SAN ANTONIO – Formal criminal charges were filed Thursday against the property owner of Oak Hollow Mobile Home Park after San Antonio city staff determined that unsanitary conditions posed health and safety concerns for residents.
Numerous residents were relocated over the past year when inspectors discovered raw sewage contamination from habitual septic tank leaks.
The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office formally indicted San Man Inc. on environmental criminal charges for the mobile home park located at 6348 Prue Road. The owner is listed as Joseph T. Mangione.
In October 2016, the city determined the property was a public nuisance to residents after inspections discovered faulty and defective septic systems and raw sewage contamination.
The city immediately relocated 12 families.
Further investigation revealed the entire sanitation system on the property was not authorized by the state or the county.
“This charge should serve as an example to all negligent property owners who think they can operate above the law,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a press release. “You will be held accountable for your actions. All of our neighbors deserve to live in safe and clean conditions, and willful disregard for the safety and welfare of residents or the natural environment will not be tolerated.”
Thursday’s felony indictment, along with the city’s civil lawsuits against the corporation, ensures the property owner is held responsible for costs to safely relocate all families on the property.
The city will receive full restitution for costs incurred for relocation of residents, and is also working to ensure residents are compensated for the damages they have sustained.
To date, 24 families have been relocated by the city, 19 moved out on their own and 17 families remain on the property, according to a city press release.