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Tough times for people Paradise Pines RV park

Wednesday morning, the 20 or so residents woke up to find no running water - Tewsley couldn't collect enough to pay the bill.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 6:13 PM

"The utilities are being paid by about a third of the people in here, because of that I'm able to keep the doors open so people have a place to live," said Frank Tewsley, owner of Paradise Pines RV Park in Magalia.

According to owner Frank Tewsley, 60% of the people living at the Paradise Pines RV Park aren't carrying their weight. And he says helping those in need is usually his M-O.

"When people come to me, I do what I can for them, I have several families living here that don't contribute, I'm trying to help them get back on their feet ... how are you supposed to live on $900? You can't even rent a room, pay your medical co-pay? This is a place for those people," said Tewsley.

But Wednesday morning, the 20 or so residents woke up to find no running water - Tewsley couldn't collect enough to pay the bill.

The financial trouble began two years ago when a tenant filed a complaint with the state housing department, saying Tewsley neglected the property and wasn't maintaining the septic system.

"I hauled about 20 tons of junk out of here, I was ill and my son was doing it and it got out of hand, but it's really clean right now," said Tewsley.

Tewsley's been working with the county to get things back up to code, but he's barred from making any profit while his license is revoked.

"I went through 100,000 this year, my wife took a 20,000 loan against her retirement fund to keep this park going," said Tewsley.

One resident says most tenants are paying their share, and accuses Tewsley of mishandling the bills.

"He refuses to empty your sewer tank, the tank got full 2 weeks ago and everyone's tanks were full because he didn't want to pay $17,000 .... he's running around acting like he's the hero? He's not. Environmental Health called the water company and convinced them to turn our water back on yesterday" said Cynthia "sunshine" Johnson.

I checked with Butte County Health and she's right about Del Oro extending water services for one more month, unpaid.

Another problem the property manager is dealing with right now are abandoned trailers on the property- the county is in the process of towing them away, meanwhile transients will come set up camp inside.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says in the past two months, they've received frequent calls to the property, but the owner needs to go through the eviction process before law enforcement can be of any help.

"I'm going to serve eviction notices on the one's that shouldn't be here, the addicts," said "i'm still doing good work, I still have families here with children, those people will stay as long as they're not on drugs," said Tewsley.

Tewsley says he's submitted plans to the state engineer for a new septic system that will get allow him to get his license back.

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