The few remaining residents at a White Pigeon Township trailer park have been given a move-out date, set by St. Joseph County District Court Judge Jeff Middleton.
During a March 21 hearing regarding the situation at River Forest Mobile Home Park, Middleton said 26 tenants in the still-occupied 16 units have until May 15 to abandon their residences. Water and electric service to the community – located on the south side of Fawn River Road between Scott and Crooked Creek roads – will be discontinued June 1.
The order means the end of a years-long saga between the park’s landlord, Joel Reinoehl, and White Pigeon Township.
Township supervisor Don Gloy steadfastly indicated it was never the township’s goal to close the 58-trailer community.
Following an Aug. 14 compliance check conducted by township code-enforcement officer Doug Kuhlman and building inspector Randy Schmeling, Reinoehl was ordered to bring several of the units into compliance with standards established by the International Property Maintenance Code.
A follow-up inspection yielded 46 citations and 10 units condemned after it was clear no effort was made to adhere to Kuhlman’s request.