Parkland Trailer Parks to Close – Superior Telegram

PARKLAND – Two mobile home parks in the town of Parkland are closing.

Other residents of Country Acres North and South, both located along Douglas County Road E, have until August 1 to vacate the property. Those who don’t leave will face eviction proceedings, according to Douglas County Administrator Ann Doucette. There are currently 12 caravans occupied – five in the north park and seven in the south park, she said.

The county took possession of the property through the tax deed process in June. According to online records, no taxes have been paid on the property since 2018.

County services have been working for more than a year to help the owner clean up the site, according to a July 19 update that Doucette sent to Douglas County Council.

“Resident safety has been and continues to be the top priority for our county departments,” she said in the update, and added that the Health Department’s trailer park filing was a few centimeters thick.

The parks license was not renewed in August 2021. Doucette said the owners did not send in the renewal application, but if they did, the county would have denied it. At this time, all residents received information for relocation.

A sign along Douglas County Road E in the town of Parkland marks the Country Acres South Mobile Home Park on Monday, July 25. It is one of two mobile home parks in the city that are set to close. The owners did not renew the permits in 2021 and Douglas County took possession of the property through the tax deed process in June.

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“To date, several residents remain current on utility payments and their trailers are not considered a danger to human health,” Doucette wrote in the update. “The relocation of this group represents a major challenge.

She said there were still 26 trailers on the property, 11 in the north park and 15 in the south park. A total of 10 trailers had been placarded – six in the north park and four in the south park – and there were four abandoned trailers in the south park.

“Once the remaining trailers are released or moved, the county will need to clean up the site or find a third party who may be willing to do so,” Doucette said. “The process is continuing and there will no doubt be further challenges ahead.”

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Trash spills out of one of the uninhabitable mobile homes at Country Acres North Mobile Home Park in the town of Parkland on Monday, July 25. Five residents continue to live in the park, and seven mobile homes in Country Acres South Mobile Home Park are occupied. , according to Douglas County Administrator Ann Doucette.

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Douglas County Council Chairman Mark Liebaert told the health and social services board on July 14 that the estimated cost of cleaning up the parks was $80,000.

He said the county had been involved in negotiations with a third party interested in buying the property and cleaning it up, but the financing had not been forthcoming.

“This could be valuable property after being cleaned up,” said Ninth District Supervisor Alan Jaques, chairman of the health and human services board.

Doucette said the county’s ultimate goal is to clean up the site and put it back on the tax rolls. She planned to update the supervisory board on the matter at their August meeting.

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A broken and uninhabitable mobile home rests between homes in better condition at Country Acres South Mobile Home Park along Douglas County Road E in the town of Parkland on Monday, July 25. This is one of two Parkland mobile home parks that are closing.

Maria Lockwood / Upper Telegram

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