DIXON – Four trailers and three sheds in a mostly vacant mobile home park in the west end of Dixon are being targeted by the city for removal.
Dixon building official Paul Shiaras said last week that at least two of the trailers are not in a livable condition, so the owner, Kenneth Garrison, will have to remove them or make the case that they’re livable, which would require a city inspection.
The lot is on Clark Street, between Custer and Sheridan avenues.
Despite repeated efforts, Garrison could not be reached for comment.
Donna Rendleman, 77, has lived near the mobile home lot for more than 20 years, she said from her dining room last week, and the park has been deteriorating and an eyesore for a while.
While she understands residents might be doing the best they can to maintain the property, there are safety risks, she said, and she has seen animals go into the trailers.
“You shouldn’t have to report people,” she said. “The city should take care of it. Everybody knows it [is like that].”
Rendleman believes the city has neglected the west end of Dixon, instead focusing on the downtown riverfront.
There are no building violations against Garrison or the property, Shiaras said, but the city has been trying to remove the older trailers from the property as they’ve become vacant.
Because of the way the property is zoned, Shiaras said, it pre-dates city zoning, so the property falls into a “gray area” as to whether Garrison could add trailers to the lot. Shiaras said he would fight it if Garrison wanted to and it would then become a legal issue.
The property had previously been listed for sale through Sauk Valley Properties, but no longer is on the market.
The trailers and sheds on the property are spread out. Some have windows covered with paper or blinds from the inside.
The property’s grass is long, and there were no signs Wednesday of residents, other than vehicle tracks through the grass down the middle of the property and a car parked near one of the trailers.