FEMA trailers might be safe

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Nineteen trailers at a mobile home park near Grovetown, initially deemed uninhabitable, might be livable after all, a Columbia County official said this afternoon.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office believes the trailers can be inhabited, but the county won’t grant a certificate of occupancy until the safety of the trailers can be confirmed by the federal government, said county Director of Development Services Richard Harmon.

Area officials have been waiting many weeks for a response from the federal Housing and Urban Development regarding the trailers at the Arrowood Mobile Home Park on Wrightsboro Road.

Officials believe the trailers were used as temporary housing in the Gulf Coast area for those displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Later, it was discovered that some trailers contained dangerous levels of formaldehyde, a common preservative used in construction materials. Medical studies show that prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can lead to breathing problems and might cause cancer.

Still, the trailers were labeled with HUD stickers identifying them as habitable.

The trailers at Arrowood were purchased by a Florida-based broker at a government auction held by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which failed to remove many of the HUD stickers before selling them.

FEMA marked the trailers as scrap, meaning they were not to be used as residences, but many wound up being owned by KDM Development Corp. in Pittsford, N.Y. That company owns 48 trailer parks in 18 states, including Arrowood, according to its Web site.

Executives at KDM Development have repeatedly failed to return phone messages.

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double_standard
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double_standard 04/10/09 - 02:40 pm
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I guess we can call Glenn

I guess we can call Glenn Beck and let him know that the trailers for the FEMA concentration camp's are in Columbia County.

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 04/10/09 - 03:06 pm
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Good one, there dbl stnd.

Good one, there dbl stnd.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/09 - 03:31 pm
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I told you there was more

I told you there was more than likely nothing wrong with those trailers.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/10/09 - 05:55 pm
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Where does Columbia County

Where does Columbia County get off making their own rules that the feds must also agree the trailers (or anything) are safe when the state has approved the trailers? What's next?

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Barry Paschal 04/10/09 - 06:13 pm
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It was the feds who said the

It was the feds who said the trailers were unsafe, RM; Columbia County would be stupid not to wait until the feds give a green light.

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Riverman1 04/10/09 - 06:49 pm
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The state said the trailers

The state said the trailers are safe in a move that apparently trumps anything the feds said before. If the feds come in NOW and tell the county they are unsafe, I suppose we will have to listen, but we should do so reluctantly. Let's get to the point. Are the trailers safe or not? The state says they are and I think they are, too. If the trailers are safe we need to vigorously defend the owners right to rent his trailers. What's there to debate?

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