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Ellisville Mayor: Post-Walmart Relocation Plan Won't Help New Tenants

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul said the relocation policy will not assist tenants who moved in to the apartment complex after January 1.

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 , 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 that currently occupies the parcels that have been designated for the project.

At the , 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.

Michael Rhodes May 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Were you at the council meeting? Did the mayor say why he had concerns? He was specific in that only those from January 2012 on might not be covered. Was hoping someone knew the answer.
Chase Castle May 22, 2012 at 02:24 PM
As soon as we have more info, we'll get it to you. Mayor Paul also can elaborate here in the comments section, as he has done many times in the past.
Michael Rhodes May 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Thanks Chase. I think he deleted his account as all his posts are now gone. I was hoping someone at the meeting would recall what his concern was.
Neal Page May 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I hope there are lawsuits brewing here.. uprooting citizens that had intentions and goals for their children, then maybe to change a school district which maybe unfavorable; $1k is hardly enough to pack up the truck let alone pay deposits plus first months rent and moving costs, not to mention pain and suffering. Walmart has always been a company that leeches off communities, and exhibiting improper business practice at the cost of others. Our family has boycotted Walmart Corp, and will for life. Shame on Ellisville for allowing this to happen, shame on the apartment association (owners), and of coarse shame on Walmart. Another example of big business pushing around wage earning citizens.
Maria May 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I can't even begin to express how I feel about this whole situation. So really, they think $1000 is all it takes to move? That barely covers the rental for a place here. What about moving costs? Shame on them, shame on walmart. That's why they will never see another dimension of my money.

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