City approves 2018 budget

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt, Julie Burenheide and Maridel Wittmer, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo.

Mayor Clark opened a state budget hearing. After drawing no public comment, the hearing was closed, and the Fiscal Year 2018 budget was approved.

The approved budget was $11,401,947 — nearly $1.6 million less than the FY 2017 budget.

The estimated mill levy is 46.790, generating approximately $889,667 in property tax revenue. Assessed valuation is $19,014,248.


Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck presented his police report. He noted that he and his staff are as prepared as they can be for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

“We have no idea how many people will come and no real way to plan for this,” he said. “We’re about as prepared for a population increase as we can be.”

Wahwasuck said he will have all staff available that day and ambulances and fire trucks all will be up and running if needed. Wahwasuck said he expects most of the surrounding cities will be pretty full with visitors and that Sabetha may see some overflow from those communities.

Also at the meeting:

Sidney Richardson was present to discuss a bullying issue. Commissioners recommended she file a police report.

Commissioners approved the following:

• Ordinance No. 1521, incorporating a subdivision known as Halls Addition into the city of Sabetha. See ordinance on page 7A of this week’s Herald.

• Ordinance No. 1522, regulating traffic within the city. See ordinance on page 6A.

• Ordinance No. 1523, regulating public offenses within the city. See ordinance on page 6A.

• Wage resolutions for a part-time dispatcher, Robert Ruddick, and for a full-time police officer, Brittany Springman.

• Cereal Malt Beverage license for Pizza Hut.

• Minutes from the July 24 meeting.

The next regular meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28.

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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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