City prohibits tobacco use at parks

Sabetha City Commissioners discussed and approved two city ordinances at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 12. One ordinance prohibits use of tobacco in municipal owned parks, playgrounds and recreational areas; and the other covers “no parking zones.”

The commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at City Hall. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Also present were Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck and guests Jason Lang and Aiden Lang, who were observing the meeting as part of a Cub Scout badge requirement.

Ordinance No. 1526

Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1526, prohibiting the use of tobacco in all municipal owned parks, playgrounds and recreational areas in Sabetha. This ordinance does not prohibit the use of tobacco at the Sabetha City Lake and Pony Creek Lake.

City Administrator Allen said that Parks and Recreation Director Jeremy Haverkamp had received complaints of people smoking at the ballfields. Smoking will still be allowed in the parking lots of these areas, but not near the fields. Signs will be posted accordingly.

Commissioners asked Allen if smoking was allowed at the city shop and in city vehicles. Allen said smoking is prohibited in city buildings, including the shop, and in city vehicles.

Ordinance No. 1526 is printed on Page 7A of this week’s Herald.

Ordinance No. 1527

Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1527, establishing a “no parking zones” in the following areas:

• On both east and west sides of Eighth Street, between Main Street and Grant Street, with some exceptions;

• On the east side of South 13th Street between Virginia Street and Dakota Street;

• On the north side of Grant Street between 4th Street and 5th Street;

• On the west side of 14th Street between Main Street and Oregon Street;

• On the east side of 14th Street between Main Street and Oregon Street, from Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

• On the east side of 14th Street, between Oregon Street and Florida Street.

City Administrator Allen explained that this ordinance modifies the previous ordinance to include 14th Street between Oregon and Florida streets. While there is no problem of individuals parking there currently, this section was added due to the homes being built in that area and the future construction of a wellness center in that area. Additionally, this parking restriction also will be helpful so a visiting MRI semi can get into and out of the hospital parking lot.

Ordinance No. 1527 is printed on Page 7A of this week’s Herald.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved minutes from the Jan. 22 meeting. Chief Wahwasuck presented his police report. Wahwasuck said he has recently started enforcing the city code on abandoned vehicles being left on city streets. A few have been towed, Wahwasuck reported.

Commissioners tentatively approved Wednesday, April 25, as School Project Day. Sabetha High School juniors will present projects to commissioners in the commission room from approximately 8:15 a.m. to noon that day. City Administrator Allen said that the students’ assignment is to research and plan a city project and discuss funding.

The next regular commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at City Hall.

Krista Wasinger71 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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