Birthday celebration discussed

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting were Mayor Cody Bletscher, Commissioners Jason Enneking, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Trevin Edelman, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer, and Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck. Guests present were Chamber board members Cindy Alderfer, Heaven Schuette and Susan Gudenkauf, and Chamber Director Gina Murchison.

Police Report

Wahwasuck provided the commissioners with his written report. It is listed below.


There have been eight dog calls since Jan. 18.

Six calls were for noisy animals. An officer responded to the areas of the reported barking dogs, patrolled the area and could not locate the source of the noise.

One call was for a noisy animal, where an officer responded to the area and spoke to the owner. The animal was taken indoors.

One was for a noisy animal, and the report was made after the incident. An officer spoke to the owner of the alleged source of the noise, and the owners were going to make a better effort to keep the noise down late at night.


1322 Roosevelt Street: Unfit structure, maintenance and repair. Some of the roofing has started.

317 S. Fifth Street: Junk motor vehicle, blight premise, animal confines. The Sabetha Police Department (SPD) is attempting to contact owners before abatement.

517 S. 11th Street: Junk motor vehicle, ready for resolution and abatement. The SPD has been trying to contact the owner of the vehicle for final negotiations prior to abatement, but have not been able to make contact.


Officer’s have been in training the past few weeks. Wahwasuck said he is thankful for guys willing to work and fill in, including our part-time guys. This would be a really rough period if it was not for them helping so much.

The SPD will be having a send off for a dispatcher as they are retiring.

The SPD’s recent new hire part-time operator is ready and willing to move into a full-time role. They are set to attend formal NCIC training in March.

With the retirement, the SPD will also be assigning new responsibilities to another dispatcher, who will also attend training in March.

Not immune to illness, the SPD has had some sickness that made its way through the department, and it seems to be all over town.

The SPD had 179 calls for service in the month of January, and opened nine new criminal cases and investigated five accidents.

Sabetha’s 150th Birthday Celebration

Alderfer talked to the commissioners about what kind of information Murchison had gathered for Sabetha’s 150th Birthday Celebration planned for Saturday, June 8. Alderfer said they had secured the band “Southbound” for the celebration. They also discussed the water slides, advertising and cupcakes. The commissioners gave additional ideas for the celebration that Murchison said she would look into.

After looking at the costs of the items mentioned by the Chamber board members present, the commissioners unanimously approved donating $3,500 to Sabetha’s 150th Birthday Celebration.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the Monday, Feb. 12, meeting.

The commissioners approved burn dates for Friday, March 1, through Wednesday, May 1. The commissioners also wanted to mention that if there are Red Flag days issued by the National Weather Service, then the new Nemaha County Red Flag Burning Resolution 2024-5 will be in effect. See Resolution 2024-5 on Page 6 of this week’s Herald.

It was announced that the commissioners were invited to a retirement luncheon honoring Kay Bitterman.

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart118 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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