Mobile homes coming down at Country Courts

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Friday, June 24, 2011
— The remaining units in the closed Country Courts mobile home park outside Orfordville are being torn down.

While the future of the park is unclear, Plymouth Town Board Chairman Larry Harding said at least two investors have contacted him about buying the property.

The owner of the park, E. James Skarda, failed to remove the homes by the town’s May 28 deadline, Harding said. The board has discussed taking legal action if the homes aren’t removed by the board’s July 12 meeting, he said.

The former manager is dismantling the remaining homes, and Skarda told town officials any homes left after July 1 would be taken by firefighters for practice burns in Monroe.

Chad Grossen, president of the Southern Wisconsin & Northern Illinois Fire/Rescue Association, confirmed his organization would be taking five of the mobile homes July 10 for fire training in August.

Skarda of Sussex could not be reached for comment.

Skarda already is in violation of the town’s order to remove the homes, but Harding said the town is giving him the time he needs and is working with him. If only one or two homes remain on the day of the board’s July 12 meeting, “we’ll have to use common sense,” Harding said.

Skarda has told town officials he is trying to sell the property, but no “for sale” signs are visible, Harding said.

“(Things are) moving in the right direction,” Harding said. “There seems to be some sparked interest in purchase of the property.”

He’s taken calls from investors with questions about the problems and what it would take to reopen the mobile home park. Harding invited the investors to ask questions of the board at its next meeting.

Residents of the mobile home park moved out in winter after the town board tried for a couple years to have Skarda improve the property to bring it up to state and local regulations.

In early January 2011, residents of the park received notices terminating their tenancy by Jan. 31. Skarda said in a letter to the park residents that he would not be able to meet the town’s requirements for a new license without an unaffordable rent increase, so he said he listed the park for sale.

Skarda’s actions came after the town board last summer revoked his permit to operate the park. Skarda appealed the decision in Rock County Court, but last fall a judge granted the town’s motion to dismiss the case.

Skarda appealed that decision to the state Fourth District Court of Appeals, but later withdrew the case.

Last updated: 5:35 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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