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Mobile home park scrutinized

West Allis mobile home park operator ordered to follow codes and clean up property

April 22, 2014

West Allis has begun proceedings to revoke the license of Mobile Estates Mobile Home Park, 10401 W. Greenfield Ave., with 45 mobile homes because repairs and a cleanup ordered in December are still not done, officials said last week.

The Common Council License and Health Committee decided to start the process after park operator Thaddues Derynda did not come in to discuss the list of deficiencies he was supposed to fix.

Derynda was pursuing a license for the park to operate when the committee told him to improve the park. He failed to appear before the committee about the alleged problems.

The revocation procedure will involve a formal hearing, and a date has not been set. The hearing will be before the License and Health Committee, which will give a recommendation to the Common Council.

The process is fairly long and Ted Atkinson, director of building inspection, said, "He may get this stuff done."

Neither Derynda nor his attorney returned phone calls.

For the last three years, ordered repairs have not been done on time at the mobile home park, Atkinson said. The park operated with no current license for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 while the city worked with Derynda on the list of deficiencies for those years, Atkinson said. Derynda had missed several other meetings during that time, he said. The wrangle even involved taking Derynda to municipal court.

"Part of the issue is his former track record," Atkinson said.

All the problems pinpointed in those previous years are now fixed, however; and the licenses were approved for all three of those years, Atkinson said. The mobile home park has applied for a license for 2013-14, and a new inspection was conducted resulting in the new list of problems. That list was given to Derynda in December, Atkinson said.

It included three overall park violations and 24 violations applying to individual mobile homes.

Orders applying to the overall park are to remove dead trees and brush, remove litter and garbage throughout the park, and repair the sanitary sewer system to proper working and code-compliant condition.

The individual home violations listed are removing what's left of a mobile home that has been mostly razed and removing debris on the site, repairing skirting, installing guardrails, removing improper outdoor storage, removing garbage in yard, repairing broken windows, removing an abandoned vehicle, repairing decks to be code compliant, removing a shed, repairing a damaged fence, repairing a boarded window, repairing a wooden fence and removing branches on a home roof and from gutters.

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