Crestview residents file lawsuit, seek damages for utility shutoffs

By Jonathan Delozier -

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of residents at Crestview Mobile Home Park on Rt. 58 after unpaid utility bills led to the property’s electric service being temporarily shut off June 1.

The suit, filed July 3 in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, names Steven Ohly, Gerald Ohly, and Sharon Ohly as defendants.

There is disagreement among the trio over who is responsible for the park. A January 2016 email from Sharon Ohly provided by park manager and resident Brian Ross states she is the “sole owner of all properties associated with Crestview Mobile Home Park.”

The residents contend that utilities like water, electric, and trash pickup are included in their rent and any failure in paying for those services has come through ownership.

The case is set for pretrial at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9 but judge James Miraldi has already ordered Sharon Ohly to pay $1,200 toward past due water charges.

Crestview’s water service was also in danger of being shut off in June but officials have said taps will stay on as long as bills are paid.

The park also went roughly two months without garbage pickup, leaving many inhabitants worried about sanitation and attracting wild animals to the park.

Ross said the tally of overdue electric bills through the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative has not been made available. Past due charges for trash pickup from Republic Services total about $900 and a backlog of Lorain County Rural Water Authority bills have added up to more than $7,000.

The utility companies named have reached agreements with residents that let them pay for services separately from their rent, but the lawsuit calls that a breach of contract since those costs were meant to be included in rent.

Assurance that bills will be paid on time in the future and possible damages from service shutoffs are being sought.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier