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Contact the City of Hays Planning, Inspection, and Enforcement Division at 785-628-7310.
Alarm companies should call 785-625-1011 to report alarm activities to emergency dispatchers.
Contact the Deputy Chief to make a appointment 785-628-7330.
We can conduct a juvenile fire setter talk. If you are interested contact Fire Department 785-628-7330.
The Hays fire station is located at 1507 Main.
All code questions contact the Deputy Chief @ 785-628-7330.
Contact the Administrative Assistant at 785-628-7330 to make an appointment.
You can contact Ellis County EMS 785-628-9461.
Clean walls, floors, furniture, drapes, etc. with the following solution - 4-6 tablespoons tri-sodium phosphate, 1 cup Lysol or any chlorine bleach and 1 gallon water then rinse with warm water & dry - wear rubber gloves with this solution. Make sure there is as much air going through the rooms as much as possible.
The Hays Fire Department is not certified to install car seats. Please contact Kansas Highway Patrol 785-625-3518.
Contact the Hays Fire Department at 785-628-7330. For more information about Smoke alarms click here to visit our page.
For fire reports contact the Hays Fire Department at 785-628-7330.
Contact the HFD at 785-628-7330.
You may contact the HFD we will be happy to help you develop a plan.
Contact Human Resources at 785-628-7320 or click here to view employment.
The Fire department does not provide this service. Please contact a private company to preform this service.
Yes. The Hays Fire Department will assist with extinguisher talks and training.
The main number for all Fire Department administrative matters is 785-628-7330. All emergency calls dial 911.
Contact the Fire Department at 785-628-7330.
To tour the fire station, contact the HFD at 785-628-7330. Or visit our Station Tours page for more information.
Fire hydrants in the city limits of City of Hays are normally no more than 250-500 feet from homes.
Contact the Department of Water Resources at 785-628-7380.
Contact the Ellis County Sanitary Landfill at 785-628-9460.
Public fire protection Class 2.
Contact HFD 785-628-7330.
Most home improvement and hardware stores.
Contact HFD to confirm your program at 785-628-7330.
Most public education programs are scheduled 6 weeks in advance. Special events are scheduled in less time.
Contact building official at the Public Works Department at 785-628-7310.
Yes the HFD does have a volunteer fire company. Call 785-628-7330 for more information.
View a map on the Trash Collection Route page that shows you what day of the week your trash is picked up.
Call the City Clerk's Office at 785-628-7300, or visit them at:
City Hall1507 Main StreetHays, KS 67601
Out of the 105 counties in Kansas, 34 counties have populations that exceed 15,000 residents (2010 census). Out of those 34 counties, 27 of them are on or east of U.S. Highway 81, a traditional dividing line between eastern and western Kansas. Of those 7 western Kansas counties, all reside on or near a major aquifer except Ellis County. Given this lack of proximity to a major surface water or aquifer source, as well as recent drought conditions persist in the area, water conservation in Hays is as important as ever.
Water consumption can be found on your monthly utility bill or by calling the City Clerk's office at 785-628-7300.
View the City's landscape and irrigation regulations (PDF).
In 2012, the City of Hays pumped 779,128,136 gallons of water. In 1970, the City pumped 754,342,160 gallons. There are not many communities that can say they are using a comparative amount of water they used 30 years ago. This shows that the citizens of Hays are wise water users. Gallons per capita per day (GPCD) is an oft-cited statistic to show how water-wise a communities citizens are. This statistic is simply how many gallons of water each person in Hays uses per day. The residents of Hays use 104 GPCD. The citizens of Hays should be commended for both their history and future efforts to water conservation.
The City of Hays currently has twelve shallow wells located twelve miles south of Hays along the Smoky Hill River. These wells average a depth of sixty feet and produce approximately 200 to 500 gallons per minute. In 2010, the City of Hays completed the Smoky Expansion Project which replaced old wells and doubled the size on the production field to ensure Hays would have needed water during drought conditions.
The City also has nine wells located within the City limits, five of which are used for emergencies when the demand for water is high. The total production of these 21 wells is approximately 5,650 gallons per minute. There are three Chlorination Stations located at the Smoky Hill River well field. They are used to disinfect the water as it is pumped from its source to the Water Softening Plant at 1000 Vine.
In 1992, six Dakota wells were drilled. Located 3½ miles southwest of Hays, these wells were first used extensively from April 7 through July 7, 1993, at 250 gallons per minute. The Dakota water passed through an electrodialysis reversal (EDR) unit to reduce the Sodium, Fluoride and Chloride content before it entered the Plant for treatment. During this testing period, it was concluded that the EDR unit was too expensive for the City to continue this process. Since then, the Dakota wells are only pumped at 50 gallons per minute and water is sent directly to the Plant.
