TUPPER LAKE - The village board of trustees was looking for ways to subdivide the trailer park on Main Street and Woulf Avenue so people who owned trailers could remain there while the rest of the lot was cleared, but the board said Monday it has no options that would help the residents.
"There's nothing we can do," said Trustee Marty Hughes. "We're at the end."
Monday morning, village board members voted 4-0 (with Trustee Tom Snyder absent) to stop pursuing alternatives to removing all the trailers from the park, which means all the residents there will need to be out by Oct. 31.
"I feel terrible about the whole thing," Hughes said. "In this day and age, you would never want to do that, but sometimes our hands are tied."
People who rent trailers are required to be out by Oct. 1, and village Clerk Mary Casagrain said all but one tenant have vacated the property. The people who own trailers there, however, requested more time because of the logistics of moving their homes.
The village can't promise that the residents who stay through the end of October won't see an interruption of their water and sewer service, since the village Department of Public Works and Water and Sewer Department will be starting to clear the vacated part of the property beginning Monday, Oct. 5, Casagrain said.
The village inherited the trailer park after former owners Dean and Deborah Scoble, of Tupper Lake, went through Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings in May. The park was in serious disrepair, with state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health violations a concern.
The village signed the paperwork to become the owners of the trailer park in July, with plans to evict everyone, clean it up and sell it. At a late July meeting with trailer park residents, though, board members heard how difficult it would be for the people who live there to move the trailers, some of which date back to the 1970s, since there is no other place in town where zoning permits them to park.
But after meeting with village Attorney Doug Wright, who researched the matter, the board realized it had few options. If the village were to subdivide the lot to let trailer owners buy the land on which their trailers sit, it would have to offer it to anyone for fair market value, which would make the process irrelevant if other people bought the lots.
"We've gone by the advice of our attorney," Hughes said. "I wish there was a way that it worked out better."
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