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By Alex Ross 

Committee discusses derelict vacant properties


Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

Havre City Council member Caleb Hutchins, front left, speaks Monday during a meeting of the committee looking at what the city can do about derelict vacant properties as his wife and fellow committee member Samantha Clawson, right, and meeting attendees listen.

An ad hoc committee appointed by Havre Mayor Tim Solomon started its look Monday at what action the city should take to address the issue of derelict vacant properties.

At the start of the meeting, committee member Caleb Hutchins, also a member of Havre City Council, said the problem of vacant properties left in disrepair is still at a stage where it can be managed and addressed.

"We're a relatively small community. We obviously have a lot of interest in dealing with the subject and we can start to address it," he said. "If we wait another 10 years, five years, then we get into the issue...

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