Posts Tagged ‘water and sewer’

Lippert Acquires 56 Acres for Future Expansion

September 19th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned Lippert components, Inc. (LCI) has purchased a 56-acre plot of land outside the Goshen, Indiana city corporate limit, but adjacent to the city corporate lines, for future company use. LCI is a component supplier to the the manufactured housing and RV industries, according to, as well as to the cargo/horse trailer industry. The company will be responsible for water and sewer hook-up fees as well as for inspections of those lines. The Goshen City Council approved a request for annexation. LCI, with its sister company Kinro, Inc., are subsidiaries of Drew Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DW).

Modular Homes may Fill Demolished Factory Site

June 25th, 2013 Comments off

A four-acre site occupied by a manufacturing plant that closed in 1990 and now owned by the Carthage Industrial Development Corp. (CIDC) in Carthage, New York is set for six homes to be built by Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity. In collaboration with the village of Carthage and the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC), the CIDC will pitch in $25,000, to be matched by $25,000 from DANC for the water and sewer infrastructure. DANC ‘s board of directors will also consider a $100,000 no-interest loan to help defray construction costs of Habitat. MHProNews has learned from watertowndailytimes, board President Walter Plumley has suggested modular homes could be built with assistance from carpentry students at a local trade school. It normally costs Habitat $70k to $90k to build each house, with the funding primarily provided by local businesses and village donors. In addition, volunteers from the village will also help with construction of the homes designated for low income residents.

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Water Set to be Shut Off

May 22nd, 2013 Comments off

MyMotherLode tells MHProNews Columbia Mobile Home Park in Columbia, Calif. east of San Francisco, may lose its water and sewer service June 5 unless a $17,884.35 overdue bill is paid. A notice to that effect was posted May 21 at the community which has 63 homesites, 13 of which are vacant, according to Robin Sumerlin, who lives and works at Columbia. She says the owner assured her that the bill will be taken care of by the due date.

(Photo credit: Kris Perssons/mymotherlode—notice posted at Columbia Mobile Home Park.)

Bill would Require Water Inspections

May 8th, 2013 Comments off

The lowellsun informs MHProNews Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is supporting legislation to establish a dispute resolution process between residents and owners of manufactured housing communities, streamline community rules approval, and require certificates verifying the water and sewer systems are in working order. Appearing before the Joint Committee on Housing at the state house, she says numerous complaints have come to her office concerning malfunctioning water and sewer systems. Owner with his family of Garden Homes Estates in Wareham, Mass., and president of the Massachusetts Manufactured Home Association, Jeff Hallahan says the legislation could threaten the business: “It’s a daily challenge to operate our communities safely and efficiently to keep rents down.” Noting inspections could run as high as $85,000 annually, he says the MHCs are a form of unsubsidized affordable housing, but that the association does support the dispute resolution proposal. “The idea of out-of-state out-of-touch ownership and management, I think is the exception,” Hallahan says.

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Village turns down Possible MHC Development

January 8th, 2013 Comments off

The belvideredailyrepublican says Poplar Grove, Ill. officials have nixed plans to annex an additional 600 acres and with it the possibility of an MHC being developed on part of the property. Two developers had proposed a mix of residential and commercial if the annexation occurred, but the village board in this far north central part of the state said they want commercial development, not residential. In addition, as MHProNews has been informed, assistant city-county planner Gina DelRose raised the following concerns: Since the MHC would be 1-3/4 miles from village limits, what would the cost be to send municipal employees and vehicles to the location; can the village provide water and sewer at a reasonable cost; would there be financial benefits beyond the cost of maintaining the community.

