Fisher to regulate mobile, manufactured homes

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board will vote next month to approve an ordinance regulating mobile and manufactured homes and parks.

Trustees have expressed concerns with appearance and safety issues with the single park in the village.

Village Attorney Marc Miller presented a draft copy to the board. He will make changes to it that trustees discussed and email a second draft to them in about two weeks for them again to evaluate.

He will make those additional changes, and trustees can pass it in June.

“This won’t make it (the park) pretty, but it will make it safe,” Miller said at the board’s monthly meeting last week.

The park is in foreclosure. Mayor Mike Bayler said the new ordinance should prove helpful if and when the park is sold.

He said 80 percent of the trailers there now would not pass the new standards. But the village will have the means to approve the additional trailers in the future that may be moved in, and the ordinance provides the guidelines for the police department to find and ticket nuisances there.

The board also discussed whether it should charge vendors a fee for selling refreshments during the village fireworks show in July. An ice cream vendor from Paxton has told trustee Angie Seidelman she will donate a portion of her profits to help pay for next year’s display.

Other trustees asked if a vendor fee could not go toward the cost of the show.

In the end, the board decided not to impose a fee but emphasized that vendors must be in compliance with Champaign County health requirements and display a certificate attesting to that. Seidelman said another way to raise funds must be found since Ingold’s grocery store has closed and the designated canister always placed there brought in needed funds.

Trustees decided donations could be sought during the Lucky Foot festival. The board approved donating $1,000 toward the cost of the festival.

Other business

Also the board:

— Set its motor fuel tax budget for the year at $65,000.

— Approved renewing its $200 monthly lease with the Busy Bunnies preschool for garage space for its public works vehicles. The village will not need to pay for electricity or heat and will lease month to month with a 90-day requirement to give notice when it plans to end the agreement. The garage is part of the building complex the village used to own.

— Decided to try a geese-remedy approach at the pond in Heritage Estates that Bayler says seems to work at a golf course in Rantoul. There, a string or thin rope is stretched around the pond at a height of 8-10 inches. Geese must land on water, but the string seems to keep them from getting off the pond and accessing land.

— Learned Police Chief Steve Bein is making the rounds of homeowners in violation of ordinance requirements for unlicensed vehicles and junk accumulation. Bein said he is handing out “prewarnings.”

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