BROWN CITY — City officials are looking into a possible zoning change that would allow for single-wide mobile homes.
City Manager Clint Holmes brought the issue to the city council on April 11 from a request by C&C Land, which is purchasing Maple Valley Estates in Brown City.
C&C petitioned the planning commission to allow the installation of single-wide trailers in addition to the modular and manufactured homes currently allowed in Maple Valley Estates.
The planning commission recommended the council address the ordinance that requires a 20-foot minimum width for homes.
According to Holmes, the city can abolish the 20-foot rule which would allow a single-wide to be installed anywhere in the city; abolish the requirement just for Maple Valley Estates at the risk of a lawsuit from someone wanting to install a singlewide elsewhere in the city; or amend the ordinance changing 20 feet to some other number or another option.
“The consensus of the City Council was that they did not have enough information to begin the city ordinance amendment process and were unsure as to how C&C Land wanted the amended ordinance to read,” Holmes told the News.
“The City Council decided, and the city attorney concurred, that C&C Land submit a letter requesting an amendment to the zoning ordinance text, with the proposed text amendment language. Once the letter is received, the analysis process will follow,:
C&L has requested to appear before the council on April 25.
In other business, Holmes informed council that the state legislature has made money available for road repair for communities under 10,000 population.
The state will match up to $250,000 for road projects in 2023, with grant applications due in mid- June.
Holmes said Spicer Engineering has offered to complete the application in exchange for doing the engineering.
Holmes reported he had identified the following streets for resurfacing under the grant program: Maple west of Lincoln; Welles north of Maple; Fourth west of Walter; and Second, from Walter east to George. He also stated that Walter from Second to Fourth is also in rough shape.
The council consensus was to proceed with the grant application.
On another matter, Holmes informed council the city received the first invoice from CFL Environmental that purchased Knox Disposal and now has the contract for city trash pickup.
Holmes said the invoice included an “Energy Charge” of $806.40. When the city informed CFL that the fee was not included in the contract, the company cancelled the charge but stated it wanted to discuss modifying the contract concerning the energy charge and other issues.
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