The Hays City Commission at its next regular meeting  Thursday will decide whether to annex and approve a 6-acre piece of farm ground at 48th St. and Roth Ave. for development as a Tractor Supply Co. retail store.

The location is north of Interstate 70 catercorner from Sunflower Bank and just north of Wal-Mart on land called the Crawford Addition. The land is owned by Crawford Supply Co., Hays, which is seeking annexation to receive city services, rezoning from agriculture to commercial, and plat approval.

Tractor Supply plans to buy 3.6 acres. The remaining 2.6 acres continues up for sale, said Myron Erbert, Crawford’s real estate agent with RE/MAX in Hays. As with Tractor Supply, buyers of the land bear the cost of extending city gas, water and sewer infrastructure, Erbert said.

“I would imagine it will be pretty attractive to someone as a buyer,” he said.

Tractor Supply, which is based in Tennessee and trades on NASDAQ as TSCO, has 1,700 stores nationwide, including 12 in Kansas. It bills itself as the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the nation. A typical store is 15,500 square feet of selling space, according to the company’s web site. 

The commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

Other scheduled business includes:

• Review the 2019 budget and schedule a public hearing for Aug. 9.

• Decide whether to authorize a low-bid contract with American Fire Training Systems for $145,917 to build a three-story drill tower at the Fire/Rescue Training Facility.

• Receive Mayor James Meier’s proposed appointments for two city boards. For the Fort Hays Municipal Gold Course Advisory Board, his recommendations are David Ashbaugh, Ron Augustine and Josh Dreher. For the Hays Beautification Committee, his recommendations are Judy Dawson and Jim Strine. The commission votes on the appointments at their regular meeting Aug. 9.

• To recognize Jeff and JoAnn Jordan for their property at 3306 Willow St. as the residential property winner of the 2018 Water $mart Landscape Award. Commerce Bank will be recognized for its business property at 2200 Vine St. for the business property award. The annual award by the Hays Beautification Committee and the City of Hays recognizes a resident and a business owner who have implemented water conserving turf and landscaping on their properties.