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Conditions at trailer park concern township officials

Published October 18. 2011 05:01PM

An inquiry from Nis Hollow Estates manager Kerry Howard regarding refinancing the trailer park that resides in Mahoning and East Penn Townships prompted a discussion about the current conditions of the park and concerns over the rundown situation of some lots and unnumbered conditions of several of them.

"Parts of the park are in bad shape with overgrown trees and such. They [the managers] said they don't own the trailers and cannot touch them, but they own the land and they should maintain it," said Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt.

Steigerwalt said if one were to drive through the trailer park there are several properties with trailers in bad condition on them. They are overgrown with trees and weeds and many of the lots are missing their identifying lot numbers at this point.

"I think you should enforce the address ordinance and go after them with it," said Mahoning township officer Jeff Frace who was in attendance at the meeting. Frace said the missing numbers are a real problem for officers and other first responders who must find a location in the park in the event of an emergency. He told the supervisors someone or someone's property could suffer if they don't conform to the ordinance which was passed several years ago for precisely this reason.

Supervisor George Stawnyczyj said if the empty trailers are a problem, they should be removed when the landlord evicts the tenants on that lot, but Steigerwalt pointed out that doesn't really solve the problem as the trailers are moved down to the office where they are used for parts and to decay down there instead.

What aggravates matters further according to Zoning Officer LeRoy Leibenguth is the property has changed hands and holding companies several times with its owners residing in several states the current of which is Oklahoma. He was directed by supervisors to send a letter to the park manager informing them about the ordinance relating to abandoned property and putting them on alert to correct that and the addresses on the lots or there would be further action.

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