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Oil Boom Hits Bainville

October 30th, 2012 Comments off

BillingsGazette tells MHProNews Bainville, Mont. in the northeastern part of the state has a population of 300 and town budget of $250,000. ProCore Logistics LLC of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is investing $30 million locally in support of the Bakken oil boom (centered 28 miles away in Williston, North Dakota) for a mile long sidetrack railroad extension to haul sand used in fracking, for silos to store the sand, and for modular housing. The railroad is Burlington Northern, one of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire subsidiaries. As many as 600 trucks a day may be heading to the oilfields with sand. Procore and SST Bakken Properties are both building modular man camps to house the workers, and additional medium and high-end housing is also in the planning stages for the area, as are numerous hotels and other support services. At a community meeting, while many noted they will reap the profits of the rapid expansion of their town, others expressed concerned about the dust from the trucks, the draw on water and sewer resources, the mile long trains that may stymie school buses and emergency vehicles, and the upsetting of local wildlife. One of Procore’s man camps is outside Bainville where the town has no jurisdiction should it become “Testosterone Flats”, as one local quipped. John Milino, who runs Procore’s modular housing units, and expects the boom to last 20-30 years, says he will monitor the housing situation.

(Photo credit: Casey Page/Billings Gazette)


City to Impose Fee on MH

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

The Brownsville Herald in Texas says the San Benito utility board will try to pass a $10 monthly fee on manufactured homes to help pay for a $17.7 million water and sewer plant upgrade in this city just north of Brownsville. Last year the city levied the fee on unmetered recreational vehicles (RVs) only to discover a law that prohibits that fee, and had to return the funds. Fun N Sun RV Resort’s 1,400 sites includes 300 MH sites which the city intends to collect on since they are permanent residences. MHProNews has learned San Benito also hopes to collect the fee from fixed RVs.

(Photo credit: Trulia–San Benito TX manufactured home)

MHC Behind on Utility Fees and Taxes

August 20th, 2012 Comments off

mlive tells MHProNews the Swartz Creek Meadows MHC in Lennon, Michigan has until Aug. 31 before the Clayton Township Board of Trustees initiates legal action for unpaid water, sewage, and property taxes totaling $167,697.73. Swartz Creek owner MHPI Inc., does not deny it owed the township, but a misunderstanding at a meeting in October, 2012 led MHPI to believe part of the money in arrears had been forgiven when in fact it was not. Clayton Township Treasurer Clayton Gehringer says the township has the right to cut water and sewer service to the community, but that presents a moral dilemma because the MHC residents have likely paid their bill to MHPI, but that money has not been passed on to the township. In addition, the township government is required to collect these monies by law and on behalf of other citizens who do pay.

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Community Needs Infrastructure Repairs

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

The LansingStateJournal reports Moon Lake Estates MHC between Bath and Perry Michigan needs major water and sewer improvements following a power failure and two water main breaks that has led to a notice from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for residents to boil water. The community’s license was revoked in 2009 by the Manufactured Housing Commission for safety and signage violations, and is now facing water quality violations for failing to submit samples for testing. Moon Lake owner Steve Raleigh, who bought the property in 2010, says he inherited many problems when he purchased the community, which has only 30 tenants out of 105 home sites, and has been unable to obtain financing to make the needed repairs. He says he has demolished abandoned homes and made improvements. MHProNews has learned DEQ’s Stan Wurfel says the immediate goal is to restore quality water, and that grants may be available for infrastructure repairs.

(Photo credit: Mark Mayes/LansingStateJournal)

Council Denies Rezoning for MH Placement

July 12th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a story we posted yesterday, July 10, yourdailyjournal reports the Rockingham (North Carolina) City Council denied a request from Charles Seago to rezone land from business to residential so he could site four additional manufactured homes on the property on which he already has five MH. Although the city’s planning board supported the request, the city council, noting the property is adjacent to Interstate 74, said they had invested $1.1 million in water and sewer infrastructure to encourage industrial and business development at all four sides of the interchange. Mr. Seago responded that would be good for him because his land would be more valuable, but commercial development is not now happening. However, MHProNews has learned, the council insisted on protecting their investment, saying they must plan for future commercial development.

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