STEVENS POINT – A Stevens Point mobile home park is again at risk of having its water shut off, which could force residents out of their homes.
Residents at Four Season Communities, a mobile home park bordering the town of Hull on Torun Road, came home from work to discover tags on their doors letting them know that their water could be shut off July 1. It’s the second time in three months they’ve received a notice from the city’s water office.
It’s not their fault, according to tenant Allen Robertson, because residents pay their water bill through the park’s property owner, Christopher Reeves. Robertson, 56, and other residents said the city threatened to disconnect their water in April because Reeves hadn’t paid the bill in more than six months even though they paid him the money to do so.
The onsite property management office was closed when the Stevens Point Journal visited the park late Monday afternoon. A note on the door directed people to contact management through email or a phone number, which was disconnected. Other listed phone numbers for Reeves were also disconnected or returned busy signals Monday.
WAOW-TV 9 in Wausau reported in April that Reeves denied that he failed to pay the bill.
Mayor Mike Wiza said he could not comment on what prompted the April notice but said the issue had been resolved. Wiza said he could not comment on the new notice issued Monday, and residents said they weren’t sure if Reeves had failed to pay the bill again or if it was for some other issue.
Wiza said residents might be forced to leave if the water is shut off on Monday because their mobile homes would be considered uninhabitable because of a lack of running water.
Four Seasons Communities residents received water shut off notices Monday, their second in three months. (Photo: Alan Hovorka)
“The worst part of this is that these people may be evicted for no fault of their own,” the mayor said.
Wiza said he has notified agencies and local services such as The Salvation Army about the pending water shutoff.
Robertson said he sees few options for himself, his wife and two kids if they have their water shut off.
“We ain’t got nowhere to go, man,” he said. “What are we going do with a 9-month-old? I can’t let my kids live like that. You can live without a lot of things, but you can’t live without water.”
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Robertson said he and his family considered moving after the April notice but decided to give Reeves and his company another chance. He said his family had already invested a large sum of money into their double-wide manufactured home and are two years from owning it.
Tammy Siewert, however, picked up and moved after April’s fiasco but at a great financial cost. She had to live in a motel for a few weeks until she was able to move into another mobile home park in Plover.
“I wasn’t going to give (Reeves) one more penny,” Siewert, 49, said. “I just feel bad for all of them.”
Contact reporter Alan Hovorka at 715-345-2252 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ajhovorka.
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