Shadow Valley tenants appear in court after receiving eviction notices from management

Posted: 8:56 PM, Mar 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-06 10:33:36Z

BIXBY, Okla. - Some residents of a mobile home park said their attempt to settle water issues with management landed them with eviction notices. 

In December of last year 2 Works for You met a group of Shadow Valley residents who had concerns about their mobile home park's water issues. 

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"We've been dealing with this for three years," one said. 

Monday, 2 Works for You met two of those men in court. 

"I went to the city of Bixby and asked for help to mediate between both parties, we were excluded from that meeting; And two days later we were handed eviction papers," said Shadow Valley Resident Dominic Birou. 

February 23rd they were summoned to court. 

"I want to get out. I'm tired of being targeted," Birou said. 

After months of no comment, Shadow Valley sent a statement that said the two people who refuse to sign a lease are "not permitted to live in the park."

"I'll gladly give you a copy of my lease," said Shadow Valley Resident Darrin Wells. 

He brought his lease to court. 

"I feel that they don't like the idea that we're trying to take care of things for the other people in the park," Wells said. 

The men said their city councilor Paul Blair has been absent from their fight. 

Monday, 2 Works for You tried knocking on his door and calling, and got no answer. 

In a recent statement he said he met with Shadow Valley management and discussed its "recent investments" in the park. 

Blair said he "spoke with residents" who had negative and positive things to say; and management's "committed to addressing line breaks and water interruption issues." 

While the park states "residents do not go without water for extended periods of time."

"The city needs to take a better approach and they're playing devil's advocate," Birou said. 

The city does not have a legal obligation to solve Shadow Valley's water issues, but these men say Bixby should take more of an interest. 

 "I wouldn't give up on anybody in need."

They said they won't give up; but for now they're focused on moving out according to the terms of their eviction ultimately settled outside of court Monday afternoon.

The City of Bixby said it had no comment Monday because it doesn't comment on pending litigation, even though it's not a party in that litigation. 

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