A Howland official said the owners have been given ample time to correct zoning violations.
By AMANDA C. DAVIS
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- Howland Township trustees have filed a lawsuit against owners of a Howland trailer park over zoning violations.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, naming as defendants Age Management Co. of Parma Heights, Anthony Manson of Parma Heights, Gale Chun of Parma, Earnest Manson of Rocky River and Joseph Nardo of Patchen Avenue S.E., Warren.
The lawsuit says Chun and the Mansons are partners in the company and bought Shady Lane Mobile Park from Nardo, who may still claim an interest in the matter.
In May, The Vindicator profiled neighbors' complaints about the park at the end of Clermont Avenue N.E. on the Howland-Warren border.
Violations: The lawsuit says defendants were notified March 16 of zoning violations, including unsightly waste, garbage and debris, and at least one burned-out trailer.
As of June 7, the lawsuit says, the park had as many as 12 vacant trailers that are unsafe and unclean, attracting rodents and creating dangerous nuisances for children.
The Trumbull County Board of Health notified defendants of violations April 12 and May 3, 9 and 21. Some improvements were noted, but the park remains in serious violation, the suit says.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has said the property is "clearly a problem," but it does not have authority in the matter because pollution was not found on the property.
The lawsuit asks that defendants immediately abate, control and remove nuisances from the property, pay court costs and be fined $100 per day for each offense from May 9.
Anthony Manson said Friday he had not heard about the lawsuit and declined to comment.
Township administrator John Emanuel said residents of Shady Lane deserve better.