2010-10-14 / News

Sale of mobile homes denied

By Cheryl Holladay cheryl.holladay@ houghtonlakeresorter.com

With plans to upgrade Denton Township’s mobile home park, township officials addressed two requests for the sale of two older model mobile homes in the park Oct. 6.

Part-time residents of the park own their mobile homes and rent the lots, and the owners of mobile homes at 202 Pigeon Street and 203 Bluebird Street wish to sell their units. The sales were denied, but under slightly different conditions.

The board agreed to deny the sale request at 202 Pigeon Street. The homeowner, who is under financial constraints, will not be allowed to sell the home and leave it in the park, but may surrender or donate the unit to a charitable group, as she suggested in a letter previously submitted to the township.

Owners of a 1972 mobile home at 203 Bluebird will not be allowed to sell their unit to someone else and leave it in the park.

As part of a 10-year process, the township Sept. 1 hired Gosling Czubak to create a first-phase plan that includes mapping the park.

Supervisor Craig Cotterman told the Resorter the township intends to deny the sale of older units as they come up for sale so they are not left in the park.

“We really don’t want to evict anybody,” he said, adding the units are used as vacation homes.

Among several expenditures approved by the township board Oct. 6 meeting was new flooring for the township hall.

After much debate by board members, they approved the replacement of 330 square feet of foyer tile. Ricardo V. Mace won the bid for $5,436 for 6 by 6-inch Crossville Quarry tile.

Several other expenditures were also approved:

• A new Ford truck with a dump from Dean Arbour Ford, West Branch, for a cost of $32,789 for use by the maintenance department.

• A fire department request for a positive pressure fan, one set of turn-out gear, a mini-pump and an industrial mobile kit, all for $11,050.07. Within the township’s fire association budget, the purchases will be paid for using proceeds from the annual ox roast.

• A three-year contract for auditors Berthiaume & Company for $9,000, $9,200 and $9,400, respectively.

• The $294.68 hotel cost for two Denton Township EMS paramedics to attend a medical examiner conference.

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