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Friday, November 7, 2008

The city of Slater found itself caught recently between a group of disgruntled apartment building tenants and an elusive new owner of the building after the previous owner requested the utilities be taken out of his name.

Residents of Slater's Edgewood/RPM Apartments had a scare when their landlord, Mike Minor, defaulted on his mortgage and asked the city to remove his name from the utilities.

Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said he didn't want to leave the tenants in the dark and without water, but he couldn't give them utilities for free.

Griffith reported the situation to the city council Tuesday, Nov. 4, with a group of tenants in the audience to see whether the city could help resolve the problem.

After a few days filled with phone calls, Griffith said the problem was resolved when American Home Mortgage, the building's new owners, paid a deposit to the city to continue utility service to the Edgewood Apartments.

Tenant Mike Plessel said about 20 people currently inhabit 11 of the building's 16 units.

Gilliam native Matthew Foster, whose family includes an infant, was especially shocked by the news that utilities would be turned off. He has lived in the building only about three weeks, he said.

Plessel said the building has previously changed hands twice while he has lived there and each time the transition went smoothly.

Allegri praised Griffith for his work trying to track down someone who would take responsibility for the utility service.

Griffith said it took a number of calls to several different companies to find someone who would even talk to him about the problem.

Tenants are still unsure about their fate and fear eviction notices may be coming.

In other business Tuesday, the council approved the appointment of Joe Gorham to serve on the police personnel board. Gorham replaces Bill Johnson, who died several months ago.

Mayor Stephen Allegri also announced that Richard Johnson resigned as chief of the city's volunteer fire department.

Allegri said Chuck Weiher would step in as chief and Levi Dennis will serve as interim assistant chief until a vote of the department staff can be taken for a permanent assistant.

In addition to Allegri, council members Rex Cantlin, Cathie Jeffries, Terry Jordan, Brownell Bryant and Harry Lightfoot were present.

The next regular meeting of the council will be Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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I too live at these apartments. Have since the beginning of October 2008. I think that all this is bull, I mean I have a 2 year old son and a 5 month old daughter as well as others have children there too. I just can't understand why us tenants can't get any answers, they just keep giving us the run around. I mean I dont wanna move my two little kids again, it was hard enough this time. Yes we have to attend court on the 2nd of Dec. And they better not inform us that we have to pay them money, because I will tell them that they can stick it where the sun doesn't shine. I will be taking Mike Minor to court or whoever to get my deposit back, rather they like it or not....

-- Posted by angelchapin on Sun, Nov 16, 2008, at 2:00 PM

I am also a resident of Edgewood Apartments and I also think that this is wrong. We can't get any information from different people who are dealing with this case. Residents are asking for answers about what we have to do. Every resident has a lease that we have signed for 1 (one) year. We have a notice for court in Marshall Missouri on December 2,2008. We would like for someone to find us some answers since we just play the phone tag game. I myself have 2 toddlers that I have to defend for and since it is winter time and Slater has no places that are winterized or not fit to live in. If the residents down here are going to have to move are we going to get our deposit back from Mike Minor or American Home Loan Mortage company? I have serval new residents that has moved in about 1 to 3 months ago and has paid their deposit and rent ever since October 1, 2008. Since then we have not been notified about these aparments beening forclosed and supposedly not even the manger but someone had to know what was going to take place. If we are going to be evicted for not paying this month's rent then there will be a lot of residents furious and will want to know who is responsible.

-- Posted by JEANNANN on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 6:09 PM

I live in a apartment at the edgewood apartments, and as of today 11/10/2008 every apartment except for mine has indeed been served an eviction notice with a court date for Dec 2. The only reason I wasn't is because there was some kind of glich in the foreclosure papers and my apartment building wasn't or hasn't been foreclosed on yet. However American Home Mortgage claims it will be soon. While Mike Miner claims that it won't and he will gain ownership of all of the apartments back again. The problem is after going rounds with all of them I have come to the conclusion that they are all liars and telling us what we want to hear just to keep us quiet till they can get done what they need to do. I have lived there a month, and have been told if I move now on my own before a foreclosure or a eviction notice I violate a lease and will owe Mike Minor money and he will take me to court. My neighbors were flat asked if a week was long enough for them to get out by American Home Mortgage two hours after they talked to Chad who also works for American Home Mortgage and who had just told them nobody would have to move nor would be evicted. They also have kids. None of this seems fair.

-- Posted by cristiee on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 4:47 PM

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