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Published June 11 2012

3 Oxbow homes targeted for early buyouts in F-M diversion project

FARGO – The first homes to be bought out because of the Red River diversion project could be purchased within the next several months, officials said Monday.

Three homes in Oxbow have been recommended for early buyouts because of medical hardships that meet the requirements of a special policy adopted by the Diversion Authority this spring.

The affected property owners say they’re glad to see signs of progress, but they aren’t holding their breaths until the buyouts are official.

The Diversion Authority’s Hardship Review Committee recommended the three homes out of eight properties that originally applied for the early buyout program.

That recommendation was endorsed Monday by the Early Acquisition Subcommittee, but is still subject to approval from one more committee and then the full diversion board, both of which meet Thursday.

Diversion officials are confident the early buyouts will move forward swiftly, marking the first mitigation for homeowners affected by the proposed Red River diversion.

“It’s really encouraging to see this type of meeting take place so these people have relief to look to,” said Brian Berg, Clay County’s administrator and chairman of the Hardship Review Committee.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Forum.