Sabetha City Commission: City to pay for portion of Main Event upgrade

The Main Event Committee is ready for the next phase of improving the event center located at 16 Main Street. At the Sabetha City Commission meeting Monday evening, Aug. 27, committee representatives requested the city pay for a portion of the next upgrade.

Julie Wenger and Kathy Simpson were present on behalf of The Main Event committee.

Simpson said the committee was ready for the next phase of improvement to the building — a meeting room which could be rented separately from the larger room. The room’s capacity will be 50 to 60 people. The room will include a kitchen and two bathrooms.

Simpson said this room could be used for smaller gatherings such as company meetings or smaller family gatherings, or it could be rented along with the main room for a larger gathering.

The committee has priced four phases of this project as follows:

• Phase 1: Rough in sheet rock, electrical and plumbing, $19,278.47;

• Phase 2: HVAC system, $13,953.63;

• Phase 3: Finish work, except flooring, $37,973.28;

• Phase 4: Epoxy flooring, $10,000.

The total cost of this portion of the project would be $81,205.38. The Main Event has $567.48 remaining in their city fund and $26,691.16 in their account with the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation. All of these funds were generated from the last two years Give to Grow Match Days.

Wenger and Simpson said the committee would like to proceed with the first two phases of this project. The committee would use funds already raised for Phase 1, and requested the City complete Phase 2 simultaneously.

The remaining money in their account would be saved to use for a jumpstart on Phase 3. During this year’s Give to Grow Day, they plan to push for fundraising to help with Phase 3.

Commissioners approved paying for the installation of the HVAC system at an approximate cost of $13,953.63.

To date, the committee has raised funds for the following upgrades — kitchen; acoustics; front sidewalks, signage and new glass entry; and indoor painting and signage for rooms. The city has helped with some financing for these projects previously, as well.

See full meeting minutes on page 8A.

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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