Council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to amend Section 5 of Ordinance 1114 after Councilman David Carabajal made a motion to do so.
Carabajal and other council members had just heard comments from four city residents who had received notices telling them that they would have to conform to the 1973 ordinance or move their trailers and motor homes outside the city.
“I don’t see why I have to put a roof on top of a roof,” said Lucio Alvarez.
“I’ve had the trailer there for 12 years,” said Don Jones. He said he would have to build a carport 14 feet high to house the vehicle.
Michael Esparza said he has had his trailer parked on his property for three or four years and he has no other place to keep it. “I pay taxes and keep the property clean,” he said.
Each of the RV owners said that no one lives in their trailers or motor homes.
Development Service Director Albert Vilches said his department was told to enforce the ordinance because there had been complaints that some of the vehicles were actually being used as residences. That was against the ordinance.
As council members entertained a proposal, it was recommended that the portion of the ordinance requiring that the trailers and motor homes be parked on an “improved surface” be left intact.
So Carabajal included that in his motion, saying he would like to see them parked on concrete, asphalt or caliche pads.