Trailer Park Licenses On Hold

Two mobile home parks that did not get their annual licenses renewed a month ago were the subject of a public hearing before the Plattsmouth City Council this week. A decision on six month licenses for Hill City and HiVue parks will be made at the next council meeting.

On October 3rd, six Plattsmouth mobile home parks had their licenses renewed but there were concerns about city code violations in Hill City and HiVue and those two license requests were not granted.

Both parks are owned by Chad Menke according to the Cassgram.

The city inspector’s office and the police department have monitored the two parks over the last few months and presented reports during Monday night’s meeting. City Inspector Kevin Larson showed slides of dilapidated trailers that were removed, debris cleared and road improvements made. Police Chief Steve Rathman showed slides of overgrown weed conditions. He said the police department hired contractors to cut and remove the brush and Menke has paid those bills. Unvaccinated and unlicensed feral cats that some residents are apparently feeding are a problem, said Rathman.

Menke said several factors, including flooding in another trailer park he owns in Bellevue, have kept him from accomplishing all he wants to at Hill City and HiVue. However, all those factors are now behind him and he’s “ready to move forward and clean it all up.” He indicated his willingness to do whatever the city asked.

About a dozen others spoke at the public hearing, many of them residents of the parks or owners of mobile homes. Some have lived there for many years. Most noted that while the parks are not up to their full potential, the improvements being made are noticeable and encouraging. Some said that while their mobile homes are in good repair, they could not be moved and were unsure where they would go if the parks would be permanently closed.

City Councilman Terry D. Tilson said the “city needs to accept responsibility too” because it wasn’t until 2009 that the city started to enforce the code book and follow through with annual inspections and licensing. He said some other cities leave mobile home park code inspections up to the state and he asked fellow council members to consider if they would eventually like the state to take over inspections in Plattsmouth.

Per a motion passed by council, the city inspector and police department will be getting with Menke on compiling a to-do list.

On November 21st the council will consider granting six month licenses and then follow the progress made on the checklist before considering license renewals again in late spring.

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