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The Hays City Commission discussed a taxi license application during its work session Thursday.

Marlin Daubert, Bison, said he represented Yadday Enterprises LLC, dba Convenience Cab, when he spoke to commissioners. If its license is approved, the company would start by operating within city limits. Daubert said he and his partner, Skyler Yost, Tonganoxie, have secured an office site and hope to open by June.

The hours would be 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Daubert said he already has heard input from potential customers.

"We're both originally from Rush County. We grew up together, my associate and I, so we're getting a lot of feedback from our elderly wanting to start a weekly service going from Rush County to Ellis County," he said.

The company expects to buy two minivans.

In other business:

* The commission went into a 5-minute executive session to discuss pending litigation.

* City staff recommended retaining Mayer Specialty Service LLC to clean and video approximately 19 miles of city sewer lines. For a cost of up to $120,000, the contractor would push a high-pressure spray nozzle through the lines to clear debris and use a camera to identify cracks and roots disrupting the lines. City staff would clean another one-sixth of lines because the intent is to clean one-third of all the lines this year.

* Commissioners discussed finalizing agreements with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the Bike Hays System. The state agency would cover 60 percent of the construction and have oversight of the project, said Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager. The city's share in the construction costs is estimated to be $393,200. Engineering costs are $97,638.

If approved, bids would be collected by early fall. The street system and levee trail would be completed by spring 2015.