The Town of Carbon passed an ordinance this week at their monthly board meeting restricting the future placement of mobile homes and certain manufactured homes within the corporate limits of the town.
Board President Josephine Rightsell and member Dennis Rightsell approved the ordinance Monday night. Member Dave McFaddin was unable to attend the meeting due to ill health, but his wife Liz was on hand to apprise the crowd and other board members of her husband's full support for the ordinance.
Believing it is prudent for the welfare of the residents and property values within the small rural town, Rightsell told The Brazil Times the ordinance was passed as a way to help the town maintain a cleaner appearance in the future.
Although current trailers and manufactured homes located within the town's corporate limits are "grandfathered in" as long as they are not moved to another location in town, there are definite restrictions for future placement of these types of housing in Carbon.
The new ordinance reads: "It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to located any mobile home or manufactured home on any lot within the Town of Carbon except in a mobile home park, unless it falls under the exemption set forth…"
The ordinance does not apply to manufactured homes constructed after Jan. 1, 1981 that exceeds 23 feet in width and 950 square feet, which may be installed as a permanent residence.
A person in violation of the ordinance could face penalties of $100 per day for the time period of the violation.
The entire text of the new ordinance is scheduled for publication in a future edition of The Brazil Times and can be viewed by contacting Board President Josephine Rightsell.