HARKER HEIGHTS (April 3, 2013)--City employees are looking to clean up Harker Heights and are asking property owners to comply with city ordinances.
City staff recently compiled a survey to rank issues of concern which included ordinance violations for mobile home park properties and outside storage, among others.
The survey found that the majority of mobile home parks did not comply with city ordinances, in part, due to the limited space between mobile homes and the construction of the structures, according to City Manager Steve Carpenter.
One owner of a local mobile home park, Country Squire on Indian Trail, came to city staff himself to express his interest in bettering the park’s structures and landscaping and is expected to present a proposal any day to the city in hopes of getting the proposal approved.
“Instead of writing citations, we are talking with property owners and managers and giving them the opportunity to make appropriate changes,” Carpenter said.
“We’re not picking on anyone. This is a process that everyone is in together. It’s not just mobile home parks we are looking at but there are other ordinances that need to be enforced to make the city a better place to live,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said the motivation to clean up and enforce city codes was not emphasized enough and with a recent change of staff, it was a good opportunity to start clean with everyone on the same page.
Some things property owners can do to improve their site, particularly mobile home parks, is to make sure buildings are in good condition, ensure that a manager’s office is on site and keep up the property grounds.
“As of now, we are enforcing city code by way of mouth, talking to property owners and management, and in the future we may have to get stricter on some things. For now we just want people to work to maintain the value of their property,” Carpenter said.