New management at mobile park sparks more questions
KRONENWETTER (WAOW)-- Village of Kronenwetter officials announced Wednesday that AnchorBank has hired a new management company to take over Bouche Kronenwetter Park. But some residents say it could be too late.
"It's just more questions. Until I see somebody come in here with a different lease or something that we can stay...I'm going to move," said James Brown who has lived on the property for 13 years.
He and his wife started packing up their home two weeks ago, and James told Newsline 9 even with this new announcement, he's not sure anything will change.
"The whole process has been just a pain. We don't know anything," he said.
Last month, the village gave the park's current owner, Randy Bouche, 60 days to fix up the property or have his license revoked. Six homes in the park have been condemned and others need repairs. But he's failed to do that, and AnchorBank is foreclosing. That's why bank officials said they've hired Inland Companies to take over management of the site until a permanent manager can be found.
"Our hope is that they'll be coming in to make those corrections, get the park operating smoothly and kind of be an interim until a permanent owner can be found," said Kronenwetter official Randy Fifrick.
But some people who live at the park said this latest announcement just creates more uncertainty.
"A lot of us have made plans to go to different parks now on the insistence of everyone else because 'it's closing, it's closing,'" said Diane Ryskiewicz who has lived at the park since last June.
"I didn't sleep for three nights because things have actually been more and more, getting more and more complicated," she said.
Village officials said this new step is positive, but some residents worry it's just delaying the inevitable--having to move.
"This actually is not a trailer, it's my home," said Brown.
Village officials said Inland Companies still needs to apply and be approved for a license to run the park. New managers will also have to fix the problems on the property, but no deadline has been set for that.