Commission approves Eagle Scout shade project

The construction of a solar shade at the city ball fields has been approved by the Sabetha City Commission at their meeting on Monday, June 10.

Present for the 6 p.m. meeting were Mayor Doug Clark; Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide; City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Guests present were Austin Wasinger, Aiden Lang, Jason Lang and Alan Meyer.

Eagle Scout Project

Aiden Lang with Boy Scout Troop 77 presented his proposed Eagle Scout project to the commissioners. A. Lang said for his project he would like the commissioners’ permission to put a solar shade from Solar Shade USA on the east side of the concession stand at the city ball fields.

“This would provide shade for eating and protection from foul balls,” A. Lang said.

A. Lang presented the design to the commissioners and said he would like to start working on the project after the current ball season is over, with the plan to finish the project before the 2020 ball season.

“For fundraising, I would ask local businesses for donations,” A. Lang said. “I plan to work on it myself, along with fellow scouts and family.”

The commissioners approved A. Lang’s Eagle Scout project.

Police Report

Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck presented his report to the commissioners.

Dog Calls

He said they have had 15 dog calls since his last report. Two were barking dogs; five couldn’t be located in reported areas; one was delivered back to the owner; one couldn’t be caught, but the owner was spoken to and they picked it up; one was an individual letting us know they returned their neighbor’s dog; a bite occurred while a dog was tethered in its yard, but it did not break the skin, had current vaccinations and was quarantined by the owner for 10 days and a report was filed with the prosecutor; one was someone reporting they had lost their dog and were looking for it; one dog was reported, found and impounded; one was brought to the station and picked up by the owner; one call turned out to be a raccoon, and Sherri McNary came out and assisted with its removal.

Code Enforcement

“We have notified and have had 17 junk motor vehicles removed since March,” Wahwasuck said.

Wahwasuck discussed Resolution 2019-11, which refers to the structure at 1411 Virginia.

“The city has mowed that property twice and picked up trash around the property,” Wahwasuck said. “The homeowners — Lester and Stacy Scott of Arkansas — are to be billed. They came up and removed a junk vehicle, while they were here but no update on what arrangements have been made or a time table for the repair removal of the property structure. In my opinion, we need to move forward with the resolution, so we can get that ball rolling. I will continue to work with the homeowners and see if they can take care of it.”

Wahwasuck discussed the property at 1015 Dakota, which belongs to Nicholas Stalder of Georgia. Wahwasuck said this property had a fire, and there was a contractor there recently to assess the damage and makes estimates for the repairs. Wahwasuck also said he is working with Attorney Martin Mishler on a resolution for this property.

Wahwasuck updated the commissioners on two properties – 403 N. Sixth belonging to Alfred Moore and 612 Jefferson belonging to Dick Beer – which were discussed at the April 22 meeting.

At Beer’s residence, Wahwasuck said, the scrap pile had been cleaned up but there were still some tires out that he would talk to Beer about.

At Moore’s residence, some items had been moved under the carport but otherwise the property looked similar. Wahwasuck asked if commissioners wanted Moore to come in again to discuss it.

Wittmer brought up concerns regarding a house at 1418 Main, saying that animals are coming from the house and with a neighborhood full of kids, it is a cause for concern. Wahwasuck said he would look at it.

Department Information

Wahwasuck discussed new officer – Daniel Ross. He also said that one officer would be attending training soon.

He also stated that one of Sabetha officers was injured while assisting Nemaha County in an arrest. He said they do not have a return to work date as of yet.

“With the unknown return date of the injured officer and training, other officers have been needing to cover those shifts, and having to change around their schedules,” he said.

Wahwasuck also stated that they gave two driver’s ed presentations to more than 100 students in Sabetha and Seneca.

Commissioners also asked questions regarding incidents that have occurred over the past few months.

Midtown

Allen presented numbers to the commission regarding what it costs to maintain the Midtown Building per year versus what it would cost to tear it down. Allen said for minimal maintenance to the building it would cost approximately $40,000 per year, and the cost to tear the building down would be approximately $160,000. No decision was made regarding the Midtown Building.

The commissioners also discussed putting up cameras at Midtown to prevent theft.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the following: minutes from the May 13 meeting, Wage Resolution 2019-09 for Montana Koch, Wage Resolution 2019-10 for summer help, Resolution 2019-11 for 1411 Virginia, Resolution 2019-12 for an abandoned vehicle at 315 N. 12th Street and Resolution 2019-13 for an abandoned vehicle at 420 N. 12th Street.

Alan Meyer asked for the commissioners for permission to shoot fireworks at the ball fields and also for a donation from the city for the annual fireworks show. Last year, the commission donated $2,000. This year, commissioners approved a donation of $2,500.

The commissioners also approved the low lease bid for a fire truck, of 3.55 percent interest from Community National Bank.

The commissioners appointed Brent Scott and Shana Aberle to the Sabetha Library Board.

The commissioners approved raising the price for what the city will contribute to demolish dilapidated houses in the city, to $5,000 from $2,000 for the next six months. The hope is this price increase will encourage owners to tear down dilapidated houses.

The commissioners approved unanimously Ordinance 1539 for an annexation, for a preliminary plat of land for an Apostolic Christian Home Subdivision. This subdivision is to be located directly south of the current Apostolic Christian Home, west of 14th Street and north of the railroad tracks. The commissioners also approved the mayor’s signature on the plat.

The commissioners will meet at 6 pm. Monday, June 24, for their next regular meeting.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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