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City will make call on bombs bursting in air

5/15/2013

By DAWNE LEIKER

dleiker@dailynews.net

With the Fourth of July less than two months away, Hays city commissioners, at Thursday's work session, will consider whether to allow fireworks within city limits.

The work session will be at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

"Staff is going to recommend to prohibit the sale and use of fireworks this year, due to the drought conditions still existing and still being in the water watch," Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said during a press briefing Tuesday morning. "We still have similar conditions to the conditions existing last year, and of course, we did not have fireworks allowed then as well."

Commissioners last year made the decision in May to allow fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday season. However, hot and dry conditions prompted commissioners to ban the sale and use of fireworks in a decision made during the week prior to the holiday.

"Staff feels fireworks could be allowed at the last minute if conditions are favorable," City Manager Toby Dougherty said in a meeting memo. "Doing it this way would cause fewer problems than last year."

Other agenda items include:

* Purchase of shade structure for Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex.

* Air service carrier recruitment and Hays Regional Airport terminal improvements. Public Works Director I.D. Creech will update commissioners on efforts to recruit a new air service provider to HRA. In addition, city staff will present a terminal improvement plan to commissioners for consideration and ask permission to apply for a Federal Aviation Administration grant for the project.

* Consideration of request to rezone a portion of the proposed Luecke Addition, south of 41st Street and east of Home Depot, from agriculture district to general commercial/service district.

* A street maintenance project that would include mill and overlay of 13th Street from Vine to Harvest.

* Sidewalk repair ordinance.

* Discussion of proposed rural housing incentive district policy.