We first met Jo Ann Fecteah Friday. She desperately wants to sell her manufactured home. Jo Ann has a buyer for her home. He wants to turn the mobile home into rental property, but a new ordinance put in place by the city of Huntington restricts him. "It leaves me in bad situation. I have a loan the money needs to go towards. I'm a single mom so it's hard making ends meet," says Jo Ann Fecteah.
Huntington's Mayor Herman Woolbright was not available for comment Friday but talked with East Texas News about the ordinance Saturday afternoon. "We're trying to slow down some of the mobile homes coming into the city. It's just turning into a giant mobile home park as far as I'm concerned. We would like to encourage folks to build regular houses rather than buy mobile homes. I have nothing against mobile homes, it's just getting to the point where there are so many of them. Our mobile home ordinance does allow for a mobile home, but it has to be in a mobile home park and there are several mobile home parks here and we have not discouraged anybody from opening a mobile home park if they have the property that's large enough," says Mayor Woolbright.
In Ms. Fecteah's situation the mayor says his hands are tied because the city council voted 3 to 2 to reject her permit. Though the new ordinance is headache for some, Mayor Woolbright says rules must be in place so Huntington becomes a thriving and attractive East Texas community. "I think if our city is going to grow it has to appeal to people, and it has to look neat and some of the old mobile homes are just not doing that", says Mayor Woolbright.