Oct 02, 2020 1:20 PM

UPDATE: Hays commission will hold special meeting on mask ordinance

Posted Oct 02, 2020 1:20 PM
A special Hays city commission meeting will be held Friday at noon to discuss possible extension of the face covering ordinance which is set to expire Monday at midnight.
A special Hays city commission meeting will be held Friday at noon to discuss possible extension of the face covering ordinance which is set to expire Monday at midnight.

UPDATE, 8:20 a.m. Friday
A special Hays City Commission meeting will be held at noon Friday at City Hall, 1507 Main, to consider a resolution extending the requirements of Ordinance No. 3988 pertaining to requiring the wearing of masks or other face coverings.

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By BECKY KISER
Hays Post

The mayor of Hays has asked for a special city commission meeting to be held Friday at noon to discuss the city's face mask ordinance set to expire Mon., Oct. 5  at midnight.

Attending Thursday's work session via phone, Shaun Musil made the request at the end of the seven-minute meeting during other items for discussion.

"I'd like to talk about the possibility of extending the mask mandate that ends October 5th," Musil said.

Commissioner Ron Mellick was absent from the meeting.

"Three signatures are needed to call a special meeting," Toby Dougherty, city manager said.

"We will take the proper public notifications first thing in the morning so it goes out in a press release."

The city's website, haysusa.com, is the official site for Hays' legal publications and notices and includes a News Flash section.

According to the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA), requests by public bodies for meetings and/or special meetings can legally be made orally and do not have to be in writing. There is no KOMA duty to provide notice unless it has been requested.

Musil has been a proponent of wearing face masks.

At the August 27 meeting to extend the face covering ordinance, Mason Ruder and Michael Berges voted against the measure.