Andrews Town Council, mobile home park owner discuss clean-up

The Andrews Town Council and the owner of a mobile home park that has come under fire for having dilapidated units discussed the process of cleaning up the park at council’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 26.

The park, Antioch Mobile Home Park, is located at 200 Wabash St. and owned by Brian Salerno, of Chicago, IL. Salerno and the park’s manager, Tammy Gibson, both appeared at the meeting to address an order of enforcement that has been issued by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD), which specifies issues at the park and prescribes corrective mea- sures. DCD was asked to inspect the park by homeowners on Terrel Street, which runs alongside the park, after those individuals voiced complaints about the condition of mobile homes on the property.

DCD, along with the Huntington County Department of Health, inspected the park on July 17 and the order of enforcement was generated on July 25. The order identifies six homes at the park that need to be removed and two units that need to be either renovated or removed. The document also mandates repairs for the park’s maintenance building.

The deadline to comply with the order is Sept. 23 and council and Salerno discussed a plan of attack for achieving compliance. Salerno stated that cleaning up the park, removing debris from the homes and other refuse, would be his first objective. Following that, he expressed interest in reaching out to contractors for a second opinion, having them assess the homes specified in the order and deduce which ones were salvageable. After identifying which units were not salvageable, Salerno said he would prioritize the removal of homes along Terrel Street.

Salerno stated that he would send council an email on Sept. 23, informing it of the progress he has made. If that progress meets the board’s satisfaction, it has the power to extend the order’s deadline by as many as 60 days.
In other business:

– Council reported that the town had been awarded a community development block grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs totaling $600,000. The grant will fund the installation of a stormwater system on McKeever Street from Jackson Street to Loon Creek.

– Council approved the purchase of a card-reader for the town’s gas system. The unit is from Gasoline Equipment Petroleum Contractors and totals $6,681.