City Commission discusses code enforcement

Though it was not an agenda item, Sabetha City Commissioners discussed at length the necessity of having a code enforcement officer at their meeting Monday evening, March 26.

Present for the meeting were Mayor Doug Clark, City Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt, Julie Burenheide and Maridel Wittmer, City Administrator Doug Allen and City Clerk Steve Compo. Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer was absent.

Discussion

Commissioners have previously discussed a code enforcement officer, but have not hired anyone to fulfill this role.

Mayor Clark said he would be in favor of hiring a part-time code enforcement officer.

He asked City Administrator Allen to look into what it would take to hire someone for this role.

It was discussed hiring someone from outside the city to perform this role. However, some of the commissioners felt it was important to hire someone who had a stake in the community and who lived within city limits.

Commissioners agreed to table this discussion until Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck was present so they could review with him what steps are currently being taken to enforce codes.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the following:

• Wage Resolution No. 2018-01 for Haydn Budenbender, who has completed his 90-day orientation period for the line crew;

• Wage Resolution No. 2018-02 for Mike Hill as the park manager.

• Wage Resolution No. 2018-03 for Graham Howard for summer help.

• Minutes from the March 12 meeting.

The next regular commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, at City Hall.

City Commission meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of every month and are open to the public.

Krista Wasinger90 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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