Handicap parking approved at Sports Complex

After concerns were brought up about there being no handicap parking available at the Sabetha Sports Complex, the commissioners have approved a proposal to install eight handicap parking spots. This decision was made at the Sabetha City Commission meeting held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 26, at Sabetha City Hall.

Present for the meeting were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Guests present were Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck, Bruce Fisher with Blue Valley Public Safety, Troy Lay and Dr. James Longabaugh. Commissioner Nick Aberle was not present for the meeting.

The commissioners unanimously approved a bid for $24,600 from AHRS. According to the proposal, three parking spots will be added to the upper parking lot. There also will be a retaining wall added here to retain the dirt. A sidewalk will be added here to connect the existing sidewalks.

Three more handicap parking spots will be added down by field one, with a new sidewalk being installed as well. The final two handicap parking spots will be added in the center of the previous spots mentioned. A new sidewalk will be added here that will connect to the sidewalk that leads to field two from field one.

This project is expected to begin in the spring.

State Budget Hearing

Mayor Clark asked if there was anyone present from the public to address them about the State Budget. With no one present, Mayor Clark closed the public hearing. Later in the meeting, the commissioners approved the State Budget.

Emergency Sirens

Bruce Fisher with Blue Valley Public Safety presented multiple quotes to the commissioners to install new emergency sirens/tornado sirens throughout Sabetha. Lay said he asked Fisher to come complete a siren survey after concerns were brought to his attention about citizens not being able to hear the sirens and not being able to find parts for the current sirens.

Currently Sabetha has five sirens, which are located at City Hall, the City Maintenance Building, the Apostolic Christian Home, the Sabetha Airport and at the Aquatic Center. Fisher proposed replacing all the old sirens with new sirens at NorthRidge Church, the Sabetha Aquatic Center, the City Maintenance Building, Pony Creek Lake and Sabetha City Lake. A different kind, but new siren also would be installed at Sabetha City Hall, and it would be the only one used for the existing four whistles at 7 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Fisher also gave the commissioners maps to show what the siren coverage area currently is, versus what the coverage area would be with the new sirens. He also stated to the commissioners that the proposals were flexible and the City could decide to change all of the sirens at once or they could spread it out over a few years.

The two proposals given to the commissioners during the meeting were in the amounts of $153,674.72 and $104,324.72. These quotes depend on exactly what type of options the City chooses to proceed with.

After discussion, the commissioners decided to table the discussion until after they have had ample time to review the proposals. The City plans to make a decision on new emergency sirens before the end of 2021.

Police Report

Chief Wahwasuck presented his written report to the commission.


There have been 14 dog calls since June 10.

Five calls were for dogs at large. City personnel or an officer responded to the area and could not locate the dog.

One call was for a dog at large. An officer responded, but it was a past incident and the owner just wanted an officer to see the picture they took of the dog to see if they recognized it.

Two calls were for dogs at large. An officer responded and caught the dog, and returned it to the owner with verbal warning.

One call was for a dog at large. An officer responded and a citation was issued.

Two calls were for dogs at large. City personnel or an officer responded and impounded the dog.

Two calls were for dogs at large. An officer responded and helped catch the dog, the owner was on scene attempting to catch it as well.

One call was for a dog at large. City personnel or an officer responded and located the dog but could not catch it. The owner was unknown.


318 N. Ninth: Condemned structure, ready for abatement, bids are being taken for structure removal.

1322 Roosevelt: Junk vehicle, unfit structure, maintenance and repair. Ready for resolution and abatement.

523 N. 14th: Unfit structure, ready for resolution and abatement.

130 Ohio: Junk vehicle, ready for resolution and abatement.

1550 Main: Unfit structure, blight premise, abated by owner.

213 S. 13th: Weeds abated, blight premise, junk vehicle, ready for resolution and abatement.

712 Dakota: Junk vehicle, ready for resolution and abatement.

410 Grant: Weeds, ready for abatement.

512 Main: Household trash, abated by owner.

622 Dakota: Blight premise, nuisance unlawful, in process.

319 N. Ninth: Blight premise, health and welfare, animal confines, keeping of animals, maintenance and repair, in process.

401 Ohio: Junk motor vehicle, in process.

300 block S. 13th Empty lot: Junk motor vehicle, health and welfare; in process and near completion.

Grant Street building: Notice served and ready for resolution and abatement.


The department is keeping an eye on what may come of the Delta variant strain of COVID-19 and look to leaders for guidance. The public should not be surprised if we begin to take a little extra precautions in keeping everyone safe. Social distancing and masks have become something we’re accustomed to at this point.

Officers continue heavy lake patrols and making a presence.

Officers were performing heavy patrol during the week of July 4 and no cases were filed during that time in relation to fireworks offenses. Several people were contacted about reports but abided by the officer’s warning.

No crimes were reported in regard to the Northeast Kansas Rodeo.

We were able to finish our training requirements and begin to focus on the coming school year, as well as continuing looking to fill our vacant position in anticipation of one officer’s retirement in 2022.

The department is keeping an eye on the homeless population. This number has increased over the years and we have dealt steadily with individuals with no real place of residency. We try to do what we can with limited resources and answers.

Chief Wahwasuck also stated that he looked into the parking issue on Sixth Street. He said if the commissioners want to change something he suggests making it no parking on the east side of the street. After discussion, Allen said he would have City Attorney Martin Mishler work up an ordinance stating that there will be no parking on the east side of Sixth Street along the block with the park. The commissioners also discussed putting gravel down in the parking lot by the skate park to help with the parking problem.

Schmitt said there was a committee that formed that wants to address the Oregon Street sidewalks. Wittmer said she wanted to remind citizens that if they wanted to fix the sidewalks in front of their houses that the City would pay for half the cost of materials.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the Monday, July 12, meeting.

Burenheide asked about the condition of the picnic area at Pony Creek Lake. Allen said they are planning to take it down, because it is not used.

Wittmer asked if Herrmann Earth Moving would be finishing up the lot at Midtown. Allen said he is working with them to possibly provide city drivers to help get the lot ready, so the City will be able to plant grass seed by spring.

The commissioners approved Kayla Moore as a new Sabetha EMT.

The commissioners held a 20-minute executive session, with executive session necessary to protect the rights of an employee. Present for the executive session were Mayor Clark, the commissioners, Allen, Shroyer and Longabaugh. No action was taken following the executive session.

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart206 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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