Judge allows more time for parties to work out resolution

Dawson County District Judge James E. Doyle conducted a hearing Thursday morning on the lawsuit by Lexington property owner Roy Ewoldt against the City of Lexington. Ewoldt owns and lives on what was formerly known as the Green Valley Motel site west of the downtown area. About a year ago the City condemned the rental housing units on the property and earlier sought to demolish those buildings. Judge Doyle ruled in favor of Ewoldt earlier this month by issuing a temporary injunction to prevent the City from carrying out the demolition. On Thursday, he gave both sides another two weeks to work out a final resolution.

Ewoldt's attorney, Scott Pauley of Hastings, sought a 90-day delay in proceeding on a permanent injunction for demolition so that his client could file a building permit on his plans to renovate the former rental buildings into motel suites. Judge Doyle indicated that issue fell outside of the scope of the pending case when he ruled only on the merits that Ewoldt's due process was violated when he didn't have the opportunity to appeal the condemnation last year.

Lexington City Attorney Will Weinhold said that while the City did not object to allowing Ewoldt the opportunity to try to rehabilitate his property, it did not stop the City's original condemnation order. The next hearing was set for April 10th at 10:45am.

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