Mobile Home Bring Community Opposition

It was standing room only last Tuesday at the monthly County Commission meeting as a large group of Evans Subdivision residents jammed the meeting to ask for help to deal with a pair of mobile homes brought into their neighborhood they described as an eyesore.
Royce Presley served as spokesperson for the group and he had done extensive homework to prepare for his presentation. Presley pointed out a number of violations of the county’s mobile home ordinance including the fact that a mobile home that was 22-23 years old was moved into the county while the county ordinance prohibits mobile homes over 10 years old being moved into the county. And, Presley said, there were dozens of mobile homes in the county without skirts around them as required by the ordinance.
Presley expressed concerns that mobile homes were being inhabited without septic tanks and without electricity. He questioned why the county was dragging its feet on the matter as the situation had been evolving for nine months.
County Attorney Andy Ramay said the commission has turned the matter over to him and he is working on it but was not ready to make a recommendation at Tuesday’s meeting.
“They don’t need to be in our subdivision,” Pressley said of the two mobile homes. “What’s going on out there is just not right.”
Commission Chairman Brad Crews told the group that it appeared the commission had dropped the ball on the matter and would have them an answer in two weeks.
In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners ….
…. heard a report on the state of the county’s health insurance, which had been hit hard by COVID-related claims over the past year.
…. approved McCall Architecture of Valdosta to design for Community Development Block Grant improvements to the Jeff Davis Youth Center.
…. agreed to give Ramay more time to work on changes to the county’s vacation policy,.
…. approved a license to sell beer and wine at a store being reopened on the Lumber City Highway across from the livestock market..
…. accepted a bid submitted to purchase a county-owned surplus truck.
…. agreed to accept a bid from Big John’s Trailer Sales provided Roads Superintendent Robert Lewis inspects the trailer to see if it meets his needs.
…. accepted the bid from Bloodworth Construction to re-roof the Snipesville community center provided he meets the county’s Workman’s Compensation Insurance requirements.
…. discussed the possibility of having a private company take over the collection of garbage.
…. approved authorizations requested by Tax Commissioner Susie Kersey.
…. heard from County Administrator Oakley Perry who updated them on finances, the progress on updating the county’s comprehensive plan, Transportation Improvement Act-financed road striping projects, the fire that burned the county’s ambulances and the E-911/Emergency Management Agency/Emergency Medical Services building.
…. approved moving forward with an “I love my county because ….” contest.
…. heard an update from Ramay on the Silicon Ranch Snipesville 2 and 3 projects and a Joint Development Authority project for another motel in Hazlehurst.
…. approved reducing the amount of money the chairman is authorized to spend from $10,000 to $5,000 in light of the fact the county now has a full-time county administrator.
…. approved taking off the front of a fence surrounding a transformer at the Lonnie Roberts Recreation Park to meet state requirements.
…. agreed to extend a resolution passed last March on how employees are paid during the COVID pandemic and to extend employees’ emergency sick leave.
…. postponed until the March meeting handling an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Hazlehurst.

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