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Moratorium imposed on building in B-2 district in City of Benson

By Reed Anfinson

With a fire burning at the Swift County Environmental Services building Monday, Aug. 7, the Benson Mayor Jack Evenson sat down waiting to convene a council meeting.

But with Council Members Mark Schreck and Chris Carruth members of the Benson Fire Department, Council Member Dan Enderson out of the state, Evenson and Council Member Nancy Maanum were the only two at the table.

Due to a lack of a quorum, the council meeting was postponed until this past Thursday.

At its meeting Thursday evening, the council unanimously passed a moratorium on building in one of Benson’s B-2 zoning districts.

The B-2 district is one block deep and is bordered by Utah Avenue on the north and Atlantic Avenue on the south.  It includes residential properties but also the Meadow Lane Restorative Care facility and the Dairy Queen. It includes commercial buildings that were once operating businesses in the community. There are also vacant lots in the district.

At the eastern end of the B-2 district is 15th Street North and at its western edge is Golf Road between the Benson Golf Club and the DQ.

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