Whether to allow mobile homes in the city limits of Loyall highlighted a meeting of the Loyall City Council on Monday.
Councilman Elvin Smith requested the issue be brought back to the table for discussion and a decision made.
“We’ve left this issue in limbo and I’d like to know what we’re going to do about it,” said Smith.
Councilwoman Trenna Cornett said she has been approached by several people in the past few weeks about this issue and she assured them the council is not opening the city up to anybody putting a mobile home anywhere in the city.
“I explained to them about a resident coming and talking to the council,” said Cornett. “My personal opinion is we somehow write this (an ordinance) up as a situation by situation decision that this council would make. I don’t think we need to put anything in writing on a lot size or stipulations for underpinning and porches and not run into an issue, or a renter purchasing something or turning it over to HUD or whatever. That is what I’m hearing from the city.”
Mayor Clarence Longworth said an ordinance will have to be prepared on this issue and it will have to treat everyone the same.
“The way the ordinance is written now if you have a 100 feet by 100 feet lot you can put anything you want on it,” said Smith.
Longworth added an ordinance needs to say any mobile home placed in the city will have to meet today’s inspection codes.
“If we can come up with what all we’d like to see in an ordinance before the next meeting, then we’ll talk about it then,” said Longworth. “I don’t think we could do it as a situation by situation decision. I could check, but I don’t think we can. I’ll check with the Kentucky League of Cities.”
Three previous ordinances, dealing with mobile homes in the city, were distributed to council members during the meeting. Longworth asked council members to read the ordinances and make a list of what they would like to see done on this issue, and return with those lists at the next council meeting so a decision can be made “one way or the other.”
Currently mobile homes must be placed on a 100 feet by 100 feet lot and they must have a roadway of not less than 13.8 feet in width between all mobile homes. The roadway must be graveled and well maintained. All mobile homes must be adequately and safely attached to the ground and must be placed on permanent foundations. They must be underpinned with adequate cement clocks, cinder blocks or skirting.
The issue was tabled until the next council meeting at 7 p.m. on May 12.
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