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  • Bastrop City Council to vote on zoning of trailers

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      "That's really the problem on the main corridors of Bastrop?! Have you seen those so called 'houses' on every way into town?! The only pretty way into the city is from Arkansas, in my opinion." ...

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      "That's really the problem on the main corridors of Bastrop?! Have you seen those so called 'houses' on every way into town?! The only pretty way into the city is from Arkansas, in my opinion." —Kristi LeAnn



      "Should really be focusing on cleaning up the trash that are the crack and meth heads littering the streets and quit worrying about trailers. Maybe if you clean up the people, the houses would follow suit." —Sabrina Ruffin



      "I can think of WAY BETTER ways to clean Bastrop up, what a waste of time! Does the city council have nothing better to do? If not, I can make you a list and hand deliver it to you." —Melanie Perry-Boyd



      "Bastrop needs to worry more about updating parks, city pool, etc. and not trying to run people's lives of what type of home they live in. Maybe if the city attracted businesses in to create jobs, then maybe people could update to a nicer home." —Travis Whitehead

  • Bastrop City Council will vote tonight in regards to whether or not to amend the code of ordinances and zoning code to prohibit the placement of house trailers on specific roadways considered to be the main corridors of the city.
    The item was first brought up at the April 22 special meeting of the mayor and city council following a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Board. Vice Chairmen of the Planning and Zoning Board Debbie Rogers was there to present the item before the council.
    “Our purpose in requesting this is for the beautification of the community,” Rogers said. “We have nothing against mobile homes. We think that they are a vital part of our community, but they do not belong in the main corridors.”
    Roads the council are considering main corridors for this amendment are North and South Washington, North and South Franklin, East and West Madison, East and West Jefferson and North Marable.
    Alderman Howard Loche questioned at the meeting what would happen with the existing mobile homes on those streets. Rogers informed him that they could stay and would be grandfathered in. The council also discussed the idea of a grace period of six months.
    During this meeting, manufactured homes, mobile homes, modules and pods were grouped together with trailers and homeowner Foster Desselles spoke out that this would cause him problems with upgrading his FEMA trailers by replacing them with modular homes.
    City attorney Doug Lawrence said that because of these types of issues that could arise the council would have to clearly define what they mean by trailers or modular homes.
    Cindy Hendrix with Keep Morehouse Beautiful appealed to the council at the May 8 meeting where the ordinance was officially introduced. She said the ordinance would be a positive thing for Bastrop.
    Morehouse Economic Development Corporation CEO Kay King also spoke out at that meeting saying that prospective businesses worry about what might happen if they were not protected by a zoning ordinance. She said that potential zoning issues could come about if mobile homes are not clearly defined.
    The June 12th city council meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at city hall. There will be a time for entertaining public comments as they relate to items on the agenda.

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