- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A troubled RV park and motel in Coeur d’Alene that sits next to a golf course has been purchased by the course’s parent company.

Dozens of low-income residents of the Cedar Motel and RV Park have been told to leave by May 1, according to The Spokesman-Review (https://bit.ly/1nLTm0a). Hagadone Hospitality Co. recently purchased the 2.3-acre property.

The Cedars have been plagued by reports of pools of raw sewage, as the septic systems were repeatedly backed up.

The Panhandle Health District has responded to reports of septic backups at the Cedar four times since 2012, including an overflow earlier this week, said spokeswoman Melanie Collett.

Ron Ayers, who sold the property to Hagadone in November, said the septic systems were broken when his company purchased the property about five years ago.

“The systems were not managed properly prior to my ownership and much of the history and problems in the system were passed on to me in the sale, and were not disclosed to me,” he said.

He said he actively tried to manage the sewage problems but repairs were often undone by blockages created by foreign objects.

Dan Davis, with Property Research Inc., who brokered the sale of the property said Hagadone Hospitality had tried to buy the property three times previously.

Hagadone hasn’t revealed what he intends to do with the Cedar property, which next to the entrance to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Jerry Jaeger, president and co-owner of Hagadone Hospitality, did not return a call seeking comment.

Residents of the Cedars said they are concerned about where to move, especially with the shortage of low-income housing in Kootenai County.

“I’m on disability. There’s a bunch of us on disability,” said Terry Raymond, 51, an Army veteran and former contractor whose neck and back problems limit his ability to work. “We don’t have the means to just move.”

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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