BY KAREN LA PIERRE
After the approval of a community improvement district request from the owners of the Hays Mall, members of the Hays City Commission asked for further discussion of the city's CID policy.
At Tuesday's City Commission work session, commissioners briefly revisited the policy.
The current policy states CIDs are for "reimbursable expenses in the amount of $250,000 or greater in order to promote economic development and tourism within the city."
The Mall owners are not incorporating the CID funds into a larger project. The CID was the sole source of revenue for the improvements.
Some commissioners thought the property owners "should have more skin in the game," said Toby Dougherty, city manager.
The only other CID policy in place is for the Holiday Inn Express. The total project was $5.6 million for the hotel with $2 million coming from the CID.
The CID money "wasn't the sole source for the project," Dougherty said.
The commission agreed to discuss the issue at the Jan. 15, 2015 work session.
In other business, the commission:
* Discussed purchasing a portable air compressor for the Public Works Department. The lowest bid was $22,000. The old air compressor is shutting down after an hour or two of operation and is 20 years old.
One of its major uses is to power equipment for crack sealing of pavement and will be retained for short term use.
* Discussed vacating the utility easement in the RAG Addition, at 22nd and Vine, which was platted in 2013. A public hearing will be held at the next city commission meeting.
The easement is not needed, and the owners are asking for the vacation.
* Discussed the 46th Street resolution to establish a benefit district and for engineering.
Western Plains Service Corp. has petitioned the city for street, storm sewer, water and sanitary sewer improvements to an area containing 18 lots. The total construction cots are $550,000.
* Conducted an executive session to discuss property acquisition.