The city council will take another look Tuesday at standards for mobile homes in North Platte.The city ordinance establishes minimum standards for mobile homes – the first time such standards have been written in North Platte.
The ordinance passed Jan. 7 on first reading by the council, but mobile home park owners complained, and it was tabled on on second reading Jan. 22.
Mobile home owners and city officials met Feb. 2 and revised the regulations.
A 900-sq.-ft. requirement has been deleted from the proposed regs. Douglas Nelson, the manager of Riverside Park, told the council that his empty lots are too small for a mobile home that would have 900-square-feet of floor space – one of the proposed requirements.
And, the required exterior size of 8-feet x 40-feet has been eliminated, as well as the requirement for a pitched roof, plus a requirement that the exterior materials be comparable to the exterior materials of a single family homes.
The standards would apply to homes that are brought into the city and set up, or are moved within the city from one place to another. Existing mobile homes that stay in one place are "grandfathered" -- exempt from the regulations.
Councilman Jim Carman said the first draft seemed “so tightly written that many of the mobile homes already in North Platte could not be moved because they do not meet the standards” -- including older ones that are in good condition.
The new proposed regulations say that mobile homes must have:
• Solid roof capable of protecting from rain, snow and wind.
• No attached rooms, garages, carports or storage areas.
• Straight walls in good condition.
• Solid, attached exterior trim and panels.
• Solid, attached flashing around roof and openings.
• Straight metal framework, free of structurally corrosive damaging rust.
• Sealed belly wrap that is in the proper place.
• Siding that is free of cracks or holes.
• Vents protected with proper covers.
• Front and rear doors that open, close and latch properly.
• Solid, smooth doors.
• Windows that open and close properly and seal tightly.
• Unbroken glass.
• A working water heater that is properly supported.
• A water heater and furnace that is labeled for mobile home installation.
• Approved piping for gas, water and sewer.
• Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide dectector.
• Outlets and switches in working order.
• Wheels, transporting light and towing apparatus removed if the apparatus is designed to be removed. An HUD inspection sticker and a label that says it is constructed in conformance with the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.
Also, the city will bill mobile home owners for inspection time. Bills will be calculated by the hour, plus mileage and materials. The exact amounts are not specified.
The council work session begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.