Royse City Herald-Banner


July 11, 2007

Almost Forgotten Part I: Abandoned trailers in Hunt County

By Janelle Stecklein

Herald-Banner Staff

Hawk Cove city leaders have been working hard recently to clean up the community that is home to about 750 Hunt County residents.

But, the city’s former mayor, Leetta Goolsby, said abandoned property that is sometimes in the county’s possession is making it harder to clean up.

“We can’t do anything with it until the county decides to put it on the auction block,” she explained, saying the city can’t afford to clean up the properties that are falling apart.

Part of the problem is the abandoned mobile homes that litter not just the community, but many parts of the county. Many of these mobile homes no longer have any windows; the metal on the outside has been stripped and sold for profit; and the trailers have pieces of insulation sticking out. Everything of value has been stolen.

“They’re in pretty bad shape,” Goolsby said.

Hawk Cove resident Michael Tacker lives next door to one of the structures and says he is interested in purchasing the land just so he can get rid of what he describes as an “eyesore.”

“All the walls are gone,” he said. And, he added, kids have broken out all the windows, and thieves have stolen everything of value.

According to property records listed on the Hunt County Appraisal District’s Web site, Hunt County and the local political entities have 100 percent ownership of both the property and the remaining structure.

Tacker says the property and the mobile home have been appraised for $8,000 and but for the price, he would gladly purchase the property.

“It’s not worth eight grand to me. I was just going to do this because it’s an eyesore to me,” he said.

Recently he said he even found a lady living in the structure, which he knows has been empty for at least 10 years since the previous owners died. He grew up in the mobile home before selling it.

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