FAA requiring construction of fence at Hays Regional Airport

HAYS, Kan. After years of putting off recommendations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a fence will finally be built at the Hays Regional Airport. It's a move needed to keep the airport grounds clear of wildlife.

The City of Hays officially started accepting bids for the fence.

"Deer is the main thing. There are deer in the area. I mean, (the airport) is in the country in Kansas, so we do have deer in the area," Hays Assistant City Manager Jacob Wood says.

Even though the FAA is demanding the fence be built, Wood says wildlife hasn't been a significant problem.

"We've never had any incidents where deer and aircraft had any issues. We've never had a deer hit by a plane," Wood says.

The chain-link fence will stand 10 feet tall and will outline the airport runways. The $1.5 million project will be split 90/10 with the FAA and the City of Hays, which will end up paying a little more than $100,000.

Bids for the building project will be presented to the city on Thursday and Wood says he thinks construction will begin after 90 days.