PROPOSAL FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE GOLDEN SPUR MOBILE MANOR
Reference: City Commissioners, City of Salina
At the present time, there is a critical shortage of mobile home space in Salina. The existing parks are full, and many have waiting lists. This is due to many factors, such as the large increases in mobile home sales in this area, the refusal of the city fathers to allow construction of new parks within the city limits, and the lack of suitable areas outside Salina for park construction. In a recent study conducted by local dealers and manufacturers, it was determined that at least 20% more mobile home spaces are needed in Salina to accomodate the number of homes in this area. In short, a crisis over this shortage of space is rapidly approaching. New citizens moving to Salina just cannot find rental space. Persons wishing to purchase new mobile homes are first faced with the problem of where to park them. It is time that the city of Salina assumed some of the responsibility for solving this problem.
The city must take steps toward providing more mobile home space. Though the commissioners do not want any new parks constructed within city limits, they could allow the existing parks to expand. For example, they could rezone Lot 143 NW, Section 16, District 5 to allow the Golden Spur Mobile Manor to acquire this property and expand its present boundaries. This seven acre tract of vacant land, currently zoned only for residential use, lies directly north of the Golden Spur. At present, it is overgrown with weeds and brush and is accumulating large amounts of trash and other debris. In short, it is an eyesore in an otherwise attractive residential area. The surrounding residents have complained both to the owner and to the city, but neither one has taken steps to clean up the property. Some residents now claim that the area has become infested with snakes and rodents.
The owners of the Golden Spur Mobile Manor would turn this community nuisance into an attractive, modern, and well-planned neighborhood for mobile homes, should these zoning ordinances be changed. The tract would be landscaped, trees would be planted, and sidewalks laid at no expense to the city. The tax revenue from this piece of property would increase substantially, and the city would be providing needed park space for new citizens, rather than forcing them to live in surrounding communities.
The residents of the area surrounding the proposed expansion site have not been forgotten either. Each household in the adjoining two square blocks were consulted concerning this rezoning proposal. Over 95% stated that they would much sooner see a development such as the proposed mobile home park annex be implemented than to have the property remain in its present state.
Should the city commissioners ignore or turn down this proposal, they can count on a number of things. First, the mobile home space shortage will not get any better, and new citizens will be forced to settle in nearby communities rather than Salina. The growth and prosperity of the community will be stifled. Increases in tax revenues will never be realized. In addition, there will be one neighborhood in Salina festering with discontent over a piece of unkept property which detracts from the appearance of their neighborhood and decreases the value of their property.
The city's course of action should be clear. They should approve this proposal promptly so that clearing and construction can begin. They should approve this proposal for the benefit of their community.
Dennis L. Reed, General Manager