Fed­eral funds to help clean up trailer park

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL - By Cor­nelius Fro­lik Staff Writer

RIVER­SIDE — The city plans to use a $120,000 fed­eral grant to re­move aban­doned and dam­aged trail­ers at Laws Mo­bile Home Park, even though new owner Jerry McMa­han said he has suf­fi­cient re­sources to take care of those is­sues.

City man­ager Bryan Chod­kowski said it is too late to amend the grant ap­pli­ca­tion to re-pur­pose the fed­eral dol­lars, and re­turn­ing the money could make it harder in the fu­ture to ob­tain fund­ing.

“The bot­tom line is Laws trailer park in its cur­rent con­di­tion has been an eye­sore and a blight upon the com­mu­nity, and this is an op­por­tu­nity for us to ad­dress it in the most ex­pe­di­ent man­ner pos­si­ble,” he said.

The city ap­plied for a Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Block Grant in 2008 to re­move trail­ers from the run-down park, and it was awarded $120,000 for the project in 2009.

Be­fore the city bid out the work, Mont­gomery County Wa­ter Ser­vices an­nounced plans to shut off the park’s wa­ter be­cause of $340,000 in un­paid wa­ter and tax bills. Pub­lic Health — Day­ton and Mont­gomery County planned to re­voke the li­cense once wa­ter ser­vices were ter­mi­nated.

But McMa­han, who owns a num­ber of mo­bile home parks in the area, pur­chased the prop­erty be­fore the dead­line and paid the bills. He said he had am­ple re­sources to clean up the park, and he has al­ready fixed leak­ing wa­ter pipes and cleared out over­growth.

But McMa­han will re­ceive the city’s help in clean­ing up the park. Depend­ing on the bids, the city will be able to use the CDBG dol­lars to re­move be­tween 25 and 40 of the 42 aban­doned trail­ers, Chod­kowski said.

Sev­eral coun­cil mem­bers raised con­cerns last week about us­ing grant money to help the well-fi­nanced McMa­han clean up the park, but they ul­ti­mately did not ob­ject to mov­ing for­ward with the plan.

Chod­kowski said the city’s pri­mary in­ter­est is hav­ing that prop­erty brought into com­pli­ance with River­side’s main­te­nance codes.

“By us uti­liz­ing Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Block Grant dol­lars to re­move those trail­ers, that al­lows Mr. McMa­han to have more cap­i­tal to make

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