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Third Time Not a Charm for Mobile Home Ordinance
Thursday, 10.29.2009, 08:32pm (GMT-5)

By Kelly Rupp

The third attempt to pass a revised ordinance regulating the placement of trailers and mobile homes inside of Minco city limits was tabled at the Minco City Council Special Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22.

A standing room only crowd attended the meeting to voice views about the proposed change.

This is the fourth meeting since September and the second special meeting with this item on the agenda.

Two revised ordinances circulated through Minco on Thursday. The proposed ordinance presented at the meeting states:

“Section 1: Code of Ordinances City of Minco Chapter 4 Article 5 Section 4-89. “Parking of Manufactured Housing or Mobile Homes. Paragraph 4: No manufactured home and/or mobile home, as defined in these ordinances shall be permitted to be placed on any tract of land within the City limits of Minco, Oklahoma, except within a designated manufactured home and/or mobile trailer park. (Manufactured housing tract sizes will be addressed in Chapter 10 of the Minco City Ordinances.)”

Paragraphs 5 and 7, which limited placement of mobile homes to 10 acre lots and prevented the sale or transfer of “grandfathered” mobile homes, were deleted in the revised ordinance.

Section 2 of the revised ordinance states:

“It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this Ordinance shall take full force and effect within sixty (60) days of passage, approval and adoption, as required by laws.”

Although a majority of the council attending the Oct. 13 regular council meeting voted to approve the ordinance, a majority of the entire council was needed for passage according to Oklahoma State Statutes. Council member Debi Keeble was not present at the Oct. 13 meeting and the ordinance failed to draw the required five votes.

State statutes also require a separate vote for emergency clauses.

“This is something that has not been taken lightly. We were working on Chapter 4, but we have a separate ordinance governing mobile homes in Chapter 10. We’re going to visit that later on,” Mayor Keith McMullen said.

“We’ve made some changes and later on we’ll review Chapter 10,” Mayor McMullen said.

“We’re going to climb up into the new ages and get some of this stuff done,” McMullen said.

“All I wanted to do was have no more [mobile homes] move into the city limits. We need a million dollar business to move in here,” Council member Hoppy Bomgardner said.

“The original [ordinance] that passed that didn’t pass last week was pretty harsh,” Mayor McMullen said.

“What we are presenting now just says that you can’t bring any more mobile homes in unless they are in a designated mobile home park or an area zoned for mobile homes.”

Currently there is no zoning for mobile homes.

Council member Susan Hollandsworth called resident Craig Kirkegard as a witness to speak on behalf of the mobile home owners.

Kirkegard, who was repeatedly interrupted by the mayor and council members during his presentation, attempted to give council members feedback on the ordinance from mobile home owners.

Kirkegard pointed out that Mayor McMullen and Council members Keith Horn, and Susan Hollandsworth had all lived in mobile homes.

“What do we have in place for our youth to start out here instead of moving to an apartment in Yukon or Edmond?” Kirkegard asked.

Kirkegard asked for mobile homeowners to have more input in the ordinance revisions in the future.

Kirkegard closed by quoting Mark 12:31: “love your neighbors as yourself.”

“If you move in a manufactured home, everyone around you takes an economic hit...I represent the majority. I represent the entire community. I’ve lived in a mobile home before several times. When acreages were sold around me I moved away, not because I have anything against mobile homes but because I intended to build a home and I didn’t want my property values to suffer. We are looking out for everybody. Some people are going to get hurt,” Council member Keith Horn said.

According to Mayor Mc- Mullen, a number of appraisers had informed him that mobile homes in a neighborhood with conventional homes could lower property values by 15 to 20%.

“I can’t help who lives in what. We have to protect the future. This could become a refuge,” Horn said. Horn said that other communities around Minco have ordinances regulating mobile homes.

Minco resident Les Lafler read the Union City ordinance to the council. According to Lafler, Union City allows mobile home placement on lots within city limits if it is on a permanent foundation, has skirting and is a minimum of 22 feet wide.

Melvin Verser, a member of the Planning Commission and the developer of Bryant’s Place subdivision encouraged more involvement.

“You’ve got to attend the meetings to know what’s going on. We all want what’s best for this community,” Verser said.

“Let me go on record saying I agree with this ordinance. We cannot allow any more mobile homes unless they are in a park or a subdivision and that can be easily done because we have a zoning plan in place,” Verser said.

Horn made a motion to table the issue pending the proposed amendment to Chapter 10 of the Minco City ordinances.

The Planning Commission plans to hold a meeting this week, but the meeting notice had not been announced as of press time.

Minco Planning Commission members are Horn, Verser, Brad Gore, Rebecca Ratterman and Dahl Henderson. The mayor serves in an ad hoc capacity.


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