Ashland mobile home park to be cleared by summer

                                        THEIR HOMES DURING YEA.  ROB JULI.  ONE RESIDENT SAYS IT'S PREJUDICE AGAINST POOR PEOPLE ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO, FAMILIES AT EL RANCHO PUT UP A FIGHT AGAINST THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THEY WON.  GETTING TO STAY PUT ON THE PROPERTY.  ONE COUPLE SAYS THAT'S WHY THEY'VE SINCE SPENT $10,000 ON IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR MOBILE HOME, WHICH THEY NOW HAVE TO MOVE OR MOVE OUT OF BY THE SUMMER.  THIS IS STACY KOEHLER AND MARK COX, HOME OF 30 YEARS.  THIS IS OUR LIFE.  THIS IS I MEAN, THIS IS OUR LIFE.  NOW THEY'RE PACKING IT UP.  NOT BY CHOICE.  IT'S DEVASTATING BECAUSE I HAVE NO CONTROL OF THIS.  AT THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY, RESIDENTS HERE AT EL RANCHO GOT A LETTER SAYING THAT THE PARK IS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP.  JUST TWO DAYS LATER, THEY GOT ANOTHER NOTICE SAYING THEY HAVE TO BE OUT BY JULY 31ST.  WE WERE NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO FIGHT FOR THIS ONE.  WE JUST RECEIVED THE LETTER ON THE THIRD AND THEY MOVE IT OR LOSE IT.  KETV INVESTIGATES TRACT DOWN THE NEW PROPERTY MANAGER, JIM SUTTON.  ARE YOU MR.  SUTTON?  SIM EU SOU.  WE'RE WITH KATIE V. WE'VE JUST GOT A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR AL RANCHO.  WOULD YOU HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO CHAT WITH AND TALK TO YOU?  HE DIRECTED US TO THE ATTORNEY FOR ASHLAND DEVELOPMENT WHO WOULDN'T GO ON CAMERA BUT ANSWERED OUR QUESTIONS VIA EMAIL.  HE SAYS THE PROPERTY WAS NOT LISTED FOR SALE, BUT ASHLAND DEVELOPMENT REACHED OUT TO THE PREVIOUS OWNERS AND BOUGHT THE LOT FOR $800,000.  THE SAUNDERS COUNTY ASSESSOR LISTS THE CURRENT VALUE AT.  360,000.  WE CAN'T STOP IT.  THERE IS NO STOPPING WHAT'S HAPPENING?  THE LAWYER JOVEN LAW STRAW IS LISTED AS ASHLAND DEVELOPMENT'S REGISTERED AGENT, THOUGH HE SAYS HIS OFFICE WAS HIRED TO REACH OUT TO EL RANCHOS.  PREVIOUS OWNERS.  HE SAYS EVERYONE ELSE IN THE GROUP WANTS ANONYMITY AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON THE LOT.  THOUGH THEY WON'T OVERSEE THE NEW PROJECT.  WELL, IT'S A BUMMER.  BACK.  NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.  TIM WRIGHT.  RENT A MOBILE HOME WITH HIS GRANDSON WHO HAS AUTISM.  HE HAS MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT GETTING PUT OUT OF ACTION.  YOU KNOW, IT NEEDS TO PROGRESS.  YOU KNOW.  BUT HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE PROGRESS DOESN'T PRECLUDE PEOPLE FROM STAYING IN THIS CITY.  WE WANT TO STAY IN ACTION.  IF WE CAN FIND A PLACE AFFORDABLE.  BUT EVEN A MOVE CAN BE COSTLY.  AND FOR SOME OLDER TRAILERS, EMPTY, POSSIBLE.  EVERYTHING WE'VE WORKED FOR 35 YEARS.  EXCUSE ME.  I GOT TO WATCH YOU GET RUN OVER BY A BULLDOZER BECAUSE I CAN'T MOVE IT.  THE DEVELOPERS SAY THEY'RE CONSIDERING VARIOUS OPTIONS TO PARTIALLY ASSIST WITH THE COST OF MOVING, BUT DIDN'T OFFER SPECIFICS.  THE BUSINESS WAS SET UP LESS THAN A YEAR AGO TO ASSIST WITH PROJEC
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‘I have no control’: Ashland mobile home park to be cleared by summer

KETV investigates why Nebraskans who live at El Rancho Mobile Home Park must move out by the end of July.

