Sabetha City Commission

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, April 10. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Jeremy Haverkamp also was present to give an update on the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Haverkamp reported that he recently had attended an aquatics facility operations class which covered things like filtration, safety hazards and water chemistry. Aquatic Center Manager Loretta Buser also will attend this class. Haverkamp said 33 lifeguards have been hired, along with a manager (Buser) and assistant manager, Kelli Stallbaumer.

Commissioner Burenheide asked if there will be a manager on duty at all times. Haverkamp confirmed that either Buser or Stallbaumer will be on duty at all times, along with seven to nine or eight to 10 guards at all times.

Mayor Clark asked if the lifeguards would all receive special training for the aquatic center. Haverkamp said they all will attend water park instruction class, and some also will have a water safety instruction class so that they may test children for swimming lessons.

“Everybody will have some sort of training,” Haverkamp said. “Standard lifeguarding, plus water park specific instruction and water safety instructor lessons.”

Commissioners asked Haverkamp about the Kiwanis Family Splash Park. He said he had received a bid for $2,900 for sod. Sod will be placed around the splash pad. Haverkamp anticipated the splash park would open mid-May.

Housing Development

Commissioners approved the development agreement for the Prairie View Heights Addition, which is the housing development which will be located on the land that was formerly platted for cemetery expansion. See related story beginning on Page 1A of this week’s Herald.

Wastewater Improvements

Commissioner Burenheide asked for an update on the wastewater collection system improvements. Assistant City Administrator Shroyer said that crews are almost done with point repairs and will start repairing the streets soon. One area in particular that will have significant repair is 14th Street, from Virginia to Dakota. Mayor Clark asked if the yards would be repaired. Shroyer said everything will be fixed, and plans for those repairs would be discussed with crews soon.

Highway Resurfacing

Commissioner Wittmer asked about the Old Highway 75 resurfacing. The highway resurfacing was completed by Hall Brothers of Marysville last fall. The product did not last well, and the company has said it will redo the road. City Administrator Allen said the company will give notice before they come to do it, but it will likely be short notice.


Commissioners briefly discussed sidewalks that they have previously promised to repair or install. One that was promised to install was on the north side of the cemetery, and one that needed repaired was in front of a residence on Main Street.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved minutes from the March 27 meeting; Wage Resolution No. 2017-06, approving wages for summer help; and Resolution No. 2017-05, regulating and establishing sewer rates for sewer utilities within the city. See Resolution 2017-05 on page 7A of this week’s Herald.

The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 24.

Krista Wasinger96 Posts

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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