In 1993, four new City wells were added to our system, located just outside the northwest part of town. With the addition of these wells, the current well field total was 31 water wells.
In 1995, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) installed an Air Stripper in the southeast part of Hays to remove volatile organic compounds (VOC's). This contamination was caused by petroleum products getting into the water. The City drilled 4 new wells that pump to the Air Stripper. After the water has been cleaned, it is sent to the Water Plant for treatment at a rate of 160 gallons per minute. In 1999, the PCE Packed Tower Air Stripper was added to remove tetrachloroethylene, commonly known as PCE, in the area. Two more wells were added to assist in the PCE cleanup. This brought the City's well total up to today's number of 37.
In 1991, Hays experienced an extreme water shortage in one its primary water sources, a well field located south of Hays on the Smoky Hill River. The crisis caught city officials and residents by surprise. Two events contributed to the crisis:
In 1992, the City purchased the R9 Ranch, a 6,400-acre site just south of Kinsley in Edwards County. This marked the largest investment in the future of water in Hays. Plans for development and water diversion from this resource to Hays are still on-going.
View the plan requirements for plumbing (PDF) to learn more.
View our Newly Seeded Lawn page for more information.
The City of Hays only takes applications for open positions. You may view the open positions here. Most jobs require you complete an online application through HRePartners.
Applicants can confirm through HRePartners website that their application was submitted by receiving a confirmation email from HRePartners stating your application has been submitted, or by logging into your HRePartners account and looking on the right hand side of the webpage for a box that states "Job Application History". Applicants can click on "view submitted e*apps" to see a list of positions applied for.
Applicants that are not selected to continue on for testing or interviewing will receive a letter or email informing them that they have not been selected.
Hays, Kansas (pop. 20,500), is a university community serving as a regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, arts, & recreation for the western half of Kansas - serving a population of nearly 100,000. This progressive community is recognized among the top Kansas cities in entertainment, health, arts, & culture.
Hays is home to Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a regional comprehensive university with over 13,000 students, known for its innovation & entrepreneurship. FHSU is the fastest growing university in the Kansas Regents system. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus is home to the Encore Series, the Hays Symphony & other national & world caliber performances.
Hays Medical Center is a major employer with more than 1,000 employees. Hays Medical Center partnered with the University of Kansas Health System in early 2017 and is home to the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas & one of the top rural medical centers in the United States.
The Bricks in Historic Downtown Hays has unique shopping, galleries, & eateries. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including: many full service gyms, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, & excellent opportunities for walking, running, & biking. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing fishing, boating & other water sports. Bike Hays contains 21 miles of connecting system.
The Hays Municipal Airport provides service to Denver and Chigaco on a 50 passenger regional jet (www.flyhays.com). Multiple high-speed Internet service providers service Hays. The community is in an elite group of cities with fiber to the premise.
Visit www.visithays.com for more information!
Unless noted otherwise in the job ad, you must complete an online application to be considered for any position. You may attached a cover letter and/or resume to the online applicaiton if you'd like. However, you may contact Human Resources at 785-628-7320 or email@example.com to discuss other options if there is a valid reason why you are unable to complete an online application.
Not only the used motor oil can contaminate the ground water, runoff from the alley will eventually reach the river or nearby lakes and ponds and can adversely affect aquatic life.
The soil that is carried away during a rain event ends up in the city's drainage systems and streets. Not only is this costly for the city to clean up, it can also cause our drainage system to fail. In addition, silt entering our rivers has a negative impact on aquatic life.
The city, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may fine the individual permit holder and require all work cease until the situation is addressed.
Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent storm water from naturally soaking into the ground.
Storm water can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a:
Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.
Refer to the related related brochure (PDF).
A thirty (30) day notice is required for a park lease. Event representatives are required to meet with the Director of Parks and supply a layout of the event prior to submitting a park lease for approval.
A $500 deposit check and a $1 non-refundable fee must accompany the submission of the lease paperwork.
The City Code of Ordinance prohibits the operation of motor vehicles in a park except on designated roads and parking areas. Rare exemptions to this can be approved by the Director of Parks as necessary.
The event representative will be responsible for all electrical charges incurred during an event. For events at Municipal Park that require heavy use of electricity, the event representative must contact Midwest Energy at (785) 625-3437 to have the electrical usage billed to them for the term of the event. The electrical outlets will need to be unlocked by the Parks Department. Review the map to determine which boxes are needed.
There are no permits required by the City of Hays for the use of food vendors during an event. All state regulations and requirements apply.
