FENTON, Mo. – There's new information about a 5 on Your Side investigation. A judge is stepping in to help dozens of mobile home residents in Fenton.
The residents' lawyer from Saint Louis University Law Clinc went to court Thursday morning and convinced the judge to appoint a public administrator to manage Brookside Mobile Home Park. The administrator will now collect rent checks and decide what to do about a sewer disconnection.
The residents say they've been paying their rent for months to Brookside's owner, Tom Scott. They say he never paid the sewer bill, and the tab is around $84,000. John Ammann says Scott never showed up in court Thursday.
5 on Your Side learned Scott paid $40,000 of the bill this week to try to stop the court date. He still owes Northeast Sewer the rest of the money.
The sewer was supposed to be disconnected in four days, and the county would have had to evict the residents without a working sewer. That won't happen now that there's a court-appointed receiver handling the mobile home park.
5 on Your Side has tried several times to reach Tom Scott to find out why he collected residents' rents and didn't pay the bill, but he's never called us back.