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Pinewood Estates Management Pledge to Make Repairs

Township officials air residents' concerns; pool, roads, trees and more to be addressed

The persistence of Pinewood Estates' residents in bringing concerns to the Township Committee may be paying off, as the mobile home park's management company promises to address much-needed repairs.

The governing body reported at its regular meeting Monday that representatives of the Newbury Management Company, which oversees the adult mobile home community on Route 72, met with township attorney Jerry Dasti and Administrator Dave Breeden after residents . Meanwhile, the management company also met Monday with residents to hear their concerns.

"It is important to note that while Pinewood Estates mobile home park is a private concern, the township will work diligently on behalf of the residents to ensure a deserved quality of life," Committeeman Martin Lisella said.

Senior residents of the 321-unit adult park turned to the township in recent months after saying their complaints to the on-site manager and Michigan-based management company went unaddressed, with shoddy roads, a shuttered pool, overgrown and dead trees, a poor septic system and mobile homes in total disrepair ruining their quality of life.

Lisella said "property management was very receptive to many of the items discussed" after the township got involved, and pledged to complete the following:

  • Install a new pool by July 4th. Repairs to the existing pool are cost-prohibitive, with it being cheaper to simply replace the existing one.
  • Secure the service of a vendor to remove dead trees and prune dead branches.
  • Inspect roadways and recreation areas to determine if any repairs are needed.
  • Commit to rent to individuals 55 and older along with the "continued performance of a comprehensive background check on all potential renters."

Lisella said that while the meeting was encouraging, township officials will see the process through.

"The township will make sure the promised improvements at the park are completed in an appropriate fashion," he said.

While Pinewood residents have said their oral and written complaints were routinely ignored, David Hale, Newbury's regional manager, has said resident concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.

“Just last year we had a roundtable with the people to talk about some of the concerns,” Hale has said. “If we get a resident comment, we try to touch base with them within 48 hours, just letting them know we’ve got their information.

“I was not aware of anything that was sent of the magnitude that they spoke of, “ Hale added, “and I asked the manager if she received anything and she said ‘No.’ That kind of threw me off, because that’s why we have the manager at the office, Monday through Friday, if not Saturday, to be available to answer any questions the residents have.”

There was indeed a lengthy meeting Monday between residents and the management company to allow residents to air their concerns.

Breeden said "for the most part, the residents were pleased with what the property management had to say.

"It appears property management is addressing in an appropriate fashion the concerns that residents brought forth to the Township Committee," Breeden said.

Ray May 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Looks like its a low class ghetto. Maybe it's time to get rid of the mobiles and build quality housing on the site.
mary puccini May 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Ray, your comment is an ignorant one, mobile homes are fine, it's the owners who do not care for them, just like any other properties, condos, quality housing as you put it and any other properties People are either too old to maintain them, or just plain slobs! It is not a ghetto, stupid.
Sal Sorce May 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I came to this area on June 1959. Sadly, development things have moved rapidly and many who cannot choose or afford a fixed home, and afford the very high property taxes water and sewer and the overall infrastructure costs that came with everything else in this state and county. Mobile homes can be an excellent choice. MY position is that New Jersey for the most part cannot get it right when it comes to how these sites are allowed to diminish ... doesn't anyone remember the trailer park bought by Kara, cleared and raised for future housing??? The Sonic is on that site, along with a Chase bank ... and what was planned for apartments ... Some one specifically the Pinewoods management and owners of Pinewoods should have been on this like they should ... not neglected to this point? Reminds me of old fashion barren slum lord conduct? Residents are right to demand this should NEVER happen again ... Barnegat Code officials??? Where are they??? Sounds late but perhaps this issue can be corrected and fixed to please those who continue to live there? I had a place in the Manahawkin Trailer Park from 1971 to 1988, there were very wealthy folks who brought their hi-end Air Stream trailers... a mix of very fine folks until major things began to happen ... my rent was $12-month back then. Up to $400-month these days so I hear.
Hugo Jass May 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Why is the town getting involved with a privet matter?
Bob Wise May 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Because the GOP has an election coming up. They use these poor people as pawns every year and never do anything to help them (after they get their votes). It's part of how they stay in power. Breeden doesn't care. At the end of the day he drives home to Ocean City with his big salary (in a car with gas and tolls all payed for by the taxpayers) and sits back and laughs at the dummies in Barnegat.
Mr Coffee Mug May 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
First off as Usual Bob UnWise is running his fingers on the keyboard trying to start more trouble. Barnegat has a rent levey laws, and these laws are to protect the residents in certian cercumnstances. Now I know for a fact that there are many problems with the owners of the park, and the way they manage it. The residents are within there rights to complain to the township to put pressure on the owners to comply. The park has alot of problems. The list is long. I hope the residents are able to get help from the town putting pressure on Newbury management and Mr. Hale.
Bob Wise May 23, 2012 at 01:05 AM
As usual the shills for the Toms River Tax Machine are on the attack. How long has Pinewoods Estates had these problems. The politicians play these people for fools every election season. Do you think that Breeden has a better set up in Ocean City than these people? All he (and the Barnegat GOP) care about it keeping your tax dollars. That's why they have let these people suffer year after year after year. Hey they would buy their vote if they wanted, but the Mirage vote is a lot more important to them. Mirage comes first, Pinewoods come last (after election day).
Ray May 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Why doesn't Barnegat issue violations and collect fines for code violations? I complained about boarded up shacks on Gunning River Rd about 7 years ago and the same houses are still in the same condition. Barnegat's construction Dept. was supposed to operate in the black but has been losing money for several years. Now Breeden has them doing Waretown's inspections and they are getting a sweet deal
Frank May 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Compliance issues have been addressed in,(2009) contaminated drinking water supply, Barnegat Township has represented the tenants in regard to this! These new complaints must be addressed to the rent leveling board! The only way a tenant can be heard by the rent leveling board is by request of the township committee. This is Barnegat Township Code Book . RHP - Newbury AKA landlord.request a hearing for a rent increase through the Rent Leveling Board. There are tax and auto-CPI increases once a year. As far as Hale he knows all about the current issues for some time.
Ray May 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Frank, what about the boarded up shacks on Gunning River Rd. Why does the Town ignore this problem?
Frank May 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
They know the empty building are there, Show up at the township committee meetings and remind them. Houses that are empty & boarded who pays the tax? The people that do pay their taxes, make up the loss of tax on the shacks loss $$$.

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