Sabetha City Commission: City accepts bid for Sixth Street repair

If all goes as planned, construction on Sixth Street could begin in about a month, said City Administrator Doug Allen at the Sabetha City Commission meeting on Monday, Aug. 13.

The city commissioners approved a bid in the amount of $1,811,662.01 from J & K Contracting of Junction City for repairs to Sixth Street. Repairs include repaving Sixth Street and installing a water line under the street.

This does not include the construction of the Walking Trail. Bids for this portion of the project will be accepted at a later date.

J & K Contracting was the firm previously hired for work on the wastewater project. Commissioners expressed some concern over the rough repairs to North 14th Street completed by J & K and said that it was important that city administration “keep on them” [J & K] to do an acceptable job.

Meeting Minutes

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at City Hall. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Julie Burenheide and Maridel Wittmer, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Also present were the city’s attorney Martin Mishler and patron Bob Ruddick.

State Budget Hearing

Mayor Clark opened the state budget hearing. Receiving no public comment, the hearing was closed, and commissioners approved the state budget.

Ordinance No. 1531

Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1531, establishing Sixth Street as a main traffic way. City Administrator Allen said that for the bond for the street repair, it has to be officially designated as a main traffic way. Though Sixth, 14th, Main and Oregon are all unofficially designated as main traffic ways, nothing has ever been put in writing to that effect. Mishler explained that the official designation was necessary for financing purposes. Ordinance No. 1531 can be found on Page 7A of this week’s Herald.

403 N. 6th

Ruddick asked about the status of the tearing down or repair of the garage at 403 N. Sixth Street. Commissioners gave the property owner a deadline of Aug. 13 to have the garage repaired or torn down.

If the garage had not been torn down or repaired by the property owner, then city employees would remove it. City commissioners agreed that as soon as it was convenient for city staff, the garage will be torn down.

Also at the meeting:

Mayor Clark announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sabetha Health and Wellness Center is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. All commissioners were encouraged to attend.

An executive session was held with the commissioners, City Administrator Allen, Assistant City Administrator Shroyer and Mishler present. The executive session was necessary to protect attorney/client privilege. No binding action was taken following the session.

Commissioners approved the following:

• Meeting minutes from July 23, correcting a spelling error.

• Special assessment hearing date of 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, for the Prairie View Heights addition.

• Addendum to the Sabetha Community Hospital contract, allowing the advisory board to add non-residents of up to 50 percent of their board.

The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

Krista Wasinger66 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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