The Clatsop County Sheriff’s sale of Mary Louise Flavel’s properties has been postponed.

Flavel’s attorneys were in Washington County Court today to get a legal assistant appointed as Flavel’s conservator.

And while a judge has not ruled on the documents, those same attorneys filed on Flavel’s behalf to stop the sale, the Astoria City Council voluntarily agreed to wait.

“On recommendation of the city attorney, we are delaying the sheriff’s sale until the end of August,” Councilor Arline LaMear said. “According to Mary Louise Flavel’s attorney Ward Greene, a temporary conservator (could) be appointed. This means that the city will no longer be dealing with Mary Louise directly and we will have a responsible party with whom to negotiate and resolve open issues.”

The sale was scheduled for Tuesday to resolve the unpaid citations against the Franklin Avenue home and two commercial properties. The citations total $1.4 million in accordance with the derelict building ordinance. The council met Tuesday in executive session to discuss the issue with legal counsel, following the documents filed to stop the sale. Those documents state Flavel is unable to make decisions for herself, because of her age and the possible onset of dementia.


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