NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk businessman had until Tuesday to submit plans onbringing his mobile home park into code compliance.Late Tuesdayafternoon, those plans were delivered to the city's attorney'soffice.
For years, residents and city officials have complained aboutthe Central Trailer Park on Argonne Avenue in Norfolk. The park isoperated by a company owned by Bruce Mimran and Ken Young, who isthe owner of the Norfolk Tides and Norfolk Admirals.
"The deal out here is, we pay our rent and nothing gets done,"said park resident Timmy Fodrey. He blames Mimran for sewageproblems in the park, and faulty water meters that he claimsinaccurately measure the amount of water use.
The city of Norfolk has 13 pending cases against Mimranconcerning how he operates the park.
At the park, WAVY.com spoke with worker Andrew Jarvis.
"We're really not suppose to comment," he said. He said Mimrantold him to clean up everything.
Fodrey says some things have been done, like cutting limbs andgrass, but the bigger items have not been taken care of, like potholes, rough roads, and condemned trailers left untouched formonths.
Lee, who is a resident and would not give her last name,supports Mimran, and wants her home to be her home in thefuture.
"If they make it so impossible for the owner to make repairsthen what recourse will he have but to close the park?" she said."These people can't afford to move their trailers."
Late Tuesday, Mimran submitted requests to demolish sometrailers. The plan is detailed on removing trailers from wetlands,and also from road right-of-ways.
Great concern is also given to raw sewage spills onto land andinto the river. The plan gives detail to monitoring the pumpstation at the park. A camera was put in the pipe, and Mimran saidhe is unaware of any leaks, but will allow an engineer to determineif any repairs are needed.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.