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December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
At Home, At Last
(2007-05-17)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: With a 3-to-nothing vote and the stroke of their pens, La Plata County Commissioners earlier this week cleared the way for a retired couple to finally move into their dream home, after fighting for that right for almost a year.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Imagine putting down 315-thousand dollars for a new home that was 50-percent complete.
You then take out a 235-thousand dollar loan to complete the home, only to be told later the home exceeds the lots building envelope by 7 feet on one side, and 14 feet on the other, and will have to be torn down!!!
That's what happened to Gene and Deborah Edstrom who bought a home near Vallecito Lake last June.
Last Fall, a tearful Deborah Edstrom told the county commissioners refusal by the board of adjustment to grant a variance and allow them to complete and move into the home would not only leave them homeless, but bankrupt.
The Edstrom's ended up sueing.
And Tuesday, the commissioners okayed a settlement with the Edstrom's effectively granting the variances they need.
Gene Edstrom was ecstatic but says the matter should have never gone this far.
GENE EDSTROM: AS FAR AS WHERE WE'RE AT NOW AND HOW IT TURNED OUT, WE'RE SO HAPPY. IF YOU HEAR A WAR WHOOP, THAT'S US. IT'S AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION TO HAVE TO GO THE ROUTE WE HAD TO GO AND I WOULD THINK THAT ANYBODY WHO WOULD BE A IN A SIMILAR SITUATION I'D LIKE TO SEE THE COMMISSIONERS TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND SEE IF THEY COULD MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER ON THEM AND EVERONE ELSE INVOLVED, SO IT'S NOT QUITE SO EXPENSIVE.
County attorney Jeff Robbins says the agreement won't set a precendent the commissioners would regret.
ROBBINS: THIS IS VERY VERY TAILORED TO THE SPECIFICS OF THIS CASE.
Commissioners Wally White, Kelly Hotter and Joelle Riddle wasted little time approving the agreement after being urged by Robbins to do so.
WHITE, HOTTER, RIDDLE: I'M VERY HAPPY THAT THIS HAS WORKED OUT THE WAY IT HAS. IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION THAT OCCURED, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT HERE.
HOTTER: WE ALL KNOW THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND WE JUST WANT TO GO FORWARD.
RIDDLE: JUST WANT TO ADD THAT IT'S NICE TO SEE MR. AND MRS. EDSTROM WITH A DIFFERENT EXPRESSION ON THEIR FACES THIS TIME.
Deborah Edstrom was wearing a smile, and is now anxious to move into their new home on County Road 501.
DEBORAH EDSTROM: IT'S READY TO MOVE INTO NOW, FURNITURE'S ALL MOVED IN, IT'S JUST NOT UNPACKED.
VICTOR: SO YOU HOPE TO BE LIVING THERE WHEN?
EDSTROM: NEXT WEEK.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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