County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Cramer cuts the lock off a trailer at the Sunny Acres treatment facility on Sept. 5. Enforcing a nuisance abatement order, county code officials condemned the trailers and replaced the locks to prevent residents from returning.
- PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
For now, the residents who were in the trailers are living in tents on the ranch property, according to Steve Jones, Sunny Acres’ program manager. In other developments, the facility managed to obtain a permit so it can continue operating a roadside stand, but county officials have said they can’t sell planter-barrels or firewood, which have provided income to the program. “We need both to keep our program running,” Jones said. Owner Dan DeVaul also faces a Sept. 30 deadline to remove trailers, cars, and mobile homes.
A bigger challenge, Jones said, is to get a condemned stucco barn converted for housing. An engineer with Sunny Acres is working to get it approved, and an architect is working on a “master plan” for the 72-acre ranch, but Jones said “It is a very difficult process to say the least ; housing is our biggest need at the moment.”