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City plans renovations for water boiler, airport





The Hays City Commission will discuss replacing the hot-water boiler at the water treatment plant during its work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Replacement parts no longer are available for the 36-year-old appliance, according to the meeting's agenda. City staff has suggested $37,700 be spent on two boilers and the replacement of two gate valves. The intent is to have a backup if the machine malfunctions.

In other business:

* City staff recommends spending $466,402 for renovations to Hays Regional Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration's share in the project would be approximately $919,000.

The 23-year-old building needs updates to reach code requirements. Modernizing the HVAC system, meeting requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act and expanding the secure holding area are among the projects. City staff has said the improvements are necessary because SkyWest Airlines will begin servicing the airport in August with a 50-passenger jet.

* Commissioners will discuss allowing the use of fireworks for the July 4 holiday.

* City staff recommends commissioners renew a commercial insurance policy with BRIT Insurance and place the crime and equipment breakdown coverages with Hanover Insurance Co. The step would reduce the premium by 3.5-percent.

* Commissioners will debate a 2-percent bonus for the Service Employees International Union in 2015.