Sugar Hill modifies its mobile home ordinance

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill, a city ever conscious of its appearance, is being forced with Gwinnett’s similarly progressive cities to allow mobile homes it might not otherwise.

Recently passed Georgia Senate Bill 384 prohibited municipalities’ previous right to disallow manufactured residences because of their age. Accordingly, Sugar Hill’s City Council at its work session Tuesday considered modifications to Section 904 of its zoning ordinances, which previously prohibited manufactured residences more than 10 years old from being installed in the city.

According to the bill, an age limit on mobile homes can not be imposed, although it allows local jurisdictions to establish health and safety standards, as well inspect the homes.

“(Residents) can’t allow it to be in such disrepair that it violates our maintenance codes,” said Sugar Hill City Attorney Lee Thompson, answering Mayor Gary Pirkle’s questions whether Gwinnett’s fourth-largest city effectively could any longer regulate mobile homes’ appearances.

Sugar Hill ordinances still, however, require that mobile homes bear a Department of Housing and Urban Development seal and be built on permanent foundations with proper connections to utilities. They also must be installed by a state licensed mobile home installation contractor, in compliance with rules and regulations for manufactured housing set by the State Commissioner of Insurance. Further, each residence must be inspected and approved by a city building official.

Separately, the City Council announced:

• It began accepting sealed proposals from construction managers to build its $8.5 million city hall on the northeast corner of West Broad Street and Temple Drive, the focal point of its planned half-mile downtown district on West Broad between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 20.

• It completed installation of scoreboards at little league fields being installed as part of E.E. Robinson Park’s renovation on Level Creek Road.

• It is beginning installation of an irrigation system for T-ball fields at Robinson, with lighting soon after.

“It’s refreshing to see so many kids already out there playing,” said the city’s recreation director, Andy McQuagge. “Soon, you’ll be able to play from T-ball all the way to high school (age) at the same park.”