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Lyerly Eyes Change To Town’s Housing Code


Staff Writer
Lyerly Town Council members are interested in revising the town’s housing code, particularly as it applies to mobile homes and “tiny houses.” Council members and Mayor Jim Ferguson briefly discussed the town’s options at a council meeting on Tuesday.
No action was taken.
Councilwoman Shirley Davis brought up the issue of lot size requirements for mobile homes. Davis wants the town to tighten restrictions.
“I’m not against mobile homes because I live in one,” Davis said.
Councilman Phil Brooks said making code changes will not be easy.
“It’s going to take a lot of work when we start working on ordinances,” said Brooks.
“But we have to do it,” responded Councilwoman Juanita Baker.
Baker said the town also needed to look at restrictions on “tiny houses.”
That has been an issue since last year when construction of four one-bedroom houses began on a small lot in Lyerly. None of those houses have been completed, but neighbors remain perturbed.
Davis said the town didn’t need to ban the small residences but agreed that there needed to be lot size restrictions.
* Ferguson told council the town had sold one of its old trucks for $8,500 and its old tractor for $5,500.
* Ferguson said the town was willing to listen to local offers for its old fire truck.
* Ferguson said Fire Department Chief Ronnie Stephens said no new turnout gear was needed at the time for the town’s volunteer firefighters. Council had set aside up to $25,000 in grant money for the gear, which they believed the fire department had requested.
* Council discussed hosting an Easter egg hunt at McLeod Park with a tentative date of April 20.

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