Randolph County residents now have water Friday afternoon after going three days without, according State Senator Brian Munzlinger (R. Williamstown).
Munzlinger told ABC 17 News he spoke to Advance Disposal’s operations manager who said Advance Disposal will be picking up a large amount of trash at the park that had accumulated for more than a month. Munzlinger also said he is working with Attorney General Chris Koster’s office to assist the residents.
ABC 17 News first reported Thursday that the company that owns the Moberly Mobile Home Park, Bayview Loan Services, LLC, had collected rent and utility money, but had not paid the city fees for water and trash services.
Residents are still looking for answers as to why trash was allowed to pile up and they went without running water for days.
“We are looking at a month’s worth of garbage from our trailer court,” said Wendy Bentley, a resident at the Moberly Mobile Home Park.
Bentley is a single mom of four and has been living next to a nearly six foot pile of trash for the last month.
And because the city of Huntsville is still waiting on a check from the Florida-based company that owns the property, Bentley and others had to live without essential services.
“I’ve been borrowing water from my friends in Moberly and I’ve taken showers over at my friends’ homes,” Bentley said.
“They ain’t telling us nothing, in fact, they ain’t doing nothing either because you can see we’re living like this with trash up to the moon,” said resident Sherie Davis. “I mean, it’s just terrible and the smell is horrendous and now you have to go into your house with no water.”
Searching for answers, ABC 17 News reached out to Bayview Loan Services in Florida, but only got a recording.
ABC 17 News also reached out Thursday to Randolph County officials who said they were aware of the problem, but did not have answers as to what will be done. We also reached out to state Senator Brian Munzlinger who contacted the Attorney General’s office.
The AG said it’s looking into it, but it could be days before a solution is reached.
“I told the city of Huntsville, you know, if I need to even give them a credit card number to assure payment that I will do so,” said Janet Murray with the Randolph County Health Department. “It’s intolerable for these people with young children to have no running water in this heat.”
Residents called on state officials for help.
“Missouri, step on in here and help us get this cleared up because it’s inhuman, Davis said. “We can’t do this.”
They also want some answers from the company collecting their rent.
“Where is the money going?” Davis asked. “What is going on?”
ABC 17 News is told by an official that a Kansas City man owns some of the trailers in the park and has paid the water bill twice this year, totaling $6,000, when Bayview Loan Services failed to do so.
The city of Huntsville is in litigation with the bankrupt company.
ABC 17 News tried to contact the city of Huntsville Thursday to ask if an exception could be made with the extenuating circumstances, but the offices were closed at the time.
Stay with ABC 17 News and abc17news.com for updates as they become available.