Large events will require proof of liability insurance covering all aspects of the event.
Loud noise producing events and activities are regulated through the City Code of Ordinances. Noise Permit applications are obtained through the City Clerk's Office.
An Overnight Park Use Permit can be requested for property security purposes only. Upon approval, this allows the event organizer or his/her designee to be in the park after the 1:00 a.m. curfew.
The City provides a certain number of tables and trash cans at each park location that can be used for scheduled events. It will be up to the event organizer to provide additional tables, seating and trash cans if necessary.
Large events or events restricting access to a park will require a park lease.
Some structures, such as tents, require a Structure Permit and are subject to proper fire code regulations. Contact the Planning, Inspection, & Enforcement division of Public Works for more information at (785) 628-7310. All structure placement must be approved by the Parks Department prior to placement. Many area parks have underground utilities that will restrict the use of structures that require long stakes to be driven into the ground.
Access to water may be granted by the Director of Parks on a limited basis. All City of Hays water conservation regulations must be adhered to if access is granted.
Alcohol consumption is permitted in the parks between 6:00 AM and 12:30 AM. Glass bottles are prohibited in city parks at all times.
Park visitors are allowed to bring their own grill for their event but are asked to contain and properly dispose of grease.
Camping or overnight stays in city parks is prohibited. Permission may be granted for security purposes for large events with an approved Overnight Park Use Permit.
Most shelter houses have electrical outlets available for public use. The outlets are standard 110v/15amp for items such as crockpots, roasters, etc. Municipal Park is the only location that can handle high power needs for things such as bands, portable food, beverage services, etc. These electrical boxes are only available by request. Requests must be made to the Parks Department a minimum of seven working days prior to an event date. Review the map to determine which boxes are needed.
Each park/shelter house has a predetermined amount of picnic tables that stay at the location at all times. If additional seating is required for gatherings, it will be up to the organizers to bring additional tables or chairs.
Restrooms are not heated and are therefore closed during the winter to prevent pipes from freezing. The restrooms typically close when below freezing temperatures are in the forecast and the restrooms are not re-opened until spring. Winterization of the restrooms is a tedious process involving the separation and draining of waterlines. Therefore, on warm winter days it is not possible to simply reopen the restrooms. The downtown restroom is heated and is open year-round.
Use of any item requiring stakes is prohibited in the parks due to underground utilities. Permission may be granted for large events that are open to the public with prior consent from the Director of Parks or designee. Only certain parks will be considered, and the installer of the equipment will be required to meet with the Director of Parks or designee on location to identify acceptable locations.
Water is available in some parks for large public events requiring a “PARK LEASE”.
That may be. But, remember that the homes you find mean that there are that many fewer homes available to other animals waiting for adoption.
This is not true. You are responsible for seeing that your pet eats right and gets the proper amount of exercise.
Spaying or neutering does more than help solve the problem of animal overpopulation; it actually protects your pet from many health problems, and helps him or her live a longer, happier life.
There are such places. But they accept only animals they can house or place in homes. Most other shelters must accept all animals, including the sick, old and injured. These shelters face vast shortages of space and resources.
There's a good chance you'll miss the delivery, since animals often give birth in private. But, you can use books or films to teach children about the miracle of birth-without adding to the animal population.
To report a crime, please call (785) 625-1011. If it is an emergency, please call 911. You can report a crime online here. If you wish, you may come to the police department and report the crime, if it occurred within the city limits of Hays, KS. If the crime occurred outside the city limits but still inside Ellis County, KS, please go to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office.
You can compliment or file a complaint against an employee of the Hays Police Department by calling (785) 625-1030, or in person at 105 West 12th Street, Hays, KS. You can also fill out our Compliment/Complaint form here: Compliment/Complaint Form
If the ticket is from the Hays Police Department, you need to go to the Hays Municipal Court located at 105 West 12th Street, or call (785) 625-1070. If it is a Kansas Highway Patrol or Ellis County Sheriff's Office ticket, you need to go to the Ellis County District Court located at 107 West 12th street, or call (785) 628-9415.
To schedule a ride along with an officer, please contact the on-duty Lieutenant at (785) 625-1030 during business hours. (Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)
You may contact the local Division of Motor Vehicles. The Hays Police Department does not provide driver's license checks.
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The Hays Police Department does not offer fingerprinting services for employment purposes, background checks, or Concealed Carry Licensing. Please contact the Ellis County Sheriff's Office for fingerprinting services at (785) 625-1040.
To register your party, please visit the Hays Police Department at 105 West 12th Street, Hays, KS. If you are a student at Fort Hays State University, please register your party here: www.fhsustudents.org/resources/register-your-party/. You must register your party 48 hours before your party.
