EAST LAURINBURG — The town of East Laurinburg upheld its ordinance against new single-wide mobile homes in town limits.
Town Commissioner David Cooper requested the ban be lifted during the town regular board meeting this week. The motion was seconded by town Commissioner Kenny Morton
“I am going to make a motion again to revise the mobile home agreement to a single-wide in East Laurinburg,” Cooper said.
The current ordinance read that East Laurinburg “cannot allow single-wides to come into an empty lot or a single-wide to go out and a new single-wide to come in.” Any existing mobile home would have to be replaced by a double-wide manufactured within the last five years.
Cooper said he made the request to help a friend.
“I had talked to somebody and they had bought some land and I thought it could be changed.” Cooper said. “It’s no big deal. There is still going to be a trailer there. I was just trying to help him out.”
Several residents and board members expressed opposition to the reversing the ban.
, and Tyresa Haywood, town commissioner interjected and stood against the idea.
“This is a bad idea,” Mayor Wayne Caulder said. “I know the situation and I know it is going to turn out really bad for the town of East Laurinburg.”
Town Commissioner Tyresa Haywood said the restriction on single-wides was done to improve the appearance of East Laurinburg.
“We did that for a purpose,” Haywood. “We did it so East Laurinburg would not become a trailer park.”
Haywood added it would take years to reverse any change.
“I spoke with one of the commissioners of Laurinburg and the mayor,” she said. “If we change this now, it will become and stay an ordinance — it will take years to take it back. So you all have to think about this.”
Cooper withdrew his motion and said he plans to do more research on the topic and revisit the idea at a later date.
In other business, the board heard several complaints about abandoned homes and buildings.
“In my opinion, nothing is being done to improve the community of East Laurinburg,” said Rita Tessmann, who takes care of her 82-year-old mother who resides in the town. “I grew up in East Laurinburg, I have never seen it like it is now.”
Tessmann asked why a neighbour of her mother’s was able to allow his property “to grow out of control.”
“If a property does not pay a water bill, garbage bill, or anything like that, the town is not responsible to haul off their yard waste,” Haywood said.
Several other residents said the town needs to demolish buildings in poor shape. The town officials said that even if they were able to seize control of the buildings, there are no funds to fix up crumbling structures or pay for upkeep.
“Has anyone looked into or contacted the owners of the abandoned buildings?” said Joni Weatherford, an East Laurinburg resident.
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