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City commission to discuss possibly changing park's name

3/5/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The Hays City Commission will consider changes to Municipal Park at its 6:30 p.m. work session Thursday.

The Wild West Festival Committee, which has initiated several projects at the park, has proposed another addition. The idea envisions a military and first-responder memorial with landscaping, panels with texts and sponsors, a new park sign, walking surfaces, a large illuminated flagpole and the capability to display more flags during special occasions.

The plan calls for the city to contribute $5,000 in matching funds and rename the park Wild West Festival Park.

In other business:

* Geoff Kuhn, who lives near Fort Hays State University, will address commissioners about noise and vandalism in his neighborhood.

* Owners of the Geist Addition, which is along 22nd Street, have requested the property be annexed into the city and rezoned from agricultural to commercial. Commissioners also will consider dividing the plot into four lots for development.

* Commissioners will learn about a bid for improvements to Golden Belt Estates Fifth Addition.

* City staff will recommend adopting parts of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials 2012 Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement. The aim is to require more efficient water fixtures in new construction and remodel projects.

* Water conservation efforts continue with an idea to detect leaks in the city's buried potable distribution lines and raw water collection system. City staff will recommend the commission approve collecting bids for the project.

* Kim Rupp, the city's director of finance, will present a comprehensive review of the city's financial management.