City hears proposal on speed radar signs

Sabetha High School AP government students join the Sabetha City Commission meeting on Monday, October 23. Pictured are FRONT ROW (L-R) Aiden Lang, Morgan Toedman, Eve Bailey, Kylah Edelman, Laura Metzger and McKenna Gatz; BACK ROW (L-R) Commissioner Nick Aberle, Acting Mayor Norm Schmitt and Commissioner Julie Burenheide.

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting were Acting Mayor Norm Schmitt, Commissioners Julie Burenheide and Nick Aberle, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer, and City Clerk Steve Compo. Guests present were Jason Enneking, Megan Bunck and Nick Scott, and Sabetha High School students Aiden Lang, Laura Metzger, Kylah Edelman, Eve Bailey, Morgan Toedman and McKenna Gatz, who were present for their AP government class.

Scott was present to discuss with the commissioners about placing solar speed radar signs at the school crossings. Scott, who is the crossing guard for Sabetha Elementary School, said while traffic flow was good, there was some speeding and he was mainly concerned about safety.

“My main purpose, you know I am the crossing guard and it flows pretty good, but there’s some speeding there and radar signs will not solve the whole problem, but my main thing is safety for the kids, safety for the parents and safety for bringing them across, and safety for myself,” Scott said.

Scott said he researched the signs and spoke with multiple stakeholders about the possibility of putting up the signs. Those stakeholders included Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Superintendent Todd Evans and Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck. According to Scott, Evans and Wahwasuck thought the signs would be good to have.

Scott also said he spoke with the city administrator in Seneca, since Seneca has similar signs installed. According to Scott, the city administrator of Seneca said they saw speed improvement in the area where the signs are located.

Scott presented quotes for the speed radar signs to the commissioners. The quote he received was from Elan City in New York City, N.Y., and was in the amount of $6,850 for two signs. After discussion, the commissioners asked Allen to do some additional research and bring more information to a future meeting.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the Monday, Oct. 9, meeting.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2023-26 for a nuisance property at 502 N Ninth.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution 2023-27 for Kevin Wagoner of Axtell, who has accepted a position in the Sabetha Police Department.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution 2023-28 for officer on call pay. The rate for on-call will be $25 per day. The officer will also get paid time and a half if they get called out.

The commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1582, which adopts all the State of Kansas Traffic Ordinances. This Ordinance is adopted annually. See Ordinance No. 1582 on Page 7.

The commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1583, for the uniform public offense code. This ordinance is adopted annually. See Ordinance No. 1583 on Page 7.

After researching more on the land sale to Triple C, Allen said they will not “save land” for the Airport. After a short discussion, the commissioners approved selling the land, which is located directly west of Triple C, up to the railroad tracks.

The commissioners approved Shroyer’s signature on the retainer agreement for the City of Sabetha to join in the lawsuit for Forever Chemicals.

“National Rural Water and American Water Works recommended that all public water supply sign this and get in the class action lawsuit,” Shroyer said. “There are 52,000 municipal water supplies in the United States and they would like everyone to sign up. We did this one other time and we got approximately $30,000 back. We have never had a hit on these [the 13 chemicals involved in the lawsuit] and we are testing or studying with KDHE [Kansas Department of Health and Environment] just to see. The place they will find it will be in the wastewater.”

The city wanted to remind residents that Sabetha’s water supply is safe.

Allen said that the commissioners have been invited to the Sabetha Fire Department Family Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at The Parlor.

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart113 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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