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Maine landlord stripped of license to operate mobile home park

GARDINER (WGME) -- For the first time ever, a Maine landlord is stripped of his license to operate the mobile home park he owns. Russell Edwards Jr. owns Meadowbrook Park in Richmond. He has been cited for dozens of violations dating back to 2007.

In Gardiner Wednesday, the Manufactured Housing Board voted unanimously to revoke his license to operate and impose the highest fines they could on Mr. Edwards. Assistant Attorney General Chris Mann presented evidence of a leaky septic system and sewage that ended up in the Kennebec River.

The town of Richmond even cut off the water supply to the park over fears the sewage might contaminate the town's drinking water. In his defense, Russell Edwards blamed the manager of Meadowbrook Park. Edwards says he lost control of the park and was denied income from the park.

He says "I'm an 80 year old man. I don't have any other income except a small amount, a net income of my wife and I together of $800 a month through social security. That's not enough. That's not enough to pay a mortgage. That's not enough to pay for oil in the winter. It's not enough to live on."

Edwards told board members he was powerless to do anything about the problems and blamed it all on the manager of the park. Edwards says "This has come about because an individual has deprived me of my income from the park. All of it." Edwards has 30 days to appeal today's decision in court.