- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois town is mulling whether to bar certain new mobile homes from moving in.

West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan tells WSIL-TV (http://bit.ly/1wG1H32) that the 8,200-resident Franklin County city is considering whether to ban single-wide trailer homes and to not allow trailer parks.

Jordan says some single-wide home owners may be moving to town simply to avoid stricter codes elsewhere, and that such trailer homes can decrease property values of neighboring structures.

Charles Hutson doesn’t think such a ban is right. As someone on a fixed income, he says his single-wide mobile home in West Frankfort is an inexpensive way to live.

West Frankfort now requires people to get permission from neighbors before bringing in a trailer home.

The City Council will discuss the proposed ordinance change Tuesday.

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Information from: WSIL-TV, http://www.wsiltv.com

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