A vote by the Hays City Commission on Thursday could start the process of acquiring rights of way and easements for the construction of roundabouts.
The commission will meet at 6:30 Thursday in the commission meeting at City Hall, 1507 Main. The agenda includes approving a design supplement for the North Vine Street project from engineering firm WSP.
When the city contracted with WSP, the scope of what was needed for rights of way and easements was not fully known, City Manager Toby Dougherty said.
“We decided why don’t we wait until we get the scope fully defined so we know exactly what tracts of right of way, what easements, what things need to be acquired, and then we’ll negotiate a price moving forward,” he said.
Working with Driggs Design Group of Hays, WSP will provide an overall map showing the locations of all rights of way, easement, turn-back properties and access control anticipated for the project, individual tracts maps and legal descriptions for each of the 35 tracts, certificates of title, temporary field staking and permanent monumentation of each tracts and plan design changes that might result from right of way negotiations for a fee of just under $50,000, according to material in the agenda packet.
The city has already made contact with property owners in the corridor, Dougherty said, but approving the design supplement will allow the city to move to the next phase of negotiations.
Right of way acquisitions should be completed by late summer or early fall, he said.
Also on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting:
• Mayor-appointed boards and committees. The city will consider approving appointments to the board of zoning appeals, planning commission, Hays Public Library board and convention and visitors bureau advisory committee, but will also consider disbanding several boards and committees that meet infrequently.
• The commission will consider a parks improvement policy that will outline criteria for how park amenities are prioritized.
• Adams, Brown Began and Ball will present the 2018 audit for the city.