009. The cost of the study proposed for 2013 by Organizational Development Services is $22,800.

"Our goal is to have the wage and benefit study completed in time to utilize the data for union negotiations," said City Manager Toby Dougherty in a meeting memo.

* Pre-annexation agreement for water service for residence at 3232 E. Seventh.

* Statement of legislative priorities.