A road near Walmart closed Friday as Manhattan officials continued repairing the sewer system in the store’s parking lot that caused a 40-foot sinkhole.

City officials said Thursday that Hayes Drive will be closed from Bluemont Avenue to Sarber Lane.

There is no set timeline for completion of the repairs, but the city expects the road to be closed for about two weeks. The sewer system will not be impacted while being fixed, city officials said.

People driving in the area will be rerouted to Frontage Road.

City officials also announced Thursday that the stretch of Kimball Avenue from Hudson Avenue to Vanesta Drive would reopen Friday afternoon.

City officials said that section of the road has been closed since May for improvements, including the addition of new turning lanes and storm sewer enhancements. Additionally, the city is making the road wider, but that portion of the project continues into the fall.

Restaurant news

The last day of the season for people to get their sweet tooth fix from Joanna Jane Sweet Treats, 900 N. 3rd St., is Aug. 31, the restaurant confirmed to The Mercury.

While one dessert shop is closing for the season, another is opening for the first time. Kenny’s Kookie Dough, 1125 Laramie St., is opening in September. The exact date hasn’t been determined, the restaurant said. The shop will feature different flavors of edible cookie dough.

July sales tax revenue up slightly

The sales tax report in July shows a slight increase from last July at 0.8%. The July report, which reflects May sales, showed the city collected $937,237. That is an increase of $4,510. The sales tax revenue in July 2018 was $932,727.

Since January, the city has collected $6.43 million in sales tax, up $51,311 or 0.8% from $6.38 million in 2018.

The city has received $16,819 more in sales tax revenue than budgeted through July.

Hotel occupancy rates

The occupancy rates for Manhattan hotels dipped slightly through June compared to the same period in 2018. Occupancy through June was 64.3%, or 0.1 percentage points lower than 64.4.% through June 2018, according to Smith Travel Research. June is the latest month with available data.

The average daily rate was $98.94, 40 cents higher than in 2018. Revenue per available room was $63.66, up 23 cents or 0.36% from 2018.

Overall revenue amounted to $14.25 million, which was an increase of $51,645 or 0.36% from $14.2 million.


The Manhattan City Commission approved the following board appointments during its Tuesday meeting:

  • David Colburn, 1906 Bluestem Terrace, was appointed to a four-year USD 383 term on the Parks and Recreation Advisor board. Colburn’s terms begins now and ends June 30, 2023.