The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 15, 2013

8 families remain at soon-to-close Shady Oaks Trailer Park

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Seven families have moved from the Shady Oaks Trailer Park in Derry Township and eight families remain in the soon-to-close park, according to Montour County Human Services Director Greg Molter.

Of the $90,000 allocated by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to help relocate residents, $35,000 has been spent, Molter told Montour County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The cut-off date for spending the money is Dec. 31.

The “move out” day was Tuesday, Molter said. The original day the mobile home park was to have closed was July 13 but legal services were able to get the date extended.

“DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) has assured me until all the families have moved out, the landlord must keep sanitation and water operational,” he said.

Of the remaining families, he said several are working on finding new homes,

A total of 15 families were affected when the landlord decided to close the mobile home park.

“We still are assisting with the move,” Molter said.

Commissioner Jerry Ward said state Sen. John Gordner and state Rep. Kurt Masser helped find state money to help the residents with Greg “spearheading the movement.” Molter also serves as a Derry Township supervisor.

“Greg has done a wonderful job. The effort is enormous,” Ward said.

Commissioner Jack Gerst complimented Molter. “A whole lot of effort was put into this. We very much appreciate that,” he said.

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