Police chief gives report

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 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, City Clerk Steve Compo, and Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck. Guests present were Allan Ross, Jason Enneking and Megan Bunck.

Police Report

Chief Wahwasuck presented his written report to the commissioners.


Since Aug. 2, there have been six dog calls. 

One call was for a dog at large and city personnel or an officer responded. The dog could not be located in the area in which it was reported.

One call was for a dog at large, where city personnel or an officer responded. The dog was caught and impounded.

One call was for a dog at large, where city personnel or an officer responded. At the same time, the owner called to say they were trying to get the dog and they would eventually catch it.

One call was for a barking dog, where an officer responded. The owner was contacted and went out and took care of the issue for the time being.

One call was for a dog at large, where city personnel or an officer responded. The owner was contacted and they said they use a wireless fence, and the dogs were out but they don’t leave the yard, and they were off leash. The Sabetha Police Department (SPD) will continue to monitor.

One call was for a dog at large, where city personnel or an officer responded. The dogs were found lingering around outside their pen and ran back inside, and the officer shut the gate behind them.


1322 Roosevelt Street: Unfit structure, maintenance and repair. Ready for abatement. Some work has begun on the house, part of the problem has been torn down by the owner. The SPD will continue to monitor.

523 N 14th Street: Unfit structure, ready for abatement. Person in charge of the property was in talks with a company to repair or tear down. Spoke with them again and they continue to work on coming up with a plan to abate the issue.

319 N Ninth Street: Blight premise, health and welfare, maintenance and repair. Believe that this property recently changed owners once again.

820 Florida Street: Health and welfare, blight premise. Residents did some work on the clean up, but it’s not completely finished as of this time, but will continue to monitor the progress.

202 S 14th Street: Weeds and household trash. Abated by owner.

523 N 14th Street: Weeds and household trash. Abated by owner.


Wahwasuck said school is here and the SPD has been assisting with the morning crossing guard duties. The school has informed the SPD that they continue to try and find help for that position, so that it can free the SPD up, but the SPD will continue to assist with that as much as they can.

Wahwasuck said the SPD tries to make it a point to walk through the school and be seen primarily in the mornings, but it’s not uncommon to see the SPD back at the school throughout the day.

The SPD will do their best to have officers at the home football games as a presence.

Wahwasuck said a lot of contacts have been made in regards to traffic infractions leading up to school and the SPD will continue to do so as school begins.

Wahwasuck said one officer attended class in Gardner, and came back and reported that as usual, there is always something that can be learned and they were happy to have attended the training.

Wahwasuck said the new radio console was installed in dispatch and is up and working. The SPD had a training session with all the communications operators and have most of the bugs in the system worked out. According to Wahwasuck, the console works directly with the new tornado sirens. The public may have heard us testing them towards the end of August. They are working and that project is now complete.

Also at the meeting:

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

The commissioners approved an EMT application for Robert Wahwasuck.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2022-20 to set a hearing for an abatement of two properties. See the legal notice on Page 6 of this week’s Herald.

The commissioners approved the Library bylaws.

The commissioners approved appointing Elaine Mowder for the Sabetha Library Board.

The commissioners approved increasing hangar rent at the Sabetha airport to $150 per month. Allen said all hangars at the airport are currently full or spoken for.

The commissioners approved fall burn dates for Sept. 26 through Dec. 1.

The commissioners approved changing the city’s office hours to 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. effective Oct. 1, 2022. According to Allen, there has been a decrease in office traffic.

The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Sabetha City Hall.


Heather Stewart175 Posts

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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