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City looks for Wasinger's replacement

12/12/2012

By DAWNE LEIKER

dleiker@dailynews.net

As Barbara Wasinger prepares to leave the Hays City Commission to join the Ellis County Commission in January, city commissioners will consider appointing a replacement for the balance of her unexpired term when they meet Thursday.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

Applications for the position were received from John Basso, Shaun Musil and Eber Phelps.

Basso, who has lived in Hays more than 15 years, said in his application his interest in serving on the commission is based in part on a desire to remove the Downtown Hays Development Corp. and Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development from the city of Hays budget.

"This would save citizens hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars by eliminating the yearly funding, salaries, equipment and housing of both these outside agencies," Basso said in his application. "I think the commission needs to have a fresh review of the accomplishments versus the money invested in these agencies."

Musil, a 17-year resident of Hays, is employed at Coca-Cola in Victoria. He said he has wanted to be involved in city government since he was a high school student.

"I just like being involved in the community," he said Tuesday afternoon. "I thought it was a good way for me to be involved in the community and maybe give back a little bit."

Phelps served six years as a Hays city commissioner, resigning the position after his election to the 111th district of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1996. He served in the Legislature since that time, losing his most recent re-election bid to Sue Boldra.

Phelps said he was influenced to apply for Wasinger's position by a few community members who were aware of the vacancy.

His previous experience on the commission, he said, essentially would eliminate a "learning curve."

"It's a way to stay connected," Phelps said of the commission appointment. "Basically as a city commissioner, my constituency is pretty close to what it was as a legislator.

"I thought I'd give it a shot."

Other agenda items include:

* Consideration of approving a resolution requiring all customers outside city limits to abide by the city's conservation and outdoor watering regulations and to use city water only for domestic and household uses.

* Consideration of approving a pre-annexation agreement to allow the owners of 3232 E. 27th to connect one residential dwelling to the city water system.

* Consideration of extending Richard Guffey's pro-shop management contract for a four-year period.

* Update from City Manager Toby Dougherty on Hays' current water situation.