By Sarah Chacko
Killeen Daily Herald
A committee with an initial mission to battle high weeds and grass has now taken on a wide variety of code enforcement issues.
There was a lot of concern with overgrown areas in the city of Killeen, said Councilman Bob Hausmann, chairman of the code enforcement committee. When they were investigating, they found there were other things ... all of it relating basically to quality of life.
The ad hoc committee was formed almost a year ago, Hausmann said, and little by little has taken on a number of issues that have popped up, most recently the codes regulating mobile homes, traffic and nuisances. The committee will propose several revisions to the citys ordinances today during the City Council workshop.
The council will meet at 4 p.m. in City Hall at 101 N. College St. A meeting will follow the workshop at 6 p.m.
One of the proposed provisions prohibits parking of trailers on any street adjacent to property zoned or used for residential purposes, a problem that Hausmann said several residents brought to the committee.
Hausmann said the main issue was safety. Trailers left on streets blocked traffic flow and were sometimes difficult to see around, he said.
Amendments were also made so that it would be unlawful to park more than one trailer on private property in a residentially zoned area visible from any public right of way; encroach on any public street or right of way, including a sidewalk; or park a trailer on a surface other than an all-weather surface, which is defined as Portland cement concrete or an impervious bituminous surface over a compacted base.
Similar provisions were added for boats and travel trailers, which includes recreational vehicles, with few exceptions.
The committee added a section prohibiting residents from parking any vehicle on grass; with the exceptions of residential properties without driveways, no on-street parking available, during sanctioned events and vehicles screened from public view.
The most significant change in the mobile home chapter will require skirting of all mobile homes within the city.
Skirting means enclosing the open space between the underside of a mobile home and the ground around the entire perimeter of the structure. According to the proposed revisions, mobile homes installed on or before the date of the ordinance have six months to install skirting. Mobile homes installed after that have 60 days.
Hausmann said there were several reasons for the skirting addition, including aesthetics, protection of the mobile home and to ensure that nothing was able to get under the home, including children and animals.
Changes were also made to the nuisance chapter in the code of ordinances regarding high weeds and grass, fill dirt, junk vehicles and graffiti.
All of the revisions were approved by the code enforcement committee March 8 and are tentatively on the March 28 council agenda for action.
Hausmann said that as the council considers the revisions, it will also have to consider what to do with the committee.
We will reach a conclusion in terms of what weve done, he said. And if we have additional things which need to be addressed, well do those, too.
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