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City to hear plans for hotel, convenience store





The Hays City Commission, which has changed its work session time this week to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, will discuss connecting a commercial property to city services.

Mike Woofter, representing NWK Investments LLC, will present the group's plan for a hotel and travel/convenience center on the corner of 55th and 230th Avenue. Located outside city limits, the property has no water service or sewer infrastructure, and the roads are not up to city standards.

The company would apply for a $2 million loan to connect the services. It wants the site to remain outside city limits for 10 years or until the loan is paid off because the company aims to establish a community improvement district and tax development district to pay for the infrastructure.

NWK Investments did not provide revenue projections, but it estimated the project would create 115 jobs. City staff has recommended the commission listen to the proposal's concept.

Also on the agenda:

* Commissioners will debate expanding use of portable shipping containers. Ordinances regulating them were adopted in 2008 because of aesthetic concerns, according to the session's agenda. Only temporary containers can be used under the current ordinance.

The commission could regulate the containers' placement, height, size, what they store and how they are maintained.

* A bid for renovations to Hays Regional Airport will be considered. For approximately $1.2 million, the list of improvements can include expanding the secure waiting room and baggage inspection area, adding a bathroom and making restroom facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city's total share in the main project is estimated to be $466,402 because a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration would cover a majority of the costs. The cost includes alternate projects to repair the roof and a temporary holding room for $31,325.

* Commissioners will explore increasing revenue for the airport. Ideas include adding a fee for commercial passengers, increasing lease rates and raising the fuel surcharge. The long-term planning process is unfolding as the terminal's leadership team changes. Airport Manager Robert Johnson resigned Friday, said Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager. The position is expected to be filled in the next few weeks.

* Commissioners will discuss banning the sale and use of fireworks in 2014.