Augusta city leaders have a message to a local mobile home park. Clean up or get out. They're talking about the Augusta Estates Mobile Home Park located on Milledgeville Road in Augusta. City leaders met Thursday night to discuss the park's future.
Representatives from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, the Augusta Fire Department, the Richmond County Health Department, Augusta Animal Services, and Richmond County Code Enforcement Department are teaming up. It's all part of an effort to keep Augusta Estates Mobile Home Park in check.
Thursday afternoon, city officials discussed the future of Augusta Estates Mobile Home Park.
It's off of Dean's Bridge Road. It's been kind of an eyesore for a while, so we've been trying to make sure some things happen. So, we got a task force to go in and look at the condition of the trailer park and the state it's in. We're trying to get the people who live in there up to standards," says Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams.
Officials says the mobile home park isn't up to code and that it needs to be cleaned up by the end of the month. Commissioner Williams says there are several trailers that don't have doors, windows, or steps. Other officials say there are dogs running loose and raw sewage leaking under some houses. And then there is the crime problem too.
"It's going down. Slowly but surely, the word is getting out and it's cutting down a little bit. But we have to stay hard on it," a deputy says.
Right across the street from Augusta Estates, Racardo Jones has dealt with the crime first hand. His friend Lamar King was shot and killed last week.
"Celebrating his life. We just buried him about 30 minutes ago. Just out here showing love," Jones says.
Augusta Estates manager Kathy Wilburn says she has been trying to clean up the park the last month. Although she didn't want to talk with us on camera, she tells us evictions will be coming if tenants don't cooperate. Officials are thankful for the new manager's help.
"We got a lot of children in the area that we are trying to reach and help out so we are trying to do something to make sure that we prevent stuff from happening like happened at other trailer parks," Williams says.
And although city leaders are focusing on Augusta Estates now, once there is improvement, the focus will shift.
"There are some other things going on with the housing authority. Some of those buildings there we are looking at going in there next to address those issues," Williams says.
Officials say trash needs to be cleaned up, bushes need to be trimmed and homes need to be fixed up. The task force will meet again on August 29th to talk about the problems.
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