Loyall council continues debate on mobile homes

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

November 20, 2013

After a previous discussion about allowing mobile homes into the city, members of the Loyall City Council once again allowed the issue to highlight a recent meeting.

With a majority of council members and several members of the community voicing opposition against amending the ordinance, others asked that the mobile homes be allowed.

Tim Hensley, who owns rental property on Black Bottom Road and other rental properties throughout the city, said he is not against allowing mobile homes but is cautious about whom he rents to, and he makes it a point to “take care of his property.”

“If I have any complaints about my renters or property I am right on it,” said Hensley. “If you put stipulations on this that they have to have cinder block foundations, and I would recommend front and back porches be required there are single wide trailers out there right now, newer models that have come out that have shingled roofs, but they are nice looking mobile homes,” said Hensley.

Mayor Clarence Longworth said most insurance companies will not insure mobile homes unless they are on a solid foundation.

“We have to get people back in the city and have an interest in the city,” Longworth said. “If you have neighbors beside you dealing drugs, call the police. People know this and seem to be afraid to say anything. You need to speak up. We have vacant lots and if we put stipulations on allowing these mobile homes in I think this would help the city down the road.”

Hensley said during his long career with the Kentucky State Police he found “putting the heat” on drug dealers will cause them to move.

“Loyall was always a fabulous place to live and raise your kids,” said Hensley. “And to have people come in here and run this place over is really disheartening. I’m here to help any way I can. Usually when the heat is placed on the drug dealers they will pack up and leave because they don’t want to be noticed.”

Loyall resident Willie Epperson said the fire rating for the city will go down, property values will go down and property insurance will go up if mobile homes are allowed in the city.

“I talked to my insurance man this week and he told me when the fire rating goes down then my insurance will go up,” said Epperson. “You can’t put lipstick on a fish. It don’t make no difference if it’s on a concrete foundation or underpinned with cinder blocks, if that mobile home comes in on wheels it’s still a mobile home.”

Council member Trenna Cornett said most people she had talked with were against allowing the mobile homes in the city for fear of “trailer parks.”

Saying if the right stipulations were placed on the ordinance, councilman Elvin Smith added, “if this is done right” he didn’t see any problem with allowing mobile homes into the city.

Loyall resident Charles Lovely suggested a committee be formed to study the feasibility of allowing mobile homes into the city while councilman James Hagy said beginning next year every county will be required to have a building inspector for property inspection. He added the county or the city has not gotten that person yet.

“The state is coming down with a whole bunch of stuff, such as how close you can put a building to another building, electrical issues and other things this will come down after the first of the year,” said Hagy. “If we get into this now some of the stuff we might want to do we might run into some problems so I suggest we wait until after the first of the year to make a decision on this.”

The issue was tabled until after the first of the year.

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