Public hearing to be held January 13

A public hearing to help determine the fate of the Midtown Building – located at 100 Main Street in Sabetha – will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Sabetha City Hall. The meeting will take place during the regular Sabetha City Commission meeting.

The Sabetha City Commission has discussed the topic of demolishing the building for some time, but decided to wait and revisit the topic after the opening of the new Sabetha Health and Wellness Center – located at 1405 Oregon. Then during the Oct. 28, 2019, City Commission meeting, the board voted unanimously to tear the building down, since it was not being utilized and was costing the City of Sabetha money to keep it up and running.

Following the decision to tear it down, Commissioner Nick Aberle brought up the topic again during the Nov. 25, 2019, meeting saying the City of Sabetha was not doing their due diligence on the property as a whole. The board held a lengthy discussion and even discussed what would be required to rescind their binding decision.

Following the meeting, Sabetha City Attorney Martin Mishler said even though the board made a binding decision during the Oct. 28, 2019, meeting, it would take a “simple majority vote” by the board to rescind the decision.

During the board’s Dec. 9, 2019, meeting — after hearing from multiple Sabetha residents regarding the decision to tear the building down — commissioners agreed to have a public hearing on the Midtown Building.

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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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