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Land owner offers rebuttal

Friday, September 19, 2003

Rena Morlan, who has had charges filed against her for maintaining a dwelling unfit for human habitation, could not be reached for comment before an article about her appeared in Friday's newspaper.

Morlan contacted the Brazil Times Friday afternoon saying she didn't respond earlier because she was in the hospital Thursday having tests.

"I've had numerous surgeries this year," Morlan said. "Next month I'll have my 5th surgery this year."

Because of health problems Morlan said she's not able to work.

"I want that cleaned up more than anyone," Morlan said. "My hands are tied right now. All I've got to bank on is that property. I have some family coming up from Florida, maybe, at the end of the month. I don't know what to do. If someone could help me that would be wonderful."

Morlan said someone had offered to buy the property but she didn't think it was a reasonable offer.

Clay County Health Department Environmental Specialist Bill Hale reiterated that he sent Morlan two certified letters dated Oct. 31, 2002, and April 3, 2003.

Hale said Morlan contacted him after the second letter and said she would have the property cleaned up after she got her tax check.

"It's September now and nothing's been done," Hale said. "When I get no response there's nothing I can do but turn it over to the prosecutor."

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