City gets tails wagging
By RANDY GONZALES
Hays city commissioners approved not only Phase I for a dog park, but added permission to build the fence for Phase II in Thursday's meeting at city hall.
At last week's work session, commissioners were informed Friends of the Hays Dog Park had raised enough money to start construction of Phase I, which included fencing. Commissioners asked if fencing for Phase II was completed at the same time, if that would save money.
City staff made the inquiry, and there would be a savings. With the lowered cost, Friends of the Dog Park had enough money for Phase I, as well as add the fencing for Phase II.
Combining those two parts of the project will cost $47,000. Friends of the Hays Dog Park President Kim Perez told commissioners Thursday the group had approximately $50,000 in the bank.
"The rest of the amenities that would be needed for Phase II completion would total about $3,515," Director of Parks Jeff Boyle said.
Perez suggested after the opening phase is paid for to look at the group's funds to see how soon the rest of Phase II could be finished.
Those amenities would include benches and a water station for the dogs. Perez said fundraising was not finished, and added getting the fence up for Phase II would help that effort.
Once finished, smaller dogs would be in the 1.5-acre Phase I, and larger dogs would be in the 5-acre Phase II.
Boyle said dogs could use Phase II once the fence is up, without the other amenities.
"I think we can allow folks to use it," he said. "It would be a usable dog park."
"The main thing that wouldn't be at that park would be water," Perez said. "At this point, we would just encourage people to either come to the smaller area and get water or bring water for your pet."
The dog park would be located at Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex. Boyle said construction could start next week.
In other business:
* Commissioners approved by a 3-1 vote to accept the low bid of $40,493 from Bob Moore Ford of Oklahoma City for purchase of a one-ton utility truck. Commissioner Shaun Musil favored giving the bid to the local dealership, Lewis Ford Lincoln, whose bid was $40,897. Musil, who voted against the resolution, requested city policy for bids be reviewed at a future work session.
* In the progress report, the annual alley cleanup was completed in seven days, with 38 tons of material removed by city workers. That was 23 tons more than last year.
* Commissioners approved a change in school zone ordinance, establishing a zone at Westside School. The zone will be on 12th Street from Walnut to Ash and on Walnut Street from 12th to 13th.
* Commissioners approved the low bid of $615,000 from APAC-Kansas Inc. for replacement of a city water main on Fort Street from 27th to 20th, and on 26th Street from Fort to Ash, and the replacement of a section of sewer pipe along U.S. Highway 183 bypass. The amount budgeted for the projects was $901,000.
* At the developer's request, commissioners approved a resolution to repeal a resolution which allowed the creation of a benefit district for the construction of improvements in Golden Belt Eighth Addition.
* Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the creation of a special benefit district for infrastructure improvements for the development of 16 lots adjacent to Jagger Court within Golden Belt Estates Fifth Addition.
* Commissioner Henry Schwaller IV was absent.