Sabetha City Commission 1.13.2020

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Board members present were Mayor Doug Clark; Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide; City Administrator Doug Allen; Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Aberle. Also, nearly 40 guests were present for the Midtown Building public hearing.

Clark opened the public hearing on the Midtown Building. Twelve patrons spoke to the commissioners regarding the demolition of the Midtown Building located at 100 Main Street in Sabetha.

Following the public hearing, Aberle made a motion to rescind the board’s previously unanimous decision to demolish the Midtown Building. After further discussion, the commissioners decided to table Aberle’s rescinding motion to a future meeting. The board then voted 3-2 – with Wittmer and Schmitt opposed – to re-open the Midtown gym until two bids to demolish have been received.

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Police Report

Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck gave the commissioners his written report.


Wahwasuck reported that there have been seven dog calls since Dec. 6, 2019. In two instances, the caller knew the owner of the dogs and the owner was notified and picked the dogs up. One call was after hours, and the dog was reported to not be a problem. The officer could not catch it but tried to locate the owner.

Another call was after hours, and the officer could not locate the dog in the reported area. One call was about a dog in a yard. This dog was picked up and impounded.

Another dog was also reported late after hours. The dog was reportedly not a problem and appeared to be a new mother. The caller was advised to call back during the day if the mother was still around, so she could be located with the pups.

The last call was about the caller’s dog on the loose. The caller called back later to say they found their dog.


1411 Virginia – Removal has started.

403 North Sixth – Decision was made to momentarily hold off due to a death in the family.

811 Florida – Contact was made with owner and they were given 30 days to make any repairs.


Wahwasuck said the injured officer still has not been cleared to return to service.

Officer Daniel Ross graduated the academy and returned to work on Dec. 24, 2019.

Wahwasuck reported that sickness hit the police department, with both dispatchers and officers missing work due to illness. A lot of hours were put in, and the police department was able to cover shifts thanks to others giving up their time and days off. Part-time staff also was available.

Wahwasuck said the 2020 department and staff background checks were completed, as they are done every year.

Wahwasuck reported that the department continues to struggle getting training hours for officers as coverage is always difficult, but they will manage to get it completed by the June 30 deadline.

Dispatch had a main computer crash, and a backup had to be set up.

Wahwasuck said a power surge is thought to be the culprit in damaging the department’s radio communications antenna repeater.

The holidays came and went with one arrest being made on New Year’s Eve.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners discussed installing cameras at the Midtown Building with Wahwasuck. Allen is going to look into the cost of these.

The commissioners asked Allen to look into what it would cost to move dog kennels from the old sewer plant to the new location.

The commissioners approved the minutes from the Dec. 23, 2019, meeting.

The Sabetha City Commission will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.

Heather Stewart176 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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