Loda board to meet Monday to discuss revisions to mobile home ordinance

LODA — The village board will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, to discuss revising its mobile home ordinance.

The board did not take up the matter at its regular meeting Wednesday night because Village Attorney George Cuonzo could not attend.

Trustee John Zalaker has proposed amending the ordinance to restrict any more mobile homes from coming into the village. Zalaker has said the change would be a way to improve the town’s appearance and reduce various issues that he says have been difficult to address at Loda’s only trailer park.

Zalaker recently announced his intentions to run for the board president’s seat in the April 2013 election. So has Sandy Coffey, a former trustee who owns the trailer park.

Coffey attended Wednesday’s board meeting and told the board about a recent inspection of the trailer park by the Illinois Department of Public Health. She told the board what violations were found and that she is remediating them.She said there were several pot holes, a trash can without a tightly fitted lid, several trailers missing skirting and one missing house numbers and a pile of glass and plastic.

Last month, Zalaker said the village’s mobile-home ordinance already makes it illegal for any new mobile homes to be brought into the village, unless one already in town is removed and replaced within a year. However, Loda’s trailer park has been exempt from the regulation, Zalaker said.

Zalaker said his proposed ordinance amendment would make it so no more trailers, under any circumstance, can be moved into the village on any property, including the trailer park. Coffey said she is concerned with the proposal because it could eventually mean the closure of the trailer park, where there are currently 13 trailers and 34 people living.

Also Wednesday, the board issued Tiffany Jenkins a liquor license. Jenkins said she plans to re-open Genzel’s Tap as a tavern by Jan. 1. The board did not have to create a new license because the previous license holder for Genzel’s Tap relinquished his.

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