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                Residents at the El Rancho Mobile Home Community in Ashland said they all received eviction notices.  One resident said he feels a 'prejudice against poor people.'  Only a few years ago, families at El Rancho put up a fight against the local school district.  They won, getting to stay put on the property.  One couple said that is why they've since spent $10,000 on improvements to their mobile home, which they now have to move, or move out of, by summer.  Stacie Kolar and Mark Trebilcock have called El Rancho home for 30 years.  Now, they're packing up half a lifetime of memories.  "It's devastating because I have no control over this," Kolar said. At the beginning of January, El Rancho got a letter informing them that the park is under new ownership.  Just two days later, they received another notice, saying they have to be out by July 31."We weren't given a chance to fight for this one," said Trebilcock, a truck driver. of Jan that says, move it or lose it."KETV Investigates tracked down the new property manager, Jim Sutton.  He declined to discuss the changes, and referred us to attorney Jovan Lausterer, who also would not go on camera, but answered our questions via email. Lausterer said the property was not listed for sale, but Ashland Development, LLC reached out to the previous owners and bought the lot for $800,000.  The Saunders County Assessor website lists the current value at about $360,000."We can't stop it, there is no stopping what is happening," Trebilcock said.  The lawyer, Lausterer, said his office was retained by Ashland Development, LLC to reach out to El Rancho's previous owners, and that the group was not formed specifically for this project.  Lausterer, however, is listed as the group's registered agent.  He said everyone else in the group wants anonymity and would like to see new affordable housing on the lot, though they will not oversee the new project.  “This would be done through either a sale, a charitable donation or a mixture of both,” Lausterer wrote.  “The hope is to have the tenants off the property by August so that work can then be done to remove any remaining structures, address utilities, etc.”Lausterer said the developers are “considering various options to partially assist with the cost of moving, ” but did not offer specifics.  Ashland Development, LLC was set up less than a year ago, to assist with projects that “might have public benefit,” according to Lausterer. Tim Wright rents a mobile home, with his grandsons, one of whom has autism.  Wright has mixed feelings about getting put out. "Well, it's a bummer, but nothing you can do about it," Wright said.  “The city of Ashland needs to progress, you know."He wants to make sure progress does not preclude working people from staying in the city. "We want to stay in Ashland if we can find a place that's affordable," Wright said. Even a move can be costly, and moving some older trailers is impossible."Everything we've worked for 35 years," said a teary-eyed Trebilcock, who does not know where he will move.  “I got to watch it get run over by a bulldozer because I can't move it."


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                <strong class="dateline">ASHLAND, Neb.  —</strong>                                          Residents at the El Rancho Mobile Home Community in Ashland said they all received eviction notices. 

One resident said he feels a ‘prejudice against poor people.’ Only a few years ago, families at El Rancho put up a fight against the local school district. They won, getting to stay put on the property. One couple said that is why they’ve since spent $10,000 on improvements to their mobile home, which they now have to move, or move out of, by summer.

Stacie Kolar and Mark Trebilcock have called El Rancho home for 30 years. Now, they’re packing up half a lifetime of memories.

“It’s devastating because I have no control over this,” Kolar said.

At the beginning of January, El Rancho got a letter informing them that the park is under new ownership. Just two days later, they received another notice, saying they have to be out by July 31.

“We weren’t given a chance to fight for this one,” said Trebilcock, a truck driver. “We just received a letter on the third of Jan that says, move it or lose it.”

KETV Investigates tracked down the new property manager, Jim Sutton. He declined to discuss the changes, and referred us to attorney Jovan Lausterer, who also would not go on camera, but answered our questions via email.

Lausterer said the property was not listed for sale, but Ashland Development, LLC reached out to the previous owners and bought the lot for $800,000. The Saunders County Assessor website lists the current value at about $360,000.

“We can’t stop it, there is no stopping what is happening,” Trebilcock said.

The lawyer, Lausterer, said his office was retained by Ashland Development, LLC to reach out to El Rancho’s previous owners, and that the group was not formed specifically for this project. Lausterer, however, is listed as the group’s registered agent. He said everyone else in the group wants anonymity and would like to see new affordable housing on the lot, though they will not oversee the new project.

“This would be done through either a sale, a charitable donation or a mixture of both,” Lausterer wrote. “The hope is to have the tenants off the property by August so that work can then be done to remove any remaining structures, address utilities, etc.”

Lausterer said the developers are “considering various options to partially assist with the cost of moving,” but did not offer specifics. Ashland Development, LLC was set up less than a year ago, to assist with projects that “might have public benefit,” according to Lausterer.

Tim Wright rents a mobile home, with his grandsons, one of whom has autism. Wright has mixed feelings about getting put out.

“Well, it’s a bummer, but nothing you can do about it,” Wright said. “The city of Ashland needs to progress, you know.”

He wants to make sure progress does not preclude working people from staying in the city.

“We want to stay in Ashland if we can find a place that’s affordable,” Wright said.

Even a move can be costly, and moving some older trailers is impossible.

“Everything we’ve worked for 35 years,” said a teary-eyed Trebilcock, who does not know where he will move. “I got to watch it get run over by a bulldozer because I can’t move it.”

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