Wayne residents punished for raising trailers

WAYNE - Some Wayne residents say the township is punishing them for attempting to save their mobile homes that have been ravaged by floodwaters.

Local mobile home owners claim town officials want them to pay for land surveys and architectural drawings.

Mandy Phillips and her neighbors in Finn's Mobile Home Park took matters into their own hands, elevating their homes with cinderblocks.

Officials with the Wayne Building Code Department issued stop-work orders, telling them they needed permits and architectural drawings before moving forward.

An official notice said moving ahead without the city's approval could cost homeowners $2,000 per violation per day.

Town officials say they are simply enforcing state building codes by requiring architectural plans. They need proof from an expert that the homes will be secure. Homeowners say, "Let us worry about that."

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