SOUTH CONGAREE, SC (WIS) – Some South Congaree mobile home residents may have a deadline to leave their homes Tuesday night.
The City Council is scheduled to consider owner Naomi Halter’s business license appeal at Tuesday’s meeting.
The city revoked her business licenses in August for violating city ordinances and wasting city police resources.
Halter filed an appeal through her attorney, saying she has worked to correct the problems and cooperate with the city. The attorney did not return a request for comment for this story.
If the appeal fails, city ordinances require all park tenants to be given 30 days notice to leave.
City records show that Halter’s business licenses at Sana Circle, Genesis Circle, Ciera Circle and Cactus Court are revoked.
A WIS investigation into Halter found sewage leaks, roaches and holes in some of its facilities.
Since the story aired, some of the sewage leaks have been removed.
WIS also found that it has been under scrutiny by state and local regulators for some of its mobile home features, but it’s unclear how much those conditions will affect the council’s decision.
WIS spoke with two tenants at the mobile home park. They asked WIS to withhold their identities.
One resident told WIS he was unaware of the vote.
“The first thing that comes to mind is where would we go?” Would we get our deposit back? Would we get the first month’s rent back? What about people who can’t actually find places in Columbia? he asked.
A second resident echoed concerns about finances.
“If that’s the case, I’ll have to return the deposit. We stayed here, we paid rent here and this is all the money I put into this place,” she said.
Mayor Cindy Campbell has openly expressed her frustration with park conditions and her desire to fix the parks.
She said she would seek to extend the transition period for residents if the appeal fails.
“I think 90 days would be more than enough time for people to get the help they need to find another place to live, and I think it would get them through the holidays and they wouldn’t have to feel stressed about it either.” ,” She said.
Campbell will need two votes (along with his own) for this amendment to pass the five-person board.
Some resources have been made available in recent weeks.
Attorney Chad Fuller during a packed City Council meeting on Oct. 18. announced their willingness to help residents without paying them.
He did not return a request for comment Monday.
Homeless No More, a non-profit, provides emergency housing and is aware of the upcoming vote.
This year, it expanded its footprint to Lexington County.
In addition, local relief group Eagles for a Cause collects items to provide to residents.
Its founder, Lauren Aull, said the results of the meeting will determine what happens next.
“Depends on the results of the meeting [Tuesday] of the night, it will go in a completely different direction. Do you help them at home or help them prepare for how they can move?
State Sen. Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington Co.) told WIS that her office has reached out to SC Housing to determine what resources are available.
The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the town hall.
It was originally scheduled to take place on October 18, but was postponed after Halter’s house burned down under “suspicious” circumstances.
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