The council approved a set of standards Tuesday for mobile homes, aimed at keeping junk trailer houses out of town.There was no discussion before the motion was made to approve, even though several mobile home lot owners said in recent months that the standards are too tough.
A draft of amended standards was drawn up after the last council meeting on March 18, allowing mobile home owners to bring a dilapidated trailer to town, post a $10,000 bond, fix it up within 90 days, or forfeit the bond.
But Councilman Brook Baker moved to appove the original set of standards, without the bond provision, and the council unanimously agreed.
Baker said the city could still get stuck with a junk trailer if the owner didn't fix it up as promised.
The new, adopted standards require a mobile home to be inspected before it is moved into North Platte. The idea is to keep out dilapidated trailers, Baker told the Bulletin.
In the hallway after the meeting, Zoning Administrator Judy Clark said the city has to condemn the property if the trailer is abandoned, which takes months, and still has to get the junker removed.
The new regulation is a step in combating substandard housing in North Platte, something city officials have stuggled to address for years.
The council first considered this mobile home ordinance in January, but amended it on the protests of lot owners. The version that was adopted Tuesday was the second draft.