Sabetha City Commission: Wellness center to work out


What was once a dream is close to becoming a reality. For approximately 10 years, a group of Sabetha citizens have been working toward construction of a health and wellness center facility. The dream these individuals have been striving for is finally within arm’s reach.

“We are confident this project will be on its way to becoming a reality this summer,” Dave Remmers told commissioners at the Sabetha City Commission meeting Monday, Feb. 27.

Remmers spoke on behalf of the Sabetha Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) Committee. Present at the meeting were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Commissioner Maridel Wittmer was absent.

Also present on behalf of the SHWC Committee were Leslie Scoby and John and Patti Pierson.

Remmers read a prepared statement wherein he explained that the SHWC board members had visited the Highland Community College Western Center and were impressed with the open concept layout of the facility The board wants to mimic that design in Sabetha’s facility and is currently seeking bids from Ayars and Ayars Construction and AHRS Construction.

“Ours will be a smaller scale,” Remmers said. “We currently have enough money from donations and pledges to build an 18,000 to 20,000 square-foot facility.”

Previously, the committee planned to build a facility that was more than 25,000 square feet.

Commissioner Burenheide asked if the schools would be allowed to use the facility’s basketball courts.

Remmers said those details will be discussed at a later date. The main focus now is getting the facility built.

The plans are to move forward this summer – contingent on the bids.

“We feel we are in a position to make that happen,” Remmers said.

In early 2016, the commissioners entered into an Option Agreement with the SHWC Committee that the land and building would be deeded to the SHWC Committee.

The Agreement included the following provisions and conditions: 1) SHWC Committee secures funding for the facility; 2) City would assume demolition cost of Midtown building; 3) Boy Scout Room would remain intact and property of the City of Sabetha, giving first right of refusal to the SHWC should that building ever come available. Additionally, a clause was added that the facility must remain a “health and recreation facility.”

The Agreement also stated that no demolition of the building could begin until the funds for the project were secured. Once the SHWC Committee receives and reviews bids, they will present to the commission and the demolition of Midtown will be scheduled.

Burenheide asked if the city had received bids on the demolition of the Midtown Building. Allen said there were rough estimates.

Burenheide also asked if people would be able to get things such as woodwork out of the building before the demolition. Allen said the city would likely provide a certain timeframe to allow this.

Additionally, the city would set up a temporary workout location for the weight machines while the facility was being constructed.

Commissioner Schmitt asked how long construction would take.

Remmers said construction is estimated to take eight months.

Also at the meeting: 

Electrical Production Supervisor Randy Campbell updated commissioners on the city’s substation and transformer.

Electrical Distribution Supervisor Troy Lay updated commissioners on the west loop improvements. Lay said the goal is to have this project begin in June or July and be complete within three months.

Commissioners approved burn dates for March 2 through May 2.

Commissioners approved minutes from the Feb. 13 meeting and Wage Resolution No. 2017-02 for Jacob Hout.

The next regular commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 13.

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Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.


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