Mineral Wells Trailer Park to Close

More than one hundred people will be displaced when a Mineral Wells trailer park closes next summer. Residents of The Oaks Trailer Park received notices of termination of their leases via certified mail this week.
 
“Closing the Park was not an easy decision to make but my family and I believe it is the right decision,” trailer park manager Alice Bosley said in the notice.
 
The company owns almost half of the 70 trailers in the park, which is located near the former site of Coldwater Creek. Tenants who are renting trailers were told to turn in their keys no later than June 1, 2017. Likewise, trailer owners who rent lots at the park were told to vacate by June. Any property remaining after that date will be considered abandoned. Tenants are required to pay their rent until they vacate.
 
The unexpected news is raising concerns for the residential
community.
 
“I don’t think they realize what it will be like for people to try to move these trailers,” explained one household member who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation.
 
She said many of the trailers in the park are older and may not be able to be moved. She also expressed concerns for elderly residents who will lose their homes.
 
“Even those that are in good enough shape to be moved (residents will) have to pay to have it moved somewhere, to store their belongings, utility hook ups, find somewhere to stay while they wait. It’s a nightmare.”
 
The reason for the closure was not explained in the notice of termination.
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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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