After months of contention, the residents of a former mobile home park have left land owned by Garden City Community College.
The college bought the land in December but some tenants refused to leave. They claimed they should be compensated for the mobile homes, which were too old to move under a city ordinance that allows only mobile homes built in 1986 or later to be moved in the city and mobile homes built between 1975 and 1985 to be moved within the county.
Most of the tenants moved in May when the college served legal notice that they had to leave, The Garden City Telegram reported. The college then sued seven owners or tenants whose mobile homes remained on the property on May 22, said college attorney Randy Grisell.
Grisell said only five of the seven could be located. Four of them chose not to contest the action during a court hearing in June and were given until July 3 to vacate. All the mobile homes were empty when Grisell and sheriff's deputies visited the park after the court hearing, he said. If the tenant who did not show up for the court hearing doesn't respond by Aug. 13, a judgment will be entered for the college.
College President Herbert Swender said the college intends to remove all the trailers after the legal process is complete. The college has not announced any plans for the land, which is across the street from the campus.