Time running out for Clermont Co. trailer park

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Residents who remain at the Lake Remington trailer park in Clermont County have until Friday to move out.

The county health department has refused to renew the trailer park's license because the former owners and now the court appointed receiver have refused to make necessary improvements.

County health commissioner Marty Lambert says the property has a malfunctioning sewer system and abandoned homes which pose a public health hazard.

Brian Whitaker and his family have lived at Lake Remington for more the seven years and have begun taking apart their trailer home to sell as scrap.  Whitaker says "We're just trying to dismantle the rest of our lives. Try to take everything that my children have pretty much grown to know as home."

The Whitakers and the rest of the families were given eviction notices back in January, but Whitaker says he feels like the county has abandoned them. "They're not fighting for us. They have no compassion for anybody not even the children."

Former resident Mike King has found another place to live, but he says he's angry at the way the residents have been treated.  "Nobody was helping us in no way. They just come in and said 'its time to go...you need to get out of here. If you ain't out by a certain date we're going to throw you out.'"

Donald Link has lived at Lake Remington for 16 years. He says he can barely afford to move. "Financially though...being disabled I will have a couple hundred dollars a month left to survive on.

Health Commissioner Lambert says there was no way the trailer park's license could be renewed. She says "Since they were telling us in their application that they had no intention or ability to fix these major problems...the board really didn't have any choice, but to deny their license.

Lambert says there are no plans to have anyone arrested who does not leave by the eviction deadline.

Members of the Occupy movement began arriving at Lake Remington Thursday afternoon and they tell the residents they plan to stay through the eviction deadline.

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