Alpine trailer park may get state funds |

Alpine trailer park may get state funds

Susan Wood

Come July, the state may decide to dole out money to a trailer park being inspected for health and safety violations.

Alpine County unanimously approved in a 4-0 vote Tuesday a grant application for money to help a park owner who is under fire over an ailing septic system, primarily from a former resident who claims she’s not alone in her complaints.

Owner Robert Dykes said he’s pleased to be one step closer to the overhaul of his system that has leaked sewage on the grounds of the Sierra Pines Trailer Park. He said the Alpine County Health Department calls it an emergency situation.

Despite the objections of a former residen, Dykes stands to receive $122,000 in state Community Block Grant Funds to repair a system that has occasionally leaked sewage during the last four years. The grant application, which includes monies for the Washoe Tribe, is due to the state by Friday, April 13.

“The state said we had a very good chance of getting the money,” he said.

He admits the septic system in the low-income park outside Woodfords is substandard. But the overflow has caused several complaints.

Two divisions of the state Housing and Community Development Department conducted inspections which culminated in minor citations on the sewage backup, broken windows and a dripping kitchen sink pipe.

Reports were made to the state of “imminent safety hazards.”

“We inspected and went door to door. It doesn’t appear from the preliminary inspection that there are a whole lot of problems out there,” Field Operations Manager Dan Rivers said.

The door-to-door survey conducted last month had responses from 12 of the 21 households, with one complaint.

“We did cite evidence of a sewage backup,” Rivers said.

A full park inspection is scheduled for May 1.

In January, the Housing Department’s Section 8 division also inspected the grounds with similar results.

Six trailers in the Sierra Pines Trailer Park are listed as Section 8 housing, a government program that provides subsidies amounting to up to two-thirds of the rent for low-income tenants.

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