New emergency sirens approved

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting were Commissioners Maridel Wittmer, Julie Burenheide, Nick Aberle and Norm Schmitt; Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer; and City Clerk Steve Compo. Not present for the meeting were Mayor Cody Bletscher and City Administrator Doug Allen. Guests present were Troy Lay and Jason Enneking.

Troy Lay came before the board and updated the commissioners on the Emergency Siren Project, which was discussed in July 2021. Lay reminded the commissioners that the current system is approximately 70-80 years old and they are struggling to find parts to fix it.

“We thought maybe we need to venture a little further into what else is out there and maybe get us back up into this century, as far as our emergency effectiveness might be during tornadoes and other things,” Lay said.

Lay said that the city currently has five sirens, but could be reduced to four and the city would cover more area. However, the commissioners had previously discussed adding a couple of sirens in the places they were “lacking,” such as at All Star and the eastern side of the industrial park.

“We can go from five sirens to six sirens, which would be one additional siren and cover additional areas like the industrial park and All Star,” Lay said. “The unfortunate thing for us, since last year, prices have increased. The cost of this has gone up another $15,000. It’s just kind of unavoidable at this time. So, what I’m asking you, is we can go back to just the four sirens and cover most of the area that five used to cover, or we can move forward and get the additional sirens, and go from five to six and cover our industrial area completely, and All Star. That will also reach the Wesleyan Church.”

Currently, the emergency sirens are located at City Hall, the City Maintenance Building, the Apostolic Christian Home, the Sabetha Airport and at the Aquatic Center.

After further discussion, the commissioners decided to purchase six new emergency sirens for approximately $178,000. This includes the six new sirens, a new console for dispatch and to update radios.

The new sirens will be located by Sabetha Community Hospital, the AC Home, NorthRidge Church, Sabetha City Hall, All Star and just north of NorthWind Technical Center on the east side of the industrial park.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the Monday, Jan. 10, meeting.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution 2022-04 for Dennis Entrikin, who has accepted a position with the Sabetha Police Department.

The commission approved appointing Nick Buck and Jason Enneking to the Sabetha Planning Commission.

The commissioners approved extending Sabetha’s House Demolition Program until July 31, 2022.

The commission approved a land purchase by NorthWind Technical Center in the Sabetha Industrial Park, as well as Right of First Refusal for NorthWind Technical Center.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Sabetha City Hall.


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Heather Stewart is one of two co-editors for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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