Cemetery Board asks for help with improvements

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, May 24, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting 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 Compo. Guests present were Cemetery Board members Scott Aberle, Jim Johnson, Vicki Edelman, Dennis Stones, John Mowder, Greg Mock, Jerre Lauer and Mary Ryan, and Jason Enneking.

Johnson said the Cemetery Board had received comments from the public regarding drainage issues at the Sabetha Cemetery on the west side. Johnson said they worked with Grimm’s Gardens, who has designed the walls at the corner of the main intersection and the drainage from the main intersection all the way north and all the way south on the west side of the road.

“We’ve [the Cemetery Board] had some money donated to us in the last few weeks and we feel, as a board, we can take care of the walls, which is $4,892.28,” Johnson said. “There is also a $10,073.60 labor bill to install the pipe and the drain on the west side, with the City buying the materials.”

According to Johnson, Grimm’s said the price ($10,073.60) would come down if the City would provide dump trucks to haul dirt out. Johnson also said the project could possibly begin in July.

“It would work in our timeframe, if we could get that done in July, then we have Dennis Suther that would do some dirt work for us in August and September, and then hopefully we can get some new grass planted in certain areas, but the drainage is what we have to start with,” Edelman said.

While the commissioners thought the project was a good idea, they had multiple questions and requested that Paul with Grimm’s Gardens attend the next meeting, to answer follow-up questions on the project.

The Cemetery Board also asked if the City would still be able to spray for weeds at the Cemetery twice a year – spring and fall. Edelman said the Cemetery Board would be looking at paying over $8,000 to bid out the project.

Allen asked if the Board could spray in the spring and the City could do the spraying in the fall.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the May 10 meeting.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution 2021-09 for summer help.

The commissioners are invited to the Sabetha Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31.

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, June 14.

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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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