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Residents of Indian Rock mobile home park take concerns to commission

KINGWOOD — Concerns about the Indian Rock mobile home park in Reedsville were brought before the commission during its Tuesday meeting.

Tammy Forshey told commissioners she is having trouble contacting someone at the mobile home park to pay her rent.

“There are about 50 people who don’t know what is going on and have no place to go,” she said. “The trailer park is currently in a trusteeship due to disagreements between the brother and one of the sisters that own the property.”

She said there is also a holding pond on the site that the Department of Environmental Protection said had to be cleaned up and treated prior to Dec. 31. Forshey said so far nothing has been done.

“We would gladly do the training and clean up around the pond and treat if it would help,” she said.

Forshey said six mobile homes have already been moved by residents, but some families do not have the option due to cost.

“It cost one couple $1,700 to get their mobile home moved. There are elderly people here who can’t move. We need to know what to do to move forward,” she said.

“I called Meadows Law Office in Morgantown to find out who we should pay our rent to. They were supposed to call me back but haven’t done so yet. They are the attorneys handling the property.”

Dayton Meadows, of Meadows Law Office, said the Indian Rock park was founded by James Cobun who died in 2014. He said the property hasn’t yet passed down to the family, but an agreement was reached to close the estate out. He said that did not mean the trailer park is closing.

Meadows said his office was not collecting rent for the park. He said he was asked to stay on after the agreement was reached in case any other legal advice was needed by the three owners.

Commission President Samantha Stone told Forshey the commission could provide contact information but that was about all it could do.

County Administrator Nate Raybeck said the residents should contact Robin Dolly, an environmental inspector supervisor at the West Virginia Department off Environmental Protection.

In other business, a request for $5,000 to re-point the masonry on the History House building was unanimously approved by commission Tuesday. Commissioner Hunter Thomas said the History House houses a large number of commission artifacts.

He said members of the History House are seeking donations. The town of Terra Alta has contributed $5,000, Thomas said. Anyone interested in making a donation to the History House can send a check to P.O. Box 118, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525. The History house, 109 E. Washington St., Terra Alta, is open by appointment.

The next meeting of the Preston County Commission will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.