The Maize City Council decided to further review the mobile home park ordinance. In a meeting tonight, the city council listened to public comment, and decided to not make a decision on the ordinance.
While a decision has been postponed, it doesn't mean Sunflower Village Mobile Home Park owner feels confident. Justin Westhoff says," I'm glad that it is going back for review and I hope they will listen to us this time?"
In public comment this evening he says the city of Maize has been far from accessible. The city, however, will disagree. City Administrator, Richard Lamunyon, said "the idea from the committee was to get on the table, get it discussed, the staff is very firm in the idea that we need to have it."
He is satisfied that will be under more review. It's an ordinance he says is part of a clean sweep in the city. He said, "we certainly will take into consideration what they have to offer we want to reach a compromise as long as that provides an upgrade in quality and safety.
About 60 people call the Sunflower Village Mobile Park home. Tonight those residents and those against the ordinance spoke out. Westoff's fiancé said, "as recently as December there was another phase of studies regarding an industrial park near the Sunflower Village. So we can't help but wonder if this is a way to force residents out."
The proposed ordinance would require all Maize mobile home park owners to pave roads, driveways, pay for community dumpsters and so forth within 18 months. But doing this would mean mobile home park owners would have to increase rent.
One resident said, "who can afford to live somewhere else. This is the most reasonable rent in the whole area."
The mobile home park owners hope a compromise can be made. But, at least for tonight, they're happy no vote was made.
The city administrator tells KAKE News the review could take a few months before it's brought up to Maize City Council again.