Town orders owner to clean up mobile home park in Glocester, address water problems

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GLOCESTER – The owners of a motor home park in Chepachet have been ordered to address disruptions to the water supply to homes at the site, as well as other ongoing maintenance issues including dangerous problems with electric supply to the property.

Glocester Zoning and Building Official Ken Johnson ordered Chimera Inc. to correct the issues at the Davis Motor Home Park in a letter to the Narraganset-based company sent Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Johnson notes that homes in the park have had, “constant disruption of their water supply for a number of months.” The inspector said that when he visited the property to trouble shoot the water problem, he noticed several other issues that need to be addressed related to maintenance of the mobile home park.

The 30-acre park at 0 Tourtellot Hill Road reportedly has 39 units where residents lease mobile homes from the business, owned by Antonio and Marguerite Salvatore, according to the state database.

Chimera purchased the park from Everson Construction Inc. in 2005. At the time, Davis Motor Home Tenants Association launched a legal challenge against the sale, stating the group had the right to first refusal, but a judge ultimately found that the association didn’t exist at the time the deal was negotiated. In 2018, the park was put on a boil water notice by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management after the system lost pressure.

The list of current issues includes electric power poles that are, “dangerously unstable,” according to Johnson, and an electric service cable that needs to be buried by a licensed electrician.

“I have asked two months ago to have this issue addressed and it is still a dangerous situation,” Johnson wrote.

The letter served as a notice that overall conditions at the park are in violation of the town’s code of ordinances governing such facilities due to a lack of maintenance.

Johnson notes the owners have seven days to correct the issues or, “at the very least contact my office.”

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