Tuesday May 29 2012
Conditions still need to be remedied at Glen Oaks Mobile Home Park, state says
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Residents frustrated by lack of progress
State inspectors conducted an entire park inspection of Glen Oaks Mobile Home Park in Auburn Tuesday. In March, tenants filed complaints with the Placer County Department of Environmental Health, citing large piles of trash and debris, open sewer lines and electrical boxes, inaccurate electric bills, aesthetically unappealing water and large quantities of mold in the park?s cabins among their living conditions. The county forwarded most of the complaints to the state because it is the agency that has jurisdiction over mobile homes. Last month state inspectors from the California Department of Housing and Community Development made their first round of inspections on the mobile home park, citing the park for some of the violations. David Freeman, a resident who filed the initial complaint against the park, said most of the debris from one empty lot has been cleared and the sewer lines have been capped, but he and his wife Dale are still receiving inaccurate electric bills. He said it has been over 60 days since he filed the first complaint and overall little progress has been made on creating better living conditions at the park. He said he is afraid that once the county and state inspectors stop making routine inspections, conditions will deteriorate again. ?I?ve seen the Band-Aid effect,? Freeman said. ?We still have the chemical bottles that say ?danger.? We still have the sewer lines above the ground. We still have piles of crap.? When the county visited the property to investigate the mold in Heather Huff?s cabin, Freeman said other cabin residents that were given forms by the county to file claims told him they were afraid of what would happen to their homes if the mobile home park?s management didn?t fix the violations. ?They don?t want to fill those out and have them addressed because they are afraid they will have to move,? Freeman said. ?Most of these people are on a fixed income and they can?t afford to move.? Dale Freeman, David?s wife, said she has seen Dumpsters on the property, but has only seen people working to fix the violations a limited number of days. ?It?s a little disheartening,? Freeman said. ?You have 60 days, but you got about a week?s worth of work done.? She and David have worked hard on improving their own yard and trailer to increase its value. The Freemans say they poured concrete paths, built a fence and bird baths for their yard, in addition to putting in $1,000 worth of improvements to the trailer. Despite the improvements, Dale Freeman says they can?t sell their trailer because most potential buyers are turned off when they see the park?s conditions. In an interview earlier this month, Ken Stuart, interim director of environmental health for the county said the county is working with the park and tenants to get the violations in the cabins fixed and is hoping it will not come to the tenants being displaced. The park?s manager, Mary Carlson, has declined to comment on any further stories. Ronald Kingsford, a state inspector for the department of housing and community development, said additional inspections will continue on the mobile homes and grounds. ?They are making improvements from the first time,? Kingsford said. ?Based on the first inspections, we decided to inspect the whole park.? Colin Parent, director of external affairs for the department of housing and community development, said a report of the inspection, detailing the inspectors? findings, would be finished Wednesday. ?We did do an inspection,? Parent said. ?It looks like there are some things they haven?t quite remediated yet.? Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.