City approves steps towards SRF funding for wastewater plant update

Kim Rupp, Hays Finance Director, shows city commissioners the draft SRF loan application information.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The first steps towards applying for a state revolving fund (SRF) loan to pay for renovation of the Hays wastewater treatment plant were approved unanimously Thursday night by city commissioners. Johnny O’Connor, Assistant Director of Utilities, described approval of the three agenda items as “housekeeping” in the process of a […]

29th annual McCracken rodeo underway (VIDEO)

Bareback riding, McCracken Rodeo (Photo courtesy MHS Alumni)

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Events continue tonight for the 29th annual McCracken Rodeo in the Jack Wilson Mustang Arena in McCracken. Admission is free for Thursday’s rodeo slack which starts at 8 p.m. with 36 bullriders signed up and more competitors to follow. Wednesday night featured national barrel racers. There are nearly 300 cowboys […]

Wastewater plant, Tallgrass Addition on city commission agenda

City of Hays logo

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioners are expected to take action this evening on three “housekeeping” items related to the upcoming renovation of the wastewater treatment plant. Commissioners will consider an amendment to the contract with Olathe-based HDR Engineering, the city’s owner-representative for project, estimated to cost $28 to $30 million. The change […]

KHP: Two fatalities during Independence Day holiday weekend

KHP

TOPEKA–The Kansas Highway Patrol has released preliminary data from its Independence Day weekend holiday activity. The reporting period for the holiday weekend ran from 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015. During that time, the Patrol worked two fatal crashes, neither of which was alcohol-related. One person died in […]

Public meeting and hearing required for wastewater plant loan

wastewater

By BECKY KISER Hays Post A public meeting about the Hays wastewater treatment plant renovation will be held next Thursday, July 16, during the Hays City Commission work session. A public hearing will also be scheduled, during which commissioners can take action. Commissioners are expected to approve the August 13 date during their meeting this […]

Nominations sought for HACC Board of Directors

HACC_Logo

Hays Area Chamber of Commerce The Chamber is currently seeking applications for nomination to the Board of  Directors for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. MISSION STATEMENT: The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce works for the business prosperity of Hays and its neighbors. Prospective Candidate Orientation: Wednesday, August 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Chamber, […]

Water issues on Ellis City Council agenda

Ellis

ELLIS–Water dominates the Ellis City Council agenda for tonight, July 6. Council members will consider approval of the Municipal Water Conservation Plan, modifying water rates for utility customers, and revisions to the utility policy for base water allowance. They will also discuss the Water Advisory Committee. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Ellis […]

More work on 41st Street this week

road work ahead

City of Hays Beginning Monday, July 6th, road construction will occur on 41st Street between Hall Street and Thunderbird Drive. The road will remain open to traffic, but there may be some minor inconvenience. Work should be complete by July 10th. Traffic Control will be in place to direct the traveling public. Motorists should use […]

Jones: One-way streets are ‘confusing’

City of Hays logo

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioner Lance Jones finds one-way streets “confusing.” “I’m not a fan of one-way streets, especially if they’re wide enough to drive two ways,” Jones said during the Thursday night commission work session. He had asked commissioners to discuss the possibility of changing Sixth and Seventh Streets in south […]

High speed chase, crash, and foot pursuit ends in two arrests

KHP

RUSSELL–Two people from Nebraska were arrested Thursday evening, July 2, following a high-speed chase through Ellis and Russell counties, ending in a crash and foot chase. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Tod Hileman of Hays, a KHP trooper attempted to stop a speeding van about 6:39 p.m. Thursday, eastbound on I-70 at mile […]

Wind height a factor in WWF Fireworks Spectacular (VIDEO)

fireworks aerial

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Western Kansans are used to blowing wind. Most people “blow it off” and continue on with their outdoor activities. One event that would not continue in high gusty winds is Saturday’s July 4th fireworks show at the Hays Wild West Festival. The Hays Fire Department works with the Wild West […]

Vehicle abatements, fewer 1-way streets on city agenda (VIDEO)

car abatement

By BECKY KISER Hays Post A number of vehicles in Hays have been identified as “inoperable,” according to Assistant Hays City Manager Paul Briseno, and that’s a violation of city code. Three vehicle abatements will be reviewed by Hays City Commissioners during their work session tonight. “A lot of people don’t understand there is a […]