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Friends of the Flint House disband

Since taking office, Kastberg has worked to make landlords and downtown business owners accountable for unkempt properties.

Pytlovany said she has consistently brought her concerns before the Village Board, but has gotten few answers. Pytlovany said the liaison between the board and the Flint House, Trustee Carol Carpenter, has been a key component in helping communicate her concerns with Kastberg.

"Countless times she (Carpenter) has brought our concerns to the mayor, and they have been ignored," said Kastberg.

Trustee Armon Benny said he thinks the village has procedures that they need to re-examine.

"I have long supported the revamping of the procedures the mayor has been using to take care of village-owned property outside of Collins Park. I have toured all the properties with the mayor and reported to the Board of Trustees. They have decided no change was necessary. The Flint House problems are just an extension of the procedural problems I found on other village properties that are not maintained to the same standard we expect our residents and taxpayers to comply with," said Benny.

The latest concern at the Flint House is the septic tank cover that, according to Pytlovany, rotted away more than two years ago leaving an 8-1/2-inch opening. Right now the septic hole has been taped off and covered with plywood and fill. The village is currently awaiting the installation of a grinder pump, which will hook the house up to the sewer line.

Benny said despite all the problems with the garbage, septic tank and communication, he hopes that the Flint House will be able to someday continue being a place for residents to visit and hold functions.

"The Flint House volunteers are frustrated after pouring their hearts, minds and money into this village property in the interests of bringing our history out for the public to view, and then the village administration can't adjust to assist in maintaining the property. This is a real shame on the administration. I sincerely hope the volunteers of the Flint House reconsider and stay on in spite of the animosity by the administration and that other groups of volunteers don't react negatively and stop their good work," said Benny.""

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