Sewer rate debate continues

Kim Rupp and Bernie Kitten discuss sewer rate increases with the Hays City Commission.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Sewer rates in Hays will start going up soon. City commissioners are scheduled to pick one of two options during their Aug. 13 meeting. The city plans a $30 million rebuild of the wastewater treatment plant as well as replacement of aging sewer lines. The upgrades to the wastewater treatment […]

City commissioners to join in Core to Campus fun

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The August 27 Hays City Commission meeting will start an hour later than usual–at 7:30 p.m.–allowing commissioners to participate in the annual Core to Campus event in downtown Hays. Hundreds of students and faculty from Fort Hays State University, NCK Tech and Hays Academy of Hair Design, will be introduced […]

Meier: ECCED ‘not doing their job’ — city cuts $25K from Coalition request

Hays city commissioners cut $26,197 from the 2016 funding request from ECCED.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The withdrawal of an agenda item originally scheduled for Thursday night’s Hays City Commission work session brought about changes in outside agency funding for the city’s 2016 budget. City Manager Toby Dougherty asked commissioners for a “consensus” in allocations for the agencies that had been left at the 2015 budget […]

Sewer rate study now includes more options

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “There’s no way around it. Substantial adjustments are going to have to be made.” Those adjustments referred to by Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty are hikes in sewer rates as the city plans a $30 million rebuild of the wastewater treatment plant as well as replacement of aging sewer lines. The upgrades […]

Ellis, area counties part of Kan. breastfeeding initiative

Front row:  Monique Holmes, Dr. Jenny Manry.  Back row: Sabra Dupuis, Robin Rziha, Julie Fields, Heather Cobb, Cristine Goodwin, M.D.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post A three year grant awarded to the Pawnee County Health Department by the Kansas Health Foundation as part of the Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative will also benefit Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell and Trego counties. The Lactation Assistance Access in all Counties Taking Action (LAACT-Action) will address the need to increase breastfeeding […]

‘Dangerous dogs’ in Ellis to be discussed by city council

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City of Ellis ELLIS — An Ellis daycare provider and her husband have asked to speak at Monday’s Ellis City Council meeting regarding what the couple believe are “dangerous dogs” in their neighborhood. Kimberly Andries wrote on her Facebook page July 29 that she, her three children, her daycare children, neighborhood kids and others have […]

Ellis to pre-purchase wastewater plant improvement equipment

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ELLIS–The city of Ellis will pre-purchase equipment and building materials for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project in order to save money as material costs increase. During their July 20 meeting, council members voted 5-1, with Gary Luea dissenting, to approve the proposal presented by Brian Spano, Wilson & Company engineer. In another water-related item, council […]

Downtown Hays Market cancels Wednesday events

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Downtown Hays Market will no longer be open Wednesday evenings. According to a news release from Downtown Hays Development Corporation Executive Director Sara Bloom, there has been a “lack of attendance from the vendors” on Wednesday evenings. “The Downtown Hays Market Committee and DHDC Board have made the decision […]

One dollar decrease noted in Hays’ 2016 budget proposal

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Another look at the proposed 2016 budget for the city of Hays revealed a “totaling error,” according to City Manager Toby Dougherty. “The total for all funds decreased by a dollar,” Dougherty told city commissioners Thursday night. “So I guess we’re saving money already,” he joked. The 2016 budget was […]