LINCOLN, Maine — Town leaders hope to relieve themselves of a mobile home park acquired in a tax foreclosure by selling it to an Ellsworth company for about $35,000, Town Manager Ron Weatherbee said Monday.
Weatherbee described the Ellsworth firm by saying it “has had some past experience in the trailer park business.”
Weatherbee declined to name the firm because negotiations are ongoing.
He and Treasurer Melissa Quintela hope to close on the deal this week, Weatherbee said. The Town Council authorized town officials to sell the park without further council involvement about two weeks ago.
Councilors said after a meeting on June 8 that at least 13 potential new owners had expressed interest in buying the park. The town assumed ownership of the 11-home park off Grindel Street on March 10 because the property owner, Warren Brasslett of Greenbush, failed to pay about $31,000 in tax and water bills. An attempt to sell the park at auction last month failed because of a lack of bids.
Town officials became aware of the complexities of owning a trailer park when water department officials told them on May 29 that the 10 families would have their water shut off on June 1 because of nonpayment. Councilors and Weatherbee intervened on the tenants’ behalf, and the town’s water department delayed bill collection for about two weeks.
Several issues remain, such as an apparent dispute between tenants and their former landlord, who they said collected rent as recently as last month. Council Chairman Steve Clay said after the meeting that councilors are primarily concerned with ensuring that tenants get a new landlord as soon as possible.
Quintela last week notified in writing the 10 families living in the park about the potential new owner and gave the Ellsworth firm a listing of park tenants, Weatherbee said.