By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
The City of Liberal and Seward County officially entered into an interlocal agreement allowing city building and zoning administrator Steve Guerrero to review permits and plans pertaining to the renovation and additions to be made to Southwest Medical Center. All fees for Guerrero’s assistance will be waived, city manager Mark Hall said Monday evening at the city commission meeting.
Hall explained the agreement to commissioners and asked for their approval of the terms.
“We offered our assistance,” Hall said. “We would waive our permit fees which probably are around $15,000 to $17,000. Mr. Guerrero would view plans and conduct inspections until the county obtains a building inspector. This is formalized to, basically, let you know and the county know that this is what Steve is doing.”
Commissioner Dave Harrison said the agreement was good for economic development, especially considering even though it is a county project, SWMC sits within the limits of the City of Liberal.
“I certainly don’t have any problems with this,” Harrison said. “In fact, I support this. I think this is good economic development for our community. The city is stepping up and doing its share on this. I think it is important for people to understand that it is a county project, but the City of Liberal is supporting it, too.”
Following his comments, Harrison made a motion to accept the agreement, which received a second from Vice Mayor Joe Denoyer. All commissioners present at Monday evening’s meeting approved the agreement. Commissioner Bob Carlile was absent.
Hall extended the gratitude to commissioners that SWMC CEO Norm Lambert and staff recently extended to him regarding the agreement.
“Mayor and commissioners, I would like to extend Mr. Lambert’s appreciation and the hospital board,” Hall said. “They do appreciate this and they wanted me to extend that to you. They thank you for letting this happen.”