Sabetha City Commission approves police vehicle purchase

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Sabetha City Hall. Those present for the meeting were Commissioners Julie Burenheide, Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle and Maridel Wittmer, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer and City Clerk Steve Compo. Mayor Doug Clark was absent.

The commission approved burn dates, which will be from now until Dec. 1, 2019.

Police Vehicle

Allen told the commission that they haven’t bough a new vehicle since 2017.

“With the start of the new EMS Director, this would be an ideal time to rotate this one in and rotate him the next one out,” Allen said.

After a short discussion, the commissioners approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford Explorer from Aberle Ford for $31,000.

Police Report

Sabetha Police Chief Robert Wahwasuck was not present for the meeting but provided the commissioners with a written report.


Since the last time Wahwasuck met with the commissioners, there have been six dog calls. Those calls included: one where city personnel was dispatched to the area but was unable to locate the dog; one where the owner reported the dog missing, but it was eventually located; one where the owners were contacted and cited for a dog at large; two where city personnel picked up and returned dogs to the known owners; and one where city personnel impounded the dog.

Code Violations

1411 Virginia – The owner, Lester Scott, has made movement on the house and front porch has been removed. Shingles have been taken off the garage. They have also been cleaning out the house for it to be torn down.

1015 Dakota – The owner, Nick Stalder, has not responded to the mail of resolution that was sent to them. The City is waiting for bids from contractors to tear down the house. They also will be removing trees so they can get equipment onto the property. The city will also need to go in and remove a large amount of personal property from inside the home that cannot be in there when they come to to tear it down. Paperwork has been filed to request Kansas Gas to shut off services at the City’s request.

522 S. Washington – This is a vacant house. The house was removed as scheduled by the owner, and the city has ceased further action.

1003 Roosevelt – A junk vehicle is pending.

308 S. 13th – A junk vehicle was taken care of.

Department Information

The injured officer is still in physical therapy, and a possible return date has not been set yet.

Officer Daniel Ross is in the academy and is doing well to start.

The four-way stop signs are up. The first day of them being up was an adjustment, but there has already been improvement at the intersection. The Sabetha Herald was informed, so they could get the information out to citizens.

The department is still short staffed, and they have been extremely busy taking on new cases, while still trying to keep track of old cases. The department was scheduled to make two appearances at Sabetha Community Preschool and was only able to make one of those due to new cases being started.

The department discovered that DCF and KVC of Kansas are currently in turnover, and we have had to take extra steps to work with families outside the normal scope of our duties.

Juvenile intake had to be called in to assist on a case, as a juvenile needed supervision for several hours.

Fingerprinting at our department is free of charge 24/7 as a service to the community. People come from Hiawatha and Seneca to come for prints as other agencies won’t do them or charge for them.

The Sabetha Police Department also does VIN inspections. People come from all over to have us do VIN inspections, since other agencies only do them during specific times.

Officers also have been stopping in at sporting events to be seen. They also are working with the Sabetha High School and Sabetha Community Hospital on an upcoming project.

Wittmer said she has had two or three calls about skateboarders on the Main Street sidewalks. Allen said they would look into this.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners also approved the following: minutes from the Sept. 9 meeting; Wage Resolution No. 2019-23 for Medical Director Dr. James Longabaugh; Ordinance 1547 – Incorporating Uniform Public Offense Code (Page 7A of this week’s Herald); and Ordinance 1548 – Incorporating Standard Traffic Ordinance (Page 7A of this week’s Herald).

The commissioners received at invitation to the Annual RDA meeting, and have until next meeting to let Allen know if they want to attend.

The commissioners will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Sabetha City Hall.

Heather Stewart183 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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