After being tabled several months ago, Bailey Street resident Ronnie Johnson asked members of Loyall City Council to revisit the issue of allowing mobile homes in the city.
Johnson told council at a recent meeting that he has a lot next to him where he would like to allow his son to place a “mobile home, that would be done up nice.”
“That issue was tabled last year and has just not been brought back up. I said I wouldn’t bring it back up until council requested it,” said Mayor Clarence Longworth. “Are you asking us to restudy this Ronnie?”
Longworth said there are approximately 20 or more modular homes in Loyall. He added he doesn’t want to start a trailer park, but will go as far to say that “mobile homes nowadays are as good as any home you’ll build, if they are done right on a solid foundation with a driveway off the street.”
Councilman James Hagy said the reason the issue was delayed was because council was waiting on new legislation requiring counties to hire a county building inspector.
“We can’t do an ordinance and override the state,” said Hagy.
A call to the Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop’s office confirmed this legislation has not been passed to date. Officials said the county has not had a county building inspector “for the last 13 years to their knowledge.”
The issue was, once again, tabled.
Longworth said the present ordinance “might need to be amended.”
“Right now the lots have to be 100 feet by 100 feet for a mobile home and there are very few places in Loyall that have that size lot to put one in,” said Longworth. “When you look around and see residents moving out and not moving in — it hurts our town.”
Council woman Trenna Cornett agreed the issue needs to be revisited.
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