Moving forward on the issue of whether to allow mobile homes in the city limits, Loyall City Council voted to form a committee to draw up an ordinance at a recent meeting.
The committee includes council members Trenna Cornett, Anne McFarland and Dewayne Williams, Fire Chief Vern Guffy and residents Charles and George Ann Lovely.
Cornett said she had obtained a copy of Harlan’s ordinance on mobile homes. She asked Charles Lovely to give a report of research he had been doing on the issue.
“I worked online for about six hours and the first thing I learned is the difference between a pre-manufactured home and a modular home,” said Lovely.
He said a modular home is built like a regular home and comes under difference regulations than a pre-manufactured home, which is sometimes called a trailer or double-wide. He said a pre-manufactured home depreciates the second you take it off the lot, but a modular home increases in value.
He said found most cities don’t let single wide pre-manufactured homes into the city limits, but they do allow double-wides and modular homes.
Lovely recommended if the homes are allowed in the city, there be a built date limit, along with size limit, stipulate porches, rails, a certain type of roof, siding, foundations, driveways, parking and underpinning.
Longworth said Lovely made a lot of good points, adding he hopes the committee will come up with a workable ordinance to be presented to council for approval or disapproval.
In other action council:
*Approved spending $1,600 to Networking Solutions of Harlan to install Windows 7 Professional and transfer all programs and software;
*Heard Treasurer Mandy Longworth report $446.48 was collected last month in delinquent property taxes;
*Heard a request from Chad Street residents John and Cindy McMurry to hold a community-wide yard sale in the city parking lot if the public is interested. Longworth said the city may rent tables to those interested in participating. The issue was tabled to determine public interest and to set a date.
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