Merging the inspection and code enforcement departments of the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County has proved no quick or simple task, as exemplified by the 263 pages that the new Wichita/Sedgwick County Unified Building and Trade Code takes up in Tuesday’s Wichita City Council agenda. The diligence and problem solving over the past year have been impressive, with plenty of input from builders, building trades groups and other stakeholders. With 31-year Wichita Police Department veteran Tom Stolz (in photo) as its recently named director, the new Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department promises to be a benefit to the community and its economy. Like the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department, it also will provide a model for more functional city-county consolidation.
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