City, county make good progress on merging code offices

It’s encouraging that plans by the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County to consolidate their code enforcement offices are moving forward. The County Commission and City Council recently passed a resolution creating a merged Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department. The idea is to create a one-stop shop for area builders and tradespeople. But it can be complicated to merge city and county functions, particularly when there are different codes and union issues. Though there are still many steps to go – including establishing new trade boards and hiring a director of the new department – city and county officials and staff are making good progress.