Salina Seeks Solution to Condition of Older Units

From Kansas, the Salina Journal reports community owners are concerned about the city’s effort to clean up some of the town’s 13 mobile home parks. According to the report, Salina’s director of community and development services, told commissioners that city staff found caved-in roofs, missing doors, steps and skirts and broken concrete blocks supporting some of the homes. Deputy City Manager Mike Schrage told commissioners if the city were to follow the law, more than half of the communities would not be able to be licensed. To the credit of the reporter, the following line appears in the story “Part of the issue that confronts the city is the difference between mobile and manufactured homes. Mobile homes were built before 1976 and don’t comply with federal Housing and Urban Development standards; manufactured homes were built afterward and do conform. This matters,” the writer says, “because city zoning regulations for manufactured home parks are stricter and include regulations for setback, drainage, yard size, screening and landscaping.” A 1992 regulation requires any older mobile home in Salina to be replaced with a manufactured home.

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