Roanoke TC discusses Posey Hill mobile home park code violations

A mobile home on Lot 30 in Posey Hill mobile home park sits dilapidated and full of debris on Tuesday night, Aug. 4. The owner of Posey Hill, Justin Vela, has been ordered by Roanoke Town Council and the Huntington County Department of Community Development to clean up the mobile home park. An agreement between Vela and the town council is slated to be adopted at the council’s next meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 18.
A mobile home on Lot 30 in Posey Hill mobile home park sits dilapidated and full of debris on Tuesday night, Aug. 4. The owner of Posey Hill, Justin Vela, has been ordered by Roanoke Town Council and the Huntington County Department of Community Development to clean up the mobile home park. An agreement between Vela and the town council is slated to be adopted at the council’s next meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 18. Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

The Roanoke Town Council held a public hearing in regards to violations of code at the Posey Hill mobile home park, located at 669 Posey Hill St.

Justin Vela, owner of the park, approached the council, requesting that the code violations, which were ordered by council and the Huntington County Department of Community Development in February, be removed so that he could more easily secure funding to clean up the park.

He explained that with the code violations, he can only work one project at a time, but with the violations removed, he would have access to the funds needed to complete all projects in a timelier manner. He said the time difference would allow for completion in September, versus late October or November.

Town Council President Ryan Carroll recommended that they remove the code violations, but only with written word from Vela that he would complete all improvement projects by Oct. 1.

The council agreed, and Vela is to submit his formal written word at the next council meeting, to be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

It was decided that if Vela does not complete all projects by the to-be-agreed-upon date, the council would reorder the code violations at that time.

The council also adopted Roanoke Zoning Ordinance – Section 730. 

The purpose of the ordinance is to “ensure that the development and production of solar-generated electricity in Huntington County is safe and effective.”

The intent of the ordinance is to “provide the basic siting regulation to properly allow commercial and utility Solar Energy System placement throughout Huntington County.”

In other business:
• Superintendent Philip Hibbert updated that the sewer line on Western Avenue will begin to be replaced as soon as the materials arrive, which he says he anticipates will be sometime this or next week.

• Town Marshal Jim Wood reported that a loose alligator was spotted crossing a road over the weekend. He said there is nothing illegal about owning an alligator in Roanoke, as long as the reptile is under four feet long. The alligator that was caught was around 18 inches.

• Wood also noted that officers would be on hand to help direct traffic at Roanoke Elementary school as the school year begins. The first day of school was Wednesday, Aug. 5. He said they would help direct traffic for the first few days back to school.

• Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, reported that he is working on improving the town’s class rating, which would improve residents’ insur-ance rates. He also noted that the department is acquiring a new fire truck and engine.