Committee seeks funds for The Main Event

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting were Mayor Cody Bletscher, Commissioners Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Trevin Edelman, Jason Enneking came in late, City Administrator Doug Allen, and City Clerk Steve Compo. Guests were The Main Event Committee members Amy Allen, Kara Tramp, Kathy Simpson, Betty Niehues, Nadine Champlin and Julie Wenger. Also present was Steve Shafer.

The Main Event

A. Allen, along with her committee members, came to speak to the board on a couple items. First was to suggest that the commissioners consider increasing rent prices for The Main Event. The last increase was in 2015.

“The building is heavily utilized. Doug [Allen] and Steve [Compo] crunched some numbers between income coming in currently versus the utilities that it takes to keep it functional, plus insurance on the building, and that’s just bare minimal. We know there are repairs, taxes, and it is just currently breaking even… That doesn’t leave much wiggle room for anything,” A. Allen said. “We don’t want it to be a profit maker, we have always prided ourselves on it being available for almost any citizen, we try to keep those prices where anyone can reach them… We believe in order to keep it at the current state and or better, we need to do something… Here are some numbers that we think are middle of the road… At the end of the day, it’s your building. This is just a suggestion and something to look at for yourselves.”

The proposal for the rate increase at the Main Event is: $200 for the small room or $300 for both daily, $600 for two-day event, $900 for three-day event, and $1,050 for a four-day event. The committee proposes renting out the small room by itself, or renting both rooms. If you rent the bigger space, the smaller space is included. They also proposed taking the half-day option out. The new rates would go into effect for new bookings.

The commissioners approved the proposed rate increases for the Main Event.

The Main Event Committee also came to request a donation. A. Allen said they are looking into getting an audio/visual system for The Main Event with an estimated cost of $61,339. They have spoken with Austin Rippe, and this is the system that he recommends would work best, and it would give them 20 years or so of good use. Wenger-Marel has approved a $31,569 donation. However, the grant is contingent on the committee coming up with the matching funds.

“We have a current project going with landscaping,” A. Allen said. “We have about $12,000 earmarked for some plants, landscaping, a little bit of fencing, so we have started that. Kathy [Simpson] took it upon herself to apply for a grant from Wenger-Marel for the matching funds that were out there, and the project she chose was audio/visual… Currently, everyone has to bring in their own equipment, which can be very challenging.

“We currently do not have enough money in our account to match this grant, but we would hate to lose it. Give to Grow is our major source of funding and that will not occur until the fall. We feel like we have approximately half of that amount and would still be able to finish our landscaping. We can fund half of the $31,568 if we could possibly ask for yet another generous donation from the City. Our facility will be functional on a whole new level.”

Kathy Simpson said they have put a lot of money into the City’s building.

“Looking back, since we started, if we get this grant, that puts us close to $350,000 that we have raised for the improvements of the city building,” Simpson said.

The commissioners agreed to table the donation to the Main Event Committee for two weeks to see if more funds could possibly be raised along with an updated quote, due to the first quote being from January.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the May 13 meeting.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution No. 2024-10 for lifeguards Marissa Cox, Jacob Enneking and Brendon Bestwick for wage increase.

The commissioners approved Wage Resolution No. 2024-11 for Nicholas Zermeno for the Electrical Production position at the Power Plant.

The commissioners appointed Jennifer Carr and Josh Burger to the planning commission board. They are still in need of one member for the planning committee from outside the city limits.

The commissioners will meet again for their next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 8, at Sabetha City Hall.

Julie Shafer64 Posts

Julie Shafer is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2021. Julie lives in Morrill with her husband and three of her five children.


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