The ordinance currently calls for a standard 4:12 pitch in three of the districts in which manufactured homes are allowed and a 6:12 in the fourth district.
“It doesn’t change the size of the districts. It just levels the playing field,” said Long-Term Recovery Manager Steve Ostaseski.
Mayor Drew Gilbert, who was not on the council when the ordinance passed in 2008, said he has learned the difference is the result of a potential development that was being discussed during that time.
“There was a planned development in that district, so they made the law to permit whatever they were trying to do there. That never happened. Now we have three districts who have the same rule and one of them doesn’t. Our goal is uniformity,” Gilbert said.
The change was recently approved by the Planning Commission, and a public hearing was held on the matter at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
The council also voted several weeks ago to allow a resident adversely affected by the inconsistency to move in a manufactured home while the change was being considered by the Planning Commission.
A vote on the change is planned for the next council meeting on Dec. 10.
In other action, the council
•passed an ordinance establishing the fees for city services. “This would allow for a uniform schedule so that when anyone requests any of these services, we charge them all the same. We noticed there were difficult schedules in different places. This puts them all in one ordinance,” Gilbert said.
•voted to allow the city’s building inspector, Gerald Grace, and two other individuals to take some online training on the International Building Code.
•reappointed James Laird to the Housing Authority
•voted to cancel the regularly scheduled meeting that would fall on Dec. 24 and planned a work session for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 to discuss options for rebuilding a fire department and to review bids for the grocery store project.
Advertising for bids is now underway, and Dec. 17 is the last day that bids will be received.