The small group was well represented by Herb Whitaker, Managing Attorney for Legal Services of Northern California.
Former residents at the status conference, who had been denied the $3,000, were past self-appointed manager and said having used an unpermitted fireplace in violation, Jim Rimmer who now is employed at Chewy.com in Reno; Brian Caudle who was refused for a timely vacate and said to trespass onto the property twice; Mark Black, David Black, Lisa Melton who are said trespassed onto the property and Mark is said to have made multiple attempts to collect multiple payments by claiming to act on behalf of other occupants; Tita Cleghorn, denied for unpermitted fireplace; Valerie Robertson use of unpermitted fireplace and trespass; Kevin Pagal whose unit was said to be vacant since the Receiver took control of the property and was “essentially a junkyard, full of abandoned vehicles, piles of scrap metal, tires, junk and other debris.” Not seen at the hearing were Megan Misigal, denied because it was a vacant unit; Lynette Canepa, Michael Acutt, Mariah Arney for refusal to timely vacate.
Herb Whitaker was there for clients to present claims on relocation yet stated the emphasis was value gained by the move. He stated clients did vacate and received benefits which was “very helpful.” He, too, spoke of a lack of housing and not even hotel rooms which were tied up. He was there to ask specifically for those individuals denied funds and to review their claims. Eighteen residents were paid $23,000. Eight were denied and for two, the judge would have to recuse himself. Whitaker said they were denied for wood burning stoves and as claim jumpers. One was “just hanging on” and needed funds to relocate.
Adams felt they could work something out and took a break in the hall. The judge stated he would have to be recused on two residents and a further hearing date of February 9th at 11 a.m. was set “to whittle down names.”
CONCERNING LOYALTON MOBILE
HOME PARK, a status conference was held at Sierra Superior Court in Downieville on January 12th at 2 p.m. Also present was Joseph F. Larmour, attorney with Prentice Long & Eperson and Judge Charles Ervin presiding.
Judge Ervin stated he can’t go anywhere without “snide comments” about the status of the park and stated he’d not inspected it but it’s hard not to notice the debris. He asked Mark Adams, Esq. President, California Receivership Group, PBC, for a better understanding of what’s going on.
Adams was “happy to address” it. He spoke on where the property is headed in terms of economic
aspect. He spoke highly of the cooperation with County Counsel yet not all in agreement but cooperation to get things done. He spoke of it being “no small matter to cover relocations.” He called the next round with approval “no easier but harder.” Financing, he said would help with further financing . He doubted this would be the last request for funds. He said the County had agreed to subordinate property taxes. Judge Ervin asked it it had been forgiven as discussions had not happened. Adams answered he’d pay as much due to the County as he can. The eventual plan for development or project should be over and above, he said.
Adams spoke of physical removal, contamination and “horrible environment costs.” The good news, he reported was Supervisor Paul Roen as “public spirited,” to commit to removal before funding. Adams said Roen’s “ready to start immediately.” He spoke of showing the lender the community project with the County and Roen. Adams spoke of a long list of receivables, stating “It does cost money.”
He told Judge Ervin his vision stating Loyalton is “much stronger” economically than expected. He told of the co-gen going onstream and in the process of 24 new jobs but questioned where people would live. He told of not a lot of affordable housing but 51 pads for mobile homes at the mobilehome park. He suggested a complex easily with good, manufactured housing which could be affordable and getting to a point to find a developer who knows how to buy manufactured homes. He called it a realistic process to support job generators.
Judge Ervin agreed, stating, it “does sound as an attainable vision.”
Adams continued, the site has pads and it would take a talk to Planning on getting the site set up.
Funding for removal of the debris within the former park was approved only to learn the County Department of Health wants an environmental consultant who wasn't available to inspect until this week.
Receiver Mark Adams is confident, “I fully expect we'll still be done by the 31st and the haul out crew is standing by, ready to go.”