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Mobile park residents plan for uncertain future

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KRONENWETTER (WAOW)-- People who live at a mobile park in Kronenwetter met with county officials Monday night to plan for an uncertain future. Last week, village leaders gave the owner of Bouche Kronenewetter Park 60 days to clean up the property, or he could lose his license.

Single mother Ann Petznick is worried. "I just feel like I don't want to move," she said.

She has two young boys who she said don't want to move out of the area. She has lived in the mobile park for 16 years. "And I just got it paid off last year," she said.

But according to village officials, the owner of the park is not cooperating with village leaders, and if he does not make some changes, he could have his license revoked, forcing homeowners and renters to move out.

Six units in the park have been condemned and other repairs need to be made, including installing fire alarms and CO detectors.

"For everything we've seen it doesn't seem like he is going to be making the corrections that the village set forward," said Village of Kronenwetter Zoning Director Randy Fifrick.

We tried calling Bouche to get his side of the story, but our calls were not returned. Fifrick said they haven't heard from him either, but that doesn't mean they are not taking steps to help residents move forward.

Marathon County housing officials held a meeting Monday night to go over rights and resources with people who live in the park.

"Although this is a group and everybody is facing ultimately the same goal, each situation is very unique," said Family Living Agent Jackie Carattini.

Lawyers and landlords were also on hand to offer advice. Petznick said she enjoys living in the park, but something needs to be done. "We just can't continue having these conditions and some management has to step in."

According to officials, 19 of the 35 units in the park, including Petznick's, are privately owned. If the park were to shut down, those people would need to move their homes and pay for moving costs--a reality Petznick said would be hard to face. 

"I would be pretty devastated," she said.

Local officials offered some information for residents wanting to plan ahead.

For rental assistance, contact:

North Central Community Action Program: 715-842-0681

Catholic Charities: 715-849-3311

The Neighbor's Place: 715-845-1966

For emergency housing assistance, here are some resources:

The Salvation Army: 715-845-4272

The Women's Community: 888-665-1234

You can also contact Marathon County UW Extension by visiting their website http://marathon.uwex.edu

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