Oct 28, 2015 6:50 PM
EPSOM - When Rick "Muskrat" Panzieri wakes up in the morning, the sun shines through a horizontal crank-out window he installed at the top of his waterfront custom cabin-trailer.
With siding of rough cut pine, a solar panel to provide electricity and a high-efficiency wood stove - Panzieri said he has put in years of work here.
“This is my home," he said. "I live here year-round, except for when I'm on the road.”
But soon, it will all be taken away.
The cabin-trailer is located along a brook on site 31 at the Circle 9 Ranch in Epsom. The campground's new manager, Sonny Sell, told "Muskrat" last week that he was 1 of 9 sites being evicted this weekend.
“I just need some more time. I’m not working right now," Panzieri said.
In the letters handed out, Sell told those being evicted that "there can be no waiver or compromise or other deal - you must leave!"
Citing a state law, Sell said as a campground operator he can ask anyone to leave at anytime. He said his reasoning, however, is based on threats from the town to fine him for letting people reside on the campground year-round.
"This really has nothing to do with me," Sell told NH1 News, stating that Panzieri is the only person refusing to leave.
Panzieri, who said he moved to Epsom to be closer to his father living in a VA hospital, questions why the town suddenly decided to take action now. After all, under the previous owner, Panzieri said he and other tenants were allowed to build up their sites to become permanent-like structures, as long as they paid their monthly rent.
“Basically, we just hangout by ourselves," Panzieri said. "We don’t cause no trouble.”
But, that's exactly what Panzieri could be facing this weekend if he doesn't move his homemade paradise: Sell has threatened to press criminal charges against anyone who refuses to vacate the property.
“I think he can do anything he wants, as far as I'm concerned – I mean, I pay rent. I’ve already paid my taxes," Panzieri said.
A union foreman, Panzieri said he is okay with leaving the campground due to the "drama" that has been ongoing - but he won't be able to move all of his property by the deadline set by the eviction notice.
Epsom Police Chief Wayne Preve said he is looking into how the department will handle the eviction notice if Panzieri refuses to leave by the deadline. Preve said Panzieri could face a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing.
“So, I guess I'm going to be arrested Sunday morning and we’ll see what happens," Panzieri said. "I guess I'll leave it into the hands of the Lord and the lawyers."
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