Mayor talks to Lincoln Estates management, residents

 

PUBLISHED: May 31, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke spoke with several Lincoln Estates residents Tuesday and gave them good news.

The management company for Lincoln Estates hasn’t filed any formal court eviction notices, so residents who were being “evicted” do not have to move next week.

“I met with them (Lincoln Estates’ representatives) yesterday just to get a feel from their perspective,” Winnecke said. “The most enlightening thing I learned was that they had not filed any court papers on anyone.”

“I felt it was important to reach out with these people personally … saying hey here are a couple things you should know. One — on June 7 or June 8, you are not getting evicted because they can’t do it,” Winnecke said.

Winnecke also talked with the Lincoln Estates manager and attorney. He said he plans to meet with the management team again with City Councilwoman Connie Robinson and Rev. Adrian Brooks.

But overall, Winnecke said he thinks continuing the conversations between the managment and the residents is key. He encouraged all the residents he spoke with to call the manager and make them aware of their situation.

“I found them (the management group) to be, in my opinion, really willing to work and help people,” Winnecke said.

Winnecke stepped in after he faced dozens of upset residents regarding the confusion over Lincoln Estate ownership change last week.

Friends and families concerned about Lincoln Estates residents flooded the Potter’s Wheel and interrupted the mayor’s traveling town hall Wednesday to voice concern about an ownership change at the complex. Jessie Higgins / Courier & Press

“I think it was very clear at that meeting that there was a very distinct lack of clarity about what’s going on in that living center,” he said. “So I intervened personally to try to bring some clarity to these residents.”

Jeff Wilhite, an attorney for Lincoln Estates, confirmed that Lincoln Estates plans to work with residents.

But one things is for sure — if residents have a current lease, they are not being asked to leave, Wihilite said.

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