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County makes final preparations before closing on new health department facility PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:33



No major issues discovered during inspection, modifications would be minimal



By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times



Seward County was recently able to enter into a lease purchase agreement with Liberal’s First National Bank to buy the office building at 1411 W. 15th.

The building was acquired to relocate the Seward County Health Department from its offices on West Second Street. At Monday’s commission meeting, county administrator April Warden brought the board up to speed on the project during the administration comments portion of the meeting.

“I was able to locate the documents that show the easement for the driveway, got our surveyor requirements met,” she said. “We’ve done the inspection.”

The inspection was done by county building inspector Kent Hamlin, and Warden said Hamlin did not find any major issues with the building.

“There are some ‘exit’ signs and emergency lighting that needs to be replaced,” Warden said. “We need to replace a stool or a taller stool and a lower sink in one of the ADA bathrooms to truly make it ADA accessible.”

Warden described a few other minor problems in the building.

“There were two small walls that were put up in one of the areas on the ground floor that are not structure walls,” she said. “They were put in later.”

Warden said county maintenance crews took the tour of the building along with Hamlin, and both agreed those problems could be easily fixed. She said workers from the health department itself will likely be helping with some of the project.

“The health department girls have offered their skills and painting,” she said. “We will need to do obviously the flooring and the painting, but as far as major remodel to the rooms, most of the rooms are ready.”

Warden said the sale has not been officially closed yet, as an appraisal has not been done on the building. She said commissioner Ada Linenbroker talked to local appraiser Evan Winchester, who said he could probably look at the building within the next two weeks.

 

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