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Open carry policy on Hays City Commission agenda





The Hays City Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in city hall to debate prohibiting the open carry of firearms in city buildings.

Following the Ellis County Commission's decision Monday to ban open carry in 15 of its buildings, the city commissioners will consider the same resolution for 12 facilities. Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler supported the measure at last week's work session.

In other business:

* Paul Briseno, assistant city manager, will present the 2015 budget. A public hearing will follow.

* Commissioners will discuss allowing the permanent use of shipping containers for storage because the ordinance only permits temporary use. Changes could include allowing the units to use electricity, mandating they be painted to match surrounding buildings and prohibiting stacking them except in industrial areas.

* Mayer Specialty Services' $1.1 million bid for storm sewer lining will be considered.

* A financing plan to pay for metal storm pipe rehabilitation will be proposed. The storm water management budget can be used to pay for a debt service plan and give the city a $16,000 gain on its investment.

* Mayor Henry Schwaller IV will nominate appointments to two community groups: Mike Konz for the Airport Advisory Committee and Lina Miller for the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

* Other appointments to be considered: Robert Meier, building trades board; Ron Augustine and Jim Krob, Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board; Tammy Younger, Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee; and Elizabeth Innes, Hays Housing Authority Board.