GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury unanimously approved a new ordinance regulating mobile homes and manufactured buildings in the parish.
The measure for the first time sets parameters in wind force tolerance, minimum lot sizes and time permitted for completion of locations.
The jury’s action during its meeting Tuesday night established a permits system through which locations and relocations are monitored for compliance with parish law.
The ordinance also provides the parish government with authority to issue “stop work” orders, orders for removal or deconstruction of buildings and to levy fines if permits are not obtained in advance.
According to the ordinance, only mobile homes manufactured after July 1, 1994, will be permitted within the parish. Also, while the ordinance provides “grandfathered” status for all mobile homes in the parish, it forbids relocation of pre-1994 homes.
The ordinance takes effect in 30 days.
Other jury actions Tuesday night involved:
BUILDING CODES: Jury members unanimously approved building code amendments, putting St. Helena’s codes into compliance with state standards.
The jury approved: 2009 state standards relating to building, existing building, mechanical and fuel gas; 2008 state electrical code standards; state plumbing code; and part of the state sanitary code.
Tresa Byrd, chief building official for the parish, said building code descriptions can be obtained from the jury’s Building Permit Office.
LIQUOR LICENSE: Bobby Vaughn, owner of the Oak Ridge Lounge in Pine Grove, gained approval for a liquor license, but was directed by the jury to provide a copy of the court judgment that permits topless dancing on his premises.
Vaughn told jurors that the judgment names himself, as well as his deceased father, Ira Vaughn, as owners of the lounge.
The Oak Ridge Lounge is the only business in St. Helena Parish where topless dancing is permitted, grandfathered in by court order long as ownership of the business does not change.
The lounge was in operation before the passage of the parish’s ban on topless dancing.
Tyrone Butler, who identified himself as manager of The Mansion, a Montpelier-area nightclub, told jurors he opposed awarding a new liquor license to the Oak Ridge Lounge.