Like the Canalside Mobile Home Park in Lyons, the Sandhill Mobile Home Park in Newark is facing it’s share of issues.
Terry Russell has been a resident of Sandhill for five years, and for three of those years, he says he’s had major raw sewage issues.
“When it rains, the neighbor’s septic comes up in our commode, in our bathtub and up our sink,” says Russell. “We’re sitting here and this house smells like crap.”
Russell says multiple homes have similar ground septic issues across the park, which would fall upon the owner to fix according to state health laws. He says he alerted the owner, Phil Provenzano, and there was some work done, but it didn’t fix the problem.
“They tried to blame it on me, saying I broke it. We haven’t heard from them in like three months,” he says.
Septic issues are not the only problems plaguing the park. Residents say condemned trailers are sitting vacant, and years worth of garbage is piled up. Rubbish collection at the park was cancelled some time ago, and trucks are known to pull in and dispose of garbage.