RONDA — At the monthly meeting of the Ronda Board of Commissioners Tuesday night, guest speakers overwhelmed the board during the first half hour.
At the board work session Feb. 9, David Yelverton and Shannon Neal presented concerns about the town Mobile Home Resolution. As potential buyers of the Shady Hill Mobile Home Park, they were specifically concerned about the five-year age limit on homes allowed to be located in the park. Mike Finney, owner of Zwin Street Village, agreed that the age of a trailer allowed should be extended.
Finney presented the board with practical concerns of mobile home park ownership and the benefits altering the town resolution would be. “I bought the trailer park because it was a nuisance,” explained Finney. “The way the ordinance is set up it’s not profitable. The retail price is not going to be practical. By the time I got [Zwin Street Village] paid off, I would be in the ground.”
Another Yadkin Valley resident also expressed concern because he is interested in setting up trailers on Ronda property he intends to purchase. “The five-year limit deters me from buying,” stated Tommy Sales, owner of property in several local municipalities including Elkin. “You can remodel an older trailer and make it look brand new.”
Newcomer to Ronda, resident Fay Pardue, noted the age of the home is not the only thing to consider. “They may be within the five-year range, but cosmetically could look pretty darn rough.”
Ronda resident Randy Combs questioned how many trailers constituted a mobile home park and why any of the rules would be different. “What’s fair for one is fair for all.”
Finney pointed out that any changes should include making the use of available technology in the town approval process. “The thing about used single wides, if they are nice and reasonably priced they don’t stay on the market for very long,” explained Finney. “Electronic pictures is the only way to go. If they don’t provide the sufficient photographs to make determination, text or email them back.”
“I think we can do a bit better for our trailer park owners. We know that our resolution is too restrictive,” noted Mayor Victor Varela. “What I’m suggesting is we modify the ordinance to go back to 1990. No older than 25 years.”
Commissioner Rheajean Benge disagreed, “I’m thinking 30 years instead of 25. Let’s get some advice from [town consultant] Ron [Niland]. He’ll have more information on it.” Niland was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
“We will be loosening this up, I don’t know to what extent. It’s been a big learning experience,” agreed Varela. “The consensus is that we’re going to table this until next month.”
Finney noted, “It would help and give me some opportunities.”
Clearing up questions in town ordinances and resolutions will be important as the board also made the formal decision through a vote to enforce the abatements, fines, injunctions and other penalties as stated in the Ronda Ordinance General Penalties. “One of the biggest complaints we have is that we can’t enforce the ordinances that we’ve got,” said Varela.
Included in the ordinances of contention is the Mandatory Hook Up portion of the Water Policy. Although this issue has caused the board disruption in the past, including the recent admission by Commissioner Manual Wood that he was not connected to town water service, at Tuesday’s meeting the commissioners in a 3-0 vote passed a mandate to enforce policy as it stands. Commissioners Sandra Simmons and Cody Soots were not in attendance.
“It hasn’t always been applied equally,” stated Varela. “We need to apply it as it’s written.”
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.