Police chief gives report

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting were Mayor Cody Bletscher, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer, City Clerk Steve Compo, and Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck. Guests present were Jason Enneking and Charli Enneking.

Police Report

Wahwasuck presented his written report to the commissioners.

Dogs

There has only been one dog call since Feb 24. The call was for a dog at large, and an officer responded. A dog matching the description was located at its residence. The officer spoke to owner and gave verbal warning of the issue.

Codes

1322 Roosevelt: Junk Vehicle was abated. Unfit structure, maintenance and repair. Ready for abatement. Owners were contacted and made aware the city was preparing to take action.

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

216 S. 13th: Blight premise, junk vehicle, ready for resolution and abatement. The owner told Wahwasuck that he will continue to make strides.

319 N. Ninth: Blight premise, health and welfare, maintenance and repair. Wahwasuck said he has been unable to reach the person of contact. He has made several attempts, and will continue to do so.

210 Oregon: Junk motor vehicle, abated by owner.

314 S. Ninth: Weeds and household trash, in process, ready for abatement.

317 S. Washington: Weeds and household trash, ready for abatement.

Wahwasuck said that due to vacations, and work conflicts the department has not come up with a resolution to abate some of the nuisances.

Department

The Sabetha Police Department (SPD) continues to assist with the school crossing duty in front of the elementary, when possible, in the mornings and afternoons with the school buses having to load on the west side of their building.

The SPD continues to try and be a positive presence daily in the schools.

The new dispatcher attended state training required for all dispatchers.

Wahwasuck attended command bias free training. Kansas has been ahead of the curve for some time as they require two hours minimum of bias free police training for all law enforcement, which a lot of states do or did not require previously. To combat this in the department along with training, they address it at meetings and perform random video inspections to ensure the quality of our service to the community.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the March 14 meeting.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution No. 2022-05 for Dustin Gruber in the Parks and Recreation Department.

The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart208 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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