For 11 years, Kit Rynerson has lived in a 1975 trailer house on the Huffington property in North Delta. Rynerson is 62, disabled and lives on SSDI payments of $726 a month. The arrangement she made with Bonsall Huffington prior to his death, to pay $200 a month to rent the land for her trailer, has served her well. She still has money to make loan payments on the trailer itself and to buy a few essentials.
But late this summer, the county purchased the property, which is located on 1575 Road to the south and east of Blake Field. County administrator Robbie LeValley said the county's intent was to establish a buffer around the airport. "We wanted to make sure if there was ever an opportunity to expand, we weren't looking at a significant number of houses," she said.
In August, Rynerson was notified she would have to vacate the property by Sept. 30. "That was the first I heard of it being sold," Rynerson said. She was granted an extension to Oct. 31.
Worried she's about to become homeless -- again -- she has contacted the county numerous times to explain her situation. She didn't feel she was getting anywhere, so she reached out to news outlets.
"My animals and I have to go to the streets to live," she said. "I don't even have a vehicle to live in. I can't afford storage, so I would lose everything except what's on my back."
LeValley says Rynerson will not be "put on the streets to die," as she claims, but that Delta Housing Authority, Delta County Health and Human Services, the Delta County Health Department and the Board of Delta County Commissioners are "all working very diligently to try to find a solution."
"We are not trying to make her homeless," LeValley asserts.
LeValley said she hopes Rynerson is also searching for alternatives. Another renter has already moved on, and horses are no longer grazing the 80-acre parcel. "Strictly from a liability standpoint, we want to start cleaning up the whole property," Le-Valley said. That means removal of a number of old metal implements, a large, old manure pit and barns that are in disarray.
Anyone with suggestions can contact Rynerson at 275-3296.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.