City wants review of wind facility zoning
The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at City Hall. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Nick Aberle, Norm Schmitt, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Also present was Robert Ruddick on behalf of Neighbor-2-Neighbor (N2N), and Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck.
At the Oct. 24 commission meeting, members of the Sabetha Housing Authority (SHA) board discussed with commissioners the Brookwood and Midtown apartments. Ruddick, a N2N board member, also attended that meeting and expressed some concerns about the condition of the apartments.
Because of a limited budget, some repairs are difficult for the SHA board to complete. Therefore, they asked Ruddick if N2N could assist with some of these efforts.
At Monday’s meeting, Ruddick reported to commissioners that N2N and SHA had been in discussions about how the two entities could work together. A walk-through of the apartments has been scheduled. N2N board members will review needs to be done and see what they can do to assist.
Wind facility zoning
Commissioners approved having City Administrator Allen ask the Planning Commission to look at amending the zoning regulations to not allow windmills within extra-territorial area zoned by city regulations, which is typically a 1-1/2 to 2 mile radius of the city limits. Currently, they are allowed. The Planning Commission would need to set a public hearing to change the way this is handled.
In other news, Ruddick suggested putting together a committee to review the city’s environmental ordinances, as there are some ordinances that need more clarification. He suggested that once the committee had reviewed these ordinances, they would present suggested changes to the commission. Commissioner Burenheide questioned whether this proposed committee would be looking at individual properties.
“There shouldn’t be a committee. That is our job as a commission,” Burenheide said.
Commissioner Schmitt agreed with Burenheide, adding that the ordinances are guidelines and that not all of them can be enforced.
Wahwasuck weighed in, saying that the codes were recently redone and are a broad guideline. They are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and when a complaint is filed, it is looked into.
The commission decided not to pursue a committee at this time, but Mayor Clark thanked Ruddick for sharing his idea.
Also at the meeting:
Commissioners approved the following:
• Minutes from the Nov. 12 meeting.
• Cereal malt beverage licenses for Casey’s, Pizza Hut, Garrett Country Mart, Sabetha Bowl and All-Star.
• Resolution No. 2018-24 for the GAAP Waiver, which is approved annually.
• Holiday time off for non-essential city employees. They will be off from Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Dec. 25. A Christmas party will be held for city employees at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.
The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. The commissioners decided to cancel the meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 24, due to the Christmas holiday. If one is needed, they will schedule it at a later time.