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Arbor Day celebration set for Hays Dog Park »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays has been named a Tree City USA for the 36th consecutive year. The honor will be recognized during the Arbor Day celebration April 16. The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across […]

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City approves first Owner-Representative contract »

HAYS WASTEWATER TREAMENT PLANT

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays city commissioners unanimously approved a contract Thursday night for the Owner Representative of the wastewater treatment plant project utilizing the design-build process. The contract with HDR, which has offices in Colorado and Missouri, will not exceed $1,708,412. Reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant is necessary to meet Kansas Department […]

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Departing Steward: ‘I love the city of Hays’ (VIDEO) »

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By Becky Kiser Hays Post Outgoing Hays City Commissioner Kent Steward, who chose not to run for re-election, welcomed incoming commissioner Lance Jones prior to the start of Thursday night’s city commission meeting. It was Steward’s final regular meeting. Next Thursday, April 16, is the commission work session. The new commissioners, Jones, James Meier and […]

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No pay increase for Hays City Commissioners (VIDEO) »

City commissioners voted not to act on a pay increase as proposed by outgoing commissioner Kent Steward.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Two variations of an ordinance providing for a pay increase for Hays City Commissioners were presented at Thursday night’s commission meeting. Neither was adopted following a motion by Vice-Mayor Eber Phelps that “we do not adopt the ordinance,” which was quickly seconded by Mayor Henry Schwaller. The motion passed 3-1, […]

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REMINDER: Ellis County offices closed Friday »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Absentee voting for the April 7 local election started strong, according to Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus, but it has “really slowed down” — and that concerns her. “As of last Friday evening, we had 269 absentee ballots requested,” she said late Monday morning.   “You have until noon Monday, […]

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‘Hose-draggers’ now eligible for turf conversion rebate »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays’ new turf conversion program and rebate is now available to more property owners following a change implemented this week. “If you have city water — irrigate with city water — a manual system is now also eligible. … As City Commissioner Ron Mellick likes to call it, […]

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Hays water bill redesign highlights conservation practices (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays water customers will notice a new look to their next water bill from the city. “The change is to help customers truly understand their water usage and if they’ve hit the conservation tiers,” according to Hays Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno. He showed an example of the redesigned bill […]

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North Hays continued developments approved »

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By BECKY KISER Hay Post Four areas of continued residential and business development in north Hays were approved unanimously by Hays City Commissioners during their Thursday night meeting, including one that was not supported by city staff.  Commissioner Kent Steward was absent. Information was presented by I.D. Creech, Public Works Director, for a replat in the North Hays Addition […]

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Water back on after main break at 22nd and Donald »

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By Becky Kiser Hays Post The water was back on about 7:15 p.m. Thursday evening following a break in an 8-inch water main at 3:45 p.m. just northeast of the intersection of 22nd and Donald streets. “It split apart on the bottom — blew out about a 3-foot piece,” according to Tobin Miller, Hays Utilities […]

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City to consider replats and rezoning for north Hays development »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioners will consider approval several resolutions and ordinances for continued development of residential and business areas in north Hays during their meeting Thursday night. Information was presented last week by Jesse Rohr, Superintendent of Planning, Inspection and Enforcement, for a replat in the North Hays Addition east of […]

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City candidates talk priorities for Hays’ future (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post All the audience seats were filled for Tuesday night’s Hays City Commission Candidate Forum at Fort Hays State University hosted by the FHSU American Democracy Project and the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. After brief opening statements of introduction from the four candidates, prepared questions came from moderator Dr. Larry […]

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Kansas Asst. Secretary of Agriculture testifies about WOTUS »

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Kansas Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN–Assistant Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Susan Metzger testified today to a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the Unites States” (WOTUS) proposed rule. The proposed WOTUS rule expands federal jurisdiction under EPA’s Clean Water Act and has ignited widespread concern from farmers, ranchers and […]

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Reps: Dropping conceal carry permit won’t be a return to ‘Wild West’ »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs committee voted overwhelmingly last week to advance legislation allowing Kansans to legally carry any lawfully obtained firearm without training or a permit. The measure, Senate Bill 45, was sent from the House Federal and State Affairs Committee to the full House. 110th Dist. […]

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