According to Leesville city attorney Chuck Dowden, the city has received what he described as “full-dollar recovery” in regards to the property known as the Towering Pines Mobile Home Park.

According to Leesville city attorney Chuck Dowden, the city has received what he described as “full-dollar recovery” in regards to the property known as the Towering Pines Mobile Home Park.

Dowden informed the members of the city council at its most recent meeting that he was holding a check in the amount of $85,101.86, which includes the cost of the lien, along with interest, any legal fees and court costs.

The former property owners, Robert and Denise Brown, recently sold the property in the amount of $175,000.

When asked by District 3 councilman Danny Dowd as to who had purchased the property from the Browns, Dowden said he was not able to relay that information to the council because it was considered “non-public, private information.” He said, however, that it was a matter of public record.

Dowd continued to press the issue a bit and asked Dowden again if he knew who purchased the property. Dowden admitted to knowing who it was, but said, “I don’t know if it’s appropriate for me to say because its non-public, private information.”

A few minutes later, Leesville mayor Rick Allen said he was the new owner of the property, which he had purposed during the early portion of the month of June.

The mobile home park was condemned several years ago after numerous code violations were reported by officials within the city. Due to the condemnation, residents were forced to move.

The city eventually had the property cleaned up, and a lien in excess of $44,000 was placed on the property.

According to the cash warranty deed, which was signed by both the Browns and Allen, the liens were waived and released as part of the agreement to purchase the property. Additionally, Allen assumed all responsibility for any judgments against the property.