BRUNSWICK — Residents of a Brunswick mobile home park who were forced to ration water last winter are now taking aim at the park’s management over a wide range of new issues.

Tenants of Bay Bridge Estates say concerns about general maintenance, road conditions and falling trees aren’t being addressed and that a third well intended to prevent future water shortages is behind schedule.

“It quickly became apparent that we need legal help for much more than the water problem,” said resident Marieke Giasson in a Facebook post.

Attorney James Clifford confirmed Monday that his firm, Clifford and Clifford, is representing residents at Bay Bridge Estates, but said no lawsuit has been filed yet.

“We’re just in the initial early stages of commencing any kind of legal action,” Clifford said.

Bay Bridge resident Marcia Good said the mobile home park “looks like a war zone” with huge piles of leaves – many leftover from last fall – and brush. Residents are not allowed to bag their leaves, she said.

“Right now, people are so fed up,” Good said. “There’s 409 occupied lots, last time I looked, and they’re still moving people in.”

She’s also concerned about the condition of trees in the park, noting that one came crashing down on a mobile home this winter while a resident was asleep inside. The resident was unhurt, Good said, and taken to a hotel.

“We’re not so delusional to think they’re going to take every tree down,” she said, “but one of the things residents have asked for is to have a certified arborist come through,” to survey for diseased trees.

“It sucks to pay $400 a month and know the pothole in front of our house isn’t going to get fixed,” Good said.

Kevin McCarthy, spokesman for BBE LLC, did not return calls for comment by press time.

Meanwhile, the company is also still on the hook for some of the water deliveries ordered by the town of Brunswick when the water shortage was reported in December.

The company has paid the town $26,757, but still owes $22,853 as of last week, according to the town finance department.

“We have adequate water supply right now,” Good added, “but since we don’t know the condition of it, most of the residents are reluctant to drink it.”

Good worries about what will happen during drought season in the summer; that’s when park management will restrict water use for washing cars or watering plants.

A third well was to have been added to the park’s water system over the winter but is still not yet online. Arsenic had been found in the well, which was supposed to have been treated. Representatives from BBE LLC last contacted Brunswick’s health officer, Jeff Emerson, via email April 13, explaining that additional work on the treatment system was required by the state.

That email indicated the well would be operational at the end of April.

“We still don’t have the well that was supposed to be set up in January,” Good said. “That’s just ridiculous.”

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