Wichita, Kan-- Justin Westhoff has put in two years of hard work to improve the Sunflower Village Mobile Home Park in Maize for the 60 people who live there, but now the City of Maize wants to require improvements.
"Financially we can't afford it," said Westhoff. "They gave us 18 months to get done." He says it will cost him $180,000 to make all the improvements.
He just learned of a new proposed ordinance that would require all Maize mobile home park owners to pave roads and driveways, pay for community dumpsters, upgrade FEMA tornado shelters to be handicap compliant, and implement a license fee.
In order for Westoff to afford all the changes, he will have to raise his rent. Something single mom Audrey Wray can't afford.
"I struggle every month just making my bills and taking care of my son, making sure he is provided for."
Not so fast, says city administrator Richard LaMunyon. He is planning to meet with local mobile home park owners to talk about the proposal..
"What kind of hardship does this present to you? if it's something that's going to threaten your business, let's look at that. Let's not drive him out of business." says LaMunyon.
The council is set to discuss and possibly vote on the new ordinance Monday night. LaMunyon says that it is "not a done deal" and the rules can be changed.
He also reassures mobile home owners if they are not completely compliant with the new rules by January 16, the city will work with them.