I never expected I would like living in a mobile home park, but in 2006 I took the job of property manager at The Spruces, and that's where my adventure began. I had my picture taken with the Village Ambulance Squad, filled in pot holes, cut grass, plowed snow, investigated complaints, became a CPO because of the pool, and spent time in housing court. My favorite chore was to pick up the bagged trash of a very gracious lady (Bernice Rooney) which allowed me a brief visit to be charmed by her. Aubuchon Hardware gave me 16 gallons of white paint to bring the entrance back to life. My work life was mornings in the office and afternoons in the field, a perfect job.
Our Recreation Hall has a laundry room, shuffle board courts, pool table and a vast library. When we hosted bingo, many residents of the Harper Center joined us. Our Tenants Association and Garden Committee were very active. As a community we came together to replace the hedges along the entrance to the park with no help from the park owners: (MM). I like to believe that my management style working with the Tenants Association helped to bring us together as a family.
This situation is very painful for all of us, and in my opinion not necessary. I have never thought that I lived in "harms way," I just live in an ordinary flood plain. Nuisance water flows through the park when weather plays foul and dumps its load.
It appears to me that some form of arrogant elitism is at work here that wants us all to "just be gone." Is it possible that the "Irene Cottages" promised could be a fairy tale created to lure us out? We were a very special community that cannot be duplicated, and in my opinion should be brought back to life for a basket full of reasons. Ever since Irene the publicity has drawn scavengers to steal our property, recently lawn ornaments have been disappearing.
The Williamstown Police Department recovered mine which allowed me to visit their offices. Clearly, if you were to see inside their facility you would understand the need for a modern, stand alone police building.
While you are saving The Spruces, please vote "yes" for a new police station, as we both seem to exist on a parallel plane.
Peter H. Russell