Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul said the city's new relocation policy meant to compensate Clarkchester Apartments residents to be displaced by a Walmart Superstore may not help those who moved in after January 1.
When the project was approved this month, Paul said, the plan allowed up to $1,000 to be given to each household within Clarkchester Apartments in order to compensate for relocation costs; Clarkchester Apartments is one of several business properties that currently occupies the parcels that have been designated for the project.
At the council's last meeting, however, Paul said he recently discovered that the policy may only apply to residents who moved in by January 1, 2012.
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"So my concern was, what about protecting any of the residents who moved in from January 2 on, because they're not eligible for any (compensation). They're pretty much high and dry, is essentially what we're saying," Paul said. "So that's my concern and it was a concern of the some of the apartment owners."
Paul said he did not know how many tenants would be affected because they moved in after January 1.
"I don't have a specific number but I've had various emails with owners stating their concerns about people who moved in after the first, so it's my impression there are several people," Paul said.
City Attorney Paul Martin told the council he would be willing to review the approved plan in response to requests for revisions. Martin suggested, however, that the council wait until Councilmember Linda Reel, who was absent Wednesday, return before making plans around the issue.
"I know that Linda Reel has expressed a long term interest in making sure the tenants are taken care of, so it may be appropriate to wait to continue the discussion until she's here," Martin said.
Councilmember Matt Pirrello said continuing talks over the relocation policy would require consent from the rest of the council, none of whom seconded Mayor Paul's motion to review the issue further.