Sabetha City Commission 8.12.19

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting was Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Julie Burenheide, Nick Aberle and Norm Schmitt, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Guests present were Rose Mary Saunders and Bob Ruddick.

Budget Hearing

The commissioners held a public hearing on the City’s budget that is submitted to the State. With no comments given by the public, Clark closed the public hearing. Commissioners voted to approve to keep the mill levy the same as last year, which was 47.2 mills.

The total budget is $16,062,006. Less transfers of $580,059, the city is planning on net expenditures of $15,481,947. Valuation in Sabetha is expected to be $20,160,450 – up approximately 1.8 percent from last year.

The budget submitted to the state gives the maximum expenses that can be paid in the different departments. The City’s working budget will be determined later in the year.

Water Treatment Project

Saunders was present to discuss a Kansas Department of Health and Environment Revolving Loan agreement that the city received last month for the Sabetha water treatment plant project.

Saunders said if approved the city would enter into a loan agreement with the State for $1,689,945 at an interest rate of 2.19 percent for 20 years. According to Saunders, the first payment of $52,401.61 would be due Aug. 1, 2021.

The commissioners approved the loan agreement to move forward on the water treatment plant project. See Ordinance No. 1543 on Page 7. Saunders said she would be back in October to bid the project.

Pony Creek Lake Hunting

Allen said that Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants to handle some hunting at Pony Creek Lake.

“We discussed our concern with them about high powered rifles out there,” Allen said. “But they [KDWPT] didn’t think there was any problem with it, saying it was one of the safest places they have.”

Allen explained further that KDWPT was pushing youth hunts and said there are options the city can take such as limiting a caliber, or saying no one under the age of 16 can use a high powered rifle at Pony Creek.

“If you guys don’t want high-powered rifles, you can tailor it to whatever you want,” Allen said. “The best part about this is they handle it all. If we do sign up for this, the game wardens will be there on a regular basis.”

The commission said they were “comfortable” with hunting at the lake without setting any limitations on it.

Also at the meeting:

The city approved a lease agreement with Sabetha Community Hospital, which allows the hospital to rent the endless pools at Sabetha Health and Wellness Center for $163 per month. The pools will be used from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1544, which allowed recreational boating seven days a week at Sabetha City Lake.

Commissioners also approved the following items: minutes from the July 22 meeting; a wage resolution for Logan Bitterman who is moving from summer help to full-time help; and a fire department application for Tyler Ulrich.

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Sabetha City Hall.

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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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