City of Sabetha passes ordinance regarding health officer

Nemaha County health officer will have more ‘bite’ with new ordinance in place

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting was Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt, Julie Burenheide and Maridel Wittmer, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer, City Clerk Steve Compo and guest Ed Steinlage.

The commissioners held a public hearing for the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. With no input from the public, Clark closed the public hearing. Later in the meeting, the commissioners approved Resolution 2020-04, which renews the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for five years.

Allen presented Ordinance No. 1551 to the board. He explained the ordinance was put together by the State Attorney’s Office and asked counties to pass it if they were interested. He further explained that the ordinance would give the Nemaha County Health Officer – Jane Sunderland with Nemaha County Community Health – “more bite to her proclamations.”

The board discussed further who was a part of the Nemaha County Health Board. It was explained that Sunderland is one of the four persons who make up the Nemaha County Health Board, along with the Nemaha County Commissioners – Gary Scoby, Tim Burdiek and Dennis Henry. The board went into more detail explaining that, in order for the Nemaha County Health Officer to pass a proclamation, everyone on the Nemaha County Health Board would have to be in agreement.

The commissioners continued, saying they wanted to “commend” Sunderland for everything she has done thus far with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1551 unanimously. See Ordinance No. 1551 on Page 7 of this week’s Herald.

Cinder Block Building

Allen said they received bids for storage shed units, so they can move the City’s property out of the cinder block building behind Midtown, and sell the cinder block building and the property to a neighbor who lives close to the building. Allen said three storage sheds, which would hold the City’s property that needs stored, would cost $4,700 each.

Allen said they wanted to offer the land and the cinder block building to the neighbor for $15,000. The commissioners approved this request, saying the buyer would be responsible for tearing the building down.

Water Facility Improvement

Allen presented the commissioners with bids from four companies to improve Sabetha’s water treatment facility. Those bids were as follows: Frontier Services, $1,629,684; AHRS Construction, $1,715,000; Encompass IDBO LLC, $1,715,501; and BRB Contractors Inc.,  $2,147,000.

According to Allen, Schwab Eaton recommended accepting the low bid from Frontier Services. After more discussion, the board approved awarding the bid upon negotiation of a contract, which would ensure the project would be completed in its entirety and in a reasonable about of time.

Also, the commissioners approved an amendment to the agreement with Schwab Eaton – for them to redesign the electrical work at the water plant due to the installation of a generator, and the electrical work they had to do in order to install the generator.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the March 9, March 17 and March 19 meeting minutes.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2020-05, which allows the Mayor’s signature on the Interlocal Agreement with Brown County, Nemaha County and Prairie Hills USD No. 113.

The Sabetha City Commission will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Sabetha City Hall.

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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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