- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - The owner of a northern Idaho mobile home park facing a legal battle over the park’s water system might close it.

Lawyers for Syringa Mobile Home Park owner Magar E. Magar said an increasing list of repairs means the park in Moscow isn’t profitable, The Lewiston Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1y9fKQp ).

“This is purely a business decision,” Moscow attorney Gregory Rauch told 2nd District Judge John R. Stegner.

The hearing Wednesday followed an emergency motion filed by the University of Idaho Legal Aid Clinic seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Magar from an overnight closure of the park, which hat has about 140 residents.

Rauch said Magar intends to give residents six months’ notice of his intention to close the park.



The residents’ attorneys argued the potential closure is in retaliation for a lawsuit residents brought concerning the unsafe water system.

The lawsuit filed in February came about a month after the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality took legal action against Magar after determining the park’s drinking water and wastewater system failed to meet state laws. The state determined that the park’s water was unsafe to drink, even if boiled.

Stegner said it wasn’t clear to him if Magar’s potential closing of the park is retaliation, but Magar wouldn’t be allowed to reopen later if he does close it.

“Well, it certainly looks like retaliation from my perspective,” Stegner said. “He doesn’t get a free pass to close the park and reopen, is what I’m suggesting.”

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, https://www.lmtribune.com

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