Hays Police Officers work 12-hour shifts. Each shift begins & ends at 6:30. Officers change from day shift (0630 – 1830) to night shift (1830 – 0630) every four months. The 12-hour work schedule allows officers to have half of the year off. A typical schedule follows a two-week schedule. A sample schedule* is below:
*Note that Police Officer schedules also include overtime, court appearances, & off duty meetings. Changes to cover staff shortages & departmental needs may change your schedule as well.
New Police Officers begin their employment with the Hays Police Department on a mutually agreed upon date. After employed, the Hays Police Department will sign you up for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). Between your start date & the next open slot for the KLETC, you will begin your 14-week field training program. This is where you are paired up with other officers to start learning the aspects of the Police Officer position. Your 14-week field training program will be put on hold while you attend the 14-week KLETC in Hutchinson, KS. During your 14 weeks at the academy, you will live in the KLETC dorms Sunday night through Friday evening. You will drive home Friday night & return to KLETC Sunday night. All drive time & training time will be paid for. Once you graduate KLETC, you will finish your field training program.
Applicants are encouraged to call the Hays Police Department at 785-625-1030 & ask for the shift supervisor to schedule a ride along with a Hays Police Officer. This will give you an idea of what to expect as a member of the Hays Police Department. It will also give you an opportunity to get your questions about the position, department, & selection process answered by someone who went through the same process.
Kansas law (K.S.A. 74-5608a) allows the director of KLETC to recommend that the KSCPOST grant reciprocity certification to any person who has been duly certified under the laws of another state or territory if, in the opinion of the director, the requirements for certification in such jurisdiction equal or exceed the qualifications required to complete satisfactorily the basic course of instruction at the training center. Kansas reciprocity training is two weeks long.
The State of Kansas does have a conditional Reciprocity certification program if the law enforcement officer applicant meets certain requirements. Applicants for conditional reciprocity must be employed by a recognized Kansas law enforcement agency and cannot at the time of the reciprocity application process been out of law enforcement for more than five years. Certified law enforcement officers from another state whose basic training requirements meet or exceed the Kansas requirement during that same time period, or those eligible for certification (who have recently completed a basic training program that meets or exceeds Kansas requirements) may be eligible for conditional reciprocity. Pursuant to an inter-agency agreement with the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, the director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center conducts all evaluations of an individual's training regarding their eligibility for Reciprocity in Kansas.
Any applicant (at the time of making application for conditional reciprocity) who has been out of full-time law enforcement for more than 5 years is not eligible for conditional reciprocity and must attend a 14-week basic training program to gain Kansas certification.
KLETC will provide a cursory review to determine possible eligibility for conditional reciprocity. To do so requires:
Based on a cursory review, KLETC will provide an "UNOFFICAL" preliminary determination based on the documentation submitted. KLETC will not issue any formal determination until after the formal application process is initiated and certified documentation has been received during the application process from the issuing authority. Employment with a recognized Kansas law enforcement agency must precede the formal Reciprocity application process.
Hays, Kansas (pop. 20,500), is a university community serving as a regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, arts, & recreation for the western half of Kansas - serving a population of nearly 100,000. This excellent community is recognized among the top Kansas cities in entertainment, health, arts, culture.
Hays is home to Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a regional comprehensive university with over 14,000 students, known for its innovation & entrepreneurship. FHSU is the fastest growing university in the Kansas Regents system. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus is home to the Encore Series, Hays Symphony, & other national & world caliber performances.
Hays Med, part of the University of Kansas Health System, is a major employer with more than 1,000 employees. Hays Med is home to the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas & one of the top rural medical centers in the United States.
The Bricks in Historic Downtown Hays has unique shopping, galleries, eateries, & entertainment. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including: full service gyms, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, & excellent opportunities for walking, running, & biking. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing fishing, boating & other water sports. Bike Hays contains 21 miles of connecting trail system.
The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting jet service to Denver and Chicago with several flights in each direction.
More information about the City of Hays, KS at www.visithays.com.
It can help you from getting hurt.
Never accept gifts or rides from people you don't know.
When you or someone is hurt or in danger.
Only food items are safe to eat.
Never answer the phone or door if you are home alone.
Stay calm and look for a security guard.
Never take medicine on your own.
All medicines, drugs, tobacco, and alcohol can be harmful.
Say no when a situation is unsafe or dangerous.
Two adults taking 8-minute showers daily should expect:
In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm can save your life and those of your loved ones. They are the single most important means of preventing house and apartment fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can escape. Smoke alarms are one of the best safety features you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family and your home.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning. For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside the sleeping area.
