LODA — The village board is expected to discuss a proposed ordinance change next month that would restrict any more mobile homes from coming into the village.
The amendment to the town's mobile-home ordinance is being proposed by Trustee John Zalaker as a way to improve the town's appearance and reduce various issues that he says have been difficult to address at Loda's only trailer park.
"There's frustration throughout the community on the conditions and past track record for mobile homes in town," Zalaker said.
Zalaker recently announced his intentions to run for the board president's seat in the April 2013 election.
So has Sandy Coffey, a former trustee who owns the trailer park.
Zalaker and Coffey disagree on the need for the new ordinance. But both stressed that their decision to run for office in 2013 has nothing to do with the proposed change.
Zalaker said the village's mobile-home ordinance already makes it illegal for any new mobile homes to be brought into the village, unless one already in town is removed and replaced within a year. However, Loda's trailer park has been exempt from the regulation, Zalaker said.
Zalaker said his proposed ordinance amendment would make it so no more trailers, under any circumstance, can be moved into the village on any property, including the trailer park. Zalaker plans to bring the proposal to the board for discussion at its Nov. 14 meeting.
Coffey said she is concerned with the proposal because it could eventually mean the closure of the trailer park, where there are currently 13 trailers and 34 people living. She said that if no more trailers are able to move in when residents move out, then eventually there will be none left. It would also mean the current residents would be unable to upgrade their mobile homes if they wanted to, she said.