City lands contact with Canadian landlord

Friday, February 8, 2019

Alta’s city code enforcement has finally gotten a response from Roy Worbetts, the Canadian landlord of Westview Trailer Park, after sending warnings of code violations with expiration dates for action.

Alta City Council previously directed code enforcer Matt Hess to take stronger steps to resolve the longstanding code violations at the park.

Worbetts emailed Hess after receiving the notices via mail for junk and appliances on the property.

In new details, Hess reported to City Council this week that one trailer has a squirrel infestation after the animals chewed through the top and started living in the ceiling. The trailer is still inhabited by residents.

Another letter with a “rough” tone was sent this week.

Mayor Al Clark says Worbetts finally made contact because of the expiring warnings. “If you cut him any slack, he’s going to ignore you again,” he said to Hess. “Keep on top of him.”

Fines for those violations could start at about $185, compounding daily as long as the violation continues to exist.

Streetlights were installed in December, and sewers were partially flushed in late October, according to resident Tom Lane.

He said they did just two out of nine sewage lines in the park.

“One line up front, it was bubbling up,” Lane said in a previous interview. “They never got that fixed because they never capped it off.”

He told the Pilot-Tribune the lines should be flushed once a year, but couldn’t even remember the last time they had been flushed before October.

Regular Westview updates to City Council meetings from Lane were eventually phased out towards the end of the year, as residents had completed their duties under the plan to the city’s satisfaction, even as landlord and management responsibilities went neglected.

Owner responsibilities included removal of the burned out trailer left by a Dec. 2017 fire, clean-up of common areas and empty lots and creation an action plan for vacant trailers by June 1. An empty lot for the playground and garden was to be dedicated by April 6, the sewer system was to be flushed by April 15 and street lights should have been fixed by May 1.

The owner’s list also included arrangement of leaf debris removal, provision of four dumpsters for resident clean up, tear down of a storage shed and creation of a storage space in the back of the park.

About a quarter of Westview’s residents have lived there for over 10 years. The community in Alta is also home to about 78 children.