Sabetha City Commission: City looks at water treatment facility upgrades

Members of Pack 77 Arrow of Light attend a Sabetha City Commission meeting to learn about government on Monday, October 22. Pictured are FRONT ROW (L-R) Cameron Strathman, Will Voos, Aiden Lawson, Ben Aberle and Joshua Enneking; BACK ROW (L-R) Commissioners Norm Schmitt and Nick Aberle, Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioner Julie Burenheide and Den Leader Chris Aberle. Not present was Pack member Mason Carlson.

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at City Hall. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Commissioner Maridel Wittmer was absent.

Members of Pack 77 Arrow of Light and their den leader Chris Aberle were present to learn about government meetings. The Cub Scouts led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Water treatment Facility

Keithen Meyer from Schwab Eaton in Manhattan presented a report about the city’s water treatment facility, which included recommendations for improvements.

Meyer said the city’s plant is dated, but it is currently meeting requirements. Schwab Eaton’s recommendations were prioritized in the report he presented to the commission. If the city chooses to proceed with the improvements, construction can be done in staggered phases, which would take roughly seven to nine months.

Commissioners agreed that they would like to proceed and would like to see what financing options are available. City Administrator Allen said he would work on those for the next meeting.

Sabetha Housing Authority

Board Member Carol Roberts spoke on behalf of the Sabetha Housing Authority (SHA) and said the board is working on maintenance to Brookwood and Midtown apartments. She reported that vacancies in the complexes have decreased significantly and that other significant improvements also have been made in the past two years.

In further discussion regarding maintenance, Roberts said there is a number posted for maintenance calls at both complexes. An on-site maintenance person handles those calls.

Commissioners inquired about the repair and maintenance to the outside of the apartments — specifically painting and trim work. Roberts said those are “big ticket” items and the only budget for this is through the SHA reserve funds.

Patron Robert Ruddick spoke on behalf of Neighbor-2-Neighbor regarding the apartments. Recently, N2N helped a citizen secure an apartment at one of the complexes. He expressed some concerns about the apartments including a dated website, no posted office hours and the condition of the apartment.

Roberts said she appreciated Ruddick’s information and would address those concerns. Another member of the SHA board asked Ruddick if N2N would be available to help with things such as getting an apartment ready. Ruddick said he would check with the N2N board.

Commissioner Schmitt also asked if the SHA board could notify the commission of when their board meetings are, as it would be good for a commission representative to be present at those meetings for informational purposes only.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the minutes from the Oct. 8 meeting.

Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck presented his report. He noted that he expects between 600 and 700 children to participate in the Trick-or-Treat on Main Street event on Wednesday, Oct. 31. His staff is preparing accordingly.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 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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