AG Office Letter Comments on Gaylord Mobile Home Park Cleanup

GAYLORD — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said her department’s consumer protection team sent a letter to the owner of the Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park to discuss cleaning up debris from the May 20 tornado.

“Our concern is that residents were given no advance notice or opportunity to secure their belongings before they were picked up during the debris cleanup,” Nessel’s letter said.

“Knowing that the situation in Nottingham Forest was both unforeseen and unfortunate, with the loss of a home comes the potential loss of a lifetime’s possessions. These goods include basic necessities of clothing and money, as well as the comfort of photographs, keepsakes and heirlooms.

“The letter explaining that the ‘debris’ was to be cleared in no way embraces the monetary or emotional value of the property involved in this tragic affair. We therefore wonder whether the ‘rubble’ that Mr. (Richard) Puzzuoli to whom we keeps referring could also have included salvageable treasures, even if this value is known only in the hearts of their owners.A fair opportunity for recovery following such tragic circumstances is therefore the cautious path indicated by n’ any compass. I appreciate Mr. Puzzuoli’s willingness to change his process when it comes to cleaning balance.”

The ministry does not intend to take further action unless warranted.

“I have asked my team to communicate with the owner of Nottingham Forest with the aim of keeping the residents as safe as possible,” Nessel said. “In the event that residents feel that the cleanup of homes demolished by the tornado was completed without notice, we ask that they notify my Consumer Protection Team by filing an online complaint.”

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