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Bids awarded for 2015 Street Maintenance Program »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioners approved four bids Thursday night for various projects in the 2015 Street Maintenance Program. The project total is $584,178 to be funded out of Special Highway monies. Bids were awarded to B&H Paving for chip seal operations; JCorp for reconstruction of 12th Street east of Canterbury; Sweeney […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 TOPEKA–Turnaround Approaches This Friday, February 27, marks the first major deadline of the legislative session, commonly referred to as “Turnaround.” All bills, aside from some exempt bills, must be passed by the chamber of origin by this deadline in order to be considered after […]

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Stormwater management update approved »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays has adopted changes to the Stormwater Management portion of the city’s code. The ordinance amendment was approved by commissioners Thursday night. Public Works Director I.D. Creech said the changes will bring the city into compliance with federal Clean Water Act requirements for “post construction” stormwater controls. […]

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Big Creek levee improvements approved »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Improvements will begin this spring to the Big Creek levee from 8th Street to the Highway 183 Bypass. The levee, built in 1950, has never had any work done to it. According to Hays Stormwater Specialist Steven Walters, the levee has a “minimally acceptable” rating by the U.S. Army Corps […]

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13th Street reconstruction approved between Main and Milner (VIDEO) »

Asst. Hays Public Works Director John Braun address city commissioners

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The bid for reconstruction of 13th Street between Main and Milner with one additional alternate was approved 3-2 by Hays City Commissioners during their Thursday night meeting. APAC, Kansas, Inc, Hays, was the low bidder in the amount of $2,067,710. Outgoing commissioner Kent Steward went against staff recommendation and moved […]

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New CID developments must have ‘skin in the game’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays will change the CID portion of its Economic Development Policy and now require applicants to financially participate in the project in an amount that is at least 25 percent of the total project cost. City commissioners Thursday night voted 4-1 to revise the Community Improvement Development policy. […]

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City hopes water conservation rebate takes off in second year »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post In addition to the new turf conversion program the city of Hays has started to help conserve water, this year Water Specialist Jason Riegel will also be concentrating on increased education and marketing of the rebate for low-flow urinals. “Last year was the pilot program for that rebate,” according to […]

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City’s ‘Cash for Grass’ program is first in this region of U.S. (VIDEO) »

Warm season buffalo grass uses considerably less water than a cool season grass such as fescue.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The newest water conservation program launched by the city of Hays has a “huge potential” in water savings, according to the city’s Water Conservation Specialist Jason Riegel. He says the turf conversion program targets lowering outdoor water use and “essentially pays people to convert their water-thirsty landscapes to less water-intensive […]

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HFD offers Citizen Ride-Along Program (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Fire Department offers a “Ride-Along” program for local adults to learn more about the services provided by the department. According to Brandon Zimmerman, he and his fellow firefighters are not “sitting around waiting for the fire alarm to sound.” Until that happens, they are busy performing “many different […]

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Russell USD 407 voters to consider LOB school funding ballot »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post RUSSELL–Russell USD 407 is conducting a mail ballot election regarding its Local Option Budget (LOB). Legislation passed by state lawmakers last spring allowed the USD 407 Board of Education (and any others in Kansas) to increase their LOB up to a maximum 33% for the current academic year. To maintain […]

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New ‘Digital Cookie’ allows online ordering of GS cookies (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post If you haven’t yet been contacted by a Girl Scout, not to worry. Girl Scout Cookie Booths opened Friday and will have their classic cookies for sale through Sunday, March 8. If you can’t get to a local booth, for the first time ever, according to Hays Girl Scout Product […]

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Nominations open for 2015 Older Worker Awards »

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KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force will host the annual Older Worker Awards ceremony on April 6. The Department is now accepting nominations for the awards. This event honors older workers who continue to play crucial roles in the Kansas workforce and economy, as well as […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 From the Dome to Home February 13, 2015 Governor Sam Brownback Outlines Education Allotment As I mentioned in previous updates that with the tax revenue estimates for the month of January were $47.2 million less than expectations and the Rescission bill passed to address the $280 […]

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