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City moves on helping displaced trailer court residents
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 8:58 PM

More options are now available for residents of the Tate Street trailer court. Although one question remained unanswered at the meeting.

“Why make a deal like this now?” said Councilman Doug Taylor. The question came in the middle of discussion about resources to help the displaced residents, and how to help those who own their trailers. The city redevelopment commission agreed to purchase the trailer court’s land for $890,000 at the end of October.

In the end, Lawrenceburg City Council OK’d giving a $20,000 donation to Heart House to help renters with relocation, as well as assessing which of the nine individually-owned trailers can be moved and getting replacement values for those trailers that cannot.
City council also set a special meeting for 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, to discuss further plans to help residents.

Tate Street trailer court co-owner Kay Ballart spoke at the Monday, Nov. 19, meeting, after council heard from several trailer court residents as well as Heart House Director Craig Beckley and decided to make the donation to help the trailer court’s renters. For Ballart’s comments please see the end of this story.