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San Jacinto News-Times - Local News
Stories Added - December 2008
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Manufactured home ordinance proposed by City of Shepherd
San Jacinto News- Times - December 2008

SHEPHERD – Discussion of a manufactured home ordinance was held by Shepherd City Council members Monday night with approval of the ordinance planned in January. The ordinance would regulate both mobile homes and manufactured homes within the city limits of Shepherd. According to city attorney Larry Forester, mobile homes already in the city limits will not be affected by the ordinance. Manufactured homes will need to be located in a park or subdivision strictly for manufactured homes. The ordinance would include regulations concerning skirting and residents inside parks. Parks would be required to have a hedge around the property. “I suggest you notify park owners before voting on the ordinance so they can attend the January meeting and voice their opinion. I also suggest a public hearing to get the public educated to what we’re doing,” Forester said.

Councilmen also discussed implementing a billboard sign ordinance which would prohibit off-premises business signs in the City of Shepherd. The ordinance would be geared at stopping new billboards from going up. It failed to be passed with a 3 to 2 vote. Councilman Olene Reaves gave a report on the Shepherd Economic Development Corporation. According to Reaves, Pct. 2 Commissioner has been widening and improving Pelican Road to better accommodate the new power transmission plant being constructed on that road. “I met recently with him regarding future plans for the fi rst two mile stretch of that road which is presently narrower than the improved and widened portion. He stated that the ditches will be cleaned, underbrush cut and a layer of asphalt laid down on either side to allow better travel but no plans in the near future to widen at that point,” Reaves said. “There are some environmental issues that impact properties in the southern part of the county.



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