The Zanesville Town Council dealt with two mobile home issues during its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16.
The first issue pertained to a citizen looking to keep a mobile home on his property to live in while building his home. Michael Lautzenheiser, Wells County Planning Commission director, informed the council that to do so would be in violation of the zoning ordinance, as mobile homes can only be on ground zoned for their use, such as in a mobile home park.
With lots available in the Stoney Creek Estates Mobile Home Park in Zanesville, Clerk/Treasurer Julie Christian suggested that the citizen keep his mobile home there as a way of resolving the issue.
The other issue centered on two mobile homes in Zanesville on ground not zoned for their use. As these two mobile homes were in place before the zoning ordinance forbidding their existence came into effect, however, a special rule applies, noted Lautzenheiser. That rule, he said, is that if either of the mobile homes "stops being used as a home for over a year, then it is not allowed to go back and become a mobile home later. So that would make it possible to remove those trailers from the property."
Council President Patsy Brock said that one of the two mobile homes has been empty for over a year, making it in violation, and that steps will be taken to have it removed. Alhough the other mobile home is not in violation, Brock said that the council will be keeping an eye on it.
In other business:
- Councilman John Schuhmacher will pick up street signs for Zanesville prepared by the Allen County Sign Department.
- The county will come in and block off roads during the Homespun Days festival. Some street barriers need to be fixed or replaced entirely and Schuhmacher was authorized funds to attend to them.
- The council members agreed to keep their salaries the same for 2013 and Christian said she will have a salary ordinance prepared for next month's meeting.
- Brock voiced concerns regarding several trees in Zanesville protruding into the public right-of-way and wants to look into removing some of them once measurements are conducted to determine which ones the council has the authority to take down.