SALEM — Residents of Friendship Drive mobile home park were worried when they were told oil could no longer be delivered to some homes in the park.
Updated federal regulations require concrete pads to be installed beneath the oil tanks outside their homes, but seven homes in the park didn’t have them. Until the pads were installed, no oil could be delivered.
The pads prevent spilled oil from leaking into the groundwater.
Thanks to a little outside assistance, those residents are now breathing a collective sigh of relief.
Pentucket Bank, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and Isaiah 58 Ministries teamed up to make life easier for residents of the 42-home park, located off Route 28.
Yesterday, Pentucket donated $10,000 through the Community Loan Fund to pay for the necessary work. Isaiah 58 Ministries, led by the Rev. David Yasenka of Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, has pitched in to help as well.
The work will begin next week, Yasenka said.
“This is huge,” said resident and Friendship Drive Co-op board member Bonnie Kelledy.
The cooperative operates and maintains the mobile home park, renting 17 of the homes to generate the money needed for its upkeep. The other homes are privately owned.
“This gives us room to do other things we need to do, such as the roads,” Kelledy said. “It’s like getting a vacation.”
Fellow board member Pam Rothgaber agreed.
“The roads haven’t been worked on for years,” she said. “To get help like this is more than we could have asked for.”
But the most important thing is that the homes will have heat this winter, she said.
“People would have definitely been cold this winter,” Rothgarber said.
Kelledy, Rothgaber and board member Karen Brum said it’s been tough finding tenants for some of the vacant homes in the aging park, which is approximately 60 years old.