Trailer park residents fear private buyer
Posted: May 15, 2012 8:08 AM ET
Last Updated: May 15, 2012 8:04 AM ET
Many of the 89 families who live at the Hill Court Estates trailer park want the city of Thunder Bay to continue owning and operating the park.
City council heard the concerns of some trailer owners at their meeting Monday night.
For more than 15 years, the city has owned and operated Hill Court Estates, an 89-unit park off Rosslyn Road. The city took over the park from a private owner because of unpaid taxes.Eric and Marian Leat, who live in the Hill Court Estates trailer park, address council on why the park should stay in city hands. (Jeff Walters)
Marian Leat told council she likes having the City of Thunder Bay as her landlord and she hopes municipal officials reject an offer from a third party to purchase the property.
Leat said she's not alone in wanting the park to remain in public hands.
"[They] feel more secure with the city as their landlord as against the uncertainty of private ownership," she said.
Hill Court Estates generated about $100,000 in profit for the city last year, according to Leat.
Councillor Aldo Ruberto wanted to know if the city has given the residents any hints on how to operate the park themselves.
"Did the city ever approach the tenants to say, are you interested in forming a type of condominium type of project yourselves and buying your own units?" he asked.
Ruberto was told a communal septic system makes that nearly impossible.
Council will discuss either keeping or selling the park at an in-camera meeting, at the end of the month.
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