Not to sound too down and out, we don’t want to be the continual harbingers of gloom and doom here, but when your trailer park goes broke. News from Oconee County, Georgia, suggests just this, residents of the Pinewood Estates South mobile home park may just be out of luck soon. The county has threatened to shut off all water and sewer service if the park’s owner does not pay up.
The story, from The Oconee Patch, tells of suit and countersuit filed first by Oconee County Utility Department, and then counterclaimed by Pinewood’s owners, Georgia General Kipling Land. According to the court documents, Kipling Land owes on the order of $150,000 dollars in service charges. The county will soon shut off service if the bill is not paid, leaving some 700 plus residents up “you know what” creek, without a paddle. Talk about the crap hitting the fan. It’s really no laughing matter.
Residents claim they have been paying monthly water and sewer fees all along, while the county’s attorneys suggest the past due services fees do not even include all the services rendered by the county to the development. Some have suggested a possible solution might be taking residents’ fees and putting them in escrow until such time as the case can be resolved. It is unclear whether or not Georgia General Kipling Land is actually paying the county anything at all at this point. If they are not, no one could complain if service were discontinued.
For those unfamiliar, Watkinsville, Georgia, is one of the least effected cities where the economic recession is concerned. The unemployment rate their near Athens being only about 6.5 %, compared to almost 10% nationwide. The deadlock between county officials and the park owner seems highly improper in any event. Observers there expect a resolution next week, accordingly.
Imagine so many people out of a home, and those who do have one facing unsanitary conditions on top of the fear of worsening economic travail.
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