Kiwanis Park soon will see improvements to the play equipment and restrooms if approved by the Hays City Commission.
The commission will study the issue at its work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Kiwanis Club donated $40,000 for Kiwanis Park. The city has budgeted $40,000 to match the improvements.
The play equipment recommended by city staff is from ABCreative for $30,420.
The city is recommending the purchase of a prefabricated restroom from CXT Inc. for $40,100. The use of the prefabricated restrooms is cheaper than previous restrooms created in city parks.
In other business, the commission will look at angled parking on Seventh Street. The street has a 2-foot high concrete hump in the middle of the street. City staff has looked at the issue and is recommending no changes due to accident and firefighting concerns.
The street carries traffic from Fort Hays State University to downtown. Approximately 1,500 vehicles drive on this stretch of the street every day.
Angle parking is less desirable because the driver backing up has limited visibility to the rear. They are required to back into the flow of traffic, said Police Chief Don Scheibler.
Estimates to cut off the hump are $6,214 for the 500 block of west Seventh, $27,855 for the 300 to 500 blocks, and $49,919 for the 100 to 500 blocks. It also could result in damage to the bricks.
If angle parking was implemented, it would leave only a single 12-foot wide lane for firefighting response. Setting up the fire truck typically requires 20 feet of width.
“It creates a very narrow driving lane,” said Toby Dougherty, Hays city manager.
The commission also will:
• Hear a report on union negotiations. The city and the employees’ union have disagreements on three items in the contract.
A mediator was appointed by the state. The mediator unsuccessfully tried to solve the dispute. Procedurally, the city commission is required to host a hearing on the matter.
• Discuss the replat of lots in the Arnhold Industrial Addition and the HP Wilson Addition.
• Hear a report from City Attorney John T. Bird on moving elections to November from April. The Kansas Legislature changed the election laws last spring, moving all elections to November.
The attorney will explain the requirements and how this will affect operations.