Trailer Park Concerns Raised At Franklin Township Meeting
FRANKLIN TWP. – Mike Kwaczala said he was looking to create solutions rather than trying to cause problems.
Kwaczala, owner of The Tattoo Shop at 1703 Route 65, said he wanted to see solutions to the problems he and other community members have with the trailer park next to his business.
Kwaczala said he was concerned about the trash and garbage left in the trailer park; worries about raging dogs coming from the park threatening its customers and dogs; has rats all over the park; many buildings are in poor condition; and worries about the stray cats, who are fed every night in the park, who walk through his business dog’s door and climb above his store.
He added that he had attempted to speak with residents of the park and said he felt threatened by some of the residents, stating that he always carried his handgun with him there.
“My hand has been on this gun a couple of times,” Kwaczala said. “It’s a third world country over there.”
In addition to the residents, Kwaczala said he spoke to the township police and animal control department about what can be done in the park.
He stressed that he didn’t want to attack anyone personally, but said he had concerns about the park, as well as the property across from his business called Andrews Lumber Co.
In response, Police Chief Rudy Harkins said the department had been responding to calls and complaints at the trailer park for some time, saying they had made arrests in various incidents.
“The problems are endless,” Harkins said.
Harkins said residents arrested for crimes tend to be deported. However, while the park is supposed to be inspected every year, “nothing is done”.
He said there are currently individuals at the trailer park who are under criminal investigation or have been investigated in the past.
“We have to be strict with the owners of the trailer park so that they follow the township ordinances,” Harkins said.
Harkins said Andrews Lumber Co. had been investigated in the past, but nothing illegal was found there.
He added that the best course of action for supervisors would be to strengthen the township’s current ordinances, as there is little the police department can do.
Township lawyer Ryan Long encouraged Kwaczala to bring the township units in the park that are causing the most problems to the township, and encouraged supervisors to update township ordinances with the most up-to-date state codes. .