Mobile home ordinance hot topic

By Evalin Hester

The DeQuincy City Council meeting was called to order by Denise Maddox on Monday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. Invocation and pledge were led by Mayor Riley Smith and Judy Landry.

Mobile Home verses Homes was a hot topic for the council meeting. Several different topics were also discussed.

There is an overwhelming amount of mobile homes inside the city limits. No more permits will be given out at this time. President Denise Maddox stated this is not personal. The Zoning Board and the Council have been working on mobile home ordinances for years. It seems just when its all done and in place something else brings it back to the table for more reconstructing.

The Council members have gone out in their district and counted all mobile homes that are in each district. District 1 and 2 are full. They have met their quota of how many mobile homes are allowed in each district. The amount of mobile homes that are allowed is according to the number of people in each district. District 3 and 4 are not full. If a district is full and someone moves out of the district this leaves a vacancy for another mobile. If you have a mobile home already in place, you will be grandfathered in. If you are moving into our city, you can move into an already established mobile home park. There are several in and around the city. The Council will have a Public Hearing on the Mobile Home Ordinance.

If you have a permit that is about six months to a year old, you will be given 30 days to act upon this permit before the next council meeting. The Zoning Board and the City Council will continue working on an ordinance change upon approval from council concerning Mobile Home Ordinance. Again Maddox explains this is not personal.