Nov 26, 2012 3:58 AM by AP/CS
PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - Picayune officials may require mobile homes locating in the city's only two trailer parks acquire a building permit.
The Picayune Item reports that the issue was raised this week during the city council meeting.
Councilman Wayne Gouguet said the requirement would mean a trailer owner, in order to locate his new trailer in the city, would have to get a building permit just like someone doing new construction.
The city council discussed the issue but took no action.
Currently, there is a moratorium on locating trailers on private property inside the city. New trailers can locate in one of two city trailer parks, if they meet all state, county and city requirements.
Gouguet said the city has no way of knowing, or tracking a trailer, that locates in one of the city's two trailer parks.
The city will grant permission to replace a trailer on private property, based on a hardship case, when a trailer burns or is destroyed by a hurricane. The trailer also must have been grandfathered in under the moratorium ordinance. The city adopted the ordinance about two years ago.
"I think we need to issue a building permit on these trailers. Then we would have a paper trail on them. . .I would hope we could move in that direction," Gouguet said.
Gouguet said since the moratorium went into effect, no new trailers have been allowed in the city, except those going in the trailer parks.