City ordinance creates rules for mobile homes

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Now that rebuilding is beginning after last month's tornado, Salyersville officials say they wanted some rules for what can be built.

"We was devastated in certain areas with the tornado. We've got it all cleaned up now or most, ninety percent cleaned up, and we want it to stay clean and we want us to look good," said Salyersville Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd.

They passed an ordinance to limit what is allowed for mobile homes. For instance, all mobile homes must have proper skirting along the bottom and can not be more than 12 years old.

"We realize that everybody can't afford to go out and buy a brand new spanking home. FEMA's not going to give them the money to buy a brand new spanking home, but we just want to ensure that the homes that they do bring in are presentable," said City Councilman Jeff Ross.

The mobile homes must have proper tie downs and concrete footers. They also can not be placed on the same property as another home.

"Seems like eastern Kentucky and especially the city of Salyersville gets a bad rap sometimes with the way we look and the way we handle things, but that's going to change from now on," said Shepherd.

"Alls we ask is that the residents take pride in their property, keep it cleaned up, keep their mobile homes cleaned up," said Ross.

Existing mobile homes are being grandfathered into the ordinance, but officials say that should not be an excuse to let them run down.

The ordinance says that violators will have to pay fifty dollars per day that the home is not in compliance. After thirty days, they may be subject to a class a misdemeanor.

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