New Brockton Mobile Home Ban

By: Mike Gurspan Email
By: Mike Gurspan Email

If it has wheels, it may not be considered a home in one Wiregrass city. The New Brockton Town Council is looking at prohibiting manufactured homes inside city limits.

With a population of around 1200 residents, New Brockton has no mobile home parks, and less than one-dozen manufactured homes.

This week, city officials discussed prohibiting any additional ones in order to preserve the town's character, but one longtime resident worries that such a rule could hurt low income folks.

R.P. Flowers said, "Home is the place where are character is built. Do what you can, with what you can."

Resident Sheila Smith said, "Some of us are low-income people. If it wasn't for the mobile homes we would be in the projects."

Jessica Truitt is a single mother of two. The family lives in a mobile home and Miss Truitt can't afford a house. "It makes a difficult situation. We don't have the money,” she said. “We do with what we got."

For longtime New Brockton Councilman Johnnie Herron, he plans on studying the proposed ordinance before deciding how he'll vote. "Mobile homes that are abandoned, or left in bad shape; those are the ones that are a sore eye," he said.

Mobile homes already in place would be "grandfathered in" under the proposed ordinance.

Next Tuesday night at 7PM, the New Brockton City Council will hold a public forum on the proposed mobile home ban.

It will take place at City Hall, which is the old National Guard Armory on Highway 84.


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  • by Edward on May 22, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    I was born and raised in new brockton I had to move away because there was nothing there no jobs or homes there to rent or buy.In my opion its comunist..If you make the people move where will they go and where will they live. I mean New brokton is almost blown away now be happy people still want to live there
  • by RANDY TURNER Location: ELBA AL on Oct 23, 2007 at 10:13 AM
    THE NEW BROCKTON CITY COUNCIL NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT IF I LIVED IN NEW BROKTEN I WOULD BE VOTING THEM OUT I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST MOBILE HOMES
  • by Alice Location: New Brockton on Aug 10, 2007 at 07:07 PM
    This is insane. All other communities the size of New Brockton has mobile homes. Everyone can not afford a new home. Does the City leaders not realize that they can make money . If yoy u have a mobile home park that would be revenue for the city. Believe me the city copulod use it. I think the ckity should take up more important matters. The eleemtary school needs a caution light. The streets, water pipes are obsleate, out dated. Parking on the grass in front of the new City hall should stop. The grass is a disgrace to the Alabama National guards that worked and kept the grass professional looking. The city image could be improved by the trash being picked up and not lefty on the curb side. What about home rehabilation projects. I hope the citizens recall the water tank lawsuit. Boy did that help the city image. I can recall when the town had a pharmacy, grocery store. Town leaders look at the 2000 census demographics, see what the real problems are and address them.
  • by mm Location: dothan on Aug 10, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    IF YOU DO NOT OWN A MANUFACTURED HOME OR WANT ONE THEN IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHETHER IT SHOULD BE "OUTLAWED" OR NOT.
  • by BRENDA Location: NEW BROCKTON on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:00 AM
    MY MOBLE HOME WAS BUILT TO A HIGHER SPECKS JUST LIKE A HOUSE. I DID NOT BUY ONE OFF THE LOT, SO MY HOUSE (MOBLE HOME)WAS BUILT TO MY SPECKS. AND IT IS SAFER THAN SOME OF THOSE HOUSES.
  • by Stacey Location: Dothan on Aug 9, 2007 at 08:51 AM
    I have said for quite some time that mobile homes should be outlawed, because they are not safe. In my opinion, the ones that look "as good as any house" are the ones that cost as much as a house.
  • by mm Location: dothan on Aug 9, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS STORY! THE CITIZENS THERE HAD BETTER WATCH OUT THEY WILL BE TELLING YOU YOUR CAR IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE TOWN.
  • by BRENDA Location: NEW BROCKTON on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    I LIVE IN A MOBLEHOME AND IT LOOKS BETTER THAN THE HOUSE DOWN THE STREET. LET'S TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THIS, IF WE GET RID OF TRAILERS THEN WHAT ABOUT THOSE HOUSES THAT LOOK LIKE THERE ABOUT TO FALL IN BUT PEOPLE STILL LIVE IN THEM. IM SORRY BUT THE NEWER TRAILERS LOOK LIKE A HOUSE, AND SOME LOOK A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN SOME OF THOSE HOUSES. I FOR ONE LIVE IN A NEW HOUSE (MOBLE HOME) AND AM INSULTED BY THIS. THIS IS MY LAND, NEW BROCKTON DOES NOT PAY MY TAXES AND UNTIL YOU DO, HUSH!!! LETS LOOK AT THE REAL PROBLEMS ,OLD BET UP HOUSES AND TRAILES THAT ARE FALLEN DOWN. LET'S LEAVE THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF WHAT THEY OWN ALONE!!!
  • by Ashley Location: New Brockton on Aug 9, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    This is the most ridiculous thing i have ever hear. Is it even legal for a city to say that someone can't put a trailer on their own land? I grew up in a trailer, and it looked better than the house that i live in now. I've seen trailers that look better than most of the broke down houses in new brockton. I think this is taking it a little too far.
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