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Manufactured Home Community Hit with Multiple Violations

July 14th, 2015 Comments off

alfred_and_embassy_mhc__somers_wi__kenoshanews___jon_brines__creditThe village of  Somers, Wisconsin has issued 17 violations against the Alfred and Embassy Mobile Home Park for bad skirting, dangerous stairs, tall weeds, and junk in the middle of the street that could block first responders, according to kenoshanews.

Trustee Joe Cardinali said the general appearance of the community is affecting the quality of life for the residents. Mark Tucker, the managing partner of Aspen Equity Partners and co-owner of the park, said he has not heard of junk in the streets. He said, “We were disappointed that when these violations were noted there was no notice given or time to cure. Last year when (problems were) noted, we immediately came up and met with them on site.

MHProNews understands Tucker said he feels he is being harassed, and that the village wants the community to leave. He said he can only do so much with other people’s property. “They’re lower-income folks. These homes are not pretty. But these folks are mowing their lawns and putting up a fence at their own expense,” Tucker said.

Village Attorney Jeff Davison said while you cannot force people to make repairs, you can alter their leases to force them to comply with local ordinances.

Noting he has invested $70,000 in fixing infrastructure and has hired a new manager, Tucker said, ““We clearly want to be good neighbors. It’s our best interest to make that park look better. We want to do that for the community,” Tucker said. ##

(Photo credit: kenoshanews/Jon Brines–Alfred and Embassy Mobile Home Park)

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Community Owners must Correct Violations

December 5th, 2013 Comments off

Two manufactured housing communities (MHCs) in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin in the southeast corner of the state may lose their licenses to operate Dec. 31, 2013 unless they correct zoning and building violations. Westwood Estates Manufactured Housing Community must remove a pile of dirt and repair a stockade fence as conditions to make certain its license stays intact. Scotty’s Mobile Home Park has been directed to correct the violations in seven manufactured homes, as MHProNews has been informed. Scotty’s owner, G. John Ruffolo, a Kenosha WI Alderman, says he was not initially aware one of the homes had extensive damage from vandals, and added that he has now addressed 90 percent of the violations. As to the vandalized home, according to kenoshanews.com, Ruffolo says he has to go through a lengthy legal process before he can demolish or remove it. If the village declares it worthless, then he has the right to demolish it. Otherwise, an manufactured homeowner can claim monetary damages.

(Photo credit: jdnews.com–abandoned manufactured home)