Great Valley board OK’s moratorium banning older mobile homes

The Great Valley town board during its July 12 meeting approved a six-month moratorium to stop older mobile homes from coming into the town as the planning board gets to work updating its zoning code.

GREAT VALLEY — For the next six months, mobile homes built before 2011 are not allowed to make Great Valley their home as the town revises its zoning codes.

The town has been having issues with people bringing in and parking mobile homes that are a few decades old onto land as new homes, all of which would not pass a home inspection.

“We’ve had an influx of trailers that should have never been brought into this town be brought into this town without permission,” said Dan Brown, town supervisor.

The town board during its July 12 meeting approved a six-month moratorium to stop the older homes from coming into the town as the planning board gets to work updating its zoning code.

“It gives the planning board and the committee that is reviewing along with our hired professional planner time to review this,” Brown said. “It’s not just this town board. It’s a process that goes through any time there is a zoning change.”

The moratorium may be extended another six months if necessary with another local law passed by the town board, Brown said.

The current law allows any trailer built after 1976 to be brought into town.

Originally the moratorium would have banned trailers built before 2016, but several town board members said newer trailers from 10 years ago could still be in great shape and would be up to code and pass inspection.

“I would just hate to deny somebody a 10-year trailer that is in decent shape from coming in here and starting out,” said councilwoman Sandra Goode.

Code Enforcement Officer Rich Rinko said only a handful of newer trailers have been brought into the town in the past five years, but those have all passed inspection. He said they’re having trouble with ones from the 1970s and ‘80s being brought in illegally.

A Great Valley resident in attendance agreed with the 10-year decision for the moratorium, saying she and her husband currently live in a 10-year-old trailer that was brand new when they moved into the town.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the idea to install a new water and sewage system in Kill Buck was again proposed to the town recently, but Brown said the town will not pursue it at this time.

“Nobody down there showed any interest in having the water and sewer system,” he said. Of the 99 fliers and questionnaires mailed to Kill Buck residents, Brown said the town received less than five back.

Brown said he and Town Clerk Toni Evans worked for over 15 months since 2019 on the previous plan with the engineer and attorney to not avail. He said with no interest from residents, they won’t be pursuing it again anytime soon.

A situation in Lime Lake several years ago that required the county health department to step in and put restrictions on where water and sewer can go will likely happen in Kill Buck moving forward, Brown explained.

“So I don’t know what to tell anybody if they come to the town and say they won’t let us put a sewer system in our house that we’ve lived in for 40 years,” he said. “I just know we can’t go through another study like this.”

Brown said town officials recently met with the solar company interested in using the old town dump and gravel pit for a solar farm and the plan will have to slightly change. He said the county’s salt barn stored there will have to be removed and the project will not happen until at least 2022.

The base for the new basketball court at the town hall was put down recently and the baskets will be installed soon, Brown said. He said they still have to figure out what fence to install before ordering that.

New speed signs have been installed on Hungry Hollow Road, which is now 35 mph. Highway Superintendent Jack Harrington said they plan to repave parts of the road this summer and hope to tar and chip the rest of it in 2022.

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