City has room to compromise

There’s certainly room for compromise between the city of Minot and the few remaining residents who are still repairing their flood-damaged homes. A plan put forth by the Minot City Council’s Public Works and Safety Committee is a good way to move forward.

The committee recommended the full city council approve a plan that would allow residents with temporary Federal Emergency Management Agency housing units on their property to file for an extension by June 16. The homeowners would be required to submit by that date a plan that includes a statement explaining their repair plans and an estimated completion date.

We know, as does the city council, that there are residents who are legitimately trying their hardest to complete their home repairs. For some, a lack of time and money has delayed the reconstruction or repair of their flood-damaged homes. The proposed plan would allow those residents the opportunity to garner an extension from the city. Some residents who spoke at the committee’s hearing Wednesday said they could be finished in a matter of weeks, others said they would need a few more months.

The number of FEMA?units still in use has dwindled greatly, and there are roughly 30 units still on private property outside of a manufactured home zone, according to the city. If residents are truly working feverishly to complete their repairs, the city council should have no problems with granting them an extension. It would be an acceptable compromise.