Housing contract approved

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, 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 Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck. Guests present were Preston Thomas, Bob Ruddick, Marlene Bosworth and Cody Bletscher.

The commissioners voted 3-2 – Aberle and Burenheide opposed – to approve the contract for Jadwin Villas with one change to the contract. Clark said he asked Allen to add in the contract that the city is selling the Midtown land for the purpose of building residential housing.

Clark called the public hearing to order to abate three properties in Sabetha. The three properties are 1322 Roosevelt St., 523 N. 14th St. and 216 S. 13th St. With no public comment coming before the board, Clark closed the public hearing.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2021-26 for a nuisance abatement. 

Police Report

Dogs

There have been two dog calls since Oct. 21. One was for a dog fight, where an officer responded and a case was filed with the prosecutor. The other was for a dog at large. City personnel or an officer responded, and dog was returned home and owner was cited. 

Codes 

318 N. Ninth St.: Condemned structure, structure was removed by the city and condition abated. 

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

523 N. 14th St.: Unfit structure, ready for resolution and abatement. Owner stated that they could not begin work because they did not own the property. Owner states that they will own the property soon and that Neighbor-2-Neighbor is going to help them with the repair once the property is in their name. 

216 S. 13th St.: Blight premise, junk vehicle, ready for resolution and abatement. Owner told me to check the property on Monday, Dec. 13, and they will have the conditions abated. 

319 N. Ninth St.: Blight Premise, Health and Welfare, Maintenance and Repair. 401 Ohio – Junk Motor Vehicle, in process. 

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

222 Harrison St.: Keeping of animals. Owner is working on abating the issue. 

Department 

Chief Wahwasuck said the Sabetha Police Department is moving forward and putting the shooting that occurred in Sabetha behind them as they begin to return to regular duties. Wahwasuck said they continue to check on one another as they’re aware that the shooting can continue to weigh on people as they cope with such an event and are still trying to move forward in a positive manner. 

Wahwasuck said there is still no crossing guard that has been hired at Sabetha Elementary School, and continue to assist with that duty when possible in the mornings.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the Nov. 22 meeting.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution 2021-25 for a 5 percent annual raise for all city employees and a “few” merit raises.

The commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1573, for vacating an alley, which is located between Virginia, Ohio, Second Street and Third Street. According to Allen, the alley has never been constructed and all the owners signed a petition and the city will keep 20 feet as an easement. 

The commissioners approved holiday time off for non-essential city workers. The approved time off includes workers leaving at noon, Thursday, Dec. 23, and then all day on Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 31. 

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart198 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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