Trailers are the talk of the town in Addis. Emily Turner has more on the new proposal to ban mobile homes on private lots.
John Giroir has lived in a trailer off Younger Road in Addis for 16 years. He says he loves everything about his small town. “It’s nice, quiet, and peaceful. We don’t have much trouble around here.” It’s a lifestyle he’s afraid many will soon miss out on. Many of the city’s streets are dotted with trailers on lots like Giroir’s, but on Wednesday the Town Council will vote on an ordinance that, if passed, would ban trailers in many neighborhoods.
Members of the community believe the council is following the lead of other nearby cities like Plaquemine and Brusly that now only allow homes to be built on property. Pamela Johnson has lived in the River Bend Mobile Park for nine years and says, “Its like they don’t want to stop trailers from coming in here, but it’s like they are kind of confused about what to do with certain things with the mobile homes.” She says, “If it was my choice and I could afford it, I’d have a piece of land to put mine on.” Johnson doesn’t have the financial means to do so, but she thinks others who do should still have that option.
Johnson disagrees with the ordinance. She says if you own a piece of property, you should be able to do what you want with it. “As long as you keep it to where it’s decent looking or not trashy looking, I don’t see a problem with it. I don’t see a reason why we wouldn’t be able to have a mobile home.”
Again, the fate of the mobile homes in Addis with be decided next Wednesday and we’ll tell you how things turn out.
Emily tried to contact the mayor of Addis and several of the town’s council members, but they did not return her phone calls.