Flodstrom may get one more month for repairs

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Homeowner Helen Flodstrom has been given until Aug. 29 to meeting to have a general contractor hired and building permits in hand to get a one-month extension on bringing her property up to city code.

Flodstrom appeared before the council Monday night for a continuation of a July 22 public hearing on the dilapidated home at 801 Kansas Avenue on the east side of Benson. Flodstrom had asked the council for the continuation to give her a chance to appear with her attorney.

While attorney Matt Franzese was scheduled to appear with Flodstrom Monday night, he was required to stay late for court in Traverse County, could not make the trip to Benson in time for the meeting. He requested that he be allowed to represent her by phone with the council agreeing.

In addressing the council, Franzese said his client had already made substantial improvements to the property and requested that she be  given more time to complete work on the house.

He explained that as the Traverse County Attorney and the attorney for the City of Wheaton he is very familiar with municipalities dealing with problem properties from their side of the issue. He also pointed out that he has worked with Benson’s building inspector Mike Jacobson in the past...


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