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Owners will be charged annual fee per number of lots
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Now that mobile home parks in Imperial will receive annual inspections in order to be licensed, the city council formally set a fee for those licenses.
Monday’s vote on setting the fee came after several months of discussion at city council meetings.
The authority for licensing mobile home parks, a new requirement this year, came when the city of Imperial’s zoning regulations were updated in 2014.
A March 1 date for submitted applications or renewals by the park owner is included in the zoning regulations, and with the first March 1 date looming, a vote on the fee amount finally came at Monday’s council meeting.
A $15 per-lot fee will be charged annually to owners of the four mobile home parks in Imperial.
That was approved on a 3-1 vote, with council member Dave Fulton voting no. Voting for the motion were Chad Yaw, Charlesa Kline and Dan Thompson.
Initially, there was a motion to charge $10 per lot space with a $100 minimum, but that failed on a 0-4 vote. Council members also considered a $20 per-lot charge with a $100 minimum.
They finally settled on the $15 per-lot fee with no minimum charge. The per-lot charge will be assessed to all lots in the mobile home parks whether there is a trailer on them or not, according to Monday’s discussion.
There are four mobile home parks operating in Imperial—Winter’s Mobile Home Court, Capital Mobile Home Court, SeLoCySe Mobile Home Court and Eskew Court.
Combined, there are just under 100 lot spaces total, according to figures from City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland. Winter’s is the largest with 40 spaces.
Building Inspector Nick Schultz will conduct the exterior visual inspections of mobile homes each year between March 1 and the first of June, he said. He expects it to take about  a half hour for each mobile home inspection.
At Monday’s meeting, Schultz said the exterior appearance will be what he’ll be inspecting.
Items he’ll be looking at will include structural integrity, weather-proofing (skirting, siding, shingles) and public safety issues.    
If he sees a need to inspect the interior based on the exterior inspection, he will seek permission from the mobile home owner to do so.
He said there are some trailers and carports in the community that are in great need of upgrades.
Schultz, a past member of the Planning Commission, said the issue arose as the Planning Commission discussed the zoning regulations update with professional planners from Miller & Associates last year.
He said there was a general feeling among the commission members that there was less oversight of mobile homes than other permanent structures moved into Imperial.
Building permits also
coming for mobile homes
While the city’s Planning Commission or council have not yet decided how to establish building permits for mobile homes, that is something both groups are working to institute eventually.
Minutes from the Jan. 20 Planning Commission meeting state the following: “Discussion was held regarding instituting a requirement that any mobile homes that are moved into mobile home courts must first obtain a building permit and have it approved by the building inspector prior to setup and service in the court.”
It was noted that other buildings moved to town require building permits.    
With no permits currently required for mobile homes,  problems cannot be identified before occupancy.


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