Council discusses concerns over manufactured homes

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 4, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Councilmen addressed their continued concerns for manufactured home residents of the city who will be evicted from Mauvilla Trailer Park at the end of this month.

Mayor Cecil Williamson told the council that during Tuesday night&8217;s adjustment board&8217;s monthly meeting the board had eight cases presented to them, five of which were denied, two were approved and one was held over.

Mayor Pro-tem Thomas Moore said he agreed with Yelverton&8217;s sentiments.

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Williamson said the time frame is the problem, and the frame is rapidly closing.

Mitchell Congress, a Demopolis resident, voiced his concerns for the residents of the park as well.

Congress said he knows of residents who requested placing their homes in areas where other manufactured homes are located, but the Board of Adjustments denied them.

Congress requested the approval of manufactured homes being placed in the east side of Demopolis where lots are overgrown and abandoned.

Congress requested the council set up an appeals process for the Board of Adjustment&8217;s decisions, but was told by council members that the Board of Adjustments regulations are statutory state laws and the only appeal process is to appeal to the circuit court.

Moore requested a public hearing over the matter of the moratorium that was requested to be placed on zoning variances for manufactured homes, during the April 20 council meeting. The council approved a measure calling for a public hearing on mobile home zoning, but did not set a date for the hearing.

A moratorium request on manufactured homes within the city was on the agenda for last night&8217;s meeting, but no action was taken.

Councilman Charles Jones questioned the legality of the moratorium saying, &8220;if the ordinance is the law and the moratorium goes against the law, isn&8217;t that breaking the law?&8221;

Williamson said according to the city attorney , Rick Manley their actions were legal.

The moratorium comes from the April 5 city council meeting, when Charles Singleton, chairman of the city&8217;s Board of Adjustments, petitioned the city council for a moratorium to be placed on zoning variances for manufactured homes.

Brian Brooker, chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission, joined Singleton in the request during the April 5 meeting. Brooker said the moratorium would allow the city to consider creating districts designed for single-location manufactured homes. The city currently has a zoning designation for trailer parks, but Brooker said it does not address the needs of individuals who want to purchase a manufactured home or who desire to place their trailer on a single lot.