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2012-06-11 at 21:26

Not for sale

By Jeff Labine,
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Residents of Hillcourt Estates cheered as city council took the mobile home park off the surplus list Monday night.

The majority of council voted in favour of the resolution at Monday night’s regular scheduled council meeting at city hall. Only Coun. Mark Bentz, Rebecca Johnson and Brian McKinnon voted against taking the mobile park off the surplus list. 

Council had discussed pushing the matter back another week in order in order to ask more questions, but when that failed to gain ground, council moved to make a decision.

Audrey Mackenzie has lived on Taylor Drive since 1987 and criticized both mayor Keith Hobbs and councillors for how they have been treating residents at the park. She said she has asked all at-large councillors and the mayor to come and take a walk in the trailer park, but so far they haven’t done so.

“This has been going on three times now,” Mackenzie said.

“I am very disappointed with the council. The one councillor who has done anything for us is Neebing Coun. Linda Rydholm.

“She seems to be the only one who really cares. I am very happy with the decision. When this goes through I am going to hope that this park will stay a mobile park. I don’t know if I can do it or not but my fighting is not through yet.”

She added that if city officials came down to visit the mobile park they wouldn’t need to ask questions.

Eric Leat, who also lives in the mobile park, had asked at a previous public meeting three weeks ago why Hillcourt Estates was on the surplus list. He received a response that the park was not on the surplus list and city officials were only letting council know that a buyer expressed interest.

“I think there’s something a little underhanded here,” Leat said.

“I’m very pleased about the decision, but in 2004 the city solicitor advised the city at the time to take (Hillcourt) off the surplus list forever. Here we go again, we’re back on the surplus list. Who do they think we are? Fools? I’m very happy it’s not being sold. It shouldn’t be sold. We’re making money for this God damn city.”


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Tbaylifer says:
They only reason they wanted to get rid of this is because they screwed up so bad with the marina. Now they are looking for any money they can to save face. It's time for Johnson, McKinnon and Bentz to go. Always thinking of the big guy never the little one.
6/12/2012 5:42:09 AM
Gord says:
How in the world did you draw that connection? Even your bizarre logic doesn't fit since this facility actually makes money? Seems like a sad attempt to take a shot at Marina Park - try to stay on topic.
6/12/2012 6:05:22 PM
CLETE says:
Here we go, council scared of the seniors. If it's surplus get rid of it! You can be sure they will get rid of other things they don't need to. Your elected to do a job do it you cowards.
6/12/2012 6:26:28 AM
hadenough says:
You people ever think about anything before you shoot your mouth off?
Here's a property with little or no maintenance costs involved that actually makes the City money. A group of seniors who demand little, live in their little community in their own homes and not dependant on subsidized housing.
How is the City keeping this a bad thing? Really would like to hear you justify your idiotic statements.
6/12/2012 3:47:27 PM
Winger says:
Why didnt the residents buy it if they love it so much?
6/12/2012 9:25:25 AM
TBDR says:
Why even include the comment from the woman complaining about council, when council did what she wanted anyway? Aside from propagating the negativity that exists in this town, it doesn't really add anything to the story. I would have rather heard the reactions from the people once the decision not to sell the land had been made.
6/12/2012 4:44:19 PM
tbayboy4life says:
When the city voted to sell Municipal Golf Course, didn't many on council say that the city should not be running facilities that compete with ones run by the private sector? There are private trailer parks in the city, so does that only apply to golf courses and not trailer parks?
6/13/2012 4:15:14 PM
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