Mobile homes, antenna relocation and steel dust were Georgetown City Council topics

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scott Harper/Times Georgetown City Councilman Clarence Smalls said it is mobile homes like this in the city’s West End that have him concerned. It is why he requested the mobile home ordinance be revisited.

What does the word “new” mean? That has been what Georgetown City Council is trying to decide when it concerns mobile homes in allowable areas.

City Council gave first reading approval last week to some changes to the mobile home ordinance but asked staff to tweak the wording of the amendments before second reading.

At issue are mobile homes placed in the city’s R3 zones.

Councilman Clarence Smalls, who was the one who suggested the ordinance be reviewed and revised, said his main concern was not the ordinance as it is worded but “raggedy trailers” that are “dumped” in the West End.”

Councilman Rudolph Bradley said he was concerned about the stipulation that any mobile homes moved off a property can only be replaced with a stick or brick structure or a “new” mobile home.

“I am stuck on the word ‘new.’ Some people cannot afford $140,000. Can the word ‘new’ be modified? We are not considering an individuals finances,” Bradley said.

City Administrator Chris Carter said the word ‘new’ is in the current ordinance.

“I have concerns about it as well,” Carter said.

City planner Rick Martin said the definition of ‘new’ is a mobile home “that has never been titled.”

Mayor Jack Scoville asked staff to reword the proposed changes before second reading on March 20.

Antenna relocation

Georgetown City Fire Chief Joey Tanner was given permission to spend $24,268 to relocate antennas that are on top of the water tower next to City Hall.

The water tower is expected to be taken down within the next few weeks. The antennas on the water tower are used by the city’s fire department and the public service department.

Tanner said the antennas will be relocated to a nearby tower owned by SCANA.

Tanner said SCANA will allow the antennas on their tower free of charge. However, Carter later said the city will not be charged if council agrees to extend SCANA’s contract with the city currently set to expire in 2019.

If the contract extension is not granted, it will cost the city $1,500 monthly to have the antennas on the SCANA tower, Carter said.

Steel dust?

During the public comment period of last week’s meeting, Prince Street resident Bret Phillips talked to council about what he said are oxides from ArcelorMattal Steel.

He said he waxed his car on Feb. 19 and by the next morning he “could not tell it had been waxed.”

He showed council a rag covered in a dust substance he said came from his vehicle the morning after it was waxed.

“It has ruined the roof on my house. It makes it impossible to have outdoor furniture,” Phillips said. “Why is this allowed to continue without repercussions to the steel mill? I have respect for the workers, but I wonder what this is doing to their lungs?”

Phillips requested the city contact the Environmental Protection Agency for a team to come to Georgetown to take emission samples.

“This has gone on long enough. The steel mill may be in conformity of all the laws, but we do not know. This is a good time to find out,” Phillips said.

Mayor Jack Scoville thanked Phillips for his comments but did not say if the city would contact the EPA.

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