A group of residents still living in FEMA trailers that the homeowners have purchased will have another eight months to keep their FEMA trailers on their private property in city limits.
A city committee voted today to extend the exemption for about two dozen homeowners who are still working on fixing their permanent homes and need more time to live in temporary housing.
Committee Chairman Dave Lehner says the new deadline will not be extended when the June First deadline comes around.
(Dave Lehner, Committee Chairman) "We're going to set a date in the future and instead of drawing a line in the sand we're going to draw a line and construct a brick wall along that line on that date. Once that date is hit there will be no more extensions granted."
Some of the residents asking for the extension said their circumstances dictated that they could not have a new place to live by the existing October First deadline.
(Herbert Mosher, Minot) "Most of the people here don't have the money to just run out and buy a piece of land and go up on the hill and say OK now if a flood comes we're protected and there will be no more of this."
The committee voted unanimously to extend the deadline for FEMA trailers on private property to June First of next year for the two dozen-or-so homeowners who requested the extension. Another three dozen homeownerss with FEMA trailers on their property will be ordered to remove them immediately.