Notice threatens eviction from Glenwood Springs mobile home park for interference with tree cutting
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Some residents called the notice an intimidation tactic. But the people who sent it said it was a response to violence.A day after some neighborhood residents complained about the felling of trees along the banks of the Roaring Fork River in the River Meadows Mobile Home Park late last month, the manager of the park sent notices to residents warning them that interfering with the tree cutting or flood mitigation would be cause for eviction.Joe Corda, owner of the mobile home park, said the letter was sent after an assault on Karen Price, the mobile home park resident manager.”I told the manager to tell the residents that an assault on my manager, any assault on any workers cutting down trees or whatever, any interference in the operation of the park, will be cause for eviction,” Corda said.Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said police responded to the mobile home park on April 29 after a resident became angry when Price told the resident that tree cutting would be occurring near the resident’s home. The resident then allegedly struck Price, Wilson said.”In our opinion, it was a viable case for prosecution,” Wilson said. “However, the park manager declined to prosecute. That was her choice. I would just have to say that she has a lot more sense of tolerance than a lot of other people would have.”The notice, written by Price, said that there would be no second chance for residents interfering with the work.”One strike and (you’re) gone,” the notice said. “This is very serious business and not a field trip regarding environmental concerns.”Price then wrote that residents who would be willing to help with the flood mitigation will be “compensated with credit toward their rent after the flood waters recede.”Deborah Hord, a River Meadows Mobile Home Park resident who has been one of the most vocal opponents to the cutting down of the trees, said many people who live in the park were angry over the notice, even if they weren’t that particularly interested in the tree-cutting issue.In response to the letter and the fallout from the community about the tree cutting, Corda said that there is a “a major flood coming,” but that all he gets “from the papers, from the mayor, and city councilmen and all the do-gooders there and environmentalists is the trees.”I have got 500 people down there, 100 families. I got those families who have entrusted me when they rented the space for peace and tranquility and a good residency,” Corda said. “I want (the mayor and City Council) to go down there, help with sandbagging. I would like support from the community.”I am having to lay out all this money and do the best I can to protect the people. I would like the powers that be to help me out.”Last week, the Glenwood Springs City Council meeting directed city staff to look into the possibility a city tree protection ordinance in the wake of the tree removal at the mobile home park.
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