Sabetha City Commission: City approves kennel proposal

In April, Sabetha High School students from Maggie Suther’s government class presented proposals to the Sabetha City Commission. The students provided cost estimates, designs and other details for these projects. Following the April presentation, commissioners chose a dog kennel improvement project to pursue for further consideration.

At its meeting on Monday, June 11, the commission heard from students Abby Hinton and Emily Poe regarding the dog kennels. Currently, the kennels are located at the old wastewater treatment site and are used to house stray dogs that are picked up. Hinton and Poe proposed moving the kennel location to the new wastewater facility. Their proposal included pricing for prefabricated kennels and homemade kennels to house up to three dogs. The cost presented for homemade kennels would be around $7,000 and the prefabricated kennels would be $8,749. Commissioners approved the project and will do some further research into the best option.

Present for the 6 p.m. meeting 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. Also present were Hinton, Poe, the city’s attorney Martin Mishler, Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck, Sabetha Fire Chief Jim Johnson, Robert Ruddick, Mike Bosworth, Marlene Bosworth, Nancy Gafford and Scott Shreve.


Mayor Clark opened a hearing regarding two tax abatements for expansions to Extru-Tech and NorthWind Technical Services. Gafford of the Rural Development Association explained that with its addition, Extru-Tech could employ up to nine people over the 10-year tax abatement period, and that NorthWind could employ up to 23 in that 10-year period. After no public comment, the hearing was closed.

Resolution No. 2018-10 for Extru-Tech was approved 4-0 with Commissioner Schmitt abstaining from the vote. Resolution No. 2018-11 for NorthWind was approved 5-0.

Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2018-08 setting a time and date for a hearing on a code structure violation at a property located at 403 N. 6th Street. The hearing was set for 6 p.m. Monday, June 25, at City Hall. Police Chief Wahwasuck said he has made multiple attempts to work with the property owner to correct the code structure violation, to no avail.


Shreve was present on behalf of Energy Management Group (EMG). He reported on the city’s energy savings over the last three years. Following Shreve’s presentation, commissioners approved a 3.5 megawatt baseload for the years 2019-2022. Historically, that price would be $24.50 per megawatt hour.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners discussed the old Sabetha Lake regarding trash, security and raising fees. They asked city administration to look into fees at other lakes.

Commissioners also approved the following:

• Request by Fire Chief Johnson for the Fire Department to use the sports complex for the city’s fireworks display to be held at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and a $2,000 donation from the city.

• Resolution No. 2018-09, amending a previous resolution for Prairie View Heights addition.

• Conditional Use Permit for Reuben Spellmeier to allow him to place shipping containers on a property to rent. This permit would allow up no more than 20 units, per the Planning Commission’s recommendation.

• Board appointments: Linda Hopp to replace Michelle Strahm on the Mary Cotton Public Library Board and Matt Heiman to replace Adam Reel on the Planning Commission.

• Minutes from the May 14 meeting.

• Wage Resolution No. 2018-12 for Arthur Ross for the SPD.

Commissioners entered into two separate executive sessions. The first included Wahwasuck regarding a personnel matter and the second also was regarding a separate personnel matter. No binding action was taken following these executive sessions.

The next commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 25, at City Hall.

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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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