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TOWN'S SUIT SEEKS CLEANUP OF TRAILER PARK

The Boston Town Board was updated Wednesday as to legal proceedings being commenced against a mobile home park owner after the Boston State Road park again failed to comply with town requests for improved safety and aesthetics.

Town Attorney Michael F. Perley will present a court petition seeking the appointment of a special receiver to temporarily oversee and pay for necessary improvements at the Boyd Trailer Park after continued reports of debris and unsafe conditions on the park's grounds.

According to Perley, the town would obtain a court order through the proceeding authorizing rent payments of the 40 mobile home tenants at the park to be diverted from the owner, Richard Boyd of Amherst, to the court-appointed receiver, who will collect and forward the funds for the cleanup.

"There is a substantial legal basis (for the action)," Perley said.

The town attorney said he expects that the court will rule in favor of the town's request and grant the receiver sometime before early October.

The town has been at odds with Boyd in getting the land up to licensing standards.

When the town conducted a preliminary inspection of the mobile home park in June to facilitate the issuance of a new license for the park, town officials discovered a discarded refrigerator on the street, unleashed dogs, illegal sublets, unidentified trailers, unregistered junk vehicles and other violations.

Six weeks later, after the park management was given a license extension to rectify those violations, the property appeared pretty much the same in a follow-up inspection, town officials said. Currently, the park is operating without a license.

"We have the responsibility to make sure it's a safe place to live -- we've got to get that cleaned up over there," said Supervisor Lisa M. Rood.

Rood commented that many of the tenants at the park are supportive of the town's action.

"One person wanted to drop off their rent check at the town hall," she said.

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