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County pursues overdue water bill

Liberty trailer park in bankruptcy

February 6, 2011 – By RON SELAK JR. Tribune Chronicle
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WARREN – Trumbull County is pursuing recovery of a delinquent water bill belonging to a Belmont Avenue mobile home park, the owners of which are now in Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Jeff Adler, county assistant prosecutor, said the county filed a claim for payment last year when owners of Vintage Villas Mobile Home Park filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Now that the court has agreed to convert the case to Chapter 7, the claim should transfer too, Adler said.

”We will pursue recovery through the bankruptcy,” Adler said.

The delinquent bill is $16,780, Rex Fee, executive director of the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, said.

Payment of $1,273 was made on Jan. 25, but Fee said that amounts to a ”drop in the bucket,” toward paying off the sum, which keeps building because of delinquency fees.

The park, considered one account, has a master meter to purchase from Trumbull County, Fee said. Each resident then has an individual meter that measures usage.

Park owners Ronald and Marsha Holley filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which would have allowed them to reorganize and stay in control of the company, in April 2010, but just last month, the court agreed to change the filing to Chapter 7, which allows the business to liquidate its assets to pay creditors.

The Holleys also are undergoing foreclosure proceedings on the park in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, which appointed a receiver to oversee the park.

Efforts to reach the Holleys were not successful.

Robert M. Greenwald of SS&G Financial Services Inc., the receiver, said after being placed in charge, he contacted the utility providers, explained the situation and the need for uninterrupted service. As a court agent, Greenwald said, payments ”will be current from this point forward.”

The most recent payment was made from the Holleys’ checking account, which belongs to the bankruptcy estate. Attorneys had decided to allow whatever money was in the account to pay on outstanding debt, Greenwald said.

rselak@tribtoday.com

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