Originally created 11/23/05

Leaders monitor work to fix mobile home park

Sewerage repair work began Tuesday morning at Mobile Village trailer park on Deans Bridge Road.

Augusta officials, including City Administrator Fred Russell; Commissioner Marion Williams; and Rob Sherman, the director of Augusta License and Inspections, were at the park early Tuesday checking conditions and prioritizing repairs to bring the property up to code.

"It seems that the owners have taken responsibility," Mr. Russell said.

The Augusta Commission issued an emergency declaration for the park last week after health department inspections deemed it unsanitary because of a sewage backup that caused raw waste to spill onto the ground and back up into bathrooms.

Mr. Williams, who is renovating a church next to the park, said the park, including prostitution and drug activity that have occurred there, will be cleaned up.

"We are going to get something done and get this park the way it is supposed to be," the commissioner said.

One of the problems the city had last week was contacting the owners, three men who live in South Florida. The owners have now hired an on-site manager, Mark Pope, who worked for a previous owner, to handle the business at the park.

"The newspaper and the residents just need to give me time to make it respectable," Mr. Pope said. "They need to give me a chance."

Reach Amy Allyn Swann at (706) 823-3338 or amy.swann@augustachronicle.com.


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