Sherburne Country Mobile Home Park has new owners, upgrade plan

Janell Whitcomb, the new manager at Sherburne Country Mobile Home Park, in front of the older section of the park last Friday.

Janell Whitcomb, the new manager at Sherburne Country Mobile Home Park, in front of the older section of the park last Friday.

The Sherburne Country Mobile Home Park has been sold.

The new owners, Kent and Leyvi Titcomb, of DeLand, Fla., plan to upgrade the mobile home park’s on-site septic system, pending the plan’s approval by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), according to the park’s new manager, Janell Whitcomb.

The city of Princeton had once looked  at possibly annexing and  hooking the park into the city wastewater system.

The mobile home park sits along Sherburne County Road 2 in Baldwin Township, about a mile south of Princeton city limits.

Whitcomb said last week that the Titcombs closed on the purchase of KAW Parks on March 28. KAW Parks had owned both Sherburne Country and the mobile home park in Big Lake.

The MPCA had given former owner Michael Wadsworth an ultimatum nearly five years ago to either bring the Sherburne Country septic system  up to state standards or hook into Princeton’s wastewater system.

City Council members began discussing that with Wadsworth about four years ago and had city consulting engineering firm WSB & Associates prepare the cost estimates for the project. WSB estimated that Wadsworth would be responsible for the $591,250 to extend the sewer main and a city sewer access charge of $336,200, for a total of $927,450.

Wadsworth showed interest as far back as December 2008 in having the city annex the mobile home park, but the matter never went through after Wadsworth saw the costs of hooking up to the city wastewater system. Wadsworth had actually signed the petition to have the city annex the park and the city agreed to it, but Wadsworth pulled out of the request in the end, Princeton City Administrator Mark Karnowski said.

The mobile home park was first developed in 1955 and now has 96 mobile home pads with 77 units, according to Whitcomb.

A second section was developed on the east side of the park about a decade later. She said that Wadsworth had owned the mobile home park for about 34 years.

Whitcomb said she is not only looking forward to a new septic system, but also the owners’ landscaping plans for the park.

“They are looking at, and accepting opinions and wishes of the tenants, to make positive changes for a better community to live in (at the mobile home park),” Whitcomb said.

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