MOUNT VERNON — Last February a complaint was made to the Knox County Board of Health concerning a solid waste nuisance at Rising Communities MHP trailer park at 300 Columbus Road. The trailer park was designated as a public health nuisance for various problems including trash build- up.
“We received a complaint ... about the manufactured home park regarding raw sewage coming to the surface of the ground,” Knox County Health Commissioner Dennis Murray said at the February meeting of the board. “Also the trailer park did not have any water.”
At the time of the complaint, Brian Benick of the health department inspected the site. Because the trailer park is within city limits it is required to use the city sewer system if available. The sewer system is available and the park does utilize it but Benick said there had been a break in the line that hooked the park up to the sewer system.
The same is not the case for water delivery and even though city water is available to the park, it uses its own well. There had also been a break in the water line. Both problems were taken care of within the week.
“Everything got rectified,” Benick said when contacted recently about the situation. “This has been months ago. We haven’t had any complaints lately. We had been making frequent inspections out there. It all held up out there so we aren’t even doing frequent inspections any more.”
All corrections were done in a timely manner and Benick did not characterize the situation as being extremely serious or persistent.
Owner Tom Woosley Jr. said all the work has been completed and “everything is fine, now.”
The trash situation has also been resolved.
“We license trailer parks,” Murray explained. “So it becomes the responsibility of the owner to make sure his tenants are removing their garbage, whether he provides for that or not.”
Walter Williams is one of the tenants at the park and he is satisfied with the situation.
“Everything seems to be OK now,” he said. “We’ve had to make our own arrangements for trash pickup. I’m satisfied with what he (Woosley) did.”
One resident, however, felt that although the sewage and trash problems had been taken care of, there was still a problem with the water even though it had been restored.
“It still tastes like rotten eggs,” he said.