By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
In December 2013, Seward County sold several lots to Southwest Housing LLC to build new housing in the Liberal community.
Prior to that sale, however, there were title problems with one small tract of land, and following an executive session at Tuesday’s commission meeting, those problems were solved.
County counsel Dan Diepenbrock said Lot Three, Block Three of the Doll Holiday Estates Addition, part of the land acquired by Southwest Housing, was backed out of the closing of the sale of land so that the transaction could be moved forward with no hampering from the lot.
That move was done at Southwest Housing’s request, according to Diepenbrock.
“Although we contractually sold that tract to Southwest Housing and they paid us for it, we have not transferred it over to them, yet,” he said.
Diepenbrock said USD No. 480 wants to use the tract as part of the district’s bond project to build new school facilities. The counsel earlier spoke with Roger Crossman of Southwest Housing, who said the tract would be transferred to the school district.
“We need to deed it over to Southwest Housing first,” Diepenbrock said. “That would require action of this board to move to transfer Lot Three, Block Three of Doll Holiday Estates Addition to Southwest Housing. If that’s approved, I have a deed for the chair to sign.”
Following a motion by commissioner Jim Rice, the board voted unanimously to deed the land to Southwest Housing and to have chairman Ada Linenbroker sign the deed.
After that business was taken care of, the commission voted unanimously to approve John Steckel as the interim county fire chief upon the retirement of current department head Mike Rice.
The county is still seeking to fill the vacancy on a permanent basis. A reception for Mike Rice is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m today. in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.