CHESHIRE -- A decision on the proposed rent increase at Pine Valley Mobile Home Park is set to be announced Oct. 29.
The Board of Selectmen met with Town Counsel Edmund St. John III on Tuesday to discuss the proposal for a 15 percent rent increase in the mobile home community requested by its owner, Morgan Management.
St. John will work to draft a decision this week. It will be released at next week's meeting, the board announced Tuesday. The Selectmen have three weeks to make a decision following the closing of last Wednesday's public hearing.
Pine Valley's rent is controlled by the Board of Selectmen, which acts as the rent control board.
Morgan Management has argued that it needs the increase in rent to offset costs incurred from implementing a new septic system for more than 30 of its 90 units.
The tenants association disagrees, claiming that state law protects such projects from being used as the justification for a rent increase.
Pine Valley residents came to Tuesday's board meeting seeking the Selectmen's help in learning when the new septic tank would be installed. They asked the board to call Morgan Management representatives.
The project was originally planned to be complete by Sept. 15, but was put on hold when engineers uncovered unexpectedly wet and unstable soils.
Morgan Management is waiting on bank approval for close to an additional $200,000 to resume construction, project manager Justin DaMore told the Transcript last week. DaMore said the tank is on-site and ready to be installed.
In other news, a telecommunications bylaw passed at Town Meeting was put on hold by the state Attorney General.
The Attorney General's office alerted the town this week that it had not given the proper 14-day notice prior to a public hearing on the bylaw.
The town must now post an advertisement for the bylaw again and notify the Attorney General if there are any objections to the new regulations.
The bylaw was put into place to regulate cell-tower construction. It was constructed in partnership with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and based on other municipalities in the state.
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