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Council overrides mayor's veto of manufactured housing proposal

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Oct. 3, 2001
Owners of manufactured homes have six months to decide whether to upgrade their housing.
They won the right to upgrade their homes after the city council voted 5-0 Tuesday to override a mayoral veto of the six-month window. The override was expected; the unanimous vote was not.
Ward 5 Councilman Bobby Smith voted to override the mayor an abrupt change from two weeks ago when he was the only councilman to vote against the six-month window.
Smith would not say why he changed his mind.
For months, owners of single-wide manufactured homes have petitioned the city council to let them upgrade to larger, double-wide trailers.
At the same time, residents who live near the trailer homes asked the city to leave laws intact. They feared changing the law would decrease property values and attract more trailers.
Mayor John Robert Smith said two weeks ago that he would veto a city council-passed proposal to allow manufactured home owners to upgrade their housing.
Smith said he believed the city council "is setting bad public policy by essentially suspending a valid ordinance for a period of six months, then reinstating it."
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3275, or e-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.

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