Boldo residents express concern over mobile home park
by By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Jun 06, 2012 | 1033 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several Boldo residents highlighted the need for stricter regulations for mobile home parks during Tuesday’s Walker County Commission meeting.

Spokesperson Barbara Wheeler said a park is being constructed in her community on less than an acre of land and is expected to house up to 18 families.

Wheeler said the group of neighbors was concerned about a lack of adequate parking spaces and the safety of children playing in the park as well as the environmental impact of potential excessive sewage.

“While we can’t do anything about this particular park, which has decreased our property values in this area, what can we do to prevent this type of situation in the future for our other friends and neighbors?” Wheeler asked.

Chairman Bruce Hamrick said that the county currently lacks zoning authority, which would allow commissioners to enact the restrictions being requested by the group.

He added that the commission does have some public nuisance and abatement procedures at its disposal but did not believe that mobile home parks would apply.

“To my knowledge, there’s nothing we can do without a vote of the Legislature giving us the authority to create some type of zoning that would apply to this,” Hamrick said.

In other action, commissioners approved a resolution to vacate Wistar Road at the request of local landowners and rejected bids received for automated garbage trucks.

Commissioners also voted to participate in an upcoming state sales tax holiday for storm preparedness items. The holiday will be held July 6 through 8.