Deal reached to keep troubled Tymberskan Condominiums open

Deal reached to keep troubled Tymberskan Condominiums open

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Orange County, the receivership for the Tymberskan Homeowners Association, and Orlando Utilities Commission have reached a tentative deal to keep the water on in the complex.

Dwayne Thompson was one of a dozen residents that showed up this morning to beg the Orange County Commission for help.

"If I can get some help with some community services or whatever. We can. It's possible that it can be done."

Thompson has been taking out mounds of garbage since the HOA's receivership has not been able to afford trash pickup. Stacy Guinnan is one of the few residents at Tymberskan that is fighting to keep those units from being closed.

"I have 4 small children. I can't afford 1,200 dollars a month nowhere. We're managing where we are at, and I believe that it can be turned around."

There is a partial solution for the troubled complex. The county, the condo association and OUC will settle the $100,000 water bill and each unit will be responsible for their own water and power bills moving forward.

"What we decided to do was to take these units that are owned and are not being paid assessments on, and actually going through the court system, foreclosing, selling them and taking that money from the foreclosure sales to go towards the outstanding OUC bill," said Shannon Charles, the HOA attorney.

The trash still remains, so do the dilapidated, fire-torn units, but OUC says they're happy and won't be disconnecting anyone for now.  

"We are glad that we were able to work with Orange County to develop a solution," said Tim Trudell, OUC spokesman.  "We still have a lot of work to do, but we're optimistic.  At this point, we have no plans to disconnect water at the complex."

Tymberskan and the county still have a mountain of problems to overcome.  One thing that has been left out of this agreement is how much the taxpayers are going to have to pay of the $100,000 Tymberskan still owes to OUC.

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