Also, smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or 6 to 8 inches below the ceiling on side walls. Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.
Smoke alarms are very easy to take care of. There are two steps to remember.
Then it's doing its job. Do not disable your smoke alarm if it alarms due to cooking or other non-fire causes. You may not remember to put the batteries back in the alarm after cooking. Instead, clear the air by waving a towel near the alarm, leaving the batteries in place. The alarm may have to be moved to a new location.
About eight to ten years, after which it should be replaced. Like most electrical devices, smoke alarms wear out. You may want to write the purchase date with a marker on the inside of your unit. That way, you'll know when to replace it. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacement.
Some smoke alarms are considered to be "hard-wired." This means they are connected to the household electrical system and may or may not have battery back-up. It's important to test every smoke alarm monthly. And always use new batteries when replacing old ones.
Call the Solid Waste Division at 785-628-7350 or email Marvin Honas.
The Solid Waste Division should be contacted at 785-628-7350 as soon as possible. The damage will be examined.
If damage is through normal use, the cart will be repaired/replaced. If the damage is from misuse by the customer charges will be assessed.
A lost or stolen polycart is the customer's responsibility. They will need to purchase a replacement from the City of Hays.
Contact the Planning, Inspection, and Enforcement Division at 785-628-7310. They are responsible for of code violations.
Please use blue bags only for recyclables. Any other color will be considered refuse.
Unfortunately, too many people use blue grocery bags for regular refuse. We ask that you purchase blue bags for recycling.
If you use the blue grocery bags for your recycling it may be placed in with the regular refuse, instead of the recycling.
Ellis County residents can take tree limbs to the Ellis County Landfill. This service is free of charge except to licensed tree contractors. Tree limbs are NOT accepted at the City Compost Site.
No. Citizens are responsible for the disposal of all tree limbs from trees on their property.
The City only picks up limbs after a storm if the City Manager declares the storm to be a City-wide hardship. If you would like to be notified when this happens, you can sign up for Nixle notifications here.
Contact the Planning, Inspection, & Enforcement division at (785) 628-7310 or submit the information through "Report a Concern to the City".
The City maintains a list of licensed tree contractors that can be hired at the property owner's expense. All tree work done for compensation must be completed by a licensed contractor within the City limits of Hays. Contact the Parks Department for a current list of contractors at (785) 628-7375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Property owners may prune/remove trees on property they own without a license. Property owners may be assisted by friends and family provided the property owner is on site during the entire trimming/removal process.
The Tree Rebate Program is available for properties within the City limits of Hays. Please review the form for all eligibility requirements. Trees must be removed by a licensed contractor to be eligible. Contact the Parks Department for a current list of contractors at (785) 628-7375 or email@example.com.
Disputes over trees between adjacent property lines are to be handled by the homeowners. If an agreeable solution between property owners cannot be found, legal action may be required. The City of Hays will handle situations regarding dangerous trees that are a hazard to the general public as it relates to streets, alleys and sidewalks.
Notify Midwest Energy at (785) 625-3437.
It will affect households that use more than 1,000 cubic feet over their household average.
Water usage as shown on your January, February, and March billing is averaged to determine your "water average" for the current year.
Seven hundred cubic feet per month.
Multiply cubic feet by 7.48.
The first dollar amount is water used at the base rate. It shows on your utility bill under "charge." When you use over your monthly average of water, the Conservation Tier 1 and Conservation Tier 2 rates go into effect as they are applicable. They show up on your utility bill as one charge called "conservation."
The City of Hays water sources continues to be stressed with the prolonged drought. Therefore, the 2nd Conservation Tier has been put in place in an effort to reduce outdoor watering to help sustain the City's water supply.
There are numerous ways you can reduce your usage. The City's Water Conservation Superintendent has several tips and ideas. Handouts are also available at the City Clerk's office at:1507 Main StreetHays, KS 67601
A free showerhead is available in exchange for an old one. There are several models to choose from, two free options and four that cost $5. Aerators are free and customers may take as many as they need for their house. Landlords can contact the City Clerk's office at 785-628-7300 for more information on the exchange program or visit the Showerhead and Aerator Program page.
The new 2nd Conservation Tier does not solve the water issue in the long term but provides for increased conservation measures to help prolong what supply does remain. This is particularly crucial in a time of drought.
No, the household water average is taken from January, February, and March water bills. The extra usage will count toward the 1,000 cubic feet more than the household average.
As always, please feel free to contact the City Clerk/Finance Office at 785-628-7300 or access the City's website for further information.
The Water Plant softens its water on average to 120 parts per million or 7 grains per gallon compared to the 450 to 550 parts per million or 26 to 32 grains per gallon daily.