WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has become involved in the post-Tropical Storm Irene recovery at The Spruces Mobile Home Park.
In a Sept. 30 letter, David W. Monahan, deputy chief of the Consumer Protection Division, requested the owner of the retirement community, Morgan Management, contact him to arrange a meeting to discuss issues regarding clean-up and recovery at the park.
He added that Attorney General Martha Coakley's office wanted to be certain it had the most current and accurate information about The Spruces and Morgan Management's effort to address damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
"Pursuant to the Attorney General's statutory and regulatory authority over manufactured housing communities, we are writing to ensure Morgan MHP Mass LLC's compliance with laws that may be applicable to the urgent situation at The Spruces Mobile Home Park," the letter, which was sent to Robert C. Morgan, co-owner of Morgan Management, stated.
Among the issues the Attorney General's office would like to discuss with Morgan Management are trash removal, providing safe roadways and electrical service not being available in certain sections of the park, according to the letter.
State law requires the company to keep The Spruces free from debris, rubbish and garbage, and to make basic utilities available to each manufactured home site, the letter stated.
"We understand that after initially inviting residents to remove debris from their homes into common areas, Morgan has stopped collecting and disposing of garbage. Though the circumstances at the Spruces are extraordinary, Morgan must fulfill its legal obligation to maintain a sanitary and safe community," Monahan wrote.
While the Attorney General's office appreciates that Morgan Management has restored electrical service and roadways to certain sections of the park, it wants to know the company's intentions for restoring electrical service and roadways to other sections, the letter stated.
Homes on the west end of The Spruces have been without electricity since Tropical Storm Irene flooded the park on Aug. 28, displacing 273 people.
Town Manager Peter L. Fohlin said at the Selectmen's meeting on Sept. 26 that Morgan Management had said the electrical infrastructure for the west end of the park was so severely damaged by water that it couldn't be energized.
There are three homes in that section of the park that weren't condemned, and could potentially be reoccupied, but electricity would need to be provided to them as one of the requirements for occupation, he said.
Efforts to reach Robert Morgan on Monday afternoon were unsuccessful.
As of Friday, 29 of the 225 homes in The Spruces had been cleared for occupation by the town.
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