City raises age to 21 for tobacco purchasers

The age to purchase tobacco in Sabetha City limits has been raised to 21. This comes following a unanimous vote at the Sabetha City Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 22.

Mayor Doug Clark, along with Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide all voted in favor of raising the age to 21 after learning that the City of Topeka was successful in passing a similar ordinance just last month.

Others present for the meeting were City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and guest Bob Ruddick.

Ordinance No. 1542 amends portions of the current code – Section 5.7 of the Uniform Public Offense Code. The ordinance now says it is unlawful to sell, give or furnish cigarettes or tobacco products to any person under the age of 21. This includes cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products or liquid nicotine.

This Ordinance should be published in next week’s Herald.

Other ordinances and resolutions approved at the meeting were:

• Ordinance No. 1540, which takes out the maximum age for police officers in the City of Sabetha. This ordinance approval repeals Section 10-104, Chapter X, Article 1, which stated that police officers for the City of Sabetha could not be over the age of 45 at the time of appointment. This Ordinance should be published in next week’s Herald.

• Ordinance No. 1541, which establishes no parking zones at various locations throughout the City of Sabetha, such as the east and west sides of Eighth Street, between Main Street and Grant Street; on the east side of South 13th Street between Virginia and Dakota Street; on the north side of Grant Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Street; on the west side of 14th Street between Main Street and Oregon Street (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.); on the east side of 14th street, between Oregon Street and Florida Street; and on the east side of Sixth Street between Main Street and Virginia Street. This Ordinance should be published in next week’s Herald.

• Resolution 2019-18, which allows the addition of a four-way stop at the intersection of Oregon and 14th Streets. This resolution was passed 4-1, with Burenheide opposed.

• Resolution 2019-19, which is to abate a structure at 1411 Virginia Street. A public hearing was held on this structure, and with no public comments coming before the board, Clark closed the hearing.

• Resolution 2019-20, which is for 403 North Sixth Street. This resolution is to abate certain violations of Article 3, Chapter VIII of Sabetha’s City Code, and to assess the costs of the abatement against the property after giving the owner 10 days notice. This structure – which is owned by Keith Moore and kept up by Alfred Moore – has been discussed in depth at multiple City Commission meetings in the past few months. This resolution allows the owner 10 days to bring the property up to code.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the minutes from the July 8 meeting.

The commissioners approved a Conditional Use Permit for Jeff Ulrich at 14th and Utah Streets. Ulrich plans to build an oversized garage without a primary house. This was brought to the commissioners following the recommendation of the Sabetha Planning Commission, who held a hearing Thursday, July 11, regarding the structure. Allen said all of the neighbors were at the meeting and expressed concerns about the building, but stated that Ulrich had discussed it with them. This Conditional Use Permit was approved unanimously.

The commissioners appointed Scott Anson as Sabetha’s municipal court judge, a position previously held by Libby Deiter.

The commissioners announced that at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers will be at The Main Event for an open forum.

After the close of the meeting, the commissioners went to view the new brush trucks at the Sabetha Fire Barn.

The Sabetha City Commission will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12.

Heather Stewart139 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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