Council hears complaints of mobile home

Published 2:24 pm Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A request for a conditional use of land to place a mobile home in a residential area in the city was brought before the council and tabled after some discussion.

Marie Gilcrease asked the council for a conditional use request to place a mobile home near her late mother’s home, that she is currently residing in. She told the council that she is living in the home until she can bring her 2007 mobile home and park it next to the house, if the council approves.

However, if the neighbors across the street have anything to do with it, the mobile home will not be parked next to Gilcrease’s current address. Damon Devore bought the home across the street to rent out, and now that Gilcrease is asking to put the mobile home across the street, he is concerned his property values will decrease.

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Devore said at first he felt bad about fighting the placement of the trailer, until he found out that Gilcrease already has a place to stay. However, Gilcrease said she has to pay $400 a month out of her $1,000 monthly income to the current owner to live in that house. She said her expenses would be much less if she could move the trailer into town.

City Attorney Nathan Farmer said if the city council approves the request then it will only apply to Gilcrease, if she ever sells the land or moves out, then another mobile home could not be placed there.

Council members Anna Turnage and Leavern Guy said they are torn between supporting Gilcrease and dealing with the numerous complaints that are arising. Turnage, in whose district the property is located, said she has been getting negative feedback about the placement of the mobile home already.

The council decided to table the matter to get some more information.

Another matter concerning waiving permit and tap fees for some new homes to be built by Rebuilding Pearl River County Together was approved. The homes are proposed to be about 792 square feet in size, said project manager Art Crocker.

Since a number of homes were severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina and Federal Emergency Management Agency housing is set to expire soon, the organization is trying to provide some residents with a form of adequate housing, said RPRCT member and United Methodist pastor David Lowery. After Guy said the council needs to be consistent on decisions such as these, the council approved waiving the fees.

The council went into executive session for contractual matters with industrial park, Partners for Pearl River County, Train Depot and Picayune Main Street. A decision on the executive session matters was not available at press time.

In other business the council

— Approved proclaiming Nov. 3 to 9, 2008 as Women’s Veterans Recognition week.

— Approved a hangar lease agreement between the city and Michael Patrick Johnson.

The next meeting of the city council will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.