Scottsdale comes together for Wheel Inn community

I was down at the Wheel Inn yesterday. It looks better than it did Tuesday. Jim Heather went to the park Tuesday morning after the storm and the place was a mess.

Thanks to Greg Bestgen and Building Services for going in to see that everything was safe. And, thanks to Greg, Bill Murphy, Donna Brower, and Michelle Albanese for being so readily available for these folks.

Also thanks to Cmdr. Slavin and Lt. Nichols, all of the Human Services staff, our Interim City Manager Brian Biesemeyer for getting the water turned back on last Wednesday after it had been turned off due to two and a half months of unpaid bills. And, many thanks to Head Honcho City Manager Fritz  Bhering, for setting a positive tone to help in ways we, as a city, have not had the think about before.

There were five vacant trailers from before the eviction notice was delivered in the spring. Those have been removed. A few of the units belonging to residents who were in better financial shape are gone to the Broadway East mobile home park due the age issues. They allow families with kids. Some seeking an over age 55 community have gone to Mesa Dunes. This seems to be the practice. Still many are undecided and confused.

Can’t thank Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield for taking the initiative to reach out to Wheel Inn residents, setting up lunch for them and bringing agencies and city case workers to one place, and getting the trolley to bring those who don’t drive and return them to their homes.

The process to get the funds from the state is slow due to the number of mobile home parks that have closed this summer. Joni Cage was great to come out to the Granite Reef Senior Center along with the other agencies that might be able to offer help. The Arizona Department of Manufactured Housing releases state funds through Joni Cage’s office and they are deluged with applications.

Rally Point is so good! They wrap their hearts and heads around a problem, and get it solved. Some of the spouses of vets are talking to them. I think a navigator from their group will be out there on Saturday.

At this time nobody is really happy. They are grateful to be away from Hartman, the disorganization and the stress, and being yelled at by Alex. They also don’t miss the noise as workers adapting and dismantling units are allowed to work from sun rise to sun set.

I have asked management to at least adhere to the city’s time allowance for construction (in this case destruction) sites. So far nothing has changed. For those who have moved, the biggest complaint is the lack of public transportation and the distance from doctors and other necessary services.

A couple of them I am really worried about due to depression. They know they can call me day or night. They also now know who of their neighbors have moved to the same place.

I made a list of names and numbers on the flashiest paper I could find, in 14-point type, so it is easier to read, and it is being laminated as we speak. I took the liberty of including Donna Brower’s and Greg Bestgen’s office phone numbers on the list as a point of reference. Jim Heather and I will deliver them tomorrow; at Wheel Inn and at Mesa Dunes.

Those folks who will need help with enrolling in programs Mesa Social Services, as well as transportation to offices for enrollment, most of them at least, have not moved. I am working on that, too. These are the ones who will have the biggest problems moving out of Scottsdale.

Saturday will be sorting and shredding for a couple of residents who need help with lifting, pulling and pushing and re-packing in new boxes and tapped securely.

Jim and I pooled our pennies weeks ago and we still have some packing stuff left to work with. These folks do not have the upfront money to cover such expenses. There are at least 12 families, some just individuals, that fall into this really needy group.

Thus the fundraiser and Bob Littlefield stepped up to help with that, along with Cindy Hill and the Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support folks and their Aging Safely program. If I have forgotten anything let me know.

Thank you all for all you do.

Editor’s note: This was written on behalf of the Scottsdale Coalition

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