Published Sunday, November 04, 2012
By W. WINSTON SKINNER
Moreland officials have had several structures at Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park inspected, and they were not happy with what they learned.
“We need to anything we can legally do,” Councilman Allyn Bell told his colleagues during a meeting at the Town Hall in the Moreland Mill. “It’s horrible.”
Council members reviewed reports from Jack Mapp, who was hired to inspect the structures. Among Mapp’s findings:
5 Pecan Grove. The entire rear end of the trailer is gone. There are wasp nests and bird nests inside, as well as debris. Glass is broken from most of the windows, and the door was open. The gas line has been stripped from the mobile home.
8 Pecan Grove. Mapp noted nine broken windows, large holes in the siding and wasp and bird nests and trash. The roof is leaking, and the ceiling is collapsing. The gas line and wiring have been removed.
9 Pecan Grove. Mapp gave a report similar to that from 8 Pecan Grove but also noted interior wall covering is missing, along with guardrails and handrails on the porch.
10 Pecan Grove. In addition to similar defects, this structure also had a right side wall near collapse.
15 Pecan Grove. The report showed a leaking roof and collapsing ceiling, broken windows, rotting deck and wasp/bird nests.
19 Pecan Grove. In addition to broken windows, insect and bird nests and trash, Mapp wrote a third of the ceiling had collapsed.
Town Attorney Mark Mitchell said the issue could be handled under the town’s unsafe building ordinance, and that he could look at what procedures are needed in concert with Town Clerk Jimmy Haynes.
“You’ve got his (Mapp’s) report. Let me take that, and I’ll work with Jimmy on the next steps,” Mitchell said.
Local resident Joyce Evans was critical of the council for inspecting Pecan Grove without a written request, when a request for inspection of a mobile home by Carroll Street residents was not acted upon because there was not a written request. The town council did take action several months ago to require complaints be in writing.
“Y’all acted on a complaint that you didn’t have in writing,” Joyce Evans stated. She said that on Carroll Street, residents were concerned but “didn’t want to give a written a request.”
She added, ““If you’ve got to make a rule for one, you have to make a rule for everyone.”
Councilman Dick Ford said the concerns about the mobile home park date back at least two years and began before the council instituted the new policy on complaints.
“We could have Mr. Mapp inspect that same trailer and be consistent,” Mayor Josh Evans suggested, referring to the Carroll Street structure. No action was taken on the mayor’s suggestion.