Police chief gives report

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting was Mayor Doug Clark, Commissioners Julie Burenheide, Norm Schmitt and Nick Aberle, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Guest present was Bob Ruddick.

Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck presented his report to the commissioners. Wahwasuck said that since the last meeting he was at, they had 14 dog calls. Those calls were as follows:

One dog had broken its chain and city personnel picked up the dog. It was chipped, but Wahwasuck was unsure if the dog was impounded or not. Three dogs were picked up by city personnel and impounded. One dog was reported missing by the owner. One dog was reported, but city personnel were unable to locate in the area. Three dogs were reported out, but city and police could not catch the dogs. The owner arrived and caught the dog. One dog was reported out, but it was unknown if the dog was located. One dog was picked up by city personnel and returned to the owner. Police responded to a dog out, but it was back home and tied up when the owner was located. One dog was reported out, but was not vicious or causing problems. The reporter lost sight of it while on the phone. One dog was reported out, and the owner was notified and caught the dog.

Wahwasuck also updated the commissioners on code violations.

1411 Virginia – Owner Lester Scott, who lives in Arkansas, will be back in September to clean the house out. Wahwasuck said the city has mowed the property and removed trash off it. Any failure to pay the city for these services can be addressed in court.

1015 Dakota – Owner Nick Stalder, who lives in Georgia, was sent the abatement resolution through certified mail, but it was returned to the city. An issue was sent through the regular mail. They are now seeking bids to tear down the property. Clark questioned who would pay for tearing the property down, and Wahwasuck said it can be put against the property taxes.

403 N. Sixth – Wahwasuck said they attempted to abate the conditions of that property on Aug 14. The steward of the property, Alfred Moore, ordered city off the property. Wahwasuck said that paperwork has been submitted to the prosecutor to request a warrant to abate the conditions of the property.

110 N. 14th – The tenant of this property is Matt Kaufman. The city mowed this property and will remove the materials and junk soon.

1311 Dakota – Clyde Loveless is the former resident of this property, but the property is owned by Larry Cavender. Loveless’ court case on loud dogs continues. The city served a notice for weeds, and it was taken care of. Loveless cleaned and organized the property and was cleared of the blight conditions. Since Loveless moved out, they will continue to work with the owner.

522 S. Washington – This is a vacant house. Wahwasuck said he was trying to located an owner when he found out the Sabetha Fire Department was using it for training. It should be torn down soon.

203 S. 13th – A notice was given in July for nuisance weeds and abated.

Multiple other residences were given notices about weeds that were taken care of. Those residences were 616 Dakota, 622 Dakota, 611 Dakota, 603 Dakota, 421 N. 14th, 421 N. 12th and 1320 Jefferson.

Wahwasuck also told commissioners that the injured officer is in physical therapy, but no return date has been set. Officer Daniel Ross is set to attend the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on Sept. 9. Officer Streeter returned after being on military leave. The police department also assisted with the back-to-school high school dance, giving breathalyzers. They plan to continue doing school walk-throughs. Wahwasuck also said they have been working a skeleton crew and multiple officers have been working overtime and odd hours.

Allen mentioned the Library Park and homeless people staying at the park. Wahwasuck said the library has now turned off their Wi-Fi at night and one of their outlets that is located outside to deter them from staying at the park overnight. The commissioners suggested Allen look into an ordinance for possibly closing city parks and ballfields at 10 p.m., unless there is an event.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved the minutes from the Aug. 12 meeting.

Commissioners approved Allen’s signature on the Energy Management and Consulting Services Agreement.

Allen said that the State handles everything for the Walking Trail – which is to be located along Sixth Street – including all of the bidding. Allen said they called Thursday, and the State followed the call with a letter recommending the low bid. Commissioners voted to accept the low bid for the Walking Trail.

Commissioners voted to finalize the hunting contract at Pony Creek Lake with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Schmitt thanked the city crew and administrators for the work done on Oregon Street, Sixth Street and for the cross walk at the high rise.

Burenheide mentioned she was told the roof at the new Sabetha Health and Wellness Center was leaking.

Schmitt asked about the four-way stop, which is to be located at 14th and Oregon streets. Allen said they plan to have rumble strips and “flashing stop ahead” signs at that intersection when the stop signs go up.

Schmitt said they had completed their first interview with a candidate for the paramedic position, and had another one scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Clark asked if the Nemaha County decided if they would work on Kansas. Allen said he would ask the township board to go back with the City of Sabetha to the County Commissioners and ask again.

Ruddick mentioned that the property at 320 Harrison was cleaned up by Neighbor-2-Neighbor.

The next City Commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart197 Posts

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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