Cemetery drainage project approved

The City has approved the drainage project at the Sabetha Cemetery after a short discussion during their meeting on Monday, June 14. Present for the meeting was Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer, City Clerk Steve Compo, Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck, and City Attorney Martin Mishler. Guests present were Luke Sunderland, Jim Johnson, Dennis Stones, Paul Kickhaefer, Mary Ryan, Jason Enneking, John Mowder and Alan Meyer.

Kickhaefer, with Grimm’s Gardens, was present to discuss the project and answer questions the commissioners had regarding the project. The proposal was that the City of Sabetha would pay to install a French drain along the entire stretch immediately west of the main road running north and south. The City would provide all of the pipe, pipe fittings, inlet grates and gravel, as well as dump trucks. The cost to the City would be $6,925.20.

The Cemetery Board would be responsible for installing three 10-feet long walls, 27 inches tall, with 6 inches below ground and 21 inches above. The cost to the cemetery board will be $4,892.28. The total cost of the project will be $11,828.73.

The commissioners approved this project.

Police Report

Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck presented his written report to the board.


There have been seven dog calls since May 4.

Three calls were for a dog at large. City personnel and an officer responded to the area and could not locate the dog.

One call was for a dog at large. An officer responded and caught the dog, returned it to the owner with a verbal warning.

One call was for a dog at large. City personnel and an officer responded and caught the dogs, and they were put back inside the house. It is believed a construction crew accidentally freed the dogs.

One call was for a dog 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-on-dog fight. An officer responded and spoke with both owners. A case has been filed with the prosecutor.


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.

1115 Virginia, 118 Oregon: Junk vehicle, abated by owner.

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

1550 Main: Unfit structure, blight premise. The owner has begun the work.

213 S 13th: Weeds abated, blight premise. Junk vehicle, still in process.

707 S Ninth, 806 S Washington, 228 S 13th: Weeds, abated by owner.

1003 Harrison: Weeds, junk vehicle, abated by owner.

712 Dakota: Junk vehicle, weeds. Still in process.

410 Grant: Weeds, ready for abatement.

512 Main: Household trash, still in process.

A discussion was had with the owners of the collapsed building on Grant Street. Wahwasuck reported that it did not seem, at the time, that a solution was available, and the owners were encouraged to keep in contact with the City and work toward a solution.


COVID-19 protocols have lessened and the department is now allowed more personal contact with citizens. COVID-19 taught the police department to be more conscious of their health, to wash their hands more often and use sanitizer, as well as being aware if the person they are dealing with may be sick.

With spring sports happening, the department has been trying to make a presence.

Officers were instructed to increase weekend lake patrols in the spring. During the summer, lake patrols will increase daily. Fifty-eight lake patrols were counted in the month of May.

The department is pushing to finish their training year and getting everyone’s hours. The schedule is full of training dates, vacation dates and military drill. For the summer, there are a lot more single coverage times than Chief Wahwasuck would like, but he still has not found anyone to fill the vacant officer position.

In the month of May, the department took 211 calls for service.

Storms on Friday, June 11, flooded the building. Wahwasuck called in a second dispatcher to help take the extreme amount of phone calls that were coming in. The officers on duty were assisting where they could, but were called away to two calls for service.

Old Highway 75 Speed Study

The Sabetha Police Department completed a speed study on Old Highway 75 following the junior class projects presentation. One group requested the speed limit to be increased, so Wahwasuck timed the drive from Ag Partners Coop to 192nd Road. Following the speed study, it was decided that the speed limit would remain the same.

Airport Design, Study

Mishler was present to discuss the Sabetha Airport design and study.

“For 40 plus years, our airport has been eligible to participate in funding from the FAA, federal government, but we have never taken the steps it takes to actually qualify for that,” Mishler said. “For the last eight or nine months, we have been working with Doug [Allen] and Bill [Shroyer], and engineers out of Manhattan on that process. We have had several meetings with the FAA representative in Kansas City and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Aviation Department. The grant that we got was from KDOT, to do what we can to upgrade our airport. Now, we will be talking about hangers.”

Mishler said the grant requires $15,000 from the City of Sabetha, and the rest is paid for by KDOT Aviation Department. Mishler said he was solely keeping the City updated and there would be no action required by the City at this time.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the May 24 meeting.

The City approved giving the Sabetha Fire Department $2,500 for the annual fireworks display. They also approved the use of the ball fields for shooting off the fireworks.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution 2021-10 for Jacob Baumgartner in the Electrical Production department.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution 2021-11 for Mikenna Haverkamp for Lifeguard WSI.

The commissioners approved a Class A Club License for the Sabetha VFW.

Aberle asked questions regarding the City of Sabetha receiving federal COVID-19 relief funds. Compo said he believes the City will receive $391,858.16 from the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act. The City is considering using the fund for wastewater improvements. However, according to Shroyer, these monies do have limitations on what the City can actually do with it.

“We do know that it can be used for water or wastewater plants, infrastructure, etc., but do not know the entire limitations as of yet,” Shroyer said.

Aberle said he had a former resident ask him about the ADA compliance at the ballpark.

“There is no handicap parking. There are ramps, but they are not an appropriate grade,” Aberle said.

The commissioners discussed the topic and decided the City would look into the request.

The commissioners went into a 10-minute executive session under attorney client privilege for a “nuissance.” No action was taken following executive session.

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, June 28, